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Baby shower party themes

29 Aug

Should your baby shower have a theme? It’s really up to you. You may find creating a theme too much work or not your style, but having one can make the party seem more organized and streamline preparations.

If you know that your shower is going to feature baby bottles, for example, you can look for bottle-shaped invitations and bottles to use for beverages or to fill with candy for game prizes. Even if the theme is as simple as a color scheme (for instance, blue and white if the parents already know it’s a boy), it’s a unifying element that can simplify your job.

Here are some theme recommendations from experienced baby shower planners and guests:

Tea party
My sisters-in-law and two friends threw a surprise tea party baby shower for me. They made fresh flower centerpieces for the tables. They borrowed teapots, plates, and cups from a relative and placed a set on each table. My theme was teddy bears, so they borrowed bears and set them all around the room. All the tables were covered with fancy tablecloths and guests were asked to dress up. The menu started with assorted teas, scones, etc. The main menu was turkey on a croissant, fresh fruit slices, and a salad. People are still talking about the shower!
— Heather

Baby brunch
I threw a “brunch” baby shower for my best friend, held at 10:30 a.m. We had traditional games and gifts. Foods included “virgin” (non-alcoholic) cocktails with fruit tarts, quiches, and a bundt cake for eats. White linens and real silver set the beautiful classy mood.
— Amy

Pampering Mom
To break tradition for a friend who was having her third, we threw a “mommy shower.” The decorations were very grown-up — fancy chocolates, cloth tablecloths, real glass, and flowers. Instead of baby gifts, everyone gave her things to pamper Mommy, like comfy lounge clothes, and gift certificates for takeout food and manicures and the like. She was thrilled!
— Kathie

Star of the show
Make the cake like a star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. And have it say something like “a star will be born” or something similar, or maybe even the baby’s name if it’s already been picked out.
— Tee

As each guest arrives and walks down the red carpet, videotape the “stars”! Let each guest give a special message to the mom-to-be. Give the guest of honor the video and let her add other special moments.
— Liz

Nine months pregnant
We invited the guests to come “nine months pregnant” (stuffed with pillows, etc.) so the about-to-pop mother-to-be wouldn’t feel physically out of place. It was a co-ed shower, so even the men stuffed their shirts to be “with child”! The dressing up made for a nice icebreaker since all of the guests didn’t know each other beforehand and created a very fun, relaxed atmosphere.
— Maggie

Deep freeze

Since this will be our second child and we have everything we need, a friend came up with the brilliant idea of a “deep freeze” shower. She asked guests to bring a cooked, freezable meal for our freezer, for us to eat after the baby arrives.
— Susan

Diaper bonanza

I put together a basket with a bottle of wine, crackers, wine glasses, wine opener, block of cheese, summer sausage, etc. to display at my friend’s shower. In the invitations I wrote that there would be a raffle for a gift basket that anyone would love. The price for each entry was one small pack of diapers or a box of wipes. Guests could enter as many times as they liked. My friend didn’t need to buy diapers for three months, and one of our guests won the beautiful basket!
— Veronica

It’s a Diaper Party! That was the theme for my party and it was great. We had diaper invitations and decorations. Since I had basically every thing for the baby, all the guests were instructed to bring diaper packets of all sizes as presents. In the end not only did I end up with a diaper supply of about 7 months but the guests loved not having to agonize about bringing the perfect gift.
— Liz

Layette party
Hang a clothesline in the room. Have guests arrive before the guest of honor and bring an item from the layette or an article of clothing for the baby and hang it from the clothesline. When the mom-to-be walks in, she’ll be delighted. She can also take the clothesline and clothes pins for her own personal use.
— Sabrina

Books for the baby
One of my friends held a “book” shower with a fairy tale/garden party theme for our first baby. She asked each guest to bring a favorite book. We received board books, classic books, bedtime books, and storybooks. Many guests also brought a stuffed animal to match the book. It was a great way to start our baby’s library!
— Melanie

A good friend of mine threw a “book” theme shower for the birth of my third child. She made a book-shaped cake with decorations from children’s books. The guests all brought gifts of children’s books and other items if they wanted to. It was wonderful.
— Anonymous

What are your favorite theme ideas? Which ones aren’t so hot? ^_^ via : babycenter

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