I am so insanely excited for my sister-in-love and big brother. They have baby #2 (affectionately titled Baby Bean for now) on the way! This is definitely because Bean is my brother's nickname and this is their first boy!
I have really loved planning parties with my own hostess momma as of late, so we jumped at the opportunity to plan a baby shower for their second (although it took some convincing my sis that baby showers are OK for a second baby. I mean, a boy is a completely different reason to celebrate, right?)
I'll admit that I had a general idea right off the bat for a wild baby shower, since my brother was obsessed with plants, tigers and jungle themes growing up, but for some reason it wasn't pulling together like I had in my head. I'm not a big fan of the cartoon jungle animals and I just hate monkeys in general, so I started to hone in on the plant aspect of the wild kingdom. I'm so happy it went that direction because it turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!
Since I originally thought the venue was taking care of the centerpieces until about 4 days before the shower and my momma was in Florida, I had to do some quick thinking! I went to the dollar store and bought out their selection of margarita, sundae and mini fish bowl glasses. With a little bit of rose gold spray paint and some succulents from the Hy-Vee garden section, they looked like they fit right in!
To further tie in the plant life, I hacked into the Hostas in our front yard the morning of the shower and wrote the guests' names on them in a metallic gold marker to make our name cards!
We decided to "rent out" the balcony of our Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens (which are freaking amazing, by the way). I put quotations because they really did us a favor since they don't actually rent out the balcony normally. They were fantastic through this process! Our amazing server, Jessica (above) not only took care of us for our party, but even loaded up gifts and helped carry them out afterwards!
What we didn't anticipate was how much the heat would be magnified on a 75 degree day! While mom and I were setting up, we were literally sweating. The staff came to the rescue and brought a huge fan, which helped immensely!
To help even more with the heat, we had a lavender mint lemonade and water bar. There was coffee available as well, but I'm pretty sure no one even touched it!
I also designed menus to match the invitations.
I know I'm on succulent overload, but these are so stinkin' cute!
And what is a baby shower without at least one game? I sheepishly forgot to take a picture, but I designed a game to match the menus and invites. Each person matched the gestational period of each jungle animal on the sheet. Oddly enough, we had to do a 4-way tiebreaker! And check out the momma's adorable nephew, Ryker, above. I couldn't get enough of his chubby cheeks!
I almost forgot to mention the best part: dessert! We each had chocolate mousse, key lime mousse and chocolate cookie bars cut into sweet little hearts.
We took some time to open gifts. I selfishly only included the gift my husband made for his nephew. But seriously, a little wooden truck? :)
And I'm so excited that my sis suggested a group shot! We missed a few who had to leave early, but this is such a fun way to remember everyone who came! Plus, I'm not usually in any photos, so this was kinda nice!) Thanks to our awesome server for taking this photo!
And to top off the event, each guest took home one (or two) of the centerpiece succulents! Lord knows I can hardly keep the house plants alive that I already have. I don't need 20 more!
This was such a blast in spite of the heat and I'm sure my sis would agree that we can't wait until Baby Bean makes his arrival in June!