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Safari Baby Shower Theme

Today’s Real Party feature is a fantastic “Safari Luxe” Baby Shower created by the creative minds between Canvas and Canopy and Alchemy Fine Events.

In addition to the gorgeous and outside-the-box baby shower decor, what I also love about this party is the meaning behind the theme, which was inspired by the Safari honeymoon trip of mom and dad-to-be. Personal touches like this always make celebrations all the more special for the guests of honor!

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Read on for TONS of pretty images (courtesy of photographer Jasmine Marie) and all the DIY details, as told by the Vanessa…

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Step into the wild with this Safari Luxe style baby shower. Silver elephants, wooden giraffes, hanging monkeys and white ceramic elephants came out of the wildlife to play!! Inspired by the parents-to-be’s safari honeymoon trip, we transformed the rugged feel of the African adventure to the glamorous conglomeration of white animal sculptures, mirrored details and rhinestone elements.

To create the opulent décor style, we conjured the color palette based upon the Safari inspiration, mixing the main colors of tangerine & aqua with cream & white to create an elegant element to the design.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

The Table

Mosquito netting draped over the table, hanging from the center focal point to both sides of the cabana. Instead of using tiebacks for the mosquito netting drape, we filled white lanterns with baby’s breath.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Substituting the standard chandelier, we created a custom mobile, which hung over the main tablescape. The mobile glittered in the sun with hand strung crystal beads, rhinestones and wood animals, which hung at different heights.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

For the main floral centerpiece we mixed white flowers with wood branches and cattails, combining the white palette with the rustic natural feel.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Custom made linens created a bold look, earth colored twine tied together the utensils, while lavish silver elephants created the luxe feel for this tablescape.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

The Food & Drink Tables
Passports were not needed to enjoy this Safari adventure! Guests ventured to the dessert and catering table, which were styled for a treasured journey.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Mosquito netting hung from the center focal point hovering over the catering table, creating a whimsical feel. To play with heights, we overturned tree-like vases and topped them with white platters.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Custom catering tags were made to thread the design concept throughout every detail of the décor. Mixing white ceramic elephants with earth tone risers created plush habitat feel.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Safari Baby Shower Theme

For the drink and dessert table, we hung a canvas art installation of birch branches as the backdrop.

Safari Baby Shower Theme

A combination of mirrors, white ceramics and modern vases created an refined feel, while the hand-made Palm Tree (DIY) shaded the table below it, bringing the wildlife back to the decor.

(Side note from Jenn: The detailed DIY breakdown for the fabulous Paper Palm Trees will be featured in follow-up post later today!)

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Every guests was reminded of their adventure as they sipped their straw reading, “Sippin’ Safari.”

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Enjoy the allure of the amazing array of details this African Luxe Safari explored!!”

By |2018-02-12T13:33:12+00:00November 24th, 2009|Baby Showers, Gender Neutral, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. JENSEN November 24, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I love this idea! What a great way to incorporate a sweet baby shower theme without it being overly cutesy. So chic AND sweet :) I’m definitely going to use this!

    • Bay Window March 4, 2014 at 6:55 am

      I agree with your idea and I will also use it.

  2. Kim - The TomKat Studio November 24, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!

  3. Abbie November 24, 2009 at 10:50 am

    This is adorable. I love that the pop of color isn’t overwhelming, and the shower still seems very serene.

  4. Lori November 24, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Beautiful work!

  5. Jennifer November 24, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Fantastic! love it

  6. Jen November 24, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Absolutely beautiful! This theme could work for any party.

  7. Elisa November 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    WOW! I love this, what a great theme and I like how its not a traditional baby shower theme…

  8. josephine November 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    gorgeous! just gorgeous! – great idea and i love how it s not over the top “baby”

  9. down pillow November 24, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Wow, so many wonderful details! LOVE this theme – perhaps the chicest baby shower I’ve ever seen :)

  10. Ellen Collis November 25, 2009 at 9:48 am

    This is so chic, yet still appropriate for a baby shower. I LOVE it. Umm, are those powdered sugar doughnuts? That’s what it looks like and now I totally want one. Haha!


  11. Courtney November 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I love it! Do you know where they got the wooden vases and the canvas tree? I would love to have those!

  12. Lollipop Events & Designs November 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Courtney, we got the wooden vases at our local floral supply market in San Diego, but there is a great etsy seller who sells the birch sleeves that you can slip vases into https://www.etsy.com/listing/35576602/genuine-birch-bark-tube-set-of-five). We got the canvas tree background for the candy buffet at Ikea, and made the large tree ourselves. Hope that helps!

  13. Misty November 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    this is just adorable! I love the scheme! Brilliant!

  14. Julianne December 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Very cute, I love the tree backdrop!


  15. Courtney December 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks so much for the info!

  16. Lorell - Sweetly Sweet December 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I adore this party, so original and different!

    I got a lot of inspiration from this blog for my daughter’s second birthday party… so thanks a lot!

  17. Markus @ Silk flowers December 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Beautiful arrangements, you are really talented. This looks so professional and well planned that it would make any mother over the moon.

  18. Christine - Handmade Evolution December 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Beautiful! I am a big fan of natural, african-style design. My favorite image is the flowers in the lantern and the wood blocks used to display the food.

  19. Béatrice December 8, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Superbe !!!!! J’Adore !!!! Béatrice (FRANCE)

  20. Genevieve Le Bel February 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Very GLAM! LOVE it!

  21. Renee September 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Hi, I just love the table runners, are you able to tell me where these are from or even the name of the fabric? I’m throwing my older sister a safari baby shower & these would be great. Thanks in advance

  22. Jennifer February 14, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I am plannng a fall wedding and would love to expand on this idea…any suggestions? We live in deep South Texas so it will be warm enough to hold outside….I am thinking “Out of Africa”!!!

  23. Miranda September 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Where can I get those tablecloths from?

    • Miranda September 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Please help!!!! i need the table linens for a baby shower I am hosting!!!

  24. Stephanie September 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Hello, I was just wondering if you could tell me where that fabric is from. I am in L-O-V-E with it! Gorgeous shower, great event design!

  25. Annette December 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Where did you get the canvas art installation of birch branches from?

  26. yessi June 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

    hi i wanted to know where you posted the DIY for the palm tree you created! i love the idea and would like to do it for my own upcoming shower

  27. Michelle Hernandez Martinez July 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I would like to know where you found the tree trunk fabric…even better if you recall the name for a search. Thank you!

  28. Andrea Norris December 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Looking forward to making the Palm tree.

  29. Melissa February 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Where can I find the wooden hanging safari animals???????????????????????????????????

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  31. Bay Window March 4, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Nice Job. I love your post.

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