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September 29, 2023

Everything You Need to Know About Baby Showers: Themes, Games, and Gift Inspiration

Welcoming a new baby into the world is one of life’s most special experiences, and what better way to celebrate than with a baby shower? This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to plan a memorable baby shower, as well as attend a baby shower. Whether you’re a seasoned party planner or a first-time attendee, we’ll help you navigate baby shower themes, fun games, and gift inspirations to ensure a joyful celebration for the parents-to-be and guests alike. Let’s dive into the cheerful world of baby showers and embark on this enchanting journey of preparation and celebration.

Daughter kissing mom's belly at a baby shower

Baby Shower Themes

Choosing a theme can be a great way to add some personality to your baby shower. You can base it around the baby’s gender, a favorite book or movie, or even the mother’s favorite hobby or activity. Don’t forget to decorate the space with balloons, streamers, and other fun baby shower decorations that match your chosen theme. Here are 10 unique and exciting theme ideas for your upcoming baby shower:

  1. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”: This theme is perfect for a gender-neutral baby shower with its dreamy and whimsical vibes. Use gold and silver star decorations, twinkling fairy lights, and a moon-shaped cake to bring the theme to life.
  2. “Jungle Safari”: If you’re looking to create a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere, a jungle safari theme never fails. Decorate with lush greenery, animal prints, and stuffed animals to create a wild and adventurous setting.
  3. “Nautical”: Create a soothing seaside ambiance with a nautical theme. Use hues of blue, anchors, navy stripes, and sailboat decorations. This theme can work beautifully for both boys’ and girls’ baby showers. You could also play with an ocean, surfer, or sea creature theme that would look similar.
  4. “Storybook”: Celebrate the upcoming new chapter in life with a storybook-themed baby shower. Use iconic children’s books as inspiration for your decorations and food. This theme is a great way to start the baby’s library, too, by asking guests to bring a favorite book as a gift.
  5. “Baby in Bloom”: Capture the essence of growth and blossoming with a “Baby in Bloom” theme. This theme is ideal for a baby shower held in spring or summer and can be incorporated beautifully with floral decorations, seed packet favors, and garden-inspired food and drinks. Use pastel colors, flower arrangements, and cute planters to create a serene and blooming atmosphere.
  6. “The Adventure Begins”: This theme celebrates the exciting journey about to start for the parents-to-be. Decorations may include vintage globes, maps, and suitcases. The color scheme can be earthy tones with hints of gold for sophistication. Guests can be given small compasses as party favors. The theme also lends itself to travel-inspired food and drinks, such as snacks from different countries or exotic fruit juices. Perfect for travel-loving or soon-to-be parents!
  7. “Ready to Pop”: This playful theme is a fun and festive choice for a baby shower. It’s perfect for a mom-to-be who is close to her due date and, as the name suggests, ready to pop! You can use balloons and popcorn for decorations, serve pop-themed foods like popcorn, pop rocks, and soda pop, and have a balloon-popping game for added fun. The color palette can be bright and colorful to keep the atmosphere lively and joyful.
  8. “Fairytale Baby Shower”: Perfect for parents who love fairytales, this theme creates a captivating atmosphere. Decorate with elements inspired by popular tales: Cinderella’s carriage, Snow White’s apple, or Sleeping Beauty’s spinning wheel. Choose soft pastels or bold colors. Guests can dress as favorite characters. Serve “magic potion” beverages, “enchanted forest” fruits, and a fairytale-themed cake. This theme beautifully marks a new life chapter, just like in fairytales.
  9. “Boho Baby”: A boho-themed baby shower is effortlessly chic and relaxed. Incorporate natural elements, earthy tones, and an eclectic touch. Think dream catchers, feathers, floral crowns, and macrame decor for a true bohemian vibe. Use warm, neutral shades like beige, brown, and cream, with pops of vibrant colors like turquoise or coral. For food, opt for organic, farm-to-table dishes and a naked cake. Encourage guests to dress in boho-inspired outfits to embrace their inner bohemian spirit. The “Boho Baby” theme creates a warm atmosphere, perfect for welcoming a new life.
  10. “Into the Woods”: For nature-loving parents-to-be, an “Into the Woods” theme is a perfect choice. It brings the peaceful tranquility of a forest to a calm and intimate baby shower. Use pine cones, wood slices, and faux fur throws to create a cozy woodland ambiance. Opt for earthy tones like greens, browns, and off-whites. Decorate with cute woodland animals like foxes, bears, and owls. Serve rustic dishes like stew, artisan bread, and a woodsy-themed cake. “Into the Woods” is a charming way to celebrate your little one’s arrival.

Remember, the most important thing is that the theme reflects the personal tastes and preferences of the parents-to-be.

Dessert table at a baby shower


Baby shower games are a must-have for any gathering. There are plenty of fun and easy games that you can choose from, including “Guess the Baby Food,” “Baby Bingo,” and “The Price is Right Baby Edition.” You can also create your own games based on your theme or personalize some classic games by incorporating the baby’s name or birthdate. Just remember to keep the rules simple, so everyone can enjoy the games without feeling overwhelmed. Here are some great resources for plenty of baby shower games!

Baby shower favors


Creating a fun and personalized favor for your guests is a great way to show your appreciation for their attendance. They express their gratitude towards your guests for their support and presence during this special time in your life. Here are a few inventive baby shower favor ideas:

  1. Personalized Mini Champagne Bottles: These are a fun and festive way to celebrate. Add a custom label with the baby’s name or due date to make each bottle uniquely personal.
  2. Seed Packets: In line with the ‘Baby in Bloom’ theme, gifting seed packets can serve as a symbolic gesture of the new life about to bloom.
  3. Scented Soaps or Candles: These make for a luxurious favor. You can customize them with the baby’s name or a special message.
  4. Bookmarks: A perfect favor for a storybook-themed shower, a bookmark can be used and enjoyed long after the event.
  5. Baby-themed Cookies or Candies: Sweet treats are always hit. Edible favors like cookies or candies shaped in baby-related items like booties, pacifiers, or bottles can be delightful. Add them in a cute box or bag with a thank-you note to complete the favor.

Remember, the key to a great baby shower favor is to keep it personal, practical, and in line with your baby shower theme.

Table with drinks, cupcakes and a diaper cake


While receiving a baby shower gift is always appreciated, choosing the perfect gift can be challenging. Some popular options include baby clothes, blankets, and toys. If you’re looking for a more unique gift, consider making a DIY baby gift, like a custom baby book or a personalized onesie.

You can also create a perfect baby shower gift basket by filling your gift basket with baby essentials that will come in handy for new parents. This may include items such as soft baby wipes, soft toys, gentle shampoo and bath soap, cozy swaddles, pacifiers, bibs and burp clothes. For a thoughtful touch, include a baby book.  Additionally, a diaper cake or a onesie bouquet can add a fun, creative element to your gift basket. This assortment of practical and thoughtful items will surely make your gift basket a hit at the baby shower. Remember to opt for items that are hypoallergenic and safe for baby’s sensitive skin.

Baby showers are the perfect way to celebrate and honor the mother-to-be and the new arrival in a fun and memorable way. By incorporating these ideas, you’ll have an unforgettable shower that’s sure to impress everyone. So start planning a baby shower that the mom-to-be will never forget, and let the joy and excitement of this special day radiate throughout the celebration.

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