Category Archives: Baby Shower

Crazy fun baby shower theme: Surfing Monkeys

surfboard-monkey-CPLeave it to our customers to come up with fun baby shower themes! Combine beach allure, surfer casual and energetic monkeys and you get a gnarly surfing monkeys theme. It’s mod, fun, unusual! (And we love a challenge!)

The hostesses plan is to add centerpieces around the umbrella poles over her tables. We recommended printing a theme wrapper to go around the pole, and add flowers. (Even dollar store flowers are fun if you pack them in tight enough.) She planned to use raffia and beach accessories to further decorate the tables. Here is what we came up with to support the theme.

plush monkeys from Oriental Trading
Add miniature diapers to these plush monkeys from Oriental Trading company and add them to beach and surf decor to tie in the monkey aspect.

Working with a color pallette of sand, orange and sky blue, we can set the base colors for table ware, table covers, signs and banner. Other beach brights added here and there for variety, such as beach towels over the buffet table and beach balls suspended from the ceiling. Accessorize with beach buckets and shovels, fondant surfboard decorations on the cake, scattered sea shells, and little umbrellas in the drinks. Add some small plush monkeys to the decor to incorporate the baby monkey. Tiny diapers added to them would add to the baby monkey aspect and get lots of “awwww!”s. Surfs up! Catch it, Dude!

Favors could be little beach pails filled with goodies, surfboard cookies, surf theme insulated cups, floral leis, or even beach towels.

Make a banner look like a giant surfboard, or use bright color papers to make pennants to “Welcome Baby” and hang it over the dessert table. We added some cute cake ideas to our beach baby shower pinterest page. Browse it for even more ideas. http://www.pinterest.com/mom3kkb/beach-baby-shower-ideas/

We found these fun accessories at Party City and Oriental Trading Company. Check them out online by clicking the image. Get beach accessories in the spring or early summer at your local discount stores for best selection.

oriental trading company beach ballsOriental Trading CompayParty City Caribbean blue party ware

Biker Baby on the Way!

Born to ride! Biker Mom and Dad-to-be can enjoy preparing for their new little rider with a motorcycle theme baby shower, or a motorcycle theme nursery. Whether it is a Harley-Davidson, Indian or another cruiser obsession, you can combine motorcycle art, biker gifts, like the amazing and unforgettable pair of crocheted motorcycle booties, bold elements like flames, and some tire tracks. Orange is the obvious answer for a motorcycle shower color theme, with gray and black accents. It is unique, colorful and unisex. Substitute pink or blue for the orange and you keep the motorcycle feel, but make it feel much more baby-ish. The born-to-ride baby shower invitations are a must, as are the large Mylar balloon and the flame pennants. Have a little fun with the decorations, serve a delicious meal (maybe with a diner-foods theme) and crank some rock and roll. It will be a baby shower they will remember!

mohawk baby hat with flames crochet motorcycle jacket blue motorcycle bike diaper cake infant fire hat
flame theme pennants motorcycle baby shower invite baby motorcycle hat
snarly motorcycle mylar balloon
pink baby shower favor motorcycle mini diaper cake motorcycle baby motorcycle hat
blue motorcycle baby onesie
pink infant hat with motorcycle
orange motorcycle baby shower invitation
pink motorcycle diaper cake
crochet motorcycle booties

Guests could opt to wear their best biker gear, or let them add it at the shower with a supply of bandanas or biker hats from a party supply store. Offer temporary tattoos with a baby theme. The favorite of the party will be the tiny biker gear for the newborn. Check the preferred bikes website for logo gear on various items. Can you hear the response? LOL.

DIY Beach Theme Party Decoration Accessories!

Flip Flop Baby Shower
Fun Flip Flop Baby Shower Invitation and Decorations

printable PDF shower accessoriesBeginning with the popular flip flop baby shower theme, Naptime Productions is pleased to announce a FREE PDF file with invitation orders allowing us customers to print out matching items for their shower. The letter size pages can be printed on your color printer and include the following items for our customers to cut out and add color to their party tables.
1. Small Flags for drinking straws or to tie to favors or cake pops.
2. Cupcake wrappers to cut out and slide over the paper cup that the cake bakes in.
3. Napkin rings – colorful bands to match your theme colors that look great on your tables!
4. Scalloped circles in three designs/colors. Cut these out to add to each place setting, arrange on a cake or cupcake plate, or add color under and around your centerpieces.

This free PDF is available only with a matching invitation purchase. Also available is an inexpensive PDF file for the print-at-home pennants you can cut and attach to a string to make a splash of color on your party wall. Looks great above the dessert or gift table. Or both!

beach baby shower favor stickersFor centerpieces, consider the colorful theme-wraps which can be bought separately to go around your flowers or balloons, or our new table decoration kits which include the wraps plus stickers, card holders and cards to spell out B-A-B-Y on each table. Just fill the theme wraps with shredded paper, balloons, tissue paper or small plants.

For quick and colorful party favors, add matching stickers to clear bags of candy.

Naptime Productions also offers shower activities to match your theme including baby gift bingo cards, advice cards to have guests fill out for the mom-to-be, and matching thank you notes. Just add plain color plates, napkins and table covers from your dollar store.

 

A Baby Shower for the Newest Wee Lad or Lassie

Welcome the baby-on-the-way with Irish spirit! A baby shower incorporating the colors, symbols and traditions of Ireland can not only be fun, but also build Irish-American family spirit and camaraderie. Take a look at these fun finds for an Irish theme baby shower!


shamrock brownie bites

Leprechaun Baby Hat

Irish Coffee Recipe

Irish Baby Shower Invitations

lavender cake recipe

Pumpkin Date Scones

Irish and Celtic Folk Classics

green and white tables

The first step: Irish baby shower invitations that set the scene and let your guests know all the details of the baby shower. Be sure to share helpful information like registry information, nursery theme, and if the baby is a boy, girl or a total mystery.

Next, plan some Irish into the shower with traditional Irish foods and music. This menu for an Irish Bridal shower would work just as well for a baby shower. Serve wild rice and barley stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer. Feature salmon, Irish broccoli and cheese pie (quiche), roasted mustard potatoes, Irish coffee, and Irish chocolate truffle cake for dessert. Other fun classics you could serve are scones, tea, Baileys mini brownies, and lemon lavender cake. Yum.

For Irish music, choose any contemporary or traditional Irish music. Since people will mostly chat and mingle during the shower, play your music softly to provide a pleasant Irish background. Music by the Chieftains, or perhaps a compilation of folk songs like O’Malley’s Irish and Celtic Folk Classics or this collection of Irish Classics.

Add some green to your tables, and possibly a bit of the live variety if possible! (Silk shamrocks are hard to find! If you have some, please advise!) Try one of these idea for cute Irish/green centerpieces:

  • Grow wheat grass in cute containers and stick in springs of lavender (reminds me of Ireland) or small orange flowers.. inexpensive and really charming!
  • Use green glass bottles and jars with fresh cut daisies and orange accent flowers for a light, simple countryside look.
  • Put a couple small shamrock plants on each table and add a colorful wrap around the pot. If it needs a bit of filler, try popping in a few small flowers.
  • Use bouquets of white and green flowers in simple white vases and green table covers.

Gifts for the little one are part of the fun. Take a look at these fun finds for ideas for your gift to the mom-to-be for the biggest “awwwww” response at the shower…
Irish Onesie from EtsyIrish baby hat from EtsyThe Donegal Cutest baby hat from etsyJaqui's Preemie Pride Irish Shamrock Baby Suit with VestTSBPhotoPropsDonegalHat

Accessorize Your Rock and Roll Party

Jubilee Shop Bake Rattle and Roll Cupcake KitThrowing a rock and roll theme birthday party or baby shower? This fun theme gives lots of play to musical props and edibles. You’ll want to include some of these goodies on your rock star dessert table or in with your party favors. Drum up some smiles with musical note lollipops, rock star cupcakes, guitar shaped chocolates and drum set cookies. Get some inspiration from all the wonderful ideas we found to add to our rock and roll theme party!

SweetNSmiles Note Pops

Cupcakes are workable for the amateur baker with a helpful kit like this one with wrappers and picks. More adventurous bakers can try creating fondant music notes, guitars, drums and miniature vinyl albums to decorate their cupcakes. Limit yourself to the color scheme you have chosen for your party for all your dessert table items and table items to coordinate with your decorations. Black and white with a bright color or two seems to work easily into a rock and roll look.

Party Supplies Delivered plastic microphonesNote Cutouts from Wallys Party FactoryCentury Novelty Guitar Mint Tins

Include chocolate music pops with your party favors, tied with coordinating ribbon colors. These can be found in the shapes of music notes and guitars from online favor or candy shops. For children’s favor bags, add a pack of Pop Rocks, a rock candy stick and a kazoo. Decorate colorful favor bags with black music notes for an easy tie-in.  Favors for grown-ups may include chocolate pops, dark sunglasses, and a toy microphone. The latter will likely be found in the hands of enthusiastic divas during the party.

rock and roll baby invitationmusic straw flagsFor your tables, top your table decorations with cutout black music notes and guitars. These can be used on the tables like confetti, or attached to tooth picks or longer sticks to add them to arrangements. Add some 1950’s rock-n-roll cafe fun by providing drinking straws that have been decorated with coordinated flags as well.

Wow! Rock Star Baby Shower

rock star baby shower
Amazing shower decorations captured beautifully by VickiLynnPhoto.com

I am so inspired by the beautiful photos of this rock star baby shower on the Hostess with the Mostess site. The colors, the photos, the decorations. They all rock.

If you are choosing to have a rock star theme baby shower (or decorating your nursery with a little rocker theme) your options for colors are completely open!

You’ll want to start with a color scheme. The orange, blue and green in this incredible example works great! For a girl, you could substitute pink for one of the colors, or just pull out the blue/turquoise to go with a unisex look. After you choose your date, location and colors, pick out some invitations. These should go out 3-4 weeks prior to the shower if possible. Be sure to include all information that will help your guests know what to expect and participate in the fun.

For those of us who are not so gifted in decorating, start with a list! This incredible shower (still lovin’ the pictures!) used the following basic elements to complete the decor:

  • Consistent color theme through table covers, decor, food, props and well, everything!
  • Colorful cloth table covers to add richness. (Does a lot more for effect than plastic.)
  • A clothesline. Included at many baby shower, the clothesline is often a gift from the hosts of the shower to the mom-to-be. Find several fun items coordinating with your theme in both color and style. The tiny clothing definitely adds the “awwww” factor. (This element can also be turned into a memory game by asking guests to write down as many items as they can remember from the clothes line after removing it.)
  • A selection of desserts. The dessert table is the new sheet cake. Offer a variety of theme-colored sweets: cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, candies. Let your beautiful desserts speak for themselves by arranging them on the table with props and cake stands so you can see them all from the front.
  • Visually coordinate the decor with ribbon, tags, or labels to create a uniform look. This shower used the name, and initial throughout and it works very well.
  • Go for height. Use theme props, gift-wrapped boxes, wall decor and hanging decorations to create a look from floor to ceiling. The big Martha Stewart paper puff balls that are in stores are an easy add for the top layer.
  • Labels for drinks and desserts, name tags, place cards, party favors, signs and centerpieces and are easy ways to add color to your overall look and pull the theme across the room.
  • People love pictures! A recent photo of the parents-t0-be and pictures of them as babies are always a hit. Use a frame in your theme colors, of course!
  • For a rock and roll theme, pull out any of these that you can get your hands on to add to the decor: Vintage rock album covers and posters, musical instruments, vinyl records, concert Ts, concert tickets.
  • Add rock and roll ballads and lullabies as background music at the shower.

Rock on!

Beach Lover’s Baby Shower Theme

beach baby shower invitationsTwo beachcombers become three! Welcome the baby-on-the-way to the family with a beach-style baby shower! Whether you can host the shower on fine white sand or not, it is easy to make use of a beach theme for the shower. Try these ideas…

Set the scene with tropical sunshine by sending a beach theme baby shower invitation. Invite your guests to attend in beach-wear and flip flops! Greet them at the door with an “Aloha,” a floral lei or clip-on bloom and steel drum or ukulele music playing. If your guests are feeling playful, hand them a name tag as they enter with a fitting “title” added to it for conversation during the party.

  • Hula Teacher
  • Pearl Diver
  • Surfer Girl
  • Mai Tai Tester
  • Beach Comber
  • Scuba Diver
  • Professional Water Skier
  • Hammock Dweller
  • Bartender
  • Spa Massage Artist
  • Beach Bum
  • Coconut Artist

Have a tropical theme party favor at each table setting… like a small bag of chocolate covered coffee beans or fruit candies tied with a bright bow, or perhaps a sea shell bracelet.

Choose tropical flavors for your menu! It could include:

  • Fruit punch or a selection of juices
  • Frozen beverages with those little paper umbrellas
  • Fruit ka-bobs with mango, grapes, kiwi and fresh pineapple
  • Green salad sprinkled with nuts, dried fruit and a sweet-and-sour dressing
  • Shredded barbecue pork sandwiches
  • Pineapple upside down cake

Choose two or three colors as your palette and limit yourself to just those for a coordinated look. Tropical combinations can include any colors, just bright versions of them. If the mom-to-be has a nursery color combination, you could match that for the shower, or add tropical splash to classic boy and girl colors. Maybe turquoise and pink for a baby girl, or aqua, yellow and orange for a baby boy.

Your shower decorations don’t have to be complicated, just colorful! Make centerpieces out of small tropical plants. Add color by buying some cut flowers in your color scheme the day of the party. Trim short and poke flowers into the pots. Accent the tables with small objects such as a pair of baby flip flops, scattered sea shells, and toy buckets of sand with shovels.

Mahalo!

 

Whoa Lil’ Cowboy! Don’t miss these!

Horse-Chalkboard-Decal-L13713419Get carried away with your cowboy baby room! How cute would it be to have a large horse shaped chalkboard in the nursery? Kids and parent’s alike love chalkboards. This bold pony will also add a huge impact to your western-theme nursery, and work well into the elementary school years.

Babies love looking at dark contrasting edges, so this horse with it’s complicated edge will interest baby from the earliest days.

There are many cute bedding sets with a western theme. The boy versions seem to either be red and blue with brown, or baby blue with deep brown. If you prefer the bright tones, this crib set from Cassidy and Banjo is really fun. We found it on the Small In The Saddle site. The combination of red and blue paisley with warm tan instead of dark brown is very inviting, especially with the brick red walls shown in their photo. Another warm-tones bedding set which is very nicely designed is the Carson Baby Crib Bedding by Glenna Jean. We found it at babysupermall.com and show some of the coordinating items below.

If you prefer the blue theme, there are many options for baby bedding and room themes.  One of my favorites is the lighthearted design from Trend Lab offered at www.lilrodeo.com. The set is playful and interesting, all boy, and contrasts beautifully with dark furniture. The matching pieces are adorable.

Charming baby gifts for a cowboy baby shower will get ooohs and ahhhs at the shower and become part of the fun effect of the nursery. This horse security blanket is downright adorable. I found it at the www.lilrodeo.com site as well. Other fun gifts we found were rope wall art spelling baby’s name, burp cloth sets in western designs, diaper bags, and of course, western duds. Click any of these to see more!

cowboy theme baby shower invitations
Vector Files

Operation Baby Shower!

military theme baby shower invitationsFall in for a fun baby shower theme honoring your favorite military mom-to-be. A military theme offers you an easy decoration ideas and adds some fun and encouragement for the new parents.  Check out this new line of military shower invitations from Naptime Productions. They are available personalized for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and even Coast Guard by request!

Fun gift ideas for the anticipated Army Brat…


military baby gift

army brat shirt

Air Force Kid Shirt

flybabies.com

I love my soldier bear

camo gift set

army diaper cake

Army Kid Shirt

Pink Camoflage infant set

 

Camoflage infant onesies are a must! Camo infant sets are available on several sites, including the pink camo set with matching camo booties and the “commander of the playground” shirt shown here. (Click to go to their store.) A personal favorite: the Army Kid shirt, which also comes in other branches. Simple and adorable.

A patriotic diaper cake, like this sweet sample from www.babygiftstocherish.com can use camoflage or a flag theme. The “I love my soldier” bear is a great nursery addition, especially for bedtime when baby’s service dad or mom is deployed.

The cutest of all may be the outfit complete with “boots” for baby. Find this one at www.mysweetdreamsbaby.com.

Read more navy or army baby shower ideas in this article including army baby shower decoration ideas.

Farm Babies Nursery Theme

NoJo Farm Babies
NoJo Farm Babies Crib Bedding

A timeless classic. The barnyard theme offers bright colors, lovable characters and fun shapes. Comfy and cozy is built in, and the theme can grow with the child up through preschool.

If you are considering a farm theme for your baby nursery you will find many options from whimsical to country chic. The unisex colors and universally popular pigs, sheep and cows are a hit with little girls and boys. NoJo has a beautiful crib set called Farm Babies with comforting browns and greens and cute animated character animals.

Animal Acres Crib Bedding
Animal Acres Crib Bedding by KidsLine

Kidsline has their charming Animal Acres crib set complete with wonderful wall art and muted neutral colors. The Funny Farm design from Sumersault is a colorful farmyard crib bedding set with bright primary colors and numbers.

Tie the farm yard nursery theme into your baby shower with similar colors, country food, and funny farmyard decorations.

Funny Farm Crib Bedding
Funny Farm Crib Bedding by Sumersault

Farmyard decor could include gingham table cloths, barbecue ribs and daisies on the tables, planted in small galvanized steel pails. Small plush farm yard animals could graze the tables as your guests refill their punch cups at the watering trough. Don’t forget to wear your aprons, servers!

farm babies shower invitation
Invite your shower guests with appropriate farm-fun invitations to let them know the farmyard nursery theme. This new design from Naptime Productions features cartoon farm animal babies and can be personalized with all registry information and helpful details.

Surprise the mom-to-be with special farmyard nursery decor from Etsy such as a handmade mobile or playful wall art like this adorable cow painting from Etsy. A gift of hand-painted countryside wooden letters spelling baby’s name would be a big hit at the shower.

Animal Drawer Pullsmy moo moo whimsical cow print