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Creative Baby Shower Themes

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When planning a baby shower, there's no need to stick with the conventional blue or pink themes. Celebrate the chic mommy in your life with some unique baby shower ideas that are sure to please her and your guests!

The best way to insure that your event is fun and unique is to come up with a theme that will encompass the party. No matter your budget, here are some ideas to help you plan a festive event!

Go co-ed. A co-ed baby shower is a great way to mix things up a bit. Typically dads get ignored when it comes to pre-baby festivities, but with a co-ed shower you can celebrate both the new mommy and daddy-to be. To make this theme work, avoid any over-cutesy themes and instead stick to something a bit more gender-neutral. Consider doing a sports themed shower at a local park with competitive games such as a bottle race where participants suck on a bottle filled with juice or some other liquid. You might also construct an obstacle course of sorts with various activities such as changing a doll's diaper, the bottle race, and carrying an egg in a spoon across a field. Baby shower decorations can include baby pictures of your guests hung on string and give your guests some edible baby shower favors such as personalized cookies or brownie favor pops.

Your theme can also relate to the baby shower gifts. For example, if this is the mom's second pregnancy, you might consider doing a "decorate the nursery" themed baby shower. Guests can then bring various nursery items with which to decorate. For this type of shower, be sure to have a gift registry to avoid duplicates. The decorations can include cut outs of cribs and blocks, paper mobiles, and some stuffed animals. Make your event into an old fashioned tea party and set out your best china. Make some pots of tea and serve scones and tea sandwiches. Then hand out some mini tea sets as favors.

Going green is all the rage these days. You can have a green shower without sacrificing style. Use recycled paper in your decorations by using old newspapers to make decorative pom poms and napkin rings. Using potted plants in your décor that can later be replanted in someone's home. The plants can also double as baby shower favors or if you're looking for more baby shower favor ideas, you can also give out plantable seed favors or bake some cookies and hand them out in eco-friendly favor bags. Use real dishes instead of disposable ones, and make sure that your menu comes from local sources such as a farmer's market. Also make sure to ask your guests to skip the wrapping on the gifts to avoid excess waste.

Another creative idea is to combine your shower with a holiday party. For example, if the baby shower is taking place around Halloween, ask your guests to come in costume and have them decorate pumpkins to look like a baby and they can even take them home. A Christmas shower might involve making their own ornaments or baking gingerbread man cookies that are decorated to look like the baby. The team (or individual) with the best baby wins a prize.

Just remember to have fun and to keep the mommy-to-be's style in mind when planning the shower. After all, it's a celebration for her and her new bundle of joy!

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