20 adorable baby shower themes

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!

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Diaper Pin by Lehan Veenker

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR BABY SHOWER THEME

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.

  • Decor ideas: Make DIY clouds out of bunches of cotton and hang them from the ceiling with gold star garland strands for an out-of-this-world look.
  • Food ideas: Serve cookies in the shape of clouds, moons, and stars.
  • Favor ideas: Personalize votive candle holders to say “Twinkle Twinkle” with the date of the shower and give these away as party favors with a votive candle.

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Moon and Back Cloudy Sky

Moon and Back Cloudy Sky by Alethea and Ruth


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JUNGLE/SAFARI THEMED BABY SHOWER

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.

  • Decor ideas: Create a photo wall with balloons in a variety of green tones, palm fronds, and even monkey stuffed animals. Provide some fun props for guests to use in the photoshoot like binoculars and safari hats.
  • Food ideas: Make up fun names for your appetizers. Put out carrots and dip (label it “Tiger Tails”), grapes (“Snake Eggs”), or nuts (“Elephant Treats”).
  • Favor ideas: Package gummy animal candy or animal crackers in cellophane. Tie your bundle or treats with raffia and put a party favor sticker on it that ties in with the baby shower theme.

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Jungle Animal Sketchbook

Jungle Animal Sketchbook by Alethea and Ruth


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WOODLAND BABY SHOWER THEME

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.

  • Decor ideas: Use decorative wood slices to display food, favors, game ideas, and more. If it’s the fall, look to collect and feature pinecones creatively.
  • Game ideas: Given it’s a woodland theme, send guests on a “Pacifier Hunt,” around your venue grounds telling them how many are hidden. This spin on a more traditional scavenger hunt will have guests looking in trees and searching bushes.
  • Favor ideas: Send guests off with a small jar of custom-made trail mix and a label that says “Happy Trails.”

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Virtual Woodland

Virtual Woodland by Lori Wemple


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LITTLE PUMPKIN THEMED BABY SHOWER

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.

  • Decor ideas: Tie in the orange-y theme with pumpkins of all shapes, hues, and sizes, along with sunflowers, burnt orange leaves, and gold spray-painted jars.
  • Game ideas: Fill a jar with pumpkin candies or candy corn and have guests guess how many pumpkins are in it.
  • Favor ideas: Decorate mini pumpkins with glitter and attach a small “thank you” note to the stem with string.

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YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE BABY SHOWER THEME

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.

  • Decor ideas: Decorate tables with vases of baby’s breath, sunflowers, and sliced lemons to add that yellow color tie-in, in an unexpected way.
  • Favor ideas: Give guests flowering potted plants. Arrange them on a table under a sign that reads “Thank you for showering our little sunshine with love.”
  • Drink idea: Lemonades! Set up a lemonade bar where guests can create their own unique flavor combinations. Think strawberry, blueberry, or watermelon lemonade!
A Little Sunshine

A Little Sunshine by Ashlee Townsend


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A BABY IS BREWING THEMED BABY SHOWER

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.

  • Decor ideas: Purchase some gold balloons that say “Cheers” and surround them with other balloons in gold, yellow, and white. Not only is it a nod to the theme, but it’s also perfect for photo opportunities. Also, consider how you may be able to transform a room or backyard to resemble a German beer garden.
  • Drink ideas: It goes without saying, offer local craft beers for those who can drink. For those who can’t, apple cider is a great alternative.
  • Food ideas: When it comes to baby shower food ideas, serve freshly baked pretzels with mustards and dips; perfect with beer or sparkling waters as a refreshment.
Brewing baby love

Brewing baby love by heythird


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BABY-Q BABY SHOWER THEME

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.

  • Decor ideas: If you’re having a burger bar, indicate which table it is by attaching three baby onesies to a piece of string with clothespins. Each onesie will have a letter on it: B-B-Q. Use red and white checked cloth to create the letters.
  • Game ideas: We’ve got a great idea for you, it’s called “Baby Bump Twister!” Blow up a bunch of balloons and have everyone who plays Twister put one under their shirt. You’re in for hilarity!
  • Food ideas: Besides hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn on the cob, offer a delicious picnic dessert with mini strawberry shortcakes in mason cup jars.
B(A)B(Y)Q

B(A)B(Y)Q by Lauren Chism


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SWEET AS CAN BEE THEMED BABY SHOWER

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!

  • Decor ideas: Use wooden hexagons to create a hive look behind the dessert table. You can also use these wooden hexagons throughout the shower for a photo wall, centerpieces, etc.
  • Favor ideas: Hand out little jars of local honey that guests can take home with them to share with their household.
  • Game ideas: Get a large jar and fill it with honeycomb-shaped pretzels. Have guests guess how many honeycombs are in the jar. Baby shower game ideas like this are easy to manage because guests can place their “ballot” at any time during the shower.
Mom to bee

Mom to bee by Ally Madison


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BOOK THEMED BABY SHOWER THEME

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!

  • Decor ideas: For the food table, use children’s books as decorative pieces. Stack them so that plates of food are at varying heights and are sitting on a colorful array of books. You can also print up some signs with your favorite quotes from children’s books.
  • Game ideas: Create a list of children’s books and their main characters. Mix up the list so people will have to match the book to the character. Whoever gets the most right wins.
  • Dessert ideas: Create cupcake flags with your favorite storybook character on them. That way not only can you make or purchase delicious cupcakes, you can make sure they tie in with the theme.
  • Virtual ideas: Virtual baby showers have grown in popularity as it allows guests from across the globe to attend a live celebration with the mom-to-be. If hosting a virtual event, you could prepare a trivia slideshow of popular children’s book covers that have the book title removed. Guests then need to correctly guess the book title. Be sure to read through our detailed post on additional virtual party ideas.
Book Lovers

Book Lovers by Lottie Made Co.


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MOM-OSA BAR THEMED BABY SHOWER

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.

  • Drink ideas: Serve a variety of juices (orange, strawberry, cranberry, etc.) along with champagne and sparkling cider.
  • Decor ideas: Play up the fruit angle since the theme is so focused on juice. Use berries, leaves, and flowers for decor and signage.
  • Favor ideas: Send guests home with fruit-flavored macarons, packaged with a personalized baby shower tag.

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Momosa Party

Momosa Party by Laura Hankins


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BUTTERFLY BABY SHOWER THEME

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.

  • Decor ideas: Purchase giant artificial butterflies online, a butterfly pinata, and even a balloon arch for a huge statement piece at the shower.
  • Favor ideas: Embark upon a DIY project with mini topiaries and place butterflies in them. You can use these as centerpieces and then have guests take one when the party concludes.
  • Game ideas: Create a worksheet of the world’s most famous butterflies and then have a list of their names. See if your guests can correctly identify the Monarch, Tiger Swallowtail, Blue-spotted Emperor, Buckeye, and more.
Little Darlings

Little Darlings by Maja Cunningham


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ELEPHANT THEMED BABY SHOWER

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.

  • Decor ideas: Find a large stuffed toy elephant and blow up a bunch of balloons in gray, white, and blue so it looks like they’re coming out of his trunk. If you can pull it off, it’ll look like he’s spraying water in an arc and it will be the perfect backdrop for photos.
  • Favor ideas: Order soap in the shape of an elephant (preferably gray) and package each one in a mesh bag. Include a thank you note on the ribbon.
  • Game ideas: Fill a jar with peanuts and have people guess how many are in the jar. Also, because an elephant never forgets, you could think through a game that tests your guest’s memory. Perhaps a quiz about the mom-to-be.

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Elephant Shower

Elephant Shower by Lori Wemple


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NAUTICAL BABY SHOWER THEME

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.

  • Food ideas: Set up a self-serve station with crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, fish and chips, and more. Just make sure there are some safe edible options for the pregnant mother to eat!
  • Decor idea: Order a life preserver that has the baby’s expected name (or says “Baby Smith”) and the month the baby is due on it. You can hang this at the entrance to the party, above the food station, or near a popular photo spot. Once the party concludes, repurpose the custom preserver in their nursery.
  • Game idea: Play “My Water Broke,” a game where you freeze miniature plastic baby figurines in ice cubes ahead of time. Hand an ice cube to each participant at th