Baby shower themes
You can also choose a theme based on your child’s nursery, such as animals, Disney characters, jungle or anything else you can dream up. Love rainbows? Have a rainbow-themed shower.
Some party planners even like phrases as themes, such as “Mother to Bee” for a spring or summer bee-themed party, or “Baby in Bloom” for a floral one. If you’re short on baby shower ideas, social media sites can be helpful. If you don’t want to have a theme, that is OK too.
Baby shower invitations
You have the choice of paper invitations or electronic ones, and the type of invitation you choose depends on your budget and the number of guests you plan on having. Make sure to include the date, time and place on your baby shower invitations, plus an RSVP email or phone number.
Sites like Minted and Paperless Post can help make designing baby shower invitations easier as they have hundreds of templates to choose from, and can be used both virtually and be printed.
Baby shower decorations
If you’re the type to DIY, there are plenty of tutorials online on social media sites like Pinterest to help you make your own decorations. You can also check out Etsy for small business shops that can provide very specific, niche items or personalized and custom items.
Baby shower cakes
Every good baby shower should also have a diaper cake! A diaper cake is a tiered “cake” made from rolled diapers secured together to look like cake. You can decorate it to play into your baby shower theme.
For example, if you’re having an autumn-themed shower, you could do a cascade of fall foliage. For a “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” -themed shower, you could decorate it with paper stars and moons.
You can use any size diaper that the baby guest of honor might need, but most people start with newborn or size 1 diapers.
Baby shower games
Say baby: Anytime someone says the word “baby,” they have to collect a diaper pin. Whoever has the least amount of diaper pins at the end of the shower wins a prize.
Dirty diapers: A classic baby shower game is to “dirty” some diapers with a variety of substances—the more unusual, the better. Guests have to guess what foods or beverages are in the dirty diaper. Whoever gets the most right wins.
Guess the measurements: Guests have to figure out how round your belly is. Whoever gets closest to the correct answer wins.
Diaper up: Divide guests into teams. Whoever can fashion the best “diaper” out of toilet paper wins. Encourage your guests to get creative and add flair like bows and flowers made from toilet paper.
Crafty onesies: Have guests paint onesies for your little one with fabric paint that is washing machine friendly.
diaper raffle: This is a unique way to collect diapers for your baby. Tell guests to bring diapers or wipes to the shower in a variety of sizes in order to enter a raffle for a special prize. (Remember, they won’t be in newborn for too long, so you will want size 1 and up as well.)
For each pack of diapers or wipes, they get a “raffle ticket.” The more diapers, the more tickets. The winner can be revealed during the shower.
Incorporate your family customs
If you are Southern, a fun idea would be to have a biscuit bar for guests. If you are Dominican, you might know about the tradition of having an evening fiesta in lieu of an afternoon baby shower, where both men and women are invited.
And if you are Chinese, you might forgo a baby shower in general as they are seen as bad luck. They celebrate the arrival of the baby instead.
This is your shower, so whatever you want goes. It should be an exciting milestone, not a stressful one.
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