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Are you planning a girly baby shower for your best friend? While all of us look forward to making our friends smile with a baby shower, very few of us want to be in charge of planning the actual shower. It isn't that baby showers are hard to plan, it's just sometimes hard figuring out where to start. Luckily, there are variety of fun products today to help you create the perfect baby shower, even appropriate enough for co-workers! Best of all, you will make your favorite new mommy smile when she walks into a special baby shower meant to celebrate her new little girl!
Girly Baby Shower: Themes
When many people start planning a girly baby shower, they assume that all they can do is a traditional pink baby shower. While pink has always been a popular choice for most showers, it isn't the only choice any longer. You can have a girly baby shower in just about any theme, especially with the right planning and party decorations. The trick is mixing the right amount of pink and girl themed party favors with your desired decorations. Some of our favorite girly baby shower themes include:
No matter what theme you choose for your girly baby shower, it is important you have the right decorations for your shower. In our opinion, this is the area where you can easily add that touch of pink to your theme. One area where a lot of people have fun with decorating for a girly baby shower is wall decorations. Don't be afraid to purchase baby shower themed balloons, banners, and pink streamers to decorate the walls and different area around your chosen venue.
As well, don't forget that sometimes the minor details are what make the mother to be smile. One area where many people forget to put a finishing touch is the baby shower cake. Rather than go with a boring cake, consider purchasing a cake topper. You can find cake topper today in just about any design, including pink bears, baby strollers, and even rocking horses! These adorable cake toppers don't just look beautiful, but give the mother to be a cute memento for remember your baby shower and her pregnancy.
While decorations are an important part of any baby shower, don't forget that party games are just as important. Without fun party games, your girly baby shower is likely to fall flat. Spice up the shower with fun but clean party games. Consider adding some fun, traditional baby shower games such as:
With the right party games and pink baby shower party decorations, you can easily make the perfect baby shower! Just don't forget to also have some fun treats for the mom to be and make a great list to help her with thank-you letters.
Are you planning a cute boy themed baby shower for your best friend? Many people assume that boy baby showers are harder to plan. Part of the reason for this is that many people go overboard for girly baby showers, not realizing that you can have just as much fun planning a shower for a baby boy. The trick is not simply decorating your favorite venue in blue, but finding the perfect theme that goes with the mom-to-be's personality. Lucky for you, you're either related to the new mother or are her good friend, giving you exactly what you need to create the perfect baby shower that everyone is sure to remember!
Boy Baby Shower: Themes
One of the first mistakes people make when they start planning a baby shower for a boy is assuming that they have to have a traditional baby shower. While blue is an all time favorite theme for a boy baby shower, there are other options. Really, with all the products on the market today, the sky (not just sky blue!) is truly the limit when it comes to planning a boy themed baby shower. The only thing you have to do is make sure you include a touch of blue in with your theme in the form of party decorations or unique party favors. If you don't yet know what theme is right for your shower, don't worry, there are dozens of different themes to choose from! Some of our favorite baby shower themes include:
When many people start planning for their boy themed baby shower, they start putting so much of their attention on decorations that they sometimes forget about games. If you think back, you will likely realize that some of the most memorable things you remember about your friend's baby showers is that they all includes fun, unique games. While you can spend hours on the internet looking for games, there are also premade games to make things easier on you as a host. Some of our favorite baby shower games that are perfect for a boy baby shower include:
- Baby Shower Bingo
- Baby Shower Charades
- Baby Shower Themed Scratch Off Tickets
- Baby Raffles
- Baby List Games
Probably the most fun part of a boy themed baby shower is finding the perfect decorations for the party. Everyone knows to purchase boy themed banners, streamers, and balloons, but what about other unique decorations? One of our all-time favorite decorations that always gets attention is cake toppers. These toppers can easily turn a boring cake into something to be remembered, especially with a cute blue teddy bear, stroller, or even rocking horse. Best of all, this cute cake topper can be given later to the new mom as a memento from the baby shower. Remember, with the right decorations and party games, you can easily make the perfect boy themed baby shower. Don't forget to purchase some thank you notes and sticky notes to help mom keep track of all of her awesome gifts. Once the party the good time is over, she will thank you for the notes and the wonderful baby shower to celebrate her new little boy!
Weather or not to have a theme for your baby shower it is 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 unique and can be a bit more fun!
If you know that your shower is going to feature baby feet, for example, you can look for baby feet shaped invitations and baby foot print decorations. Even if the party theme is as simple as a color scheme (for instance, pink and white if the parents already know it's a girl), it's a unifying element that can simplify your job.
Here are some theme recommendations from Designed 2B Sweet:
Always a classic theme. Use fresh flower centerpieces for the tables. Borrow teapots, plates, and cups from friends and place a set on each table. All the tables should be covered with fancy lace tablecloths and guests can be asked to dress up with fun tea party hats. The menu started with assorted teas, scones, jellies etc. The main menu was small crust free sandwiches, fresh fruit slices, and a salad. Everyone will love it! Give candle tea cup favors to your guests!
Baby Shower Brunch
Throw a "brunch" baby shower. Throw it between 10:30 and 12:00pm. Use traditional games and gifts. Foods can included "virgin" (non-alcoholic) cocktails with fruit tarts, quiches, and a bundt cake. White linens and real silver can set a beautiful classy mood. A traditional favor like a scented candle or bath salts will work well with this elegant theme.
To break from the traditional throw a "mommy shower." Use fancy chocolates, cloth tablecloths, real glass, and flowers as decorations. Instead of baby gifts, give the mom to be gifts to pamper her, like comfy lounge clothes, and gift certificates for takeout food, massages and manicures. She will love it!
Star Of The Show
Decorate 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 the baby's name if it's already been picked out. Get some sparkle star shaped confetti and sprinkle it on the party tables. Make star shaped cookies! Cut out stars from cardboard and wrap them in tin foil and hand them from the ceiling! How fun! It is easy to find "A star is born" theme baby shower favors to complete your theme. 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.
Nine Months Pregnant
Invite the guests to come "nine months pregnant" (stuffed bellies with pillows, etc.) so the about-to-pop mother-to-be will not feel physically out of place. If it is a co-ed shower, make sure the men stuff their shirts to be "with child"! The dressing up will make for a nice icebreaker. They can even wear pj's and slippers! May we suggest coasters with pictures of all the guest when they where babies in them as favors! A game at the shower can even be to guess who is who on the coasters! How unique!
Ask all of the guests to bring a cooked, freezable meal for the mom to be to put in the freezer, to eat after the baby arrives. She will be way to busy to cook so this will be a wonderful gift. This theme works best for someone having a second or third child who already has all of the baby items they need.
Put together a basket with a bottle of wine, crackers, wine glasses, wine opener, block of cheese, summer sausage, etc. to display at the shower. In the invitations write that there will be a raffle for a gift basket. The price for each entry should be one small pack of diapers or a box of wipes. Guests should be allowed to enter as many times as they like. The new mom will not need to buy diapers for few months! GREAT!! Use baby diaper shaped invitations and wrap the shower favors in small baby diapers.
Hang a clothesline in the room. Have guests arrive before the guest of honor and bring an item from the layette or cute baby clothing and hang it from the clothesline. When the mom-to-be walks in, she'll be ecstatic. She can also use the clothesline and clothes pins for her own personal use. Baby clothing shaped invitations are perfect for this theme as well as baby clothing shaped favor bags to put candy in!
Queen of the Baby Shower
Have a royal theme baby shower! Everyone can wear tiaras and the Mom to be can wear a Queen crown! The cake can be shaped like a castle and the favors can be in Cinderella's coach shaped favor boxes.
The most important thing to remember when you throw a baby shower is that the Mom to be will appreciate anything you do so do not spend a lot of time stressing over how to throw the party. The best thing to do is just make sure everyone has fun the the new Mom feels special!