The Best Baby Shower Themes—Plus, How to Recreate Them for Your Own Party

pregnant mother to be receiving gifts from her friends at her baby shower
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A baby shower is something a mom-to-be will remember for years to come. That's why it's always fun to celebrate the newest addition to your inner circle in style by showering the expecting parent with a memorable party. Add an even greater sense of festivity to the event by choosing a theme.

Whether classic or modern, the idea you choose doesn't have to be over-the-top. Invite guests along on a forest adventure with a wooded wonderland theme featuring candy eggs, cloches, and faux-bois pedestals. Or focus on a specific color for a more subtle theme. Whether the person you're showering loves pink or prefers a minimalist, all-white color palette, go monochromatic with matching decorations, desserts, and party favors.

To help you plan the most joyous event, we're sharing baby shower theme ideas sure to pique every type of expecting parent's interest.

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decorations rainbow baby shower
Stephanie Williams

Rainbows have always been a symbol of joy and happiness—two things your baby is sure to bring. Honor that sentiment with rainbow-inspired décor. At this celebration, pastel velvet fabrics in various colors draped over the table, which was covered with 120 meringues in hues that coordinated with each tablecloth.

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Peter Rabbit

The cake table at a Peter Rabbit-themed baby shower.
Billye Donya

Hop on over to a pastel-hued celebration focused on the stories by Beatrix Potter, the celebrated children's author of Peter Rabbit. Delight baby shower attendees with a farm-fresh menu, spring greenery, and charming decorations.

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Ditte Isager

Celebrating in the warmer spring or summer months? Corn poppies are the perfect way to create a bright atmosphere. Make arrangements of poppies in regal reds, rose pinks, wispy whites, and flushed creams the centerpieces for your shower's tablescape. Pink beverages, bowls of red fruit (cherries, raspberries, and strawberries), and a poppy-painted tablecloth add to the floral-inspired theme.

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tracy taylor ward baby shower
Judy Pak Photography

In a light and airy space, Parisian touches and a neutral color scheme create an ethereal setting for a baby shower. Scatter greenery, fringed tulips, and garden roses to add a touch of nature to the room. For a decidedly French feel, set out a delectable dessert buffet with tasty treats like macaroons, cake pops, and a simple white cake.

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bootiful halloween baby shower
Shanna Sullivan

Does the parent-to-be love Halloween? Use these tricks to treat him or her to a celebration that pays homage to their favorite holiday. Here, sweet meets spooky with a marshmallow ghost cake and cupcakes, ethereal tulle-cloaked balloons, and ghostly taper candles.

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Hot Air Balloons

Up Up and Away Party
Shanna Sullivan

Take a baby shower to new heights with décor incorporating the bright colors of a carnival-bound fleet of hot air balloons and a wondrous sky-blue backdrop. Hanging mobiles, 3D paper invitations, and a whimsical cloud of balloons all make for a memorable party.

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Beauty and the Beast

beauty beast baby shower
Brklyn View Photography

Invite guests to enter a room that's steeped with charm and subtle nods to Beauty and the Beast. Decorate tables with garden cloches, tea envelope party favors, and a spread of tea sandwiches and decadent desserts.

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mangiolino cake and table
Photography by Leandra

We're sure the parent-to-be is absolutely buzzing to meet their new arrival. Enter this fitting theme. A bumblebee garland adds some whimsy to the dessert table while luscious blooms help set the scene. The cake features honeycomb detailing, touches of blue, and silvery bumblebees atop subtle golden drips of honey.

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Tea Party

Louise Roe's baby shower
Courtesy of Louise Roe

Get excited for inevitable tea parties with your little one by throwing a baby shower inspired by afternoon tea. Tabletop elegance, petite pastries, clattering china, and warm beverages are a must for this bash that's fit for any Anglofile.

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Pink Hues

pink baby shower table
Lisa Ziesing of Abby Jiu Photography

A pink-themed baby shower creates a picture-perfect backdrop to celebrate the mom-to-be. Ombré red-and-pink floral arrangements, vintage-inspired pink glassware, and delicate pink desserts help play into the theme.

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Woodland Wonderland

Charlotte Jenks Lewis

For a baby shower full of wildlife whimsy, bring the outdoors in. Flora-and-fauna vignettes using birds' nests, candy eggs, cloches, and faux-bois pedestals will bring the theme to life. For the menu, forest animal-shaped treats elevate the standard grazing table.

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baby shower cake table
Braedon Flynn

For the guest of honor who loves to travel, an intimate shower featuring collections of globes, wild floral arrangements, and a natural setting will inspire a sense of wonder.

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French Countryside

french countryside baby shower

Take a cue from the picturesque French countryside in summer—where the fields are carpeted in lavender and the sky is nursery blue—when choosing your baby shower theme. Attendees can enjoy a menu of potato-leek soup, pissaladiere, madeleines, and chocolat blanc. Embroidered linens, a tiny arrangement of forget-me-nots, and a number of dangling wired wreaths make decorations a breeze.

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Learning the Alphabet

baby shower blocks

The letters that a child will one day learn are the foundation for this simple and elegant baby shower lunch. Continue the motif with alphabet cookies and a building block cake.

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Beloved Books

Tara Donne

Celebrate the mom-to-be's love of literature with a book themed baby shower complete with darling decorations and plenty of fairy-tale fun. Tell a story of the joy to come with miniature book garlands and a menu that nods to the guest of honor's favorite stories.

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Graphic Mobile


Personalize the shower by opting for eye-catching DIY décor. This graphic mobile comes together quickly and pulls double duty as a design element for the baby's nursery.

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Summer Daisies

Baby shower theme, daisy's

A simple summer flower inspires an outdoor baby shower with fresh-picked décor, favors, and food. The daisy is easy to replicate in decorations and favors, but not every detail is flower shaped. Yellow-and-white favors—including lollipops, rubber ducks, and a gingham tablecloth—all drive the theme home.

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