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Sunshine Safari Baby Shower Table {Operation Shower}

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Sunshine Safari Baby Shower Table + Sunshine Yarn Centerpiece

Earlier this year, one of my favorite charities – Operation Shower – asked me to design a tablescape for their Sunshine Safari event that was to be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Of course I said YES in hearbeat! Eleven different designers participated in the event, and every single table was amazingly creative – and also inspiring… just like the military moms that enjoyed them!


The event guidelines stipulated that we needed to incorporate 2 things into our table:
1) the super cute Sunshine Safari Printables by paper & cake
2) elements from Pottery Barn Kids, one of the main sponsors of the event.

So armed with these guidelines and LOTS OF YARN (hello there, big sunshine!), here’s how my table turned out. Hope you can find some inspiration here for your own sunshine-y safari baby shower or birthday party!

sunshine safari baby shower place setting

sunshine safari baby shower - baby bottle canteen

sunshine safari baby shower centerpiece and decorated chairs

wire elephant baby shower centerpiece

sunshine safari baby shower place settings and tablescape design



Here are some of the creative highlights of the table. If you have a specific question that isn’t answered below, please feel free to ask me in the comments section…


  • Toy animal figurines were painted with craft paint (several coats!) and embellished with yarn.
  • A giant yellow “sun” centerpiece was fashioned from a ring of styrofoam + wooden dowel rods, all completely covered in yarn. My assistant now has this “safari sun” as part of her apartment decor. ;)
  • I made matching trees and clouds to go next to the sun – 4 yarn balls were grouped together for each of the “tree tops” and “clouds” (I used toothpicks and hot glue to secure them). Check out a yarn ball tutorial here.
  • The base of the centerpiece was actually two wood containers filled with foam and placed side by side. The sun, tree, and cloud centerpieces were inserted into the foam, then the foam was covered with muslin fabric and the painted animals
  • Wire elephants from PBK were embellished with yellow ric-rack trim


  • Inexpensive acrylic chargers were spray painted golden yellow then embellished with a contrasting color of yarn that was criss-crossed and zig-zagged all the way around.
  • Playful animals from the Sunshine Safari printable collection were cut out by hand and placed front and center on each plate.
  • I used canvas trim to turn glass baby bottles from PBK into playful “canteens”.
  • Wine glasses were embellished with a paper circle under the stem. (A 3″ craft punch works perfectly for these.)
  • Chairs were embellished with burlap, yarn, and kiddie utensils that matched the printables perfectly.
  • Wire elephants from Pottery Barn Kids, embellished with rick-rack ribbon
Vendor Credit

P.S. Shout-out to the other Table Designers that donated their time & creative energy to this Operation Shower event! Here they are, in no particular order: A to Zebra Celebrations // Cupcakes & Cutlery  //  The TomKat Studio  //  Soireé Event Design  //  Thoughtfully Simple  //  Maddycakes Muse  //  A Blissful Nest  //  Paper & Cake  //  YourBASH // Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events

By |2018-02-12T13:41:09-07:00May 3rd, 2012|Baby Showers, Gender Neutral, Styled by Jenn|

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 (9) and Rylie (7). 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. tonyablackstone-coleman May 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Hey girlie! Wow, this brings back memories! Both WET…WINDY and then SUNNY & GORGEOUS!You know I LOVED those yarn ball trees and clouds! I will be “borrowing” that tutorial in an upcoming event .

  2. Windy City Novelties May 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

    As I’ve always said, it’s the little things that make it all work and complete! I love the baby bottle the most! So adorable!

  3. Rosa Barros May 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Amo muito tudo isso!

  4. Jacqueline May 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Great job!! I have safari-themed elephant napkins that are a big hit in my shop. This is a really popular and ultra cute theme. Love what you did!!

  5. Carolyn Gittens November 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Very creative spin on the bottles! Did the baby bottles come with the silicone wrapping?

  6. Chrissy January 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    How did you make those blocks?

  7. Tarah July 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Where did you get the toy animals you painted?

    • jenn s. July 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      I got them at Michaels :) I think you can also find them on Amazon though!

  8. Logan Nations April 2, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Do you have a link for the sun tutorial? It’s adorable…Thanks!!

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