Does mom need a stroller? Focus the theme on wheels. Have guests all chip in to buy mom the stroller of her dreams.
Sometimes the best gift of all is time and the best parties are work parties. To this end have a baby shower work party and help mom paint the nursery, hang the artwork, fold the baby clothes and assemble the crib then sit back and enjoy a chat over a sack lunch.
Capture mom’s baby belly in stone, or paper Mache. It is easy to make a belly mold of mom’s baby bump. It only takes an afternoon, a newspaper and some willing hands. Make sure to pick an appropriate product, some plasters get very hot and can burn delicate skin.
Is this the second or third time around for mom? Then a baby sprinkle, instead of a full blown shower might be all that is needed. A baby sprinkle is like a mini-baby shower.
The creators of Barney are geniuses, not just because the songs get permanently stuck in your head, but because, as it turns out, dinosaurs is one place both girls and boys overlap in childhood. At some point every child is fascinated by dinos, regardless of gender. This makes a super-sized, dinosaur themed baby shower perfect when the gender is a surprise.
Where the Wild Things Are
This Maurice Sendak book is a classic. A baby shower themed in this way is fun and certain to bring out the child in even the most grown up guests.
Food can be colorful, fun and fit for a wild one. If baby’s birth date falls in those weeks surrounding Halloween it is a perfect theme to welcome baby.
Twinkle Little Star
Baby is the star of the night, make it sparkle. Decorate the room in twinkling stars, mirrors, shiny papers and bright stars. Using twinkle lights is a great way to carry the starlight theme into any room of the house. Invitations can be star shaped cards on silvery paper with a shine to it.
Girls Night Out
Are baby showers just not your thing, mom’s thing or really the thing of anyone on the guest list? Abandon the typical baby shower for a girl’s night out. Take in events that mom will likely forego for the next few months when new baby is her constant companion. A good chick flick is a great idea.
Mom and Dad
Is dad just as hands on as a dad could possibly be? You may want to include him in the baby shower. Including Dads changes the whole landscape of the party right down to the guest list and date.
Dad will not have nearly as much fun if he is the only man in a room full of women. A decidedly girly theme will add considerably to his discomfort. Instead of going over the top with mommy themed shower stuff, theme a dad and mom party more like a nice date night with your best friend couples.
Money is the essence of new parent’s needs. To this end do struggling moms and dads a favor by hosting a “cash only” baby shower theme. Money is always the right color, is never too small and will not need to be returned. Mom may feel awkward asking for monetary gifts herself, but a cash theme will do it for her.
Don’t spot the idea for your shower? Here are a few more ideas for you to consider: Stripes and Dots, Sock Monkeys, Fishermen, Multiples, Noah’s Ark, Under the Sea, Kittens and Puppies, a Mother’s Blessing and Jungle Animals.