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7 Tips to Plan a Stress-Free Aussie Botanical Baby Shower

Published: 12/04/2023

by Chantel Charchalis

Marketing & Graphic Design Manager | Creativity Queen | Parties, Animals & Nature Lover

Chantel is a Brisbane-based marketing and graphic designer who thinks through visualisations and plans through ipad sketchs. You will find her planning themed parties for friends or renovating houses, caravans and upcycling furniture.

Chantel is a Brisbane-based marketing and graphic designer who thinks through visualisations and plans through ipad sketchs. You will find her planning themed parties for friends or renovating houses, caravans and upcycling furniture.

I am a firm believer that parties should be stress-free, especially for the host. Despite being someone who thinks about planning parties for a living, and even with my second trimester pregnancy energy burst, organizing the baby shower of my dreams seemed a bit daunting at first.

Thankfully, CostumeBox came to the rescue with their new range of Ginger Ray baby shower party supplies. There are four new ranges of baby shower party themes that are simply stunning and have a beautiful, whimsical botanical feel.

These ranges are aptly named Oh Baby!, Hello Baby, Baby in Bloom, and Botanical Baby. If you're interested, you can check them out here.

All four of these new baby shower party supply themes complement each other and so can be easily mixed and matched. This was perfect for me and made creating my Aussie Backyard Botanical themed baby shower easy and fun.

Here's a quick look at the stash I ended up ordering:

But I'm jumping the gun a bit here, first things first. To plan a party you need to get inspired.


Here are my Top 7 Tips for Planning a Baby Shower:

Tip 1: Create a Moodboard

Starting can be overwhelming. A good way to begin is by collecting images of your favorite party decor elements.

As a designer who heads up Marketing for Australia's largest costume and party supply company, I am very fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful party supplies every day to inspire me.

For my Aussie Native Baby Shower theme, I used an invitation I had designed earlier in my pregnancy as a jumping off point to evoke an atmosphere of Aussie nostalgia. Your own inspiration might come from your favorite flower, a fabric you adore, a pretty paint swatch or even a cherished toy from your childhood.

As a designer I am comfortable using Adobe or Canva to create a moodboard, but Pinterest is also an excellent and simple platform anyone can use to quickly and easily create the same thing. If you are very tactile, you might prefer to go old school and create a physical mood board with images cut from magazines, dried flowers, paint swatches, scraps of fabric, and the like. These items could even be put in a box frame later to make a gorgeous baby shower keepsake. After collecting images for a while, similarities will emerge indicating key items to include in your theme.

This is my Aussie Native baby Shower mood board - made on Canva.

Tip 2: DIY and Reuse

 Look around the house to find furniture and homeware items that you can utilize to create your party scene. Some old Kmart shelving, a rustic old box, wooden stumps, a trestle table and a rusty old wheelbarrow formed the backbone of my setup. The Kmart shelves had seen better days so they were chopped into two and painted in the perfect shade of “Eucalyptus Green”. I ended up using these as cupcake and present stands.

In the spirit of DIY and making do, I opted to hold the shower in our own backyard. There's nothing more Aussie than enjoying a party under actual Eucalyptus trees and a Hills Hoist. To add to the relaxed atmosphere, we set up our living room coffee table on the back lawn and surrounded it with every rug, throw and cushion that we could find. Camp chairs were spread around the fire pit for later in the afternoon. The eclectic, relaxed setting added to the Aussie-Backyard-Natives theme that this event had become.

Tip 3: Choose a Few Bigger Decor Items

 A few inexpensive but larger-scale decorating items can help fill large blank spaces, create an impactful look, and unify the theme. I chose a botanical backdrop display made of paper leaves, as well as a Baby Shower bunting made out of wood, and an ethereal white balloon arch.

Tip 4: Tie it Together With Matching Tableware

With my Aussie Botanical Baby shower decor theme, there were many choices for matching tableware, but If your theme doesn't have as much variety, consider sticking with a single color that ties into your main theme or simplify by pairing these with kraft brown or plain white items. Decorative additions like confetti scattered on the table and party favours are also quick and easy to set up, yet make a huge difference to the space.

For my Aussie Native theme, I added Botanical Baby wooden confetti, and Hey Baby themed cups, plates and napkins.

Tip 5: Food Can Be Decor Too

With a large part of any party being the food (glorious food), take the opportunity to use food to further your theme. Elevate a basic cake with a cake topper, foliage or a coloured candle. Take cupcakes and sandwiches to the next level with themed toothpicks and cupcake toppers.

Tip 6: Dress Up in Theme

Keeping with the theme, I opted for the “Mummy to Be” sash, which unfortunately doesn’t come in a “Daddy to Be” version, so I shared my sash for the sake of inclusion (and a giggle).

Tip 7: Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

As someone who likes to take control (such as being silly enough to organise my own baby shower), I also recognise that handing over tasks to willing-others can help decrease stress on the day of the event. You will be surprised how many people (friends or family) are actually flattered that you ask them to help.

My partner’s Mum and sister took charge of making a bunch of grazing dips, and my step-daughter had a lot of fun blowing up all the balloons and creating the arch. My partner was in charge of ice and drinks (in the rusty and trusty old wheelbarrow), as well as some dear friends coming to the rescue with last minute “crisis cupcakes” from a local vegan bakery, after I over committed myself and ran out of time to bake the day before.

In the end, everything went off without a hitch. The decor, food, and the help of loved ones made for a beautiful celebration on this happy day.

If you have loved this botanical range, you can find these items I used here on the CostumeBox website.


Happy party planning!


Update: Little Miss Ruby arrived 6 weeks after her baby shower, and is currently a chubby ball of (almost) 9 month old cuteness.


What are your Baby Shower ideas? Please comment and share below.

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