Leave 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.
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.
Beginning 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!
For 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.
Two 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.
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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.
Be ahead of the curve by throwing a baby shower that everyone will talk about. The tropical baby shower is in style, along with a growing trend towards a beach baby shower theme. You’re never limited to the conventional when you can be host to your guests in the great outdoors. Indoors or out, crank up the Beach Boys or calypso music and set the mood!
The color selections are endless and your own backyard setting can be transformed into the tropics with some garden torches and colorful patio lights along with your own garden flowers. If you go with the beach baby shower theme, small buckets of sand with sand toys and sea shells can decorate the tables that you can cover with large beach towels instead of the usual tablecloths. Use a child’s wading pool to float colorful flowers or beach toys. If the weather doesn’t permit, you can bring in a touch of paradise with just a few inexpensive supplies. Use beach chairs as space permits draped with beach towels or pass out sunglasses and leis. Skirt your tables with hula skirt material or decorate a bassinet hawaiian-style to receive gifts.
Choose tropical baby shower invitations showing a tropical scene to help set the tone before the big day. The food you serve can also continue the tropical baby shower theme. Set out a platter of mango, passion fruit and strawberries along with a cool refreshing beverage spiced up with a cocktail umbrella. If your tropical shower is close to mealtime how about a barbecue? Hamburgers, hotdogs and ice cream treats to remind you of your own childhood days at the shore.
The beach ball toss is a nice ice-breaker. Hand the ball to one person and have them state their name, something interesting about themselves or how they know the mommy-to-be and then pass it along to the person next to them. Of just let a beach ball volley around during the gift opening. If your guests are really relaxed, some may choose to particpate in a hula lesson or contest you have planned ahead.
Need a tropical baby shower favor that you can make yourself? Send your guests away with a mini-bottle filled with sand and a little thank you tag attached from mommy and baby. We also show several tropical theme shower favors in our blog article about tropical bridal showers.
Don’t let tradition hold you back. Some of the most memorable and enjoyable baby showers are those that don’t fit the mold.
Want more beach baby shower ideas? Here are some ideas we found on the web:
If you are using a beach baby shower theme for your upcoming shower, you will want to see our new tropical baby shower invitation design, “baby flip flops”. You can set the scene for your beach baby shower, and get your guests excited about enjoying a party in the tropics… turn up the beach music!
Coming soon, beach baby shower ideas for table decorations, tropical foods to serve and tropical baby shower favors. Don’t miss it.