The Most Creative Baby Shower Themes

As I alluded to before, I’ve been digging around for the most creative baby shower themes. Partly because I’ll be helping my sister plan her baby shower in a few weeks, sure, but also because I knew you’d appreciate a comprehensive list like this. I knew I would have.

They’re inventive, they’re inspiring, and they’re chock full of useful ideas — ladies and ladies, here are the most creative baby shower themes:

  • Camping Baby Shower

    Camping Baby Shower

    Mason jars, lanterns, and sandwich wraps cut to look like little logs. Who said baby showers had to be all about diaper pins and rubber duckies?

    See more photos and ideas from Jesi Haack Design.

    Photos: Carlie Renee of Gabriel Ryan.

  • Lullaby Baby Shower

    Lullaby Baby Shower

    This is one of the sweetest themes of the bunch, with plenty of creative potential. To create a dreamy aura, these party planners used a sleigh crib as a dessert table, with hanging mobiles, pom pom clouds, draped canopy netting, and sky-blue balloons. I especially love that guests were asked for their best sleep advice — which is advice that all new parents need.

    See the entire party from Pure Love Events.

    Photo: Rebecca Watkins Photography.

  • Baby

    Baby "Shower" or "Sprinkle"

    Clouds, raindrops, and umbrellas round out decor ideas for this baby shower theme. This is an especially cute idea for a second (or third or fourth) baby “sprinkle,” which is traditionally smaller than a full-blown “shower.”

    See more photos from this party from Lisa Storms.

  • Back-to-School Baby Shower

    Back-to-School Baby Shower

    This baby shower (thrown for a teacher) revolves around a schoolhouse theme — with blackboards, brown-bagged party favors, and plenty of apples. They had a “Show & Tell” (gift-opening time), “Story Time” (when the mom-to-be read stacks of parenting advice secretly collected from her students), and a nutritious lunch on cafeteria trays. Another cute idea for this theme is to have a basket of “love notes” written on loose-leaf paper for the new baby.

    See more of this party from Craig and Whitney.

  • Gg is for girl

    Gg is for girl

    This theme is similar to a “schoolhouse” theme, but more 1950s vintage — with retro books, vintage illustrations, and brown-bagged lunch.

    See more of this party from Phoenix Event Planning.

  • Baby Shower in a Box

    Baby Shower in a Box

    If you have a long-distance mom-to-be friend, opt to “mail in” a baby shower and save your plane trip for when Baby actually arrives. The friend behind this thoughtful gift rallied a bunch of their college friends (via email) and coordinated classic baby shower activities and gifts into one box. They even gave the mom-to-be a special “party favor” gift from all of them.

    See Aprés Fete.

  • Around-the-Clock Baby Shower

    Around-the-Clock Baby Shower

    Time changes drastically once we become parents — we never seem to have enough of it, yet it passes much more quickly. And, in many ways, “time” and routines tend to rule our lives. So
    Pottery Barn Kids came up with some brilliant time-related décor and activities — including clever ideas for group gifts and a time capsule.

    See all of these party ideas and more at Pottery Barn Kids.

  • Book Baby Shower

    Book Baby Shower

    A book (or “library” or “bedtime story”) baby shower is a clever way to start building baby’s library. Ask guests to kindly bring a new or used children’s book in lieu of a card, and then enjoy a book-themed party — with books and a book-related menu.

    See 15 of the best book baby shower tutorials, print-outs, and ideas.

  • Goodnight Moon Baby Shower

    Goodnight Moon Baby Shower

    Just like The Velveteen Rabbit, this is a “book party” focused around one specific children’s book — one classic children’s book.

    See more photos and ideas from this party at Hostess with the Mostess.

  • 1920's

    1920's "Poppy" Themed Baby Shower

    This party is all about vintage charm, high tea, and Old Hollywood glamour in a red, black, white, and gold color scheme.

    See more of this party from Hostess with the Mostess.

  • Airplane Baby Shower

    Airplane Baby Shower

    Under the tagline “Precious Cargo,” this baby shower is all about vintage travel — including passport-like invitations, “baggage claim” favors, and vintage travel props.

    See more photos and ideas from Two Bird Studio.

  • Rock Star Baby Shower

    Rock Star Baby Shower

    This party from The TomKat Studio and Vicki Lynn Photography is simply cooler than the rest. Besides the creative decorations and food ideas, I love how guests were asked to bring a favorite children’s book to place inside of a guitar case labeled “Collection of Classics.”

    See more photos and ideas from Hostess with the Mostess.

  • Nesting Baby Shower

    Nesting Baby Shower

    Craft-paper nests, bird cages, bird houses, and tree branches all round out the “nesting” theme.

    See more of this baby shower from willowday.

  • Bun in the Oven

    Bun in the Oven

    I’m practically giddy over this creative baby shower, with “dessert tables” on top of play kitchens, party favors stuffed in oven mitts, and plenty of sweets.

    Find all of these printables at the Etsy shop Jayme Marie.

    See more party photos at Lil Hoot.

    Photos: Meredith Nelson.

  • Ready To Pop Baby Shower

    Ready To Pop Baby Shower

    This theme is easy to replicate yourself — just think of everything that “pops”: popcorn, soda (pop), champagne, cake pops, popovers, pop rocks, balloons, bubbles, etc.

    See more photos at Le Partie Sugar.

  • Apple of my Eye

    Apple of my Eye

    An “Apple of my Eye” baby shower is especially appropriate for anyone planning an Autumn party. (This party, in particular, was an apple theme because both parents are teachers.)

    See more photos and ideas from On to baby.

    Photo: Sarah Maizland.

  • Sip & See

    Sip & See

    Rather than have a baby shower, you could always have a “sip & see” party once Baby arrives — especially good for second-time moms or premature (pre-baby-shower) babies. This “Welcome to the World” party used maps and globes to decorate.

    See more photos of this party from Grey Likes Baby.

    Event planner: A Savvy Event; Photos: Allyson Wiley.

  • Babushka Baby Shower

    Babushka Baby Shower

    I adore this sweet, original baby shower theme by Naomi of Hello Naomi — complete with a soft color scheme (coral, powder blue, and buttercup yellow), fresh flowers, and a vintage tea set.

    See more photos and ideas from Here Comes Baby Blog UK.

  • Rainbow Baby Shower

    Rainbow Baby Shower

    If you’ve been lusting after those Rainbow Cakes all over Pinterest, what better occasion for a bright, cheery celebration than a baby shower? Not only do rainbows make the perfect accompaniment to “shower” and “sprinkle” party themes (rainbows are the best part of rain showers), but I love the idea of welcoming a new life with happy, vibrant colors.

    See how to make this rainbow cake at Bump Smitten.

    Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat.

  • Up, Up and Away Baby Shower

    Up, Up and Away Baby Shower

    The next hot trend for parties is definitely hot air balloons — such as in this “Up, Up and Away” baby shower. (You could also rename it “Floating on Cloud 9,” “Soaring to New Heights,” or any other sky-related theme name.) There’s plenty of DIY potential with this theme — like hot air balloons made from paper lanterns — and it blends well with elements like clouds and rainbows, or with an overall vintage vibe.

    See more from Jessicakes and See Half Baked; The Cake Blog

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