31 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baby Shower Shine
Whether you're looking for creative, noncheesy shower baby shower games or simple ways to dress up your sweets, there's a unique idea to suit any party style. Get the inspiration started by checking out these 31 tips and tricks to make your baby shower special for both you and your guests. Happy showers!
Guess the Baby Game
Get guests involved by asking them to participate in a Guess the Baby game. Ask each person to bring a photo of herself as a baby, then display them at the shower and offer a prize to the guest who can identify the most people.
Using gorgeous glass decanters for drinks is a simple way to step up the display and add a bit of sophistication to your party sips.
For a lil girl's baby shower, set up a DIY headband-making station inviting guests to get crafty throughout the day.
Baby Bucket List
Gather the advice of friends and family by asking them to contribute to a baby bucket list. Set out a cute paint can so guests can toss in their suggestions for making baby's first year extraspecial.
To create clever sweets like these Goodnight Moon cupcakes, top plain vanilla cupcakes with themed flags. Add a few props to the display to make it even more eye-catching.
Hoping for a more casual get-together? Try a "Backyard Baby-Q" theme with these retro-inspired invitations by Le Partie Sugar. For $95, you'll receive 25 invitations, envelopes fully addressed, envelope stickers, and the cards will even be mailed directly to guests!
Bubbly All Around
Establish a beautiful bubbly bar to add some sparkle to the party. Pair a sparkling rosé with nonalcoholic Italian soda, then toss in fresh raspberries as a stylish, tasty accent.
Reveal the Gender
Make it a shower and gender reveal party all in one by baking a simple gender reveal cake. Guests will love to be part of that special moment, and it's sure to perk up the party.
Simple to set up and easy for guests to navigate, a popcorn bar is a great grab-and-go snack for friends to enjoy throughout the shower — or as a favor.
Let guests flex their creativity by putting together a bib-decorating contest. Even better? The parents-to-be will have plenty of options once the baby arrives.
"I'm Bored" Jar
Pass around an "I'm Bored" jar and ask guests to fill out a card with fun, kid-friendly activities to try when their baby needs to be entertained.
Are the parents-to-be keeping the gender of their baby a secret? Whip up some gender-neutral cupcakes by using white and yellow frosting plus pink, blue, and multicolored toppers.
Striped Straw Cake Pop Sticks
Step up your standard sweets by using striped straws as cake pop sticks. Mix and match colors to keep things fresh, then tie a coordinating ribbon for a sweet, simple touch.
Baby-Themed Cookie Cutters
Keep costs down by purchasing festive baby shower cookie cutters and making your own desserts.
Decorative Muffin Tin Liners
Easy but effective: Spoon fresh berries into patterned muffin tin liners for a sweet treat that's delicious, decorative, and budget-friendly.
Create a Sweet Sculpture
While this outrageous centerpiece made from 2,500 mini cupcakes is certainly over the top (it was made to celebrate mom-to-be Katherine Kallinis, the cofounder of Georgetown Cupcakes), a smaller sweet sculpture is sure to wow shower guests.
A headline-making invitation introduced guests to this vintage newsprint-inspired shower, and the theme was carried through the event with a typewritten welcome note, "Extra! Extra!" thank you cards, and vintage newspapers, which sat on each guest's plate and featured a baby-themed crossword puzzle and cleverly worded headlines.
Onesie Decorating Activity
"I loved all the onesies that guests created for us. They got really creative," Katie Vowels of Katrina Louise Photography told us. "We've loved taking photos of baby Rowan in the onesies and sending them on to the guests as another thank you. Each person put their name on the tag on the onesie, so we get to think of them every time she wears one."
Celebrate the Mom-to-Be's Heritage
For a British mom-to-be, the Union Jack made a perfect theme. Union Jack-covered boxes held tea bags, while an Edible Details fondant topper showed an iconic London telephone booth.
A Long-Distance Baby Shower
If hundreds of miles or expensive flights have ever kept you from celebrating a friend's special occasion, you're likely to love this Baby Shower in a Box concept as much as we do.
A Nontraditional Dessert Table
You don't have to use the dining room table to hold your food selections. For a lullaby-themed shower, Pure Joy events converted a crib into a table. "To carry out the theme, a sleigh crib with a coordinating crib skirt was used as the dessert table," Christine said. "White canopy netting, pom-pom clouds, and two dozen sky-blue balloons created a dreamy effect."
What Does Mom Crave Most?
Why not make mom's cravings the focus of a shower? Guests can guess the mom-to-be's biggest craving.
It is a shower after all, isn't it? We love this idea of hanging vintage umbrellas from Bella Umbrella upside down for decor.
A Veggie Centerpiece
Proof that flowers aren't the only way to go when it comes to creating a beautiful centerpiece! A veggie-filled pot or bowl is a welcome change from flowers and sweets.
Scour Etsy, and you're sure to find someone who can create just about anything for you. For a woodland-forest-themed shower, Martha Stewart Weddings's Darcy Miller wanted to give the party some unique touches that would set it apart from all the other baby showers they've seen through the years. One way they did so was with custom soaps created from images that Darcy sketched. As a big believer in custom goods, Darcy suggests going to the source to get exactly what you want for the party. She says, "Etsy is filled with vendors who will tailor products to your specifications."
An Evening Shower
With so many baby showers taking place during brunch and lunch, an evening affair is a fun way to shake things up. For this "Off to Neverland" shower, an evening sky provided some needed darkness. "We figured doing it at night would help the effect be more prominent," Aasim of Sugar & Fluff said. "It turned out to be a hit, and everyone loved the idea of having a shower at nighttime!"