This Little Monkey (A Modern Baby Shower for a Little Miss)

June 13, 2010 at 4:18 am (Uncategorized)

Hello my fellow party animals! I’m back to once again make good on a promise. As you might recall, I’ve dubbed June “Wedding Month” (for obvious reasons), but spring and summer are not just for the brides. They are for future mommies too!

As I said in my last post, my friend and coworker just recently found out she’s having a baby girl! She asked me to come up with some ideas for her baby shower this August. Will I??? Of course I will! What did I come up with? I think a modern pink and brown MONKEY theme might be perfect for the new bebe.

Theme: This Little Monkey (A Modern Baby Shower for New Baby Girl!)

Color Palette: Pink and Brown with hints of Green…and MONKEYS!

Guests: about 40

Attire: Casual Chic

Top Row: brown monkey invite (; pink and green lanterns (; pink chocolate-dipped marshmallows (my friend makes these!); peonies in apothecary jars (homegoods for jars)
Second Row: custom banners (; table-scape; monkey candybar wrappers (
Third Row: herb centerpieces; monkey foil balloons (
Last Row: Cowgirl Cookies (; pink and green hydrangea centerpiece; monkey kisses (; mint dessert spoons

Hopefully by now, you all know my first step when coming up with a party idea. I get to know my guest of honor. As I noted in my previous post, sometimes she and I differ in decor taste. I would hold that neither of us has “bad” taste, it’s just different. But this shower is not about me, it’s about her and her new addition! I talked to her briefly about what she thought she might like for her shower. She seemed to really like the pink and brown color scheme (I added the touch of green for some depth) and she was into a whole host of baby paraphernalia and animals. There was also a slew of baby items and animals that were on her “absolutely not” list. The “don’t” list included pacifiers, diapers, and sonogram pictures (I wouldn’t have done that anyway…it’s icky).  On the “do” list were onsies, duckies, rattles, diaper pins, and yes…monkeys. She also showed me pictures of some invites she might like. Most had a very clean, modern, minimalist look. I took those pieces of information (and my previous knowledge of her love for making home made items like marshmallows and pickles, and tendencies toward urban uniqueness) and came up with my little shower theme.

Let’s start with the invites. I’ve chosen an invite that’s very similar to some that she’d shown me, but incorporated my monkey theme. The best part is that AJ Wrappers has the candy bar wrapper and Hershey kiss stickers to match! And they’re customized! I also found some foil monkey balloons to tie in the monkey theme. Just remember, that A FEW foil balloons go a LONG way. Too many balloons (particularly Mylar) can get circus-y…and not in a good way.

Pink Pom Poms

Even though a few balloons go a long way, I do love when decorations draw the eye up. An excellent way to bring the party right to the ceiling is by adding white string lights, paper pom-poms (to the right) from martha stewart, and paper lanterns. sells these lanterns in a variety of  different sizes and colors, all for a reasonable price. This really brings the room together.

My friend really has an eye for detail. For her, I really love the table scape in the center of the inspiration board. The green apple place card holder idea is so cute! What I wasn’t thrilled about on the table was the centerpiece. Tulips are very spring, and my friend’s shower is going to be in the summer. I’d opt to switch out the tulip/grass combo for a green and pink hydrangea number with a large banana leaf (get it?…monkey…banana) lining the inside of the glass vase. I’m also in love with the pink peonies (or what I think are peonies…Liza? A little help?) “trapped” in the apothecary jars. Notice that the third row on the left has some bunched herbs flowing out of jelly jars for an aromatic pop of green on the table. Snip a little of that mint off and tie it around the dessert spoons (as shown in the bottom right of the board) and you’ve got touches of detail everywhere!

I thought a dessert table would be really great for the shower. It seems that the little miss-to-be really likes chocolate chip cookies, so why not give her an entire “bar” of sweet treats? I found the customizable banner from You can have it say whatever you want and place that above your table of goodies to tie in your theme. My friend is also super into the “urban homesteading” movement. She loves making things from scratch, jarring he own jams, making her own pickles, etc. etc. She makes her own marshmallows! How cute are the pink, chocolate-dipped mallows above? You can skewer them with lollipop sticks (available at craft stores) and shove them in Styrofoam (wrapped in fabric of course) for display. You can also display different chocolates, candies, lollipops, macaroons, and cakes on pretty trays and in apothecary jars and set them out on the table. In keeping with the urban homestead theme, I love the idea displayed on the board as the “cowgirl cookies.” The idea behind this was to take some of the main dry ingredients for your favorite cookie and layer them in a decorative jar to hand out as favors. How ingenious!

Onsie Cookies from Sabrina's Sweetery

Lastly, no party can be complete without a little personal touch. My momma-to-be has a friend in California who opened her own cookie business. I’m just wild about the precision and detail work in these cookies! My friend is crazy about the pink onsie cookies to the left. Maybe Sabrina’s Sweetery can make some pink monkeys for the shower! Hopefully she’ll ship out of state!

That’s about it for baby shower time! Back on to weddings next time!

In the meantime, if any of you have some pictures from a great party you threw or attended…I want to know! I’d love to showcase it! Email me at Party on!

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  1. lyndariv said,

    who do we know is having a little girl? i want to see this!

  2. Clare said,

    LOVE THIS!! I think my favorite element is the little onsie cookies. So flippin cute. Along those lines, I once went to a shower where they had a little station where all the guests decorated white bibs and onsies (in different sizes) using fabric markers. It was a fun activity and the guys even got into it. Whenever I see the baby she seems to be wearing either one of the onsies or a bib.

    This was the same shower where someone asked me how far along I was (I was not pregnant) , but that’s another story…..

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