BABY showers, FAMILY | July 16, 2007

The Animal Kingdom Baby shower party theme

Anna Bella Baby fine stationery :: girafe and elephant toys by Wren handmadeFollowing Blueprint hip baby shower, I come up with another stylish inspiration for a baby shower party. This time my inspiration starts out with the Wren handmade fabric stuffed animals.

Fabric stuffed animals instead of plush animals are popular these days. You can find many styles on etsy stores. But my favorite ones are the giraffes and elephants by Wren handmade designed by Laura Normandin. The animals are cutely shaped and I like the fabric selection at Wren handmade. The 11 inch high giraffe and the 8 inch high elephant each cost $60 USD.

Be aware that the Wren handmade stuffed toys are for kids over 3 years old. But why not decorate the baby room with them until then? Display the animals on individual thick shelves nicely distributed on a wall or on the top shelf of a bookcase. Both options look great.

How to design a sassy and modern animal kingdom baby shower?

Now that the theme and the style are clear, I got to find the right invite. Luckily, I found the perfect baby shower invitation card at Anna Bella Fine Stationery. The Animal Parade card has the right styled elements; it pairs well with Wren animal collection. There is even a giraffe and an elephant on the invite design. You can use this design for baby announcement or a baby birthday party.

Anna Bella Fine Stationery invite cards can be ordered in quantity of 15 or more. And at $1.89 each with your return address printed on the envelops, they are a good deal.

Develop your color palette around Dijon mustard yellow hues, greens and blues for the buffet table. Look at the modern pattern melamine plates and trays that are all the rage this year. Do not overuse the patterns, mix them with some solid color service ware. You want to create a simple modern look.

Look for tableware that reintroduces some of the elements of your decor. For example, try to find some small plaid pattern table linens in a soft color combination. Table runners and place mats look more hip than a table cloth. And they are more appropriate for a baby shower party.

Stylish baby bedrooms with dwellbaby

dwell baby bedding

I have been a fan of dwell bedding since their beginning. They updated and diversified their baby collection not long ago. This one looks even better than their first baby bedding collection.

I found a few patterns and accessories right for our Animal Kingdom party. If you opt for a crib set as a gift, why not spread some coordinating accessories around the room to add to the party theme.

Dwell makes fabric stuff animal pillows. The set comes with three 14 x 21 inches pillows: one pig, one elephant and one giraffe. I suggest you mix them with the fabric animals from Wren. The baby cubes are lovely and they would be great baby shower gifts for the parents.

My suggestions for the crib sets start with Animals, a simple chocolate animal drawing combined with distinctive geometric patterns. Forest crib set comes in 2 color weave combinations brown and petal (pink) or brown and sky (blue). Garden Blossom is a stylish floral and vine designs against the subtle backdrop of tans and pinks. Online retailers sell these 4-piece crib sets around $350 USD each.

An artsy education gift

wall cards by eeboo

These illustrated wall cards by eeboo caught my eyes when I went shopping at Indigo. Each card set is illustrated by a different artist. Each card is 8 by 10 inches.

It will take you no time to create a featured wall by hanging the cards for your party. Choose the wall card style that goes better with the baby room design.

A decorative tip for the parents, if you install wall shelves running across the room, break the wall card grouping once in a while with the Wren fabric animals and other decorative items. And leave more than a couple inches of empty spacing between the cards if the space allowed it.

A theme that can grow with the kids

Babies outgrow their nursery eventually. Dwell thought about it when they design their kid bedding collection. The collection of dwellbaby and dwellkids share the same color palette and some patterns. So you can still use some baby accessories with the kid bedding. Better yet, chances are that you will not have to repaint the room right away.

dwellkids :: bedding for kids

After I compiled my elements for this story, I noticed that I share similar tastes with the Dwell stylists. The Read-to-me wall cards by eeboo are displayed on their kid rooms. This is one of my favorites.

An Animal Kingdom party theme is not just great for baby shower parties. They are a fun kid birthday theme. For young kids, your birthday celebrations can include a safari game, costume dressing and even a visit to a zoo.

End of the day Update:

Check out the alphabet prints designed by Alison from Strawberry Luna. You can get an Elephant print, a Giraffe print. The Owl and the Lady bug prints are gorgeous.

Each print is hand screened and at $15 each, these limited edition prints are more than affordable art pieces. I found them tonight when reading Apartment Therapy: Chicago.

SOURCING:
+ Elephant fabric toys by Laura Normandin at Wren handmade
+ Giraffe fabric toys by Laura Normandin at Wren handmade
+ Baby announcement, shower and milestones at Anna Bella Fine Stationery
+ dwell bedding and home furnishing
+ Wall cards by eeboo
+ Alphabet Prints from Strawberry Luna published on AT:Chicago blog

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