8 Adorable Baby Shower Themes for Parents-to-Be

Updated: Nov. 15, 2023

No matter their style, these fun baby shower themes ensure a fabulous bash for soon-to-be parents!

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Woodland Theme

Craving adventure? A woodsy wonderland theme is the perfect way to usher in new parenthood. Serve popular camping recipes or consider a bar with hot dog toppings as a fun ode to the outdoors. Make it kiddo-focused and embrace popular woodland creatures with banners, cupcake toppers and signs, like this collection from Haley Madison Design on Etsy. If weather permits, host this fête in a park or big backyard. And be sure to try this bear-tastic shower game!

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Nursery Rhyme Theme

This option can be an engaging way to involve the parents-to-be by choosing one of their favorite childhood nursery rhymes. For example, a classic choice is “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” The host could string fairy lights around the party space for ambience, whip up some easy appetizers to feed a crowd and add a charming sign and table centerpieces to set the stage.

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Travel Theme

Another popular theme for baby showers is travel. Not sure where to start? You can find ideas in culture. How about a baby shower with vintage desserts from across the pond, inspired by the Queen of England?

Alternatively, choose a meaningful travel destination for the mom-to-be, like a memorable childhood getaway or a honeymoon stop. For a baby shower game, consider this fun Baby Around the World puzzle, sure to delight guests!

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Children’s Book Theme

A book-focused baby shower is a creative option in many ways. First, it can be formatted like a “stock the baby’s bookshelf” type of gathering, where every guest brings a beloved kid’s book, modern or traditional. Second, the celebration could focus on one specific book, like a Dragons Love Tacosthemed shower. These taco-inspired appetizers and our absolute best taco recipes would be a blast, while this emoji word game would be a neat addition to any children’s book-themed baby shower.

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Food Theme

Focusing the baby shower on a specific food is a creative way to honor the expectant parents. Both clementines and mushrooms have been popular recently. This “little cutie” guest book sign or fungi mushroom invitation are great examples of ways to work with food-centric themes.

Let the theme inspire the menu too, like with this Citrus & White Grape Juice Party Punch and Citrus Poke Cake or Mushroom Panzanella and Brie Mushroom Pastries.

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Safari Theme

Channel the mom-to-be’s wild side with a safari-themed baby shower, complete with this lush green garland. This baby animal name game is ideal for safari or jungle baby shower themes. Sustainable decor like houseplants in pretty pots could be used for a verdant touch, while green foods help set the tone for a fun celebration. Here’s what to know before hosting a baby shower.

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Cultural Celebration Theme

The cultural traditions of the parents-to-be can inspire the baby shower as well. For example, maybe the expectant mother has strong Italian heritage, so a pasta party with traditional Italian food could work.

As the host, focus on the specific region where the family is from. So, for the feel of Tuscany, play some Andrea Bocelli, and for a taste of the Amalfi Coast, enjoy Limoncello Tiramisu.

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Nautical Theme

Another classic baby shower theme? The nautical approach. These baby predictions and advice cards are a great activity for this type of shower. You don’t have to host this party on the high seas, but anchor cupcake toppers and captain’s hats for the parents-to-be are a must! To really embrace the theme, consider these zucchini boats for the menu.

Candace Kalasky, owner and principal planner at Lovestruck Events, contributed theme ideas to this article.