Turning Simple Ideas into Great Themes

The great news about choosing a baby shower theme is that you don’t have to go far for inspiration. Babies are so darn cute and they need everything, and so do new moms. You can build a theme around virtually anything.

Go hunting for inspiration at a baby boutique, a stationery store, the mall, or even your grocery store. Search through your own closets and cupboards— are you inspired by a color, a dish pattern, a collection of teacups, floral sheets, or antique dolls?

Use the list below for some shower theme ideas or to develop your own unusual shower themes:

  • Baby Gender: Sugar and Spice, Little Princess, or Belles and Bows for a girl, and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, Baby on Board, or Little Boy Blue if it’s a boy

  • Babies in Groups: Twins, triplets, and other multiples can be a theme of their own—Tea for Two, Peas in a Pod, Double Trouble

  • Baby’s Layette: Booties, onesies, drawstring night sacs, and bonnets.

  • Baby’s Nursery: Carriages, cribs, bottles, diaper pins, and pacifiers.

  • Baby’s Toys: Ducks, bunnies, lambs, giraffes, elephants, rattles, teddy bears, trucks, trains, dolls, and blocks.

  • Baby Animals: Puppies, chicks, kittens, birds, etc.

  • Baby’s Schedule: Feeding time, bath time, naptime, bedtime, etc.

  • Baby Icons: Hearts, flowers, angels, clouds, rainbows, bows, buttons, stork, etc.

  • Nursery Rhymes, Lullabies, and Literature: “The Cow Jumped Over the Moon,” Good Night Moon, “Cat and the Fiddle,” Dr. Seuss, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

  • Fact

    Most men will put on the brakes at the idea of a party with tea sandwiches, baby clothes, or shower games. Go with a guy-centric (but mommy-safe) theme from this book, an interesting activity, and a hearty menu served up with a microbrew, and you will have the male contingent cheering.

  • Seasonal Themes: Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Halloween, winter, spring, summer, or fall

  • Colors and Patterns: Pastels, primary, monochromatic, nursery colors, pink, blue, yellow, green, lavender; patterns like checks, polka dots, and stripes

  • Flowers: Sunflowers, tulips, roses, baby’s breath, violets, pansies, daisies, etc.

  • Guest Demographics: Mommy’s girlfriends, coworkers, Grandmother’s friends, cousins, couples, neighbors, book club, religious community, bowling league, etc.

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