A ‘Modern Safari’ Girls Gathering

I’m excited to share this party with you as I think it is perfectly suited to any Ladies Night, Bridal Shower, or Birthday Party!  I actually did this for my own monthly ladies gathering Friday night.  The inspiration for ‘Modern Safari’ came from the fun cocktail napkins above, and was reinforced when I saw the pink and orange zebra print table by Amy Atlas.
To help set the tone I purchase the pink zebra sheet set and used it for a runner and the dessert backdrop.  For the dinner table, I bought some safari animal home decor pieces and spray painted them white, then added adhesive gems for the eyes.  The monkey is supposed to hold a votive candle but I added water to the well and popped in a gerber daisy head.  For the centerpiece, I nestled some floral foam on top of the white vase and covered it with yellow daisies, topping it off with a few pink feathers.  Flowers from my yard, as well as moss balls from Social Couture finished the table.
At each place setting I added a faux tropical leaf, small flower clipping and a Duet Truffle that I wrapped in coordinating tissue and ribbon.  I added a band of green paper and yellow zebra ribbon (Michael’s $1 bin) across the plate and hung a cute pink cocktail elephant on each glass.  Seriously, everyone loved the hanging elephants and monkeys!
For dessert I made brownie pops, cream cheese tartlets, lemon bars (in zebra liners), and purchased iced cookies and candies.   I hung bud-vase vials with a single flower in each, as part of the backdrop.  These were a $1 find at Dollar Tree!  Faux palm leaves lined the tartlet plates.
Finally, a cocktail table was set up to serve a lemonade-Lemoncello mixture (YUM!).  I hung mosquito netting (I’ve had for years) above, and set the drinks inside a small ‘suitcase’ lined with white feathers.  My fuzzy round rug made the perfect “table cloth” with it’s fur-like texture, and more cocktail monkeys were hung on the glasses.
I really love how this party turned out, and hope you find something here inspiring.  Thanks for letting me share.  Cheers!
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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Lindsey {Bella Grace Party Designs} says:

    You have some lucky friends! Very cute!

  2. Susan Crabtree says:

    everything looks AWESOME & I love the drinks in the suitcase!

  3. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    LOVE IT!! The pink zebra sheet set…genius! There's always lots of inspiration at your celebrations!

  4. Angelena says:

    very cute I love the pink zebra print!! and the sprayed painted animals such a great idea!

  5. Love this!! Your table is amazing…the white safari animals are perfect!

  6. Courtney says:

    Chris, WOW! speechless, I just adore this theme and every last detail!

  7. simplysandi says:

    Too cute! Love the zebra print.

  8. amy * stem * says:

    I think you know how I feel about this and about you.


  9. mamabearstamps says:

    WOW, wow, wow!! That's all I can say! I love everything about this! I love that it's elegant and playful at the same time!

  10. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Thanks all! Your sweet comments make all the hard work and stress of hosting a party, totally worth it! ;D

  11. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    You did a fabulous job! Loving the drink in the case and the hanging flowers!

  12. LOVE this! The pink zebra fabric is PERFECT!

  13. ATA Webmaster says:

    Ooooh – I love this party! I like those little moss balls on the table, and the white elephants, and that pink zebra print is funky! LOVES IT!

  14. Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe says:

    So beautiful Chris! Can I come next month… ;)

  15. Korinne @ Swank Sweets says:

    Love the colors and the way you spray painted everything white for your table! Just beautiful! :)

  16. This is one fantastic party!! Your details are amazing! One that really caught my eye is the ribbon across the plates….so fun.
    I'm inviting myself to your next party! :)

  17. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    So nice!!!!! I wanna come to the next party! Fabulous!


  18. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    So nice!!!!! I wanna come to the next party! Fabulous!


  19. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    So nice!!!!! I wanna come to the next party! Fabulous!


  20. This is amazing! Great job!


  21. Collections from my Heart says:

    super super duper cute!

  22. Ms. Jasmine says:

    I love what you did! Very cute and I love Zebra print.

  23. Jordan - Polkadot Prints says:

    So gorgeous…love the drinks in the suitcase idea!

  24. Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns says:

    Really chic and gorgeous! I love the spray-painted animals!

  25. Enchanted Expectations says:

    Love Love Love. That Backdrop is FABULOUS! Such a chic and great party.

  26. Wow, just gorgeous!! I love the color scheme, and that dessert table is incredible! Beautiful job!

  27. Stephanie Lynn says:

    This is so classy and simply stunning! Love the zebra print and colors..gorgeous! Fantastic job!Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hope to see you again next Sunday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  28. Stephanie Lynn says:

    Hi Chris, Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your party today! Stop by and grab a featured Button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  29. Pink Martini says:

    You did an incredible, incredible job! I love it all! :) New follower too!

  30. designsbypaola says:

    This is so pretty!!!!!!

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