When one of my best friends from college out in Los Angeles said she wanted a “boho cactus chic” themed baby shower, I gave a pretty hard side eye. Boho. Cactus. Chic. I could see the theme carried out in home decor — a living room full of succulents, wicker furniture, and pops of yellow and pink, for example — but struggled to apply the theme to a baby shower. Luckily, our friend and unintentional baby shower planner extraordinaire, Sangita, had the vision to execute it in style. She did such a beautiful job that I had to share it with the world. Her photos are great inspiration if you’re looking to host an event with a nature-inspired theme.
To create the signage, Sangita used Moss and Twig Prints, founded by talented artist Cheryl Focke. Cheryl offers a variety of gorgeous customizable watercolor prints that add an airy feel to your decor. Check out her Etsy shop here. Just purchase, download, customize on your computer, and then print. If you’re in the DC-area and are looking for a local artist with a similar whimsical watercolor style, check out my friend Shannon who owns Peach + Paperie (catch her on Facebook or Instgram).
Credit: All of these photos were taken by my friend Sangita, who also ran the damn thing!
Also: None of this is sponsored. I just like to share things that make me go “whoa”.
My one contribution was the diaper cake (not edible, whomp), which I hear has come in quite handy. It took 1.5 large boxes of newborn diapers (I opted for the Target brand), a roll of green jute twine, several succulents and little pots, tons of rubber bands, and patience — lots of patience. To stick with the theme, I grabbed a giant tree medallion and a bunch of little succulents from my old faithful — the Los Angeles Flower District. Nothing beats the LA Flower District. Succulents for a dollar each? Count me in! I perched the diaper cake atop the tree medallion, surrounded it with the little potted succulents, and oooogled over it with delight for about half an hour.
The whole project probably ended up costing me around $80, with the most expensive part being the diapers. There are a ton of diaper cake tutorials on the interwebs, but here’s a good compilation from Baby Savers.
Pro tip: Pick succulents that do not have spikes. I didn’t have the foresight to do that and ended up stabbing myself a few times while putting this together. And, because I know zero about baby showers, I didn’t realize how many small children would be running around. The potential for hospitalization was on level 5 (out of 10) with this cake. Anything above 1 is too high. Opt for less stabby succulents.
Now for some eye candy (and real candy) to get your creative juices flowing! Here are a few more pictures from the baby shower. Note the clever use of cactus-shaped mini candles as party favors, and careful color coordination throughout. Enjoy!