It’s all fun and games when it comes to planning a baby shower! It starts with brainstorming baby shower themes, cute decor, and entertaining activities. From there you can create an adorable atmosphere that will get the mother-to-be even more excited about her new arrival. Whether you are hosting a shower, sprinkle, or gender reveal (don’t worry, we explain what all these types of showers are later in this article), we have organized 20 unique baby shower themes to consider for your celebration!
“Diaper Pin by Lehan Veenker
This celestial theme is gender-neutral and can be as mystical or elegant as you’d like, depending on the mom’s style. Try something different and decide to host an evening shower in a backyard under the stars complete with some stargazing activities.
Moon and Back Cloudy Sky by Alethea and Ruth
Go wild with this theme that is full of colorful design potential (think zebra patterns, tiger print, and even cheetah spots). Perfect as a theme for a baby boy shower since you can play up the concept of a new “king of the jungle”, use baby shower ideas that will make your guests feel like they have stepped foot into the Amazon or Serengeti.
Jungle Animal Sketchbook by Alethea and Ruth
No need to forage around for baby shower ideas to complement your woodland creature theme when we have some right here! Create a cute and memorable day with the forest’s furriest friends.
Virtual Woodland by Lori Wemple
If you’re looking for fall baby shower ideas, welcoming a little pumpkin into the world is always a seasonally relevant idea! Stop by the local pumpkin patch for a pregnancy photoshoot and display some of the images at your shower or in your thank you cards.
A Little Pumpkin by Amy Payne
Babies bring a ton of joy, so welcome them in with a theme that will literally brighten your day! A “You Are My Sunshine” concept is an easy and fun party idea that allows for plenty of DIY opportunities. It is also a perfect option for a summer baby shower.
A Little Sunshine by Ashlee Townsend
Perfect for a couple’s shower, play up the idea that you are “brewing a baby” inside your belly. Purchase an assortment of craft beers for guests to sample. You could even purchase little flight glasses so guests can be served three sample beers at once.
Brewing baby love by heythird
Another great couple’s shower idea, a Baby-Q is a cute play on a BBQ-themed day. Take advantage of a more casual grilling and picnicking vibe complemented with traditional red and white gingham tablecloths. Let’s not forget classic entertainment like horseshoes and cornhole that can complement your baby shower game ideas.
B(A)B(Y)Q by Lauren Chism
Adorable shower ideas like this one are both easy and affordable to pull off. Whether you’re having the shower indoors or out, there are many ways you can tie in decorations and activities to honor the “mother/queen bee”. Create a buzz with this baby shower theme!
Mom to bee by Ally Madison
At many showers, it is requested that instead of a card or gift you bring a children’s book so the mom-to-be ends up with a great starter library of picture books for her child. Expand on this idea and theme the entire shower around books!
Book Lovers by Lottie Made Co.
While the mom-to-be may not be able to partake in a “Sunday Funday”, that doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy the sentiment of a fun bubbly juice bar with her girlfriends! You could even have custom champagne flutes made up that guests can take home with them as party favors.
Momosa Party by Laura Hankins
If you’re looking for unique ideas for a girl, this one is perfect! Create a shower that is almost Alice In Wonderland in nature. Showcase the colorful patterns and arrangements found on butterflies throughout your decor. You could even plan the party in a rose garden or botanical garden.
Little Darlings by Maja Cunningham
Say hello to one of the cutest baby shower theme ideas for a boy! Shower the mom-to-be with a celebration that is not only unique, but pays homage to the wise and innocent baby elephant. There are plenty of fun ways to stampede forward with this look.
Elephant Shower by Lori Wemple
Whether you hold the shower on land or at sea, a nautical baby shower is so much fun because there are endless ways to tie in the theme. In other words, it will be smooth sailing to plan and pull off. If you have access to a sailboat or yacht club, this theme becomes a no-brainer.
Ahoy Baby by Snow and Ivy
A shower that will be held around Halloween can appropriately be themed “peek-a-boo.” Piggyback a traditional orange and black look and brainstorm how you can incorporate skeletons, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns into your celebration.
Little Boo by Jessica Ogden
Celebrate the little pot of gold that’s headed your way with the most colorful and magical baby shower theme. Do keep in mind that sometimes a rainbow baby shower can represent that the mother-to-be may have lost a previous child or pregnancy. If this is the case, the new baby is often referred to as a “sunshine baby”, “rainbow baby”, or “angel baby”.
Mod Rainbow Sprinkle by Maria Alou
If you’re looking for baby shower ideas for a boy, this one will get the checkered flag. Base your baby shower theme around fast cars, shiny trains, and things that are going places—just like your future little man.
Pilot Baby by Bethany Anderson
Have you considered a French theme? Ooh-la-la! There are so many creative ways to carry this theme forward. Use an invite that reflects this direction and have a menu that showcases the cuisine that France is known for.
Bonjour Bebe by Jamie Alexander
There are countless directions you can take a rubber duckie theme because now there is practically a rubber duckie made in every style and passion imaginable. If you are leaning toward a gender reveal party, use the tagline “Waddle it Be?” on your invitations or party signage. Guests can then be asked to mark their guess if the baby will be a mallard or drake.
Double Quack by Adelyn T.
Let’s face it, everyone loves tacos. At Minted we have catered lunches for our employees twice a week and taco day is always the favorite. Why not host a shower where you “Taco ‘bout a baby!” It’s time to have a fiesta and celebrate the mom-to-be, starting with themed invitations and decor from south of the border.
Nacho Baby by Joanna Griffin
Hosting a brunch is a unique idea because you can serve appetizers, food, and drinks you may not usually prepare for house guests. Think quiches, bear claws, and even miniature sandwiches. You could even choose to have elements of the party occur in your garden or outdoor patio.
Brunch for Baby by Lauren Chism
There are many different types of baby showers that can be thrown in celebration of a newborn arriving. Because it can get confusing and you may be trying to decide what type of shower to hold, we’ve outlined each shower type below.
A traditional baby shower is held in honor of the mom-to-be, and is typically organized and hosted by a close friend. Choose a classic blue, pink, or neutral color scheme for the baby shower invitations and party decor.
A couples shower celebrates both parents, so include both names on the invitation. Consider using ‘celebration’ as opposed to ‘shower’ and pick an invitation design that will appeal to a co-ed guest list.
A gender reveal, usually hosted by the parents-to-be, is a special moment to share with friends and family. Make it clear on invites that the gender of the baby will be unveiled to all in attendance. Use a sealed note from the sonographer to keep it a surprise!
A sip and see, also referred to as a “welcome baby party” is a low-key party hosted to introduce a newborn to friends and family after the birth. Like an open house, guests can come and go, enjoy a beverage, and meet the baby in a casual setting.
After their first child, some families prefer a sprinkle party instead of a full blown shower. Diapers may be all they need! Let guests know in the invitation.
When celebrating an adoption, the timing of the event will vary depending on the nature of the adoption and the comfort level of the parents-to-be. The family may prefer to have the shower before the baby arrives or after the baby is welcomed home.