Planning a baby shower for those special parents-to-be in your life? Don’t stress — you can still pull off the perfect shower without being a professional event planner! From themes to food, and even decor, we’ve got you covered with a few ideas that are sure to wow your guests.
Ready to get started? Think about these themes that are perfect for any family and any baby, girl or boy. In each case, you can add a custom wooden gift to make the party truly special. Read on to get inspired!
All Things Cactus
When the expectant parents are a big fan of all things Southwest, definitely go with a succulent-themed shower! Choose colors like sage green and pale pink to mimic the cactus and its flowers. Carry the theme throughout your invitations and decor, setting tables with succulent centerpieces that you can give away as party favors. You can even order custom wooden signs to celebrate baby and parents!
For refreshments and munchies, go for agave-sweetened cocktails (and mocktails!) and serve custom-decorated cookies, cakes and cupcakes adorned with tiny, prickly cacti decorations. Arrange seating in a cozy corner for Instagram-worthy pictures, adding boho accents. Take a look at this great shower to get more inspiration!
Grown-up tea parties
Is your favorite Downton Abbey fan expecting a little one? Plan a party that resembles high tea! Whether you hold the shindig in the garden or the grand parlor, this is a fun theme that’s perfect for the tea-lover in your life. Create lots of vintage charm with mismatched tableware, decadent finger sandwiches, and sweet treats like Earl Grey-infused cookies.
Drape the tables with linens that would even make the Queen proud and fill tables with big, blooming roses straight out of the royal garden. Skip the traditional baby shower games and use conversation cards to let the guests get to know each other. Send them home with herbal bath sachets filled with dried flowers, something that’s budget-friendly and easy to DIY. The final touch? Hang a wooden sign customized with baby’s name to let everyone know who they’re celebrating!
Create “a whole new world”!
Channel Arabian nights with rich fabric, jewel tones, and royal treats that mimic Morocco. Take your guests around the world by draping the space in gold curtains decorated with matching tassels. Spread the tables with linen in deep teal and contrasting vibrant purple, and keep the royal theme in place with gold plates and servingware.
For your centerpieces, choose sparkling glass hurricane lamps with tea candles — and maybe a few genie bottles for good luck. Have henna artists on hand to adorn the guests, and give out exotic beaded bracelets to commemorate the special event. To make it extra-special, order a custom toy box with baby’s name to collect gifts.
Take a trip to outer space
It’s no secret that you’re over the moon about the new addition, so why not show it off with a space-themed baby shower? Head to the moon and back with galactic decor like star and rocket cut-outs and moon-themed invitations. Make it quirky with alien cookies, space ice cream, and even Tang — an astronaut’s favorite drink!
Instead of a traditional cake stand, use a custom space-themed name stool that the new baby will treasure for years to come. Ask a florist to find flowers that resemble alien antennas for a real touch of sci-fi fun. Here’s another great idea: Instead of asking for gifts, ask guests to decorate “spacesuits” (white onesies) with fabric paint and have them place their fingerprints and names on a “star map” using ink.
Throw it back, sport!
Hit a home run for the expectant sports lover with a vintage-themed shower that covers all the bases — it’s a little more grown-up than modern or “cutesy” sports themes. Keep it classy by scaling back on games and have guests sign a football instead, a memento to be treasured. Set up a toy chest inscribed with the little sport star’s name and collect diapers of all sizes to be stored in the nursery.
For decor, find table coverings that resemble turf and make centerpieces with sports balls and glass containers filled with golf balls and greenery or flowers in bright, primary colors. For food, serve ballpark favorites like hot dogs, popcorn, and nachos. As guests depart, offer the ultimate vintage treat: Cracker Jacks tied up with a sweet thank-you.