Baby Shower Themes
Themes are a fun way to make the whole party come together, from the
invitations to food served and gifts given. The number of themes for baby
showers is endless. Some of the most common are color (blue for boy, pink for
girl), nursery (help fill the new baby’s nursery or nursery rhyme-themed),
clothesline (hang baby clothes for decoration, gift and game) and diapers
(guests bring different sized diapers and/or make a diaper cake). Noah’s Ark is
a fun theme for twins, where guests bring gifts for the expecting mom “two by
two” and decorations and the cake are animals. It is thoughtful for the baby
shower organizer to choose a theme that somehow reflects the mother-to-be’s
style, interests or needs.
Green is the new pink or blue for baby showers. With a growing focus on
protecting our planet, more moms-to-be are bringing up their babies in an
eco-friendly manner. And baby showers are beginning to show this trend. Here is
a list of ideas on how to throw a green baby shower:
- Send recycled-paper or Evite invitations. Be sure to include a sentence
that describes the green theme. There are even invitations with recycled paper
that grows into wildflowers when planted – a very cool, eco-friendly idea that
themes well with new life!
- Use real plates and cloth napkins at the celebration instead of the go-to
paper and plastic. Along the same line, swap the balloons and streamers for
flowers or plants guests can take home as favors.
- Choose environmentally-friendly baby gifts. There are a variety of organic
baby products on the market. The Baby Bunch’s line of organic baby gifts includes 100%
organic cotton baby clothes, recycled paper and wood rosebuds and leaves. Guests
can also pool together on large ticket gifts like car seats, strollers, etc to
decrease the volume of gifts.
Another emerging theme related to eco-friendly showers is a Baby Blessing or
a Mother Blessing. Traditionally, there is less emphasis on gifts and games with
Blessings and more emphasis on spending quality time with the expecting mother.
Blessings are frequently chosen for women expecting their second or third child
because they already have much of the necessary baby gear. Baby Bunch community
member Michelle Franco, from Bend, Oregon, describes the bead necklace ceremony
at her Baby Blessing:
Each person brought a bead and, after visiting for a while, we sat in a
circle while each person took out their bead and told me why they chose that
bead: rose quartz represents the heart... or these beads were on my mother's
necklace when I was a baby... or we got these in Nepal and they are signs of
strength...Then each person sent wishes for a great birth into the beads. The
idea is that you bring those strands to your birth and they remind you
of the support, strength and love of your female friends. It was a beautiful
ceremony that really made me feel supported and loved.
A “sip and see” party is another popular option for second or third child
showers. This is an informal, drop-in event where guests come, “sip” some
drinks, and meet the new baby.
Modern Baby Shower Themes
Sip and See Parties