Unique baby shower themes

37 Unique Baby Shower Themes

Are you fed up with the classic parties and looking for unique baby shower themes that will light up the day? Fret no more since we have got you covered! Try any of the below ideas. If you know the baby’s gender and throw a gender-oriented party, check out the baby shower themes for boys or baby shower themes for girls posts.

Baby Bath Theme

It’s bath time for your guests! Bring out the soap and suds and all will have a whole lot of fun with this theme.

Splish, Splash, Get ready to take a bath!

Invitations:

The trial sample invitation is perfect for a baby bath theme. Attach a hotel-sized bar of soap to your shower invitations.

Decorations:

Establish your theme by decorating with a baby bath tub, bath toys, soap, shampoo bottles and transparent ‘bubble’ balloons. Heck, go overboard and rent a bubble machine!

Games & Prizes:

Include a game which incorporates water. Consider the lucky duck game or the pregnant belly races using water balloons.

The Menu:

Create a couple of dishes with a ‘sudsy’ appearance. Jell-O topped with whipped cream, or any dessert with a meringue topping would be perfect. Little ‘bars of soap’ can be created by baking sugar cookies in a small rectangular shape. Fill an entire cake pan with your sugar cookie batter. Midway through baking, take out the pan and cut into rectangles. Once fully baked, frost your rectangles with a topping to match your shower’s color palette. A serving table lined with a dark blue foil will complete your themed menu.

Party Favors:

This one’s a no-brainer. Shower gels and bath soaps are perfect for this theme.

My Thoughts:

Bathing a baby is cute and fun- For this reason, people love this bath time theme.

 

Diaper Baby Shower

A diaper shower is practical and would be appreciated by any expectant mother.

A diaper baby shower is one of the more common baby sprinkles. The theme has this name because the most common gift given at this shower are diapers.

Invitations:

There is no shortage of cute diaper shower invitations. Create a diaper-shaped invitation out of cloth or thick paper stock. A diaper pin holds the cards together. Unfold these diapers to get the party details!

Decorations:

Anchor a balloon bouquet with a tissue-paper diaper. A diaper cake will make a perfect centerpiece for your shower.

Games & Prizes:
  • Diaper-writing game
  • The poopy diaper game
  • Dirty diaper game
The Menu:

Serve nuts and mints in their very own diaper. Just fold small paper napkins into a diaper shape, securing with small diaper pins.

Party Favors:

Wrap bars of scented soap in their little diapers. Create the diapers by folding sheets of pastel paper, taping the paper on the inside.

My Thoughts:

Request that guests gift the mother-to-be with diapers. Double-check with the mother to take note of what style she’ll be using.

 

Pea In The Pod Baby Shower

One of the most famous shower ideas is the Pea in the Pod. This theme is ideal for welcoming in twins.

This idea is especially well-suited for twins, triplets, and beyond!

Invitations:

Many specialty greeting card stores stock pea in the pod invitation cards. Otherwise, purchase online.

Make your invitations using green construction paper and a strand of ribbon as the beanstalk.

Decorations:

Decorate with green! Groups of 2-4 helium balloons can be combined to form pea pod balloon bouquets. Attach green streamers to the balloons for bean stalks.

Make a fitting centerpiece by tying the ends of a large green bath towel with ribbon to create a little pouch. Fill with baby dolls, pots of green flowers or baby gifts wrapped in green.

Games & Prizes:
  • Pea in the pod game
  • The baby song game
  • Baby food taste test (Include a jar of baby food peas!)
The Menu:

Trust us- stay away from serving peas at your shower! Stick with inspired menu ideas such as;

  • Spinach pasta
  • Pesto
  • Salad
Party Favors:

Give your guests a treat from Bath & Body Works’ Sweet Pea line.

My Thoughts:

This theme is perfect for a baby shower for twins.

 

Rubber Ducky Baby Shower

When your guests are asked if they had a good time, they will say the day was ducky!

Invitations:

Send out duck-shaped invitations made from yellow construction paper. Check out our duck invitations and rubber duck invitations.

Decorations:

Transform a kid’s pool into a duck pond. Place light blue poster board on the bottom of the pool. Add green-colored lily pads made from construction paper. Add rubber duckies, and you’re set.

Games & Prizes:
  • Animal name game
  • Lucky duck game
The Menu:

Transform your punch bowl into a duck pond. Place sliced limes or kiwis on the surface of the punch to simulate lily pads.

Make a duck-shaped cake surrounded by little candy ducks. Simulate duck feathers with yellow-colored coconut.

Party Favors:

Give each guest a little bag of yellow M&M’s.

My Thoughts:

This theme works well for a springtime baby.

 

Looney Tunes Baby Shower Themes

It’s cartoon time when you have a Baby Looney Tunes shower theme!

Baby Looney Tunes are the small, kid versions of the classic Warner Brothers characters.

Invitations:

Baby Looney Tunes invitations can easily be found online or at a local party store. You could also place cartoon stickers on standard invites.

Decorations:

Baby Looney Tunes characters include:

  • Bugs Bunny
  • Daffy Duck
  • Tweety
  • Sylvester the Cat
  • Lola Bunny
  • Taz
  • Melissa Duck
  • Petunia Pig
  • Floyd

Decorate with any of your favorite characters- images, posters, plush animals, etc.

Food:

Choose from any of our great Baby Shower Recipes.

Games & Prizes:

Our baby animal name game is perfect for the Baby Looney Tunes shower.

Party Favors:

Stick with the ‘small-sized’ theme and give guests sample-sizes of perfume, lotion or soap.

My Thoughts:

You can find Baby Looney Toons party supplies online. That’s all folks!

 

Lullaby Baby Shower

Theme your shower around the peaceful moments before a baby’s sleep. Throw a ‘lullaby theme’ for your shower!

Few things are as peaceful as a baby sleeping, especially the moments when a baby’s eyelids close to the sound of a soft lullaby. This moment is beloved, and many have themed around lullabies!

Invitations:

Send out night sky letters, including moon and stars. Use construction and tissue paper, along with a silver pen for writing shower information.

Decorations:

Make night sky mobiles! Cut out star and the moon shapes from construction paper. Punch holes in the tops and string them to a mobile. Make several and hang them from the ceiling, simulating a night sky.
Play some cool music in the background.

Games & Prizes:
  • Play song games
  • Baby song game
  • Child song game
Menu:

Stick to tradition fare and include a beautiful night sky cake.
Serve a night sky punch. Mix 1-gallon of white cranberry juice, 4-gallons ginger ale and two small packages of blue drink mix (like Kool-Aid) together. Chill and serve.

Party Favors:

Some researchers state that playing classical music to your baby will improve his or her mental development. Whether or not this is true, we love the idea of giving classical music to shower guests.

My Thoughts:

This theme is similar to our moon and stars theme.

 

Circus Baby Shower

Channel your inner child and enjoy this circus theme!

This theme doesn’t clown around – it’s high-flying fun for your guests!

Invitations:

Using tag board, cut out animal shapes or the silhouette of a clown for your invitations. Or go with a confetti shower invitations.

Decorations:

Decorate with soft versions of the circus colors red, yellow, blue and green. Finish your decor with the following:

  • clowns (cut-outs or pictures)
  • flying trapeze
  • stuffed animals (preferably tigers, lions or elephants)
  • peanuts (real and candy types)
  • bright balloons
  • paper hats
  • animal crackers

And if you’re talented, design your party room as a big top. Drape bright colored fabric from the ceiling.

Games & Prizes:

Revise the Character Guessing Game to include circus animals and circus entertainers!

The Menu:

Stick with your favorite fare, but incorporate fun circus touches like these:

  • Popcorn
  • Peanuts
  • Cotton Candy
  • Cupcakes or cake with bright sprinkles
  • Bowl of animal crackers

If not decorating your party room as a Big Top tent, consider decorating your serving table as one.

Party Favors:

Send each guest home with a box of animal crackers – the same kind used to decorate your ‘Big Top’ shower.

My Thoughts:

Are you not looking to clown around with your baby shower? Hire a clown to entertain guests for a portion of your shower. This idea is especially great if kids will be attending your circus.

 

Baby Needs A Name Baby Shower

Are the parents still searching for a baby name? Help them out by throwing with a ‘baby needs a name’ theme.

It’s a couple of weeks until the due date and mom and dad have still not chosen a baby name. Have no fear – everyone will come to the rescue! But mom and dad could have a surprise ending to this shower – the parents could announce the name of their child!

Invitations:

Find or create invitations containing letters of the alphabet. When writing them, encourage your guests to address any baby gifts to the name they feel most fitting for mom’s arrival! Note whether the baby will be a boy or girl.

Decorations:

Baby names, alphabet letters, and alphabet blocks highlight this theme. Create little oval ‘word balloons’ with baby name suggestions followed by a question mark. Throw in a couple of bad choices for a bit of fun! Paul? Karl? Hulbert? Greg?

Games & Prizes:

The baby name game is perfect for this theme.

The Menu:

Take each letter of mom-to-be’s first name and create a dish which starts with the letter. Create a little menu for your meal, increasing the font of every dish name. If you’re short on a letter, just throw in an adjective. ‘Tuna’ could become ‘X-tremely tasty tuna.’

Party Favors:

A box of Alphabets cereal would be fitting; gift wrapped with a bow in your shower’s color scheme.

My Thoughts:

Make sure your mom-to-be will welcome suggestions on naming her child. Hopefully your outspoken aunt Sofia won’t be too pushy when she suggests the baby be named after her!

 

Nine Months Pregnant Baby Shower

Celebrate that beautiful pregnant belly-style!

This theme idea has guests showing up nine months pregnant in their bathrobes and of course – a big baby belly!

Invitations:

Pick out invitations with the figure of a pregnant woman. Make sure to inform guests of the dress code – a big baby bump!

Decorations:

Your guests become the decorations for this shower theme. Further decorate your venue with a foot massager, pillows, ice packs, warm packs and fans.

Games & prizes:
  • Guess the girth game
  • Baby song game
  • Don’t say, baby, game
The Menu:

Serve the mother-to-be’s favorite foods. Ask her if she’s had any crazy pregnancy cravings!

Party Favors:

Create little ‘hospital bags’ for your guests, filled with an assortment of chocolates and sweets. (Make sure to write hospital bag on the outside!)

My Thoughts:

Get additional ideas from our stay at home mommy baby shower.

 

Baby Book Showers Theme

Every parent wants a smart baby. You’ll be helping their cause when using the baby book showers theme!

Incorporating this fun theme into your shower will ensure one thing: Baby’s Got Book!

Invitations:

Design your invitations to look like little children’s books. Make mini copies of the cover of a favorite book. The Little Golden Books or Dr. Seuss series would make great choices. Request guests include a children’s book as part of their shower gift.

Decorations:

Fill your venue with the kids’ books. Use vintage books for added appeal. Choose shower supplies with characters from children’s books. Snoopy, Winnie the Pooh and Disney characters are favorites.

Games & Prizes:

The nursery rhyme charades are perfect for this theme. Give this game’s star actor a movie rental certificate.

The Menu:

Inspire your menu with some modern children’s book menu ideas:

  • Charlotte’s Web farm-fresh mashed potatoes
  • Babar peanut chicken
  • Go, Dog, Go! Hot dogs
  • Curious George banana pie
  • Winnie the Pooh honey cakes
  • Madeline chocolate crepes
Party Favors:

Create custom made bookmarks commemorating your shower!

My Thoughts:

Using children’s books as decorations has additional benefits. After the shower, give the books to the mother-to-be.

 

Jack and Jill Baby Shower

Everybody will love a ‘Jack and Jill’ theme – as long as they don’t have to fetch a bucket of water!

There are many reasons to love a ‘Jack and Jill’ shower theme. Twins or multiples could be on the way. Perhaps you’re hosting a coed shower. But most use this theme because it makes a great party!

Invitations:

Create your templates from a digital picture of the Jack and Jill rag dolls. This vintage theme should be carried throughout your shower.

Decorations:

The color scheme for this shower can be ‘denim’ blue and white, the colors most attributed to the vintage doll’s attire. The invitation images can be reused to decorate your party room. A wishing well can be created for guests to deposit their shower gifts. A bucket of water, complete with flowers, will achieve your wishing well.

Games & Prizes:

Play nursery rhyme charades! Pick several of your favorite nursery rhymes, and put the names in a hat. Have shower guests draw one slip and act out the nursery rhyme. Keep track of points, and award the winners with truffles or chocolates.

The Menu:

Use nursery rhyme inspired foods. Some of our favorites are Bye Baby Bundt Cake, Georgie Porgie Pudding, Hot Cross Buns, and Baa-Baa Black Sheep Bruschetta.

Party Favors:

These classic nursery rhymes will bring back cherished memories for all guests. Send them home with vintage copies of Mother Goose or other collections.

My Thoughts:

Incorporating nursery rhymes into your shower is a delightful way to make it classic and memorable. We especially love “Jack and Jill” for a theme!

 

Cookie Baby Showers

What could be sweeter than babies and cookies? Nothing! Combining these two sweet treats makes for a delightful theme.

We’re warning you. Your guests won’t want to leave when you throw a cookie themed baby shower!

Invitations:

Send out trial sample invitations, attaching a small pack of cookies to the invitation. This will get your guest list in the cookie-munching mood.

Or create invites by cutting a circle from light brown construction paper. Color in dark brown ‘chocolate chip’ spots all over the cookie, fold the cookie in half and print shower information on the inside.

Decorations:

Decorate your shower venue with cookie ingredients, cookie cutters, giant decorated cookies and cookie cut-outs. Include a couple milk themed decorations to ‘wash down’ your cookie decorations. Don’t forget to include inspiration from the greatest cookie mascot ever: Cookie Monster!

Since decorating can be multi-sensory, bake bite-size cookies during your shower! The fresh aroma of cookies will stir up your room full of guests.

Games & Prizes:

If your guests aren’t dieting, consider having a cookie eating contest. Give each participant a giant cookie and see who can eat it the fastest. For the health-conscious guest list, play this game with rice cakes instead of cookies. Increase the difficulty and have guests tie their hands behind their backs!

Since cookies are always better with milk, play the chug a lug game sipping milk from baby bottles.

The Menu:

There are many fun ways to serve cookies:

  • Order a giant, decorated cookie from a bakery
  • Pre-bake cookies and pipe guests’ names on them with frosting
  • Have guests decorate their cookies with a variety of fillings and toppings
Party Favors:

Send guests home with a cookie mix jar. Create your own by layering dry ingredients in a clear glass jar. Start with brown sugar, and make your way up to less dense ingredients. Accompany with a cute cookie cutter and consider this the perfect party favor.

My Thoughts:

Since grandma’s role is synonymous with making cookies, this theme is ideal for a grandma theme. But no matter what the reason is to throw the cookie theme, everyone will love this party.

 

Lil Pumpkin and The Pumpkin Patch

Regardless of the season, this cozy theme is always a perfect for welcoming a newborn into the world.

This pumpkin themed shower is ideal for any season. Create a pumpkin patch and celebrate the upcoming arrival of the Lil’ Pumpkin!

Invitations:

Create pumpkin-shaped invitations from orange posterboard, or pick up a pumpkin invites at a party supply store. Get fancy and create personalized postage stamps with your honoree holding a pumpkin!

Decorations:

Create a pumpkin patch atmosphere your guests will love. Decorate the serving table miniature pumpkins and orange foil. Get a bit crazy by having the honoree wear a ‘big pumpkin’ orange dress, or have a guest bring a baby dressed in a pumpkin costume. Light a pumpkin pie scented candles to set the mood. You’re ready to party!

Games & Prizes:

Modify the baby food taste test game with a colored pumpkin twist! Blindfold guests and have them identify orange colored foods and juices. Great baby food flavors include squash, carrots, peaches, and apricots, as well as orange baby juices.

The Menu:

Everyone will love these pumpkin-inspired favorites:

  • Curried pumpkin soup
  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Salad with lettuce, apples, raisins, blue cheese and a balsamic vinegarette
  • Mini pumpkin pies
  • Candy corn
  • A pumpkin shaped cake
Party Favors:

Pumpkin scented candles would make a great shower favor.

My Thoughts:

Tell your guests to wear oranges, browns and yellows. Get everyone in on the excitement before the party even starts!

 

Baby’s Feet Shower Theme

Cute baby feet set the theme for this adorable theme.

Invitations:

Send guests baby foot invitations. Trace and cut out baby’s feet out of tag board. Write the essential information on the cut-outs. Paste footprint on baby-themed paper.

Decorations:

Adorn the venue with baby feet. Using the ‘decorating with rubber stamps’ idea and create a rubber stamp in the shape of a baby’s foot. Seal your party plates, table liners, and other party decorations.

If stamping isn’t your thing, cut out baby feet from a variety of pastel paper colors. Place all around the party room. Accompany these cute decorations with candles and flowers. Place baby shoes and socks on the serving table and later give them to the mom-to-be.

Games & Prizes:

The ‘decorate flip flops’ is a foot-themed activity they will enjoy.

The Menu:

Search out recipes by the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten, or use your ideas. You’ll need to serve a cute cake shaped like a baby’ foot – they will expect this!

Party Favors:

Since this shower theme is all about the feet, give guests nail polishes.

My Thoughts:

It’s hard to think of anything cuter than baby feet, so this is a clear theme choice!

 

Pickles and Ice Cream Baby Shower

The fabled ‘pickles and ice cream’ craving comes alive with this fun theme.

Making ice cream a central theme for your shower is perfect because everyone loves eating it!

Invitations:

Use green tag board to create pickle-shaped invitations. Or create trial sample shower invitations with ready-to-eat pickles, the ones found at your local convenience store.

Decorations:

Make a pickles and ice cream balloon bouquet using cream-colored and bright green balloons.

Games & Prizes:

Modify the baby feeding race game and serve ice cream instead of baby food.

The Menu:

Create your deli sandwiches from a large assortment of bread, meats, cheeses and of course – pickles!

Finish off your lunch with an ice cream bar. Don’t forget green sprinkles to represent pickles!

Party Favors:

Give each guest a yummy ice cream topper like butterscotch, chopped nuts or sprinkles.

My Thoughts:

Forget white ice cream. This is a good time to try that super-deluxe quadruple chocolate surprise ice cream you’ve been eyeing!

 

The Cowboy or Cowgirl Party Theme

You’ll mount up for this cowboy or cowgirl party theme. Your guests will be two-stepping their way home!

You’ll giddy up to the best side of the Mississippi.

Invitations:

Create messages on tag board, gluing denim on one side and writing on the other. Encourage your guests to wear a cowboy hat, bandana, and denim!

Decorations:

Use horses, cows, and guitars for your Wild West theme. Playing Country music in the background will help set the mood. A guitar case makes a perfect place to deposit gifts. Provide a cowboy hat for your honoree to wear for pictures!

Games & Prizes:

Modify the baby song game by using only country western songs!

The Menu:

Place an ‘Ol Chuckwagon’ sign over your serving area. Enamelware would make great serving dishes. Scatter pretzel sticks and candy corn around your serving dishes for hay and corn effect. A guitar-shaped cake would be a hit.

Party Favors:

Pick up candles scented in an outdoors aroma. Top off your candles with twine and a thank you note.

My Thoughts:

Check out the farm and farm animal shower theme for more great tips to assist in this theme.

 

Japanese Baby Shower

This theme will make guests think one thing: We love Japan!

Invitations:

Using colored construction paper, cut out Kimono-shaped invitations. Print shower details on the back.

Decorations:

Transform your venue into a Japanese garden. Place potted plants, bamboo and bright flowers around the room. Place a few Japanese decorations on your serving table if you have any

Games & Prizes:

Choose from any of our games. Give the game winners any of these Japan-inspired favors:

  • Japanese rice crackers
  • Wasabi peas
  • Onsen bath salts
The Menu:

Try any of these Japanese favorites;

  • Sushi (make it without raw fish)
  • Noodles (Udon, ramen or soba)
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Tempura vegetables
  • Senbae (Japanese rice crackers)
  • Pocky sticks (sweet, chocolate-covered cracker sticks, available in many grocery stores)
Party Favors:

Small Japanese goods are easy to find. Check out an international products store or go online to find any of the items mentioned above.

My Thoughts:

Want more Japanese at your shower party? Play Memoirs of a Geisha or music from Japan in the background.

 

‘A Star Is Born’ Baby Shower

Your new celebrity will debut in style with this classic shower theme. Whether the expected little one will be a movie actor or pop star, a ‘Star is Born’ theme is perfect for the occasion.

When your expected arrival is sure to be the next big pop star or movie star, you better host a ‘Star is Born’ shower. This party will be the most sought after ticket in town!

Invitations:

Rock your guest’s world with event tickets. Or go with a regular shower invitation by including the ‘Hollywood star’ seen on the Hollywood walk of fame. Highlight them with a touch of glitter.

Decorations:

The best color palette for a ‘Star is Born’ theme includes gold, silver, and a dark color of your choice. Once again, turn to the Hollywood star for inspiration. Hollywood stars can be placed on the floor in honor of previous siblings or one for each guest. The star can also be used for placeholders on the dining tables. A star shaped centerpiece full of baby items will be a ‘hit’ with your guests.

Games & Prizes:

Modify the Bingo game by calling out celebrity names. Prizes can include gift certificates for movie rentals.

The Menu:

Slight modifications to a typical shower menu can be made. Have a jello with a whipped cream topping, sprinkling edible glitter in the shape of a star atop the whipped cream. Your shower cake can be made in the form of a Hollywood star (as seen on the walk of fame). Write the baby’s name on the star-shaped cake.

Party Favors:

If going with a celebrity movie theme, gift cards for movie rentals would be fitting. If going with a live performance theme, consider giving a music CD.

My Thoughts:

For more ideas, the Hollywood-themed baby shower is similar in concept to the ‘Star is Born’ theme.

 

Chocolate Baby Showers

Combining the best things in life (babies, friends, and chocolate) makes for an unforgettable baby shower!

The shower will have mouths watering. Bon appetit!

Invitations:

Send out beautiful brown letters with a splash of pink, yellow or blue. Complete your invite by including a small wrapped chocolate inside.

Decorations:

Incorporate a chocolate-colored scheme to your shower venue. Decorate with dark browns, and add some pink (or another bright color) for extra punch. Scatter individual chocolates around the room.

String white Christmas lights around your venue, light a couple of cocoa-scented candles and you’re ready to party!

Games & Prizes:
  • Cakewalk (compete for a chocolate cake)
  • Jellybean guessing game (substitute chocolate for jelly beans)
  • Candy bar game
The Menu:

Although chocolate is typically eaten sweet, there are some interesting savory recipes out there. Try Chili with cocoa powder Mole Chicken (a favorite Mexican recipe that uses cocoa in its sauce) Spicy cocoa dry rub (to add to grilled meats) And dessert? We won’t even go there! There are millions of possibilities.

Party Favors:

Give each guest a gourmet chocolate bar with high cacao content. We recommend the Godiva 72% Dark Demitasse.

My Thoughts:

Want to take your party to the next level? Add a chocolate fountain complete with strawberries, grapes and other fruits for dipping.

 

Baby Food Baby Showers

We love baby food so much that we decided to theme around it!

It will have been a while since your guests have enjoyed baby food – quite a few years!

Invitations:

Create messages which look like a baby food container label. Include a picture of your honoree on the label.

Decorations:

Decorate your shower small jars of baby food that can later be given to the mother-to-be. Modify the baby tip jar idea by having guests deposit fairytale in a large baby food jar.

Games & Prizes:
  • Baby food tastes test
  • Feed the baby game
The Menu:

Serve smoothies made with fruit baby food. Top the menu off with a baby food cake.

Party Favors:

Give each guest a fruit-flavored lip gloss.

My Thoughts:

Not only a cute theme but also very budget-friendly. And your honoree will love taking home the baby food jars used as decorations!

 

Money Tree Showers Theme

It’s a dream come true- Money will be growing on trees with this theme!

Invitations:

Let guests know that money, and gift certificates are the preferred gifts. Continue by making dollar-themed invitations.

Decorations:

Create your very own money tree. Our guide to making money tree will help out. Complete your decor by having dirt filled flower pots sprouting little dollar bills!

Games & Prizes:

Any of our games can be modified by giving cash as the prize. What denomination? Everyone loves a fresh and crisp $2 bill.

The Menu:

Create a menu from the mother-to-be’s name.

Party Favors:

Piggy banks would be a perfect favor for this theme.

My Thoughts:

Does she want unique gifts? Consider a gift registry.

 

Whine & Cheese Baby Shower Themes

Everybody will love some downtime among friends. Throw this fun shower in the evening.

Invitations:

Create invitations with two pictures of children on the front: one of a baby crying (the ‘whine’) and one of a baby smiling (the ‘cheese’). Label pictures accordingly. Find photos online or have a print shop come up with a design.

Decorations:

Here’re some decorating ideas

  • Decorate your venue with Christmas lights, wine bottles, grapes, and plants
  • At the wine bar, decorate with pictures of babies crying
  • By your cheese selection, decorate with pictures of smiling babies
  • Create a bouquet of Merlot-colored and cheese-colored balloons
  • Dress the new baby in yellow
  • Add a touch of light jazz (we recommend Diana Krall or Madeleine Peyroux)
Games & Prizes:

Instead of a traditional game, entertain guests with a creative activity. Consider having a talented friend lead a cooking class, teach visitors how to knit or perform some live music.

The Menu:

Have each guest bring their favorite wine and cheese. Have meats, bread and condiments on hand to serve with the food.

Depending on whether the shower is thrown before or after the baby is born, the mother may or may not be able to drink. Consider having sparkling grape juice on hand for her and any other guests preferring non-alcoholic beverages.

Party Favors:

Wine glass charms are the perfect party favor.

My Thoughts:

The list of ideas is a great resource for adding special touches to your shower. Don’t forget the daddy’s car valet!

 

Baby Rattle Themed Baby Shower

Your guests will shake, rattle and roll with this cute theme!

Are your guests ready to make some noise?

Invitations:

Make rattle-shaped invitations. Sketch out your own or look for a template online.

Decorations:

Make large cut-outs of rattles in your preferred color. Stick with the color scheme and decorate more with candles, flowers, and balloons. Don’t forget background music!

Games & Prizes:

Test guests song skills with the baby song game. Make a list of songs containing the word rattle!

The Menu:

A baked potato bar is delicious and easy-prep. Include a buffet of toppings, such as;

  • Bacon bits
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Chili
  • Salsa
  • Onions
  • Jalapenos

Include a rattle-shaped cake. A bakery will be able to make one for you.

Party Favors:

Stick with the noise-making theme and give each guest a personalized soundtrack. Play this same selection of music during your shower.

My Thoughts:

Don’t forget to gift baby with a rattle or other fitting gift.

 

Gift Basket Baby Showers

Fun to get and fun to give, the gift basket theme is perfect for creative and artsy guests.

Half the fun is thinking of great gift basket ideas. The other half is seeing the gift basket creations!

Invitations:

Indicate on invitations that guests are to bring a theme basket in place of another gift. Indicate on each guests’ letter the type of basket they should bring. Some suggestions are:

  • Baby bath time gift basket
  • Nursery gift basket
  • Toy gift basket
  • Gift basket for mom
  • Diaper and wipes gift basket
Decorations:

Stick with traditional decorations, but don’t forget to add a few decorative baskets to the venue. Anchor any balloon bouquets to baskets. Establish your theme as guests approach the party location. Place a basket of flowers in an old bicycle’s wicker basket and park the bike near the shower entrance. Add in a couple more baskets of flowers.

Games & Prizes:

Since gifts are central to this theme, the gift game is especially fitting for a gift basket shower. Or play the jelly bean guessing game, except place the jelly beans in a wicker basket.

The Menu:

Have a picnic basket themed serving table with the following picnic foods:

  • Hamburgers
  • Hot dogs and bratwurst
  • Potato salad
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Baked beans
  • Potato chips
  • Fruit pizza
  • Lemonade
Party Favors:

Mini gift baskets filled with candy or fruit are a perfect gift for this theme.

My Thoughts:

Modify the ‘baby tip jar idea’ by having guests place them in a ‘baby tips basket.’

 

‘Precious Firsts’ Shower Theme

This theme is all about celebrating the favorite first moment’s mom will be having with her newborn.

Every parent will remember the first steps of their child. This theme celebrates those favorite first moments.

Invitations:

The first year of baby’s life is full of firsts: smiles, cries, crawls and laughs. To simulate, send out invitations that look like calendars. Find calendar templates online or create your own with graphics software. Indicate on each guest’s note what type of gift they should bring in the Baby’s Firsts theme. Some examples:

  • Baby’s first bath (gifts like baby shampoo, wash and bath tub)
  • Baby’s first visit to grandma and grandpa’s (overnight bag, travel accessories)
  • Baby’s first real food meal (silverware set, bibs)
  • Baby’s first birthday
Decorations:

Decorate your shower venue with calendars, pictures of the mother-to-be throughout the years of her life, baby toys and the number 1. Decorations with vintage touches are perfect for this shower theme… lace and wicker decor will be perfect.

Games & Prizes:

Each guest brings a baby photo of themselves from years ago and plays the baby pictures game.

The Menu:

The shower hostess should ask the mother-to-be what her favorite were as a child, as well as her current favorites. Incorporate these ideas into the menu. Finish off your menu with cupcakes with a single candle in anticipation of baby’s first birthday.

Party Favors:

Send each guest home with a lovely vintage picture frame.

My Thoughts:

Each person’s life is filled with first events. This Precious Firsts theme gives cause to celebrate these cherished moments.

 

Baby Face Shower Theme

It’s hard to find something cuter than a baby’s face, making this a cute and adorable theme.

Invitations:

Make color copies of a sweet baby face and place on the front of your invitations. If the baby’s sex is known, make it boy or girl themed invite.

Decorations:

Decorate your party pad with baby faces. Mix up your faces with different emotions – happy, playful, laughing, crying and sleeping. Include the most famous baby face ever – the Gerber Baby Food baby. Attach baby eyes and a baby mouth to the balloons in your balloon bouquet. Add a few strings of clear Christmas lights, and you’re ready to celebrate!

Games & Prizes:

Each guest brings a baby picture of herself and plays the baby pictures game. Give your winning player a cute picture frame.

The Menu:

An appetizer buffet is a perfect menu for this shower theme. Most of these items are pre-prep so that you won’t be stuck in the kitchen during the party.

  • Barbecued chicken wings
  • Mini-bruschettas
  • Cheese and crackers platter
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Spiced pecans

Top the menu off with a baby face cake. Check in with your local cake bakery for options.

Party Favors:

Give each lucky guest a baby candles created from Gerber baby food containers.

My Thoughts:

Here’s a bit of ‘baby face shower theme’ trivia: Did you know that the Gerber baby wasn’t a baby at all? The baby was a creation by Ann Turner Cook in 1928 to compete in a contest to create the Gerber baby image. Apparently, she won!

 

Carriage Baby Showers Theme

A carriage theme is beautiful, elegant, and simple to pull off!

A baby carriage, buggy or pram can only mean one thing – it’s time to celebrate the coming baby.

Invitations:

Create invites using an image of a baby carriage or paper with a wicker print border.

Decorations:

The baby carriage theme is well suited for a shabby chic styled decor. Decorate your venue in soft pinks, mint greens and cream colors. Integrate wicker pieces in your decor. Give yourself extra points for finding a wicker baby carriage for your shower!

Games & Prizes:

For those having an outdoor shower, consider playing the “Protect the Egg” game.

Divide your guests into groups of two and arm them with ten plastic straws and a roll of masking tape. Have teams create a container for the egg using only the supplies provided. After the containers have been made, each team drops an unboiled egg onto their container from a height of 8 feet. If the egg doesn’t break on impact, that team is a winner.

The Menu:

A baby carriage can be quite a beautiful thing. We think a pasta bar is a perfect fit. Serve a couple of your dishes within wicker containers.

  • A variety of fresh pasta: Ravioli, spaghetti, gnocchi, tortellini, etc.
  • A variety of pasta sauces: Pesto, Marinara, aioli, meat, etc.
  • Fresh parmesan
  • Top your menu off with a baby carriage cake.
Party Favors:

Have a specialty chocolatier create dark chocolate baby carriages – the perfect favor for this shower.

My Thoughts:

Consider giving the mom-to-be a lovely shabby chic inspired gift. Wrap your gift with strips of fabric for ribbons!

 

Puppy Baby Shower

Cute pups + cute babies = one cute theme!

No hostess will ever be in the dog house if she throws a puppy themed shower!

Invitations:

Cut out dog bone shapes from cream-colored construction paper. Print shower details on the back. Have your guests choose a dog or puppy name to use during the shower!

The artistic might consider sketching dogs from white paper, adding black spots and sending these ‘dalmatian’ invites.

Decorations:

Cut out paper bones and place around the room. Create a dog house from a cardboard box for guests to deposit gifts. You’ll need a cutout of a hydrant. Display pictures of your favorite pooch to set the mood. If a little one is present, dress them up in dog costumes!

Games & Prizes:

Skip traditional games and bring in the groomers (not dog groomers- human!) Treat your guests to manicures, pedicures, facials, or other spa favorites.

The Menu:

Serve a variety of appetizers in (new and clean!) dog bowls

  • Cereal party mix
  • Guacamole
  • Puppy Chow (Sweet, chocolate-covered grains)
Party Favors:

Fill a “doggie bag” with sweet treats and give to each guest.

My Thoughts:

Like animals but not dogs? Try a frog or farm animal theme.

 

Moon and Stars Baby Shower

Nothing could be cozier than a baby shower under the moon and stars.

Promise your guests the moon and stars – literally! This theme is best suited for an evening party.

Invitations:

Create your moon and star messages using dark blue construction paper, gold foil, and gold glitter.

Decorations:

This shower theme is best when with dimly lit surroundings. Cut moon and star shapes from dark blue and yellow construction paper, respectively. Keep your venue lit by white Christmas lights and tea candles. Gold accessories will top off your decorating.

Games & Prizes:

Play the unwrap the gift contest. Wrap your gifts in the moon, star or dark blue wrapping paper.

The Menu:

Stick to traditional fare, but serve a delicious gold punch. Here’s the recipe.

  • 32 oz. Unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 32 oz. Unsweetened orange juice
  • 6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1-quart ginger ale (add right before serving)

Finish your menu off by serving the moon, and star shaped sugar cookies, iced with a blue and yellow frosting.

Party Favors:

Send each guest back home with a box of Celestial Seasonings “Sleepytime Herb Tea.”

My Thoughts:

If you have the possibility, celebrate under the night sky. You might want to ask the mom-to-be if the baby was conceived in a similar setting!

 

Comfort Food Baby Shower

This is all about eating!

Invitations:

Set your guest’s expectations for your munch-fest by sending trial sample shower invitations. Include snack crackers or a small bag of peanuts.

Decorations:

This shower is all munching. Decorate your venue with glassware, plates and vintage crocks full of snack foods.

Games & Prizes:

Play any of these food-inspired games;

  • Feed the baby game
  • Candy bar memory concentration game
  • Baby feeding race
The Menu:

Choose from any of these comfort foods:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Stew
  • Lasagna
  • Fried chicken
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Chili
  • Chocolate cake
  • Chocolate chip cookies

Don’t forget that comfort food means different things to different people. Ask the mother-to-be what her favorite comfort food is.

Otherwise, consider having each guest bring their favorite comfort food and having a potluck.

Party Favors:

Any yummy, homemade treat is a perfect party favor.

My Thoughts:

Want to spoil your guests? Give each one a jar of homemade jam.

 

Mexican Baby Shower

A Mexican theme is perfect for the hostess who craves something new and exciting.

This unique idea is quite easy to pull off. There’s always a broad availability of Mexican food, goods, music and everything else in most areas.

Invitations:

Send out pinata letters. Include some Spanish on your invitation, like ‘Estas invitada a la fiesta!’ (You’re invited to the party!)

Decorations:

Deck your venue out fiesta-style. Sombreros, confetti, and maracas are great ideas.

Add some tunes! Mexican music is very party-friendly. One of our favorite Mexican singers is Guadalupe Pineda.

Games & Prizes:

I love the idea of making a mommy-pinata for the mother-to-be. Fill a pinata with useful baby items (pacifiers, baby wipes, rattles, trial-sized lotions and powder and other small baby items) and start whacking! For the guests, include chocolates, shower gels, and other small party favors.

The Menu:

Depending on your budget, consider having your party catered. Otherwise, try

  • Nacho Bar
  • Tacos
  • Burritos
  • Fried Ice Cream
  • Flan
Party Favors:

A jar of salsa would make a great favor!

My Thoughts:

This idea could be modified using other country themes. Other countries with food and supplies readily available are Spain, Japan, and China. This fiesta is bound to be a hit! Ole!

 

Birthstone Baby Showers Theme

Welcome, your little gem into this world by throwing a birthstone baby shower!

Invitations:

Send letters printed on paper in the color of the expected birthstone. Or go with standard invites, encouraging all to wrap their gifts in the color of the birthstone!

Decorations:

Decorate in the color of the baby’s birthstone. Plates, napkins, streamers and other party details will need to be planned. This color chart will help you choose your party colors:

  • January – garnet (dark red)
  • February – Amethyst (light purple)
  • March – Aquamarine or Bloodstone (light blue)
  • April – Diamond (white or clear)
  • May – (medium to dark green)
  • June – pearl or moonstone (glossy white)
  • July – Ruby (candy apple red)
  • August – Peridot (light green)
  • September – Sapphire (medium to dark blue)
  • October – opal or tourmaline (glossy white)
  • November – yellow topaz or citrine (orange)
  • December – blue topaz or turquoise (light blue)
Games & Prizes:

Many shower games can be incorporated to fit your birthstone theme. The word scramble game can be modified to include objects with the color of the birthstone.

The Menu:

Include mints dyed to match the birthstone colors.

Serve a color-coordinated fruit salad. Expecting an August baby? Serve a light green kiwi and green apple salad.

Party Favors:

Give each guest jelly beans in a variety of gem tones. Package in a clear jar and topped with ribbon, and this party favor will be a visual delight.

My Thoughts:

Since it’s impossible to know exactly when the baby will arrive, consider combining two birthstone colors! A baby coming in June or July could be thrown a party with a bright white and candy apple red color palette.

Those needing additional birthstone information can read our birthstones by month article.

 

Charitable Cause Baby Shower

Mom’s favorite charity gets a boost with this innovative shower theme!

Let a charity benefit from your hosting!

Invitations:

They should state that the gifts will be given to a particular charity. The name of the charity and the type of gift should be indicated. In most cases, the gift would be a monetary donation. However, a food bank would be gifted food items, and a Toys-4-tots charity would be gifted toys.

Decorations:

If a chosen charity has a particular color, thread this color throughout your party’s decor. For instance, a shower for breast cancer awareness would use a light pink.

Games & Prizes:

Choose from any of our games. Game winners can have donations made in their name.

The Menu:

Choose from any of our menu and food ideas.

Party Favors:

Once again, gifts to a charity can be given as shower favor. Read up on this guide to charitable donations as a shower favor.

My Thoughts:

There are many causes in this world nobler than giving an expectant mother her 13th onesie. Please consider making a charity the beneficiary of your baby shower. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Belly Casting Baby Shower

A belly casting shower is themed around the activity of creating a pregnancy belly cast.

This theme is best suited for a small group of friends and family. As one might guess, this theme is based on the activity of creating a belly cast of your mom-to-be’s torso. Belly casting is perfect for baby sprinkles which often have a smaller guest list.

Invitations:

Standard shower invitations are fitting for this theme. Since there is a slight chance guests could spill casting materials on their outfits, encourage all to avoid wearing formal wear!

Decorations:

The color palette for this theme should be a ‘sculpture gray.’ Create a perfect centerpiece from a small garden sculpture and flowers.

Games & Prizes:

The shower activity will have you creating a sculpture of mom’s torso! Get the details at our guide to pregnancy belly casting.

The Menu:

A cake created with a ‘sculpture gray’ frosting would get raves. Create the cake in the shape of a baby.

Party Favors:

A baby bottle with gray candies would be fitting. Or consider the bouquet of pale candles.

My Thoughts:

The belly cast will be a treasured remembrance of a day spent with close friend and family.

 

Medieval Baby Showers

You’re going to party like it’s 1299!

Invitations:

Use gothic lettering on your invitations. Include a couple of Medieval words like thou, thine, hast and shalt.

Decorations:

Decorate with luxurious velvet fabric and gray party supplies. Gray balloon bouquets will drop hints of a castle. Play some Gregorian chants in the background for added effect.

Games & Prizes:
  • Pin the tail on the dragon
  • Dragon Pinata
The Menu:

Having actual foods eaten back in the 1500’s would be a downer! Differentiate your list by naming each dish a type of grub.

  • Fruity grub (fruit salad)
  • Frosted grub cake

Create place cards printed with Gothic lettering.

Party Favors:

Give each guest a small gray candle.

My Thoughts:

The perfect way to hail a baby Arthur, Elizabeth or Xavier into the new world. (Or should we say old world!)

 

Flip Flop Baby Showers

This shower theme is a beachcomber’s dream! This unique shower idea is themed around the greatest sandals ever, flip flops.

Does your honoree feel more at home in flip-flops than high heeled shoes? Does she love spending time on the beach? Is she laid back? Look no further!

Invitations:

Create flip flop invitations from bright poster board. Print party details on the sole of the sandal. Encourage all to come in their flip-flops and beach attire.

Decorations:

Use sand buckets, kites and beach balls to create your beach decor. Make a centerpiece by filling a glass vase with sand, water and seashells. Top your decor off with some beach-themed music.

Games & Prizes:

Have guests decorate their flip flops. This fun activity allows guests to take home a fun souvenir from the party.

The Menu:

Serve summertime fare such as;

  • Lassi
  • Homemade lemonade
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Ice cream bar
Party Favors:

Send guests home with pedicure favorites such as nail polish, pumice stones or a peppermint foot scrub.

My Thoughts:

Throwing your party in the summer? Check out our June, July and August themes.

 

United Nations Baby Shower

A United Nations theme is perfect for a multicultural crowd. Celebrate diversity and the arrival of your little globetrotter at the same time!

Bring your little jet setter into this world in style!

Invitations:

Send out sleek and chic invites. Instruct your guests to bring food from their homeland.

Decorations:

Create little flags of the home countries of your guest list. This will be a great way to make everyone feel at home. Display maps and place globes around your venue.

Games & Prizes:
  • Decorate flip flops
  • Birthday cards for the future
  • Croquet
The Menu:

Your guests bring their ‘homeland’ dishes for the shower. Enjoy the diversity this menu provides! Top it off with an earth-shaped baby shower cake.

Party Favors:

Since multicultural crowds often have a heightened world awareness, consider the charitable donations shower favor.

My Thoughts:

Live this theme up by holding your shower at the United Nations! We doubt they’d let you but feel free to inquire for yourself. The UN is located at 760 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

 

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