Bachelorette Weekend Camping Ideas

One last hurrah with the girls is a great way to close one chapter of life and usher in the start of the next. A bachelorette party is the perfect way for a bride to celebrate with her closest girlfriends before her wedding day arrives. The bridal party often plans a bachelorette party at a bar or similar venue, sometimes a winery or at a beach house or vacation retreat. A bachelorette weekend camping trip is another great way to celebrate with the girls. You can go rustic and camp out in a big tent with all the girls or rent an RV or cabin for a little bit of upscale camping fun. Here are some bachelorette weekend camping ideas to consider for the next bride to be with a sense of adventure.

These bachelorette camping ideas should give you a starting point in planning an exciting and adventurous girls’ weekend getaway in the great outdoors. Get together your favorite females and prepare for some fun and excitement away from home.

•    Decide if you want to go rugged or luxurious. Get a campsite with a fire ring or an RV or rustic cabin where you all have a bed or bunk instead of a sleeping bag.

•    Regardless of where you camp out, be sure to bring some supplies to make s’mores and other delicious campfire desserts.

•    Ask each girl to bring a recipe and ingredients for campfire cooking and a tasty alcoholic beverage to go with it. (Cocktails may be better, but beer is allowed!)

•    Plan some fun activities for your group of girls to enjoy – boating, fishing, hiking, exploring, kayaking, spelunking, or even something like paintball or a water balloon battle.

•    Have a scavenger hunt or play another outdoor game where you’re camping.

•    Bring lawn games like horseshoes, quoits, ladder ball, or even a volleyball and net to enjoy some fun competition with your ladies.

•    Bring a boom box or an iPod with good speakers so your group can enjoy some music and dancing if you like.

•    Don’t forget a camera and maybe a video camera like Flip Video (which can also be a great gift for the bride-to-be). You are going to make some amazing memories you’ll want to document… or maybe not!

These are some basic ideas to get your bachelorette camping weekend off to a great start. Please feel free to share any other ideas you have for camping with the girls in our comments below.


Beauty and Fashion Tips for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to spend with family, whether you are enjoying your own Mother’s Day or celebrating with your mom or mother-in-law. Either way, Mother’s Day gives us a special reason to get dressed up for our plans, whether visiting with family or going out to a nice restaurant. Here are some beauty and fashion tips to try for Mother’s Day this year.

As you prepare to put your Mother’s Day outfit together, consider these suggestions for Mother’s Day hairstyles, makeup tips, manicure tips, and what to wear on Mother’s Day. You can create a complete look that is gorgeous no matter if you are the mom herself or coming out to show your love and support for the special women in your life.

What to Wear on Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day usually falls on a fairly nice weekend where the weather is warm enough to get away with showing a little leg. Consider wearing a pretty spring dress with sandals or a nice skirt and top set with sandals to keep comfortable and fashionable. You can also wear a nice cardigan over your dress or top to keep your shoulders warm, especially if it is a bit breezy or if the rain breaks through.

If you prefer, you can also wear a cute spring top with some nice ruffles and a pair of khakis, black pants, or other slacks. Consider bright and fun colors for your shirt or blouse as a tribute to the springtime and to Mother’s Day. Don’t forget a nice coordinating bag and cute shoes to go with your Mother’s Day outfit!

How to Do Your Hair for Mother’s Day
Once you know what your Mother’s Day outfit will be, you can more easily choose a nice hairstyle to complement the look. For a dressy look, consider a nice up-do with a few curls or a long and loose hairstyle with some soft curls created by a wide-barreled curling iron. You can also go with a standard blowout or a nice twisty bun or low up-do using a classy hairpin or clip.

For a more casual look, consider wearing your hair down, wearing it up in a cute ponytail, or twisting it up in a simple hair clip. For additional inspiration, check out these Mother’s Day Hairstyles to Try.

How to Do Your Makeup for Mother’s Day
Makeup is definitely a personal preference, but a nice look generally includes mascara and a touch of eye shadow (maybe some eyeliner), a bit of lipstick or lip tint, and some powder or concealer to touch up any blemishes. If you like, you can add a bit of blush or bronzer.

Choose colors that complement your skin tone as well as your eye color. You can keep your look rather natural or play it up a bit if you are going on a Mother’s Day date with your hubby. Consider these other Makeup Tips for Mother’s Day to give you some additional ideas for your special look.

How to Do Your Nails for Mother’s Day
A pretty and timeless look for any special occasion is the French manicure and French pedicure. Sometimes it’s easiest to get this look at your favorite nail salon, since you don’t have to worry about switching from your dominant hand to non-dominant hand while painting your nails. If you prefer to paint your own nails, you can choose a pretty solid color manicure and pedicure in colors that match or look nice together, or you can try your hand at the French mani and pedi.

If you are more interested in something a little creative and fun, consider painting your own nail art designs for Mother’s Day. You can do something simple or complex, depending on your skill level and preferences. Consider these Pretty Mother’s Day Nail Art Designs You Can Do Yourself as a few options to decorate your nails for Mother’s Day.

If you and your mom will be spending the day together, consider going to the spa or nail salon for some quality girl time. You can also go shopping to choose some new outfits, perfume, or other goodies.

What other beauty and fashion tips do you have for Mother’s Day? Please share them in our comments below.


Couples’ Workout Weekend Getaway Ideas

Many couples enjoy working out together, whether it’s weightlifting, running, triathlons, or a slew of other workout activities. For those looking for the next great training excursion or a fun vacation idea with a healthy spin, consider these couples’ workout weekend getaway ideas for training activities. You and your significant other can cheer each other on and push each other to excel athletically in training or in competition with these fun fitness vacation ideas.

Before you get started in planning your couples’ workout weekend getaway, first think about your budget and how far you are willing to travel. You can choose a marathon or triathlon or other competitive event on the other side of the country or you can keep things closer to home if that works better for your budget and your schedule. Once you know any limitations in planning your exercise escape, consider these other tips to help you plan a great workout weekend!

Hiking, Running, or Biking Workout Weekend Getaway for Couples
For couples that love spending time in the great outdoors, breathing in the fresh air and exploring uncharted territory, a hiking, biking, or running weekend could be the perfect pick-me-up in a tired training routine. This kind of couples’ workout weekend getaway can take place close to home or hundreds of miles away. Use your imagination and find a fun location with trails to run or bike, forests to hike through, or beaches where you can jog to your heart’s content. Look for mountains with trails friendly for hikers or find a park with great bike paths you can enjoy. Do a little research and find your perfect place to spend your weekend working out together.

Racing Weekend for Couples
Look for a marathon, triathlon, or even a half-marathon or 5K race located at a destination you would like to visit. Schedule your trip far enough in advance so you and your sweetheart can train and prepare your bodies for the athletic demands. Train together leading up to the event and plan a nice dinner reservation for the night before your race so you can load up on carbs like a satisfying pasta dinner at an Italian restaurant.

Also, consider extending your workout weekend into a long weekend so you and your significant other have a chance to recover and relax before heading back home. You will appreciate the chance to have a bit of fun or soothing relaxation after a grueling workout.

Kayaking, Waterskiing, or Swimming Weekend
A weekend vacation to a nice mountain lake or other location allows the two of you to enjoy some kayaking, canoeing, or a little boating with the chance to go waterskiing or wakeboarding for a great water workout. Swimming is another wonderful activity you can enjoy for low-impact exercise that is enjoyable on your own or with a partner.

To make the most of any kayaking, canoeing, or boating that you do, consider bringing along a snack or a small picnic lunch to enjoy during your excursion.

Training Weekend for Couples
Sometimes you may not have a special workout theme in mind, but you know you want to work on your toning, endurance, and physical wellness. If this is the case, consider going somewhere you can enjoy a wide variety of workout activities like jogging, tennis, yoga, and swimming. Some hotels like the Westin Nova Scotian Halifax Hotel will provide guests with a selection of workout gear (shirts, shorts, sneakers, etc.) for use during their stays. The Westin Nova Scotian Halifax Hotel offers guests New Balance gear known as WestinWORKOUT gear that they can request in the correct sizes so their workout routines are not interrupted when traveling away from home. Upon checkout, guests simply leave the clothing and shoes in the mesh bag. Of course, if the primary reason for your trip is to enjoy a couples’ workout weekend getaway, it is highly likely you will remember all of your own workout gear in the first place, but it is a nice, new offering that several hotels are choosing to include.

No matter what you decide for your couples’ workout weekend vacation, you should be sure to keep up with your normal diet and fluid intake to keep your body healthy. What other ideas do you have for a fun couples’ workout getaway? Share your ideas or a quick recap of your favorite trip in our comments below!


Fun and Romantic Mother’s Day Date Ideas

Mother’s Day is usually a day spent with immediate family and especially the maternal figures in your life. Often it is our own mom and mother-in-law, but sometimes even our grandmothers, around whom the day revolves. As we come into our own and start our own families with our husbands, it sometimes makes sense that we have a Mother’s Day here and there all to ourselves. If you are lucky enough to have a special Mother’s Day with your husband, make the most of it and enjoy a fun and romantic Mother’s Day date rather than just sitting at home. Here are a few suggestions for sweet Mother’s Day dates to enjoy.

Find that reliable babysitter (better not ask mom or mother-in-law this time) and get your dinner reservation in early so you can ensure a smooth evening of relaxation. Here are some Mother’s Day date ideas to consider for a nice evening with your sweetheart:

Dinner and a Movie
Perhaps the most classic of all date ideas, a nice dinner and a movie date would be a great Mother’s Day date idea for a mom and dad of any age. Consider a romantic dinner followed by a romance comedy or check your local area to see if you have a Movie Tavern or similar establishment within driving distance.

Drive-in Movies
Try a nice throwback date idea for a romantic drive-in movie date. If you have a drive-in movies location near you, look into spending the evening old school, viewing the movie from the car, enjoying snacks or a meal and drinks, and a little smooching.

Miniature Golf and Ice Cream
This kind of Mother’s Day date idea never gets old. What mom wouldn’t enjoy some ice cream or Italian water ice on her special day, along with a nice evening of miniature golf (or even Chip ‘n Putt)? Also look into getting a nice picture of the two of you at the mini golf course or at the ice cream parlor.

Concert, Comedy Club, or Show
Depending on where you live, you might be able to find a fun comedy club or a venue to see a live show. You might also look for somewhere you can enjoy some live music, whether it is a bar with a live band or a rock concert, or even the symphony orchestra – how romantic!

Overnight at a Romantic Resort
If you have an overnight sitter that you trust as well as the means to enjoy this sort of Mother’s Day date, consider spending one night at a nice resort or a bed and breakfast venue in your area. You can escape from the kids for the night and enjoy breakfast and a few hours to yourself the next day. Be sure to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne and some chocolate covered strawberries or another decadent dessert!

These may be some of the most common date ideas around, but as a mother, you can likely appreciate any excuse to enjoy a nice evening with your loving husband. Consider choosing one of these ideas, or if you have another suggestion or favorite Mother’s Day date memory, please share it in our comments below.


What to Do – Baby Bottle Sterilizers and Other Options

With a little one on the way so many questions are swirling through my head. I recently asked some friends on Facebook what to do about the whole baby bottle sterilizer debacle. If you go on Amazon or Google and search for sterilizers, so many brands and styles are available that it becomes overwhelming to choose one that is right for your growing family. It also becomes difficult when thinking about different baby bottles – some are taller than others and the sterilizer information isn’t always clear about how tall the bottles can be.

I have seen both electric bottle sterilizers and microwave sterilizers for sale at all the major baby stores and other online retailers. It is hard to know which is better. When I asked my friends what they use and like, I got a wide variety of answers, so I have a feeling this is going to be a very personal decision based on our own preferences and what we’ve read and seen from others. I’m very grateful for the responses but I am still quite undecided on what I should do for our little one.

Here are the responses I got from friends when trying to figure out what to do about a baby bottle sterilizer:

•    Microwave Sterilizers – These sound convenient, affordable, and quick. I am tempted. The main thing I can’t get past is – aren’t you not supposed to put plastic in the microwave most times? Thoughts here are much appreciated!

•    Boiling Bottles in Hot Water – This makes sense. I think my mom used to do this sometimes, too. Although, I tend to keep myself busy and when I’m not overly busy, I get lazy. So, this one might be out. Also, what happens if you boil the plastic bottles?

•    Running Bottles through the Dishwasher – Again, what is the deal with plastic in the dishwasher – we usually don’t run our plastic items through, just plates, silverware, and glasses. I know you can, but is it safe and do the bottles break down sooner? Also, our dishwasher isn’t that great and it sometimes leaves a soapy residue, so that alone turns me away from this option….

•    Hot Soapy Water (after sterilizing once in boiling water) – This sounds right up my alley – just like washing dishes at home. I do like this idea but I just wonder about the initial sterilizing process.

I have been considering an electric sterilizer but didn’t know which brand to get or if it would fit the variety of bottle sizes we have. I may still consider it. I like the idea of an electric or microwave sterilizer, since they both can sterilize bottles in minutes instead of an hour and a half or whatever our dishwasher needs to run through the whole process.

So I guess I am back to where I started – do I get a bottle sterilizer or don’t I? If anyone can make a recommendation, I would be glad to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment with your own thoughts and experiences on baby bottle sterilizers! I’ll be glad to update this article with additional feedback as it comes through.


10 Places to Take Your Mom, Stepmom, or Mother-in-Law on Mother’s Day

Mother's Day activities and places to goSometimes it seems that we do the same thing over and over again every year for Mother’s Day, almost to the point that we can’t recall whose turn it is or what we did last year. Rather than getting stuck in a tired rut of the same old dinner out or dinner in, consider these fun ideas of 10 places to take your mom or mother-in-law on Mother’s Day.

Bear in mind that some of these ideas may be better suited for smaller groups while others may be suitable for larger groups. If necessary, you may want to tweak these ideas just a bit to suit your group size. In most cases, you should be able to enjoy these activities with your immediate family or even with both your family and your significant other’s family if you so desire.

Top Mother’s Day Activities
Consider these places you can take your mom or your mother-in-law to celebrate Mother’s Day.

1. Bowling – Have a friendly little bowling competition with mom and the family.

2. Winery Tour – Treat mom to a wine tasting, winery tour, and a bottle of wine or two.

3.    Miniature Golf – Spark a little competition in mini golf and treat mom to some ice cream or water ice.

4.    Zoo – If younger children are still in the picture (or grandchildren), a trip to the zoo might be the perfect Mother’s Day activity.

5.    Flower or Nature Conservatory – Check out some local botanical gardens, butterfly gardens, wildflower preserves, or other nature settings.

6.    Melting Pot (or other theme restaurant) – A fun restaurant with a unique twist, like tapas or fondue, can be a super memorable Mother’s Day experience for mom and all those involved. (The Melting Pot also has an amazing Yin-Yang martini cocktail!)

7.    Have a Picnic – Take mom and the family to the park for a nice picnic lunch, complete with your and her favorite things – fried chicken, shrimp cocktail, sandwiches, juice, wine, chocolate cake, the works!

8.    Visit the Local Shopping Outlets – Take mom out for a fun day of shopping if you have some good shopping outlets near you. Treat her to a gift or two from one of the stores.

9.    Spa – Get mom together with the girls in the family and take her out for a spa excursion, or treat her to a massage at the very least. You can also look into manicures and pedicures as a fun Mother’s Day excursion for the girls.

10.    Get a Family Portrait – Take Mom to a local portrait studio with the family to get a nice shot of everyone all dressed up. She will absolutely love this great keepsake photo of your family.

If you want a more low-key kind of Mother’s Day, you can invite your mom or mother-in-law over and cook for her and the family. You can also order takeout or go out to a nice restaurant nearby. If your mom or mom-in-law likes movies, you can also plan a movie night where you watch a movie on your own television or one where you all go out to the movies together.

What other ideas do you have for Mother’s Day? What is your favorite Mother’s Day of all time and why? Please share your feedback in our comments below!


Men’s Hockey Party Ideas for Playoff Hockey, Stanley Cup Finals, and More

The hockey playoffs are underway and teams are battling it out to see who advances and who goes home. Fans across the country are finding their own creative ways to enjoy the games, from scoring tickets to attend, tailgating, and hosting hockey parties at home or with friends. Consider these men’s hockey party ideas as a fun way to watch your favorite team vie for the most coveted trophy in hockey.

Before you get too far in planning, try to determine the location for your men’s hockey party. Consider hosting a hockey party at your home, in your man cave, or at a friend’s house. You can also have a tailgating party or gather at a party venue for a large scale event. For the purposes of this article, these tips will pertain mainly to a hockey party at someone’s home.

Men’s Hockey Party Ideas
Hosting a men’s hockey party can be a great time no matter if it’s a weeknight or a weekend. Here are some suggestions on how to host an awesome men’s hockey party at your home.

Simple and Easy Hockey Party Tips
•    Keep things simple by ordering takeout food or getting delivery. You can have your guys’ hockey party catered with your favorite foods and snacks – wings, nachos, pizza, and more.
•    Put out a few bags of your favorite snacks – chips, pretzels, Doritos, and whatever else you like.
•    Don’t forget the beer!

No Holds Barred Hockey Party
•    Fire up the grill and make some yummy (non-burnt) ‘hockey pucks’ with buns and all the fixins’ for your guests.
•    Order a key of your favorite beer in advance.
•    During intermissions, partake in some fun games to pass the time – beer pong, flip cup, or poker.
•    If your guests are staying over or have designated drivers, do a shot of your favorite spirit every time your team scores.

Of course, these men’s hockey party ideas can also work nicely for a mixed group of couples or guys and girls. Many women and children love hockey as well, so be sure to plan your party to include all the guests you would like to share in these exciting times.

What other ideas do you have for a men’s hockey party? Be sure to share your suggestions in our comments below. You can also add your favorite hockey team or which team you’re cheering on in the playoffs!


Soften and Beautify Your Skin with Alighiero Campostrini Bar Soap

As we age, our skin begins to become thinner, loses natural moisture, and becomes less firm than in its younger days. It no longer looks or feels as soft as it once did. The skin’s production of keratin, collagen, and elastin decreases, causing our skin to develop expression lines, puffiness, sagging, and wrinkles. Fighting against this natural aging process is a constant battle that should include a number of anti-aging products from the soaps that women use to cleanse their skin to the moisturizers, toners, and treatments that they use to restore their dermal vitality.

Starting your day with a soap that offers anti-aging capabilities can provide your skin with the protection it needs to fight off wrinkles and damage from the exposure to the elements of nature. Using a soap bar containing important antioxidant and skin-softening capabilities can help to refine existing fine lines on your skin, while preventing new ones from occurring. It’s easy to include a skin-softening soap into your daily skincare regimen, enabling you to infuse a bit of new life into your skin.

Infused with the natural goodness of pure olive oil and formulated with an age-old recipe that utilizes only pure olive oil throughout the process, Alighiero Campostrini oliva soap is made in Florence, Italy. It is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin, since it is allergen free and contains no harsh dyes, no EDTA, and no synthetic fragrances. It delivers skin cleansing that softens and soothes your skin, offering it a luxurious experience.

Made by using the old-fashioned boiling process, this elegant soap bar is pure and contains 100% olive oil. It is almost like offering a spa-like experience within soap – just for you. Although it doesn’t lather effusively, it makes your skin feel clean and smooth. I am glad that I received the free gift of a single bar of Alighiero Campostrini oliva soap to enjoy. If you enjoy natural beauty products that offer extra goodness for your skin, why not considering indulging in a bar yourself?


Top 10 Things to Do for Your First Mother’s Day as a New Mom

Mother’s Day is a special time of year every year, but you’ll only have one “first Mother’s Day.” It’s that special day when you are included in the Mother’s Day festivities as a mom yourself, instead of celebrating for your mom or your mother-in-law. Whether you plan your own Mother’s Day activities or rely on your husband to create a special first Mother’s Day for you, here are 10 things you can consider for your first Mother’s Day as a new mom.

Before you make any plans, though, think about whether you wish to include your mom and mother-in-law (or stepmom, etc.), so that you can make solid plans rather than tentative plans. You may want to spend your first Mother’s Day with all the maternal figures in your life or you may want to keep this holiday all to yourself. Whatever you decide, don’t feel selfish – you only have one first Mother’s Day!

10 Activities and Ideas for a First Mother’s Day
Consider these suggestions for what to do on your first Mother’s Day as a new mom:

1.    Go on a picnic in a local park with your husband and baby.

2.    Have your husband barbeque some lunch or dinner and you can relax on the deck or patio with the little one.

3.    Go to dinner with your parents and in-laws for a bigger celebration.

4.    Invite your parents and in-laws over for a group picnic or party. Ask everyone to bring a covered dish or dessert and have your husband man the grill so you don’t have to stress over cooking.

5.    Check out a local park, conservatory, museum, or other nearby attraction.

6.    Spend the daytime with your baby and husband and get a sitter for the evening so you can go out on a dinner date or dessert date.

7.    Play with the baby during the day and make dessert from scratch with your sweetheart at night.

8.    Take a day trip to the beach or the mountains with your hubby and baby.

9.    Take the day off – have hubby look after the baby so you can sleep in, stay in your jammies all day, and enjoy whatever he cooks for you (hopefully breakfast in bed!). Maybe even get yourself a mani/pedi!

10.    Stay home and watch movies that you both enjoy, or try new movies you haven’t seen yet. You can also watch home videos from before the baby if you have them (or your wedding video).

These ideas should give you a little inspiration for what you can do on your first Mother’s Day. If your baby happens to come close to Mother’s Day, you may still be in the hospital and your choices of first Mother’s Day activities may be limited. This can also be a very special and memorable first Mother’s Day, though, since your little one decided to come on or around that special day.

What are your ideas for a special first Mother’s Day activity? Please share your favorite first Mother’s Day ideas in our comments below.


Bridal Laundry Gift Ideas and Laundry Themed Gift Baskets

Bridal showers invite all kinds of cute, elegant, and luxurious gifts from guests attending in honor of the bride and groom. With an open mind you can find dozens of creative bridal shower gifts for the happy couple, from home items to electronics, gift cards, and so much more. A popular trend in bridal shower gifts is putting numerous similar gifts together into themed gift baskets, like a cooking or baking gift basket, a wine themed gift basket, or even a laundry themed gift basket. This article focuses on various bridal laundry gift ideas for the bride-to-be.

Consider these fun and festive bridal laundry themed gift ideas for the next bridal shower you attend:

Laundry Themed Gift Basket
A laundry themed gift basket can be the perfect bridal shower gift. It may not be a widely popular gift, so you may be the only person offering this present, which makes it a unique and exciting gift. Choose a high quality laundry basket and add a ribbon and bow in the colors of the wedding. Fill your laundry gift basket with laundry detergent, fabric softener, cute clothespins, mesh bags for washing bras and intimates, and other laundry accessories. Consider adding a stain kit or create your own with little index cards offering tips and instructions – baby powder to remove oil and grease, hairspray to remove ink, and dish soap to remove spaghetti sauce.

Monogrammed Towels, Blankets, or Sheets in a Wicker Laundry Basket
While it may not be a total laundry themed bridal shower gift, a nice set of monogrammed towels, sheets, or blankets can be a luxurious present that the bride and groom will love forever. A nice dark wicker laundry basket lined with canvas or another fabric adds an elegant touch to your thoughtful and personalized gift.

Laundry Basket Containing Various Cleaning Supplies
Sometimes bridal showers may ask guests to bring one cleaning supply or solution to add to a laundry basket to give the bride and groom a jump start on what they will need to spruce up their new home together. If your next bridal shower doesn’t request something like this, you may enjoy making up your own laundry basket of cleaning supplies – a feather duster, rags, cleaning products, and whatever else you can find that makes a nice addition to this themed laundry basket.

Towel Warmer Device
Again, this may be another stretch in the laundry gift ideas department, but a towel warmer can be a luxurious gift for a newlywed couple. Just like visiting a spa every day, the bride and groom can enjoy fresh and warm towels for every shower if they like. Be sure to include a gift receipt in case they don’t have the space for the gift in their bathroom.

High-End Clothing Drying Rack
A nice drying rack can be a fine addition to a home’s laundry area. Instead of the flimsy aluminum or lightweight wood drying racks, consider something sturdier with a nicer look. You should also get a gift receipt for this item in case the bride and groom already have their drying rack and laundry drying plans in place.

These are just a few bridal laundry gift ideas to consider. Remember, you might find quite a few items on the bridal registry to include in your laundry themed gift baskets. What other ideas do you have for laundry themed gifts? Please share them in our comments below.


Ideas for a Baby Shower Safari Theme

Choosing a baby shower theme can be lots of fun when you consider all the possibilities for each theme and color scheme. A baby shower safari theme is a popular baby shower motif that works wonderfully no matter if the mom-to-be is having a little girl, a little boy, or a surprise. You can find lots of fun ways to dress up a safari themed baby shower – consider these fun ideas to make the perfect shower from baby shower invitations and decorations to shower centerpieces, favors, and more.

As you plan your baby shower safari theme from start to finish, be sure to consider all the key aspects of a baby shower – invitations, decorations, centerpieces, food, drinks, cake, shower favors, and even baby shower games if you like.

Baby Shower Safari Theme for Girls
Hosting a safari theme baby shower for little girls on the way can be such an adorable affair. Consider decking out your baby shower venue in pink colors with animal print like zebra or leopard. Add in some cute safari animals throughout your decorations, centerpieces, and cake.  You can tie coordinating pink and animal printed balloons to a cute safari themed stuffed animal, like a lion, monkey, giraffe, and zebra. Also, check out these adorable zebra baby shower ideas for girls.

Baby Shower Safari Theme for Boys
Baby boys are a bit more rough and tumble, so you can get away with a less dainty safari baby shower theme if the parents-to-be are having a boy. Consider bold colors, like Crayola reds, blues, and greens, or keep it in a jungle to Sahara motif with earth tones and animal prints. You can do cute centerpieces of miniature cakes or cupcake tiers decorated in the safari theme, or stick to cool jungle-looking plants in color-coordinated flower pots. Get some balloons, banners, and other decorations. Don’t forget your khaki safari hat!

Neutral Baby Shower Safari Theme (Surprise!)
When the gender of the baby on the way is a surprise, you can still plan adorable showers with a baby shower safari theme, jungle theme, or similar. Stick to neutral colors like orange, yellow, and green or even earth tones of khaki and army green. Choose animal themed decorations, plates, balloons, and party favors. You can choose cute tropical flowers with lots of big leaves in vases or potted plants for centerpieces. Be sure to have a great cake decorated with a leafy tree or zebra print or miniature wild animals prancing around the tiers or sheet cake.

These are a few basic ideas for a baby shower safari theme, but you should try to plan a few months in advance and let your imagination run wild! You can have fun mixing animal print patterns and actual cutouts of jungle animals on garland and banners to announce best wishes for the baby on the way.

What other ideas do you have for a baby shower safari theme? Please share them in our comments below!


Top 25 Spring Activities for Couples

The weather is warmer, the sun is often shining, and many of us are itching to play hooky from work for a day to simply enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer this time of year. Whether you want to enjoy some special time during the week or have a weekend set aside, consider these fun and exciting spring activities for couples to keep that spark alive in your relationship.

Before you set off to enjoy your springtime date or group activity, first consider your budget and the distance you are willing to drive. You may want to plan a couple of springtime activities for couples besides yourself and your significant other, sort of like a group date, and then plan a few romantic activities for just you and your sweetheart. Check out these suggestions for spring activities for couples to enjoy this year.

•    Boating
•    Fishing
•    Hiking
•    Biking
•    Picnicking
•    Charity dog walks
•    Wine tasting
•    Brewery tours
•    Outdoor music
•    Visiting nature preserves, flower conservatories, etc.
•    Craft workshops like glassblowing or pottery
•    Laser tag
•    Paintball
•    Drive-in movies
•    Rock climbing
•    Canoeing
•    Kayaking
•    Go on a photography walk
•    Make your own Sangria
•    Build a garden together
•    Create a birdhouse or bird feeder together
•    Rollerblading
•    Running a 5K race together
•    Visiting a museum or area attraction
•    Enjoying a spa treatment together

If you decide to try any spring activities with a group of your coupled friends, you might be able to add some fun springtime double date ideas, like playing a team sport together such as soccer or volleyball. What other suggestions do you have for fun springtime activities for couples? Please share your favorites in our comments below.