The excitement is building, the wait is almost over, and the big day is drawing near: There’s a baby on the way. Now is the time to celebrate with family and friends, to create a special occasion to welcome your little bundle of joy into the world. Make your shower unforgettable, from baby shower invitations to decor, favors and thank you cards and by choosing a coordinated theme tailored to your personal style and taste for this special day.
Color and Theme
Whether you’re expecting a boy, girl, twins or triplets, choosing a theme for your baby shower will greatly streamline the planning process and spark creative ideas for your party. Many hostesses like to begin by choosing color, a good first step to ground the process. Remember your choices are not limited to pinks and blues, as invitations, decorations, tableware and favors are all available in a wide spectrum, from ecru and blueberry to magenta and lime.
Let your imagination guide your choice in selecting the theme for your shower. Choices are abundant, from traditional blocks, booties and bottles to vintage teddy bears, owls, or kittens. Choose an angel-themed party to welcome your new addition, or a cupcake theme to usher in the new arrival.
A garden theme with the traditional umbrella as centerpiece is a shower favorite, but wagons, baskets or even a sparkly tiara can beautify your tablescape and make a great impression. Colorful paper lanterns can add a festive feel to a garden shower; tiered serving dishes bearing votive candles and strewn flowers add interest to a buffet station. From casual luncheon fare to a finger-foods picnic, menu items can blend seamlessly with your theme and decor.
Themed baby shower invitations set the tone for your gathering, letting guests know important information about date, time and place as well as the tone of the party, be it a dressy afternoon tea or a casual backyard barbeque. Choose a design and color on a quality stock that speaks to your individual style, and then build your decorations, menu and activities around this motif.
Themed Activities and Favors
Shower activities can be personalized to delight the mom-to-be, incorporating favorite photos into guessing games and fun family facts into party quizzes. Party gifts and favors can be coordinated with theme and color, from candles to pamper products to wine charms.
Your last step before baby arrives is to send out themed thank-you cards to acknowledge your baby gifts. With a little advance planning and a coordinated theme, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself on the day of your shower, a special celebration of memories for you to treasure in the years ahead.
- Photo Credit: title=”Baby Shower Favors” by soapylovedeb, on Flickr
- Photo Credit: title=”Garden theme baby shower cupcakes” by WishUponACupcake, on Flickr