If you are planning a baby shower, you have a lot of things to do. One of your more important tasks is deciding on the decorations. The shower decor helps to set the mood for the party, from elegant to silly. Once you have settled on decorations, everything else will fall easily into place.
Here are a few ideas to consider when transforming a space for the expectant mother's big day:
Pick a theme and colors. Color helps to set the mood. If you know the baby's gender, you can always go with traditional pink or blue. If not, then white, ivory, soft yellow or pale green work well. And for a livelier look, you can even consider using bright, primary colors.
The theme should be fun and match the color scheme. You can consult with the mother on the theme as well. Some choose to decorate the nursery around specific cartoon characters or colors. This will also help the guests choose gifts for the expectant mother.
For a fun idea, decorate the party room with a big playroom theme. Use large playground balls, clip art printables, oversized stuffed animals, and large plastic toy bins to hold cold beverages. All items can be saved for the baby, or if there are children in attendance, each child could be allowed to take a toy home.
Name that baby. If you know what the baby's name will be, try to incorporate it into the decor. You could hang a large banner with the words, "We can't wait to meet you, Matthew!" or spell out the baby's name in large blocks made from uniformly sized cardboard boxes. Some of the games can revolve around the name as well. Ask guests to use the letters in the name of the baby to make words. Use a timer to count five minutes. Another five-minute game is to have the guests name Hollywood stars with the same name as the baby. This one is sure to get them excited!
Get organized with a seating chart. Arrange the seating to encourage your guests to interact. Round tables that seat 8-10 people each are usually better choices than large, rectangular banquet tables. Be sure that all guests have a nice view of the main table, where the mom-to-be will be seated.
Make room for gifts. Set up a large table (or two!) for gifts. Place two chairs beside the gift table—one for the mother-to-be to use while she opens presents and another for a friend who will record each gift. Marking down each gift as it is opened will make it much easier when it is time to send out thank-you cards!
Decorate the guest of honor's chair. Attach large fabric bows or festive helium-filled balloons. The chair can also be decorated with silly string, gift wrap and other such materials. The possibilities are endless!
Decorate the tables. There are plenty of ways to create pieces for the table that will wow the guests and mom to be. These ideas will double as unique party favors -- just let guests know that they are welcome to take these items home with them.
- Consider placing fresh flowers or candles wrapped in colored netting at each table setting. A helium-filled balloon tied to a small stuffed animal works well, too.
- Place an upside-down umbrella at each table and fill it with small baby items such as teethers, rattles and booties. Supplies for homemade baby shower favors, like these decorative umbrellas, are inexpensive and available at most party stores.
- Place a colorful train car filled with cookies or candies at the center of each table. After the shower, these train centerpieces can be assembled as a gift for the new baby.
Ideas on a budget
You do not have to spend a lot of money on the decorations. There are many things that can be done with limited funds. See below for some examples:
Holiday decorations. Use Christmas lights that you have around the house for decoration. They will add color to the event.
Baby jars. Collect baby food jars from friends with small children. Clean the jars and allow them time to dry. You can now paint them, glue pictures of baby items to them from old magazines, or place small candles inside for the tables.
Use the gifts as décor. For a unique look you can hang a clothesline up in the room. You can then ask guests to hang items such as onesies, blankets, toys, etc. to the line. This will add a touch of flair to the gift table!
The diaper cake. This is one of the most popular baby shower gifts. Simply make a mock “cake” from baby diapers. This not only makes a great gift, but a very nice decoration for the baby shower.
Items you will need to make the diaper cake:
- 60 diapers that are size 1
- Pieces of cardboard to separate each layer. Cut these into circles.
- 3 large rubber bands
- Pacifiers, teething rings, ribbons, etc.
Here are the instructions:
- Roll each diaper. Start from the bottom and roll it to the top. Once rolled, tape the diaper so it does not lose its shape.
- Make the tiers. Place 35 or so rolled up diapers together in a circular pattern. Place a rubber band around them to keep them together. The second tier should have 18 and the final tier will have 9.
- Put it all together. Place each tier on top of another just like a layer cake. Add pacifiers and other little trinkets to decorate the cake.
- Add a surprise. Another variation to this cake is to add a present within the diapers. This can be done by placing onesies and stuffed animals in the middle of the diapers on each tier.
These are just a few ideas for you to use when decorating for a baby shower. Many of the items that need to be purchased can be bought at discount stores or donated by friends and family. This will help offset the cost of supplies while setting the mood for the party!