A Desaturated, Jungle-Themed Baby Shower

A Desaturated, Jungle-Themed Baby Shower

A couple weekends ago I threw my older sister a “baby sprinkling” for her second pregnancy. They’re expecting their second baby girl in about a month!

A Muted, Jungle-Themed Baby Shower - kaitlynhiltz.com

^Here’s baby #1 – my adorable niece, Indi.

In talking with my sister, she had a sort of animal theme in mind, incorporating greenery, but with a more muted or desaturated color palette. Most jungle-themed decór you’ll find in stores is fully-saturated with bright colors and bold hues, so it can take some searching around to pull off, but I was up to the task!

I wanted to share some of the steps I took for planning her shower, as I know many blog posts were helpful to me in my own planning & prep. So, I’ll walk you through step-by-step what I did, where I found some of it, the menu/recipes, and other tips I discovered in the process!

01. Talk to the Mom-to-Be!

This one might seem obvious, and not all future moms will have a preference. Some might like for the shower theme to match their nursery, some may want to go in a completely different direction, and some may say, “I’m game for whatever!”. Asking ensures you’re both on the same page and looking forward to the special day.

That being said, you’ll want to have an initial conversation to get their preferences (or aversions!) and a general idea of the theme. Then, let them be surprised with the details! Find another friend or relative to bounce additional ideas off of or ask questions like, “Should I buy this cocktail napkin or this one?” (True story. The indecision gets real.)

02. Hit the Drawing Pinterest Board

I’m a very visual person, so for events such as this, I like to start with a Pinterest board. This helps me gather and formulate my ideas so that once I start ordering or buying things, I’m confident it will all feel cohesive. Be sure to make it ‘secret’ so you’re not giving too much away to the mom-to-be or your guests, then go ahead and pin everything from theme inspiration, cakes, recipes, invitations, favors, and more!

Then everything will be organized in one place, too!

03. – Invitations: by Minted

Okay, so, I might be biased because I also used Minted for my Wedding Suite – and no, this isn’t a sponsored post or anything, I just really love that company! I think they have superior quality and designs (they’re all made from local, independent artists) and they offer FREE recipient addressing on the front of the envelopes to match your invites. Hello, #timesaver!

I did not get the hand-lettering gene, so this is such a relief to me! They can be a bit pricier, but it’s been worth it to me to achieve the style I’m envisioning.

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Design by Annie Montgomery via minted.com

04. – Decór

When it comes to decor and little party details, yes, Etsy can work miracles. BUT you really have to pay attention to shipping costs and delivery time, especially if you’re on a budget or a time crunch. I’ve fallen in love with things on Etsy that were at a reasonable price point but $15 shipping and 2+ weeks delivery? No, thanks. If you’ve got the time and extra cash, go for it! But my little ‘hack’ is comparing things against Amazon (especially Prime!), Hobby Lobby, Target, and the like.

I also lucked out because one of my sister’s close friends had just gotten married and generously volunteered to let me borrow some of her gorgeous macrame pieces, candles, and vases. I used one of the macrame banners to create a little photo station…otherwise, we all know we end up looking for a good backdrop within the house to take pictures!

As far as Etsy purchases, I went with these gold “OH BABY” balloons, this confetti, and these adorable paper straws. My napkins and felt letter board were Hobby Lobby finds!

Welcome Baby Isla - Letter Board - kaitlynhiltz.com

I loved this pack of faux Monsterra leaves and this table runner on Amazon.

On the bar cart, I used this frame we already had and designed a mimosa bar sign to go in it! Click here to view, download, and even use it yourself, if you fancy! 🙂

Mimosa Bar - Baby Shower - kaitlynhiltz.com

05. Menu & Beverages

I have to give major credit here to my Mom and Aunt for basically being the original creators of this menu and for their ample help in bringing it all together.

Jungle-themed Baby Shower Food Spread - kaitlynhiltz.com

Together, we served:

  • Chicken Salad with Croissants &/or French Bread Rounds – (Cheetah Chicken)
  • Mini Veggie Egg Quiche – (Elephant Eats)
  • Assorted Fresh Fruit Tray (garnished with mint and honey) – (Turtle Treats)
  • Assorted Fresh Veggie Tray (with Ranch dressing for dipping) – (Branches & Vines)
  • Overnight Cinnamon Roll Casserole – (Gorilla Goodies)
    • I made this recipe & doubled the cinnamon topping. So decadent!
  • Autumn Quinoa Apple Kale Salad – (Wild Bird Bites)

To drink:

  • Mimosa bar with Trader Joe’s “Secco” sparkling wine; orange juice &/or grapefruit juice – (Jungle Juice)
  • Lemonade – (Sweet Rain Water)
  • Coffee – (Jungle Java)
  • Still & Sparkling Water

06. Cake

Mmmm, cake. You could certainly make it yourself if you’re the baking type. Another option is to get the cake made by a local baker and then DIY the decorating part! This ends up being less costly, makes it easier to transport, and honestly, sometimes a simpler cake is even tastier!

My sister loves red velvet, so we went with a ‘naked’-style cake from a local bakery, and then I borrowed some plastic animals from my Aunt (she’s a kindergarten teacher!) and added the Monstera leaves (mentioned above) on top. Simple as that!

A Muted, Jungle-Themed Baby Shower - kaitlynhiltz.com


07. Favors

Courtesy of my sister’s best friend, we had these amazing homemade pretzel sticks covered in chocolate and dressed as tiger and zebra tails. How cute!? Believe it or not, I forgot to snap a picture but they looked something like these:


I also invited guests to sign this journal for my sister and leave an encouraging note she could read during late nights or long days in the nursery!

All in all, it was such a fun morning and no matter how you do, what’s most important is that the mom-to-be feels celebrated. So even if you burn the eggs, you can still accomplish that!

Have fun!

x, Kaitlyn


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