Wild Thing Baby Shower

Showering a party animal? This modern shower theme is perfect.

01 of 08

Into the Wild

toy elephants on banana leaf
Bryan McCay

Forget frilly booties and soft pastels: Instead, get ready to, uh, go wild, with bold zebra patterns and leopard prints.

02 of 08


Set the vibe with invitations featuring fun animal prints. We like how these invites are just the right mix of funky and chic. Order them blank or make life easy and have them custom printed.

04 of 08


tropical leaves in vase
Bryan McCay

The table centerpieces incorporate woodgrain textures and big, jungle-y leaves. Square wood vases look chic when filled with tropical greenery, like tea leaves, date palm, anthurium, or monstera (call your florist to see what they have).

You can also use giant synthetic banana leaves as table runners and monstera leaves as place mats. Oversize leaves (real or faux) are fantastic for dressing up buffet and gift tables as well -- just cover the tops of tables with leaves, then set the dishes and gifts on top.

For a finishing touch -- bring on the party animals! Create mini jungle scenes with elephant, cheetah, monkey, and giraffe figurines (extra-cute touch: get mama and baby versions of animals). Send them home with the mom-to-be -- her baby will love them later on.

05 of 08


Pineapple Chicken Skewers
Keller and Keller

Keep the feeling primal -- and make it easier for guests to eat while mingling -- with food on a stick. We love these tropical Pineapple Chicken Skewers. Wash them down with icy Mango Granitas.

Pineapple Chicken Skewers

Makes: 32 skewers

Prep: 15 minutes

Chill: 6 hours or overnight

Cook: 10 minutes

Broil: 9 minutes

Mango Granitas

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 10 minutes

Freeze: 3 to 4 hours

06 of 08


Caramelized Banana Tart
Alison Miksch

Serve up a unique dessert that features that jungle staple -- bananas! Bake these tarts the night before and then add the toppings and broil right before serving. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes everything even more delicious.

Carmelized Banana Tart

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 20 minutes

Broil: 4 to 5 minutes

07 of 08


Wild Things party favor boxes
Courtesy of Oriental Trading Company, Inc.

These animal-print takeout boxes make favors look fabulous. Fill them up with animal crackers -- your mom-to-be's going to be eating a lot of them in years to come! Write "thank you" onto 3-inch pieces of green card stock cut to look like a simple leaf silhouette. Glue the "leaves" diagonally across the front of each box, then display all of the boxes together in neat rows on top of jumbo banana leaves.

08 of 08


Wild Things playlist

Jennifer Sbranti is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of HostessWithTheMostess.com, and author of the HWTM Daily Blog.

Copyright © 2008 Meredith Corporation.

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