The little one will be here any day now, and you can bet the mom-to-be is ready.
Spread the Word These cheerful balloon-inspired invitations are just the thing for the most popular lady in the room.
To buy: Ready to Pop Shower Invitations, $64 for 25, minted.com.
Pick the Perfect Party Favors Create a party playlist of pop music and send guests home with a greatest hits CD.
Play Games Have a balloon animal sculpting contest—the first person who makes anything at all recognizable wins. Or, guests can compete to create a balloon hat for the mom-to-be. She then votes on which one she will then wear during the gift-opening process.
Get Creative with Cocktails Pop the Champagne! Or if you’re feeling daring, serve cocktails in glasses rimmed with Pop Rocks.
Choose the Color Palette Red, mandarin orange, and yellow; hot pink, raspberry red, and orange.
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Theme: Bun in the Oven
Help mom get ready with this well-baked brunch shower.
Spread the Word Send these adorably illustrated (and pre-printed) bun in the oven cards from Lola Blue Shop on Etsy.
To buy: Bun in the Oven Baby Shower Invitation. (Unfortunately, this invite is no longer available. Click here to purchase a PDF version of the invite:etsy.com.)
Play Games Have each guest predict how long it will take the mom-to-be to open gifts at the party.
How does it work? Give each guest their own oven timer, and just as the guest of honor tears off the first bow have them set it to how long they think the unwrapping will take. Whoever comes the closest to the actual time is the winner.
Play Bun-go: Just like bingo, but have guests mark their cards whenever they hear one of the phrases at the party. The first guest to complete a straight line wins, or for more of a challenge play to a blackout.
Prep the Party Space Stick with the oven theme by stringing together a garland of colorful potholders, or sliding individual sets of silverware into each one. Bonus: Guests get to keep the potholders as a party favor.
To buy: Williams-Sonoma Pot Holder, $7, williams-sonoma.com. Divine Twine Baker’s Twine. (Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. Find something similar atshopsweetlulu.com.)
Plan your Menu The best part about this shower theme is the crowd-pleasing party fare. Serve an array of sweets including Pecan Sticky Buns.
Get Creative with Cocktails Complement the sweets with a pitcher full of “mom-osas.” Swap Ginger Ale for Champagne for the mom-to-be. Try this recipe for Pear Mimosas.
Add an Extra Touch Have the mom-to-be wear this fun bun in the oven tee.
To buy: Bun in the Oven Chocolate Maternity T’s, $28.50, cafepress.com.
Choose a Color Palette Cherry red and turquoise; brown and coral.
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Theme: Little Peanut
Take this chance to celebrate before the little one arrives, and get a little, well, nutty with the mom-to-be.
To buy: Happy Squirrel Nut Bags. (Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. Find something similar atetsy.com.)
Get Creative with Cocktails As a nice complement to the peanut butter theme, serve up jam cocktails like this Raspberry Martini.
Spread the Word It’s time to celebrate the peanut. Spell it out clearly on these bold (and straight-forward) invitations.
To buy: Our Peanut Baby Shower Invitations, $64 for 25 cards, minted.com.
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Theme: Little Peanut (cont.)
Prep the Party Space Decorate tables with cleaned out Jiff jars filled with red flowers. Or nestle a small cylindrical vase in a larger vase filled with peanuts (in their shells) and put flowers in the inner vase.
Pick the Perfect Favors Let guests take home jars of gourmet peanut butter or peanut butter fudge sauce.
Play Games “What Should We Name Our Peanut?” “Peanut [insert mom’s last name here]” doesn’t quite work, so mom needs your help naming him/her. But there’s a catch, you have to find a name that’s suitable for the listed scenarios. Everyone then shares their suggestions, and the mom-to-be chooses her favorites.
Get Creative with Cocktails Offer a summer beer, many of which are made with honey.
Spread the Word The mom to "bee" will love this simple hive-themed invitation.
To buy: Mom to Bee Baby Shower Invitations, $64 for 25, minted.com.
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Theme: "Bumble" of Joy! (cont.)
Prep the Party Space Decorate the room with honeycomb inspired tissue paper balls in various sizes. While the buffet can be decked out with hive-shaped beeswax candles and empty honey bears as bud vases.
Choose a Color Palette Ocean blue, yellow, and white; butter yellow and white
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Theme: A Day at the Circus
Spend the time under the big top, but without the barnyard smell or peanut shells underfoot.
Spread the Word This oversized invite is literally each guest’s ticket for admission to the show.
To buy: Ticket Invitations. (Unfortunately, these invitations are no longer available. Find similar invitations atetsy.com.)
Pick the Perfect Favor Stash treats or candy inside these circus train favor boxes, or send everyone home with a box of animal crackers.
To buy: Three Ring Circus Favor Boxes, $4 for 4, amazon.com.
Play Games Create various stations that guests can wander through. At each station, there’s a card explaining the activity at hand that begins, "Ladies and Gentleman, Step Right Up to..." ...Decorate blocks ...Sneak a peek at—and decorate—the "Smallest onesie in the world!" ...Guess the baby’s weight/birthdate (prize to be granted after the birth!)
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Theme: A Day at the Circus (cont.)
Prep the Party Space String up the guest of honor’s name, or baby-related phrases, using the free downloadable alphabet banner. Serve snacks (small portions of circus peanuts, nuts, or jelly beans) in colorful striped cupcake wrappers (in red and blue).
To buy: Striped Cupcake Wrappers. (Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. Find similar wrappers atshopsweetlulu.com.)
Use a strip of tickets to bundle silverware and napkins.
Plan the Menu Serve circus-inspired treats: Hot dogs, soft pretzels, chicken nuggets, and popcorn in retro tubs. And who could spend time at the circus without cotton candy?
To buy: Circus Popcorn Boxes. (Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. Find something similar atshopsweetlulu.com.)
Get Creative with Cocktails Colorful cocktails are perfect for this party when poured into animal nose cups.