Lions and tigers and bears are not
just for the Wizard of Oz anymore! Jungle animals are marvelous
when considering a theme for a baby shower. Create a party environment
using a variety of jungle beasts or focus on just one. Stick to
the standard lion, monkey and giraffe or go exotic by showcasing
lemurs, leopards and boas. Is the new arrival a girl? Don’t
be daunted by what might seem a boy oriented theme. Throw in some
pink flamingos to focus on a feminine color or center on cuddly
animals such as koala bears.
When organizing your decorating ideas for a jungle baby shower,
coordinate around colors. Shades of green and brown are predominate
in the jungle. Pull from this palate for the basics of your decorating
schematic. Plates, napkins and plastic ware can be purchased in
these colors. The money you will save by avoiding pre-decorated
paper products and buying plain color-coordinated instead can be
better spent on other aspects of the shower.
Foliage is a primary
part of the jungle and so should be a part of your jungle shower
as well. Use big leafy house plants such as ferns or topiary trees
that are a part of your daily décor. Don’t have a green
thumb? Then make trees from supplies readily available at craft
stores. Finish off the lush atmosphere by adding stuffed animals.
Let the guests participate by having each bring a specified type
of animal (you don’t want to end up with thirty monkeys!)
or pick them up ahead of time at a discount store.
No one is hungrier than a mommy-to-be so put some thought into
the food and center it around the jungle theme as well. Use the
timeless pun on monkey bread and animal crackers or build an extravagant
centerpiece of fresh jungle fruits. Whip up your own concoction
of jungle juice and serve in coconut cups for a refreshing beverage.
Continue with the jungle theme for entertainment. Make a guessing
game of how many monkeys are in a jar. Give everyone a quick look
at a stuffed leopard and have them write down how many spots they
thought it had. Not up for the usual silly games? How about watching
a kid classic movie such as The Jungle Book or George of the Jungle?
Purchase all game materials new so that baby can have them as gifts
after the party. Want sillier than usual games? Find a jungle themed
board game and make everyone play. Or play charades using jungle
If you’ve asked your guests to bring stuffed animals for
the décor or forced them act like a monkey in front of the
group, they deserve a gift as well as the mommy-to-be. Continue
with the animal theme by selecting something with an animal print
such as socks, headbands or scarves.
A jungle themed baby shower can be a simple or as difficult as
you make it. Make it fun and memorable for guests and mommy-to-be.