In the beginning of December my sister’s best friend, Christina, and I threw a baby shower for my sister Sarah. Several years ago my sister, grandmother and I departed on an adventure throughout East Africa so right away we knew what the theme should be! Not to mention my sister’s affinity for giraffes. So it was set – now let the planning begin!
The color palette we chose for the majority of our decorations were browns, greens, yellows, and blues. So let’s start at the table.
The table runners were made by my friend & co-worker Kim who purchased the fabric from a local fabric shop. For the center pieces, I purchased several large and small mason jars, wrapped them in burlap and finished it with a twine bow. The flowers were a combinations of green Poms, Hydrangeas, Birds of Paradise and Eucalyptus from our backyard. The plates, napkins, cutlery, table cloths and premium stemware were purchased online from PartyCity.com.
As a takeaway for our guests, we had a 187ml bottle of Kenwood Vineyards Yulupa Sparkling wine wrapped in a burlap bag with a tag that read:
Additionally, we had these adorable (and delicious!) giraffe cookies made by Trisha Thomas who owns Dessert Divas in Sacramento.
Quiche Lorraine • Mushroom Spinach Quiche
Parmesan & Cranberry Salad • Fruit Salad • Assorted Muffins
Assorted Cheeses • Giraffe Cake • Safari Cake Pops
Cucumber Water • Jungle Juice (Pomegranate / Cranberry Punch)
To save on time (as we had a lot to do in terms of decorating and last-minute crafts), we ordered the quiche from Whole Foods catering and picked up the fruit salad, muffins and cheese from the local market.
Parmesan & Cranberry Salad with Peach Vinaigrette
- 8 cups mixed greens
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- Toasted walnuts
- 2/3 cup peach nectar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- pinch of salt
This recipe yields 6 – 8 servings so I tripled it for the shower. To make the vinaigrette, mix together the peach nectar, vinegar, mustard, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly add in the oil whisking constantly. Add the cranberries and toasted walnuts to the mixed greens and toss well with vinaigrette. Garnish with the Parmesan cheese. The original recipe, adapted from Sandra Lee, calls for Pear Nectar but I swapped it our for peach and I also added in the walnuts to give it some crunch!
Jungle Juice Punch (Cranberry, Pomegranate & Tangerine)
- 5 cups cranberry juice
- 3 cups tangerine juice
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 liter soda water
- Fresh cranberries, for garnish
This was a huge hit at the party and it was so easy to make. In a large punch bowl combine the cranberry, tangerine and pomegranate juice. Top with soda water and garnish with fresh cranberries. (Variation: swap out the soda water for sparkling wine to give it an adult kick!)
For dessert we had these adorable safari cake pops, made by our dear friend Lisa and this amazing raspberry marble (chocolate marble cake layered with chocolate ganache, vanilla buttercream, and fresh raspberries) giraffe cake made by Diana Katra, Cake Whimsy in Campbell.
While my sister was opening presents, we played baby bingo! These cards were so easy to make in Photoshop (or InDesign). If you don’t have the time to design your own baby bingo cards, you can find an array of adorable cards for purchase on Etsy.
My sister is due any day now so we’re just waiting around for the call! This will be her first, my parents first grandchild and my first time being an Auntie! I can’t wait! Cheers! ~Crystal