Baby Photo Invitations

Serena and Claire

Our newest additions to the Expressionery team; Serena & Claire

Expressionery showers in early April and June have sprouted two of the cutest blooms you’ve ever seen! Our resident photographer Corina welcomed her baby Serena on April 16th and stationery designer Jen celebrated the birth of her daughter Claire on June 22nd. What better way to show off these two cutie pies than on some of Expressionery’s newest photo card designs!

Serena in Alpha Collage Pink Claire in Baby Owl Green Photo Card Haven’t reached cuteness overload yet? Check out the entire line of “aw”dorable photo cards making their debut today at Expressionery.com!

Adorable Elephant and Giraffe Baby Shower

Jen's baby shower

‘Tis the season for weddings and baby showers! Another of our bloggers, Jen, is expecting a new baby girl soon, so we put on our Baby Shower Planning thinking caps yet again! (I know, we’re a lucky bunch.)

Party theme inspiration started with one of Jen’s very own stationery creations, a design that hasn’t hit the proverbial Expressionery.com shelves yet. Here’s a sneak peek…

Giraffe & Elephant shower invitations

Giraffe & elephant shower invitations

The deep plum color combined with the elephant and giraffe imagery set our creative wheels in motion. We gathered party supplies in plum and assembled other special items showcasing the elephant and giraffe details.

Giraffe & Elephant Decorations

Our crafty friend Johanna Martini (specialist on the product development team) created this too-cute-for-words diaper motorcycle! This unique centerpiece / gift was created using diapers, hooded towels, washcloths, socks, a sippy cup (for the headlight) and a cuddly plush giraffe – all much-needed items for Jen’s new baby.

Giraffe diaper cake

Continuing with the gifts-as-decorations idea, we created a clothesline of onesies, tights and ruffle-bottomed pants. We found a set of pink and purple elephant onesie stickers online and clothespinned each sticker onto each adorable baby item. (How cute would those elephant stickers be on a ruffled baby bottom?) Since 12 stickers were included (one for each month of the first year of baby’s life), it created a large decorative impact in our shower space.

banner of baby clothes

A banner of baby clothes

Custom-designed favor stickers, cupcake flags and table tents continued the theme of our baby shower. (Read on to find printables below!) Small metal tins filled with nuts and mints were tied with colored ribbon to give our guests a keepsake from this special event.

Cupcakes and elephant & giraffe favors

Cupcakes and elephant & giraffe favors

Because we try to be thorough party planners, the team worked diligently to conduct extensive cupcake research. We began our first taste tests a couple of weeks before the event, trying everything from an Elvis cupcake that combined chocolate cake, peanut butter frosting and caramelized bacon topping to traditional Italian Crème.

We tried 10 cupcake flavors in all and felt sick sure about the cupcake selection for the shower. After much discussion, the team reached a consensus on a trio of flavors for the party: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cinnamon and Italian Wedding Cake. They made not only a delicious part of the party, but a gorgeous display as well!

The mum tradition

All mommies deserve a pretty corsage to wear during their shower, and we presented Jen with a Texas-sized version in the form of a homecoming mum. For those who don’t know (like Jen or our fearless blogging leader, Elaine, both innocent bystanders who grew up in Kansas), mums are a huge Texas tradition.

They started out as special flowers that you wear to your homecoming football game (which is akin to the Superbowl on a high school level) and have grown bigger and fancier every year, often dripping with ribbons, stuffed animals and other unusual decorations.

To non-Texans (bless your hearts), these mums may seem unusual or (gasp) some might say ridiculous, but we felt that Jen’s little girl should have her very own mum awaiting her arrival – after all, she’ll be a native Texan!

elephant and giraffe shower presents

Jen with her daughter's mum and presents

Free baby shower printables

And since we’re in the gift giving habit, take a peek at the free giraffe and elephant shower printables! These easy projects will add a special touch to the decorations at your own party!

Our safari animal baby shower

Corina's safari animal baby shower

Corina's safari animal baby shower

If you haven’t noticed from our other parties, we Expressionery.com girls love celebrating! We recently threw a baby shower for our own Corina Murray, and we wanted to share the fun with you.

Corina is expecting a baby girl this month, but she’s not a big fan of pink. Instead of sticking with the traditional pastel pink color palette, we thought it would be fun to spice things up with bright, bold colors. You can’t get much brighter than the animal suite:

Animal baby shower

Animal suite

The four designs are available as invitations, plates and more – plus printables we created for Corina’s shower. (Okay, so we snuck in a little pink here and there, but just as an accent color!)

For our safari animal baby shower, we made sure to include Corina’s favorite animal – giraffes – along with some other cute characters. Giraffe, elephant and crocodile cutouts were designed especially for her, along with a bold “Congrats” banner, and we’re sharing them with you as free printables!

Baby safari animal cutouts

Baby safari animal cutouts & "Congrats" banner

For the banner, just print out the PDF on card stock, then punch holes and tie the triangles together with ribbon.

To make the safari animals, grab some card stock or craft foam in the colors of your choice, print out the PDFs on everyday paper, cut them out and use them as stencils to trace the designs onto your card stock or foam.

Next, cut and glue on embellishments. (Hint: all the animals’ eyes, and the elephant’s toenails, can be created by using a hole punch, so don’t worry about trimming a perfect circle by hand!)

Finally, glue craft sticks onto the back and use your baby safari animals around the refreshment table, or tape them up to the wall.

We couldn’t resist throwing in these two “pregnant” animals we found at a local craft store:

"Pregnant" lion & elephant

"Pregnant" lion & elephant

Once we had enough animals, we tied the colorful shower theme together with tablecloths, place settings and ribbon. You might have noticed how we used green as the base color for the dessert table, then highlighted the animals with contrasting banners made by trimming vinyl tablecloths into strips.

We also found some zebra print ribbon at the craft store and tied it around the napkin holders and cake pop box. How simple and affordable is that?

Finally, we added to the safari theme by creating wild tissue-paper flowers. The blog craft team had a blast with these –

Elegant tissue paper flowers

Elegant tissue paper flowers

For your own party, you can use a single color of tissue paper for a natural look, or go wild by pairing several colors in one flower for a bright, bold safari theme like ours. You can find step-by-step instructions for these elegant flowers on Martha Stewart’s website.

Cake pops & gifts

Cake pops & gifts

Here are a few tips we learned along the way:

  • Pick 3 or 4 colors for your baby shower theme. Repeating several colors instead of just one makes the shower more fun and less frilly.
  • Not all your baby safari animals have to match. Throw in a set of these printables, then mix and match with ones you find at the store – like the adorable baby book Suzanne found (above).
  • Letting everyone in on the theme will help them select gifts that match too! Corina was thrilled that we followed her suggestion to have a giraffe and non-pink theme, since that’s how the nursery is being decorated. Now she has lots of safari themed décor – even a giraffe print diaper bag – which she’ll enjoy for months to come.
Gifts, cookies and the guest of honor

Gifts, cookies and the guest of honor - the stamp on the gift tag is available at Expressionery.com

Free safari animal shower printables

And now, for the best part – free printables for you! The “Congrats” banner, adorable baby animal cutouts, water bottle labels, place cards and hors d’oeuvre flags are yours to print and use at your own special occasion.

Pair them with the matching animal suite from Expressionery.com or mix and match with your own unique style – then don’t forget to share your creativity by posting a link in the comments!