I’ve been away in California throwing two baby showers (which is why my blog has been inactive for a bit)! One was a casual co-ed shower for a boy and the other was a more traditional shower for a girl. I admit that I’m far from traditional, so when I realized that I would have to come up with games for the second shower in San Francisco, I freaked out a little! I stuck with sentimental and old-fashioned ideas instead of the cheesy stuff I found online and everything went over brilliantly. Here’s the breakdown of each shower’s theme, menu, and activities so you can steal, borrow and re-purpose!
Co-ed Baby Shower for a Boy
- Theme- Bright, Cheery, Mexican Fiesta
- Food/Drink- Taco Bar, Guacamole with Chips, Beef Croquettes, Chocolate Strawberries, Cookies, Sangria, Natural Citrus Sodas
- Colors- Lush Purples, Deep Pinks and Reds with Pops of Silver
- Decor- Tissue Paper Medallions
- Favors- Succulents tied with raffia
- Activities/Group Gift- Alphabet Baby Quilt Station: We provided calico prints, paints and fabric markers for each person to create a letter for the baby quilt. They pinned everything on and I took it home to applique and sew it all together! Wishing Tree: Each guest wrote a wish for the baby or couple on a little tag and hung it on a money tree for the nursery.
Traditional Baby Shower for a Girl (thrown by non-traditional friends!)
- Theme – “Bookish”: Classic Children’s Books, Vintage Flash Cards and Classic School Details
- Food/Drinks – Grilled Cheese Bar with Soup, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Apple Crisp Spiked Punch, Natural Citrus Sodas
- Colors – Vintage Pastels with Lots of Cute Prints and Patterns
- Decor- Paper Bunting made from old books, printouts of classic book illustrations and cute patterns and prints
- Favors- Bag of Vintage Candy with Two Personalized Pencils
- Activity/ Group Gift- Alphabet Baby Quilt Station: This was the same as the other shower, but with a completely different vibe and color palette based on the mom’s theme for the nursery.
- Games- Nursery Rhyme Match Up: match the title to one verse (we made this very hard, using verses rarely heard from older rhymes) and Birthday Card Station: We provided a birthday card for every year of the baby’s life from 1 to 21 and had each person fill one out with advice, stories or wishes for that year of life.