12 Baby Shower Centerpieces That Suit Any Party Theme

Whether you're looking for something small and simple or punchy and bright, there's a centerpiece on our list that will inspire your own party arrangements.

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Photo: Bryan Gardner

No matter the chosen theme, a baby shower is an event any parent-to-be appreciates. It's an opportunity to celebrate a family's newest arrival, and to make cherished memories with friends and family. When planning a baby shower, you'll want to nail the guest list, of course, and create a stellar menu for everyone to enjoy. Also take care to consider the aesthetic details, which range from the beautiful linens to photo moments to baby shower centerpieces.

On that note, centerpieces should speak to your baby shower's theme and overall décor. You can draw inspiration from so many places, ranging from the parents' personal style and interests to your locale to various color schemes. For example, if the mom-to-be is into literature, you could consider hosting a shower based on her childhood favorites and celebrate works like Peter Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast. If she's a Francophile, whisk her away to the French countryside with lavender flowers and towers of macarons. Or, craft a wooded wonderland featuring small miniature animals in cloches atop faux-bois pedestals.

Considering the color palette is always a good idea as you design baby shower centerpieces. Florals in sweet pastels, bright candy-colored hues, and muted colors found in nature are all winning ideas. Feel free to get symbolic, too: Varieties such as baby's breath, buttercups, white camellia, or daisies have hidden meanings that speak to birth and new arrivals. Display these delicate flowers in cloches, goblets, tiered stands, or the traditional vase.

To inspire your own party arrangements, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite baby shower centerpiece ideas that'll help set the table for your upcoming celebration.

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Cutie Clementines and Daffodils

Clementine Baby Shower Centerpiece Idea

For a "little cutie" themed baby shower, consider placing bursts of orange color across the table via ripe clementines. Keeping the leaves on some adds nice contrast, so don't feel like you need to clip them off. You can also place bowls of clementines on the table. Add more dimension by weaving in braided baskets filled with daffodils.

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White Bud Vases

White Bud Vase Baby Shower Centerpiece

White bud vases provide a neutral backdrop for any flower you want to incorporate into your baby shower (which makes these holders a great choice for a gender-neutral party!). Here, we offset bold anemones with a group of simple greens and fragrant flower sprigs.

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Single Rose Arrangements


Even grocery-store roses look stunning when displayed in glass votive candleholders. Snip off the stems and arrange as a set.

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Fruit Basket Centerpiece


Baskets brimming with fruit imbue a table with rustic charm. And in case someone finds themselves munchy, these delicate fruits are ripe for mid-party snacking.

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Tiered Lilac Centerpiece


You can boost the height and visual drama of any arrangement with the help of a serving bowl from the kitchen or china cabinet. Set a vase inside the bowl (we opted for lilacs) and then fill both vessels with billowing flowers. Choosing a highly fragranced flower like lilacs will really help set the mood at your baby shower.

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Poppy Arrangement

Ditte Isager

A pedestal vase filled to the brim and beyond with a rainbow brightly hued poppies makes for a joyful baby shower centerpiece. Here, the centerpiece nicely complements the tablecloth, which is stamped in similar colors.

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Champagne-Flute Arrangements


Champagne flutes make elegant vessels for displaying flowers. Nestle arrangements of lisianthus, waxflowers, and ranunculus in them. You can opt for a monochromatic color palette, or create a bold look by choosing contrasting colors.

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Flower Votive Centerpiece

flowers in vases on table outdoors

Flowers and candlelight are nothing new, but together they create tabletop decorations fit for a relaxed summer baby shower. Place votive candles in tall glass vessels and attach a flower (dahlias are shown here) outside each, trimming the stem to fit and tying with raffia that matches the flower. Set each display in a saucer of water to keep the flowers fresh.

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Monotone Mum Centerpiece


Float a brightly-colored flower, like these vert mums, in small bowls and arrange them with votive candles on a cheese board for a quick, modern centerpiece. On a long table, you can place a few platters down the middle.

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Sand and Shell Centerpiece


Light up a table with this arrangement perfect for a seaside baby shower. Use candle adhesive to secure slender tapers to the bottom of a clear glass vase, then carefully pour in a few inches of sand and arrange shells on top. Besides refracting the candlelight for added ambience, the vase will protect the flames from breeze.

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Parade of Blooms

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Antonis Achilleos

Delicate and airy, this baby shower centerpiece composed of single blossoms lets you make the most of a limited group of flowers. Showcase each one (we used dahlias and garden roses) in clear glass vessels, such as bud vases, jars, or even drinking glasses. To accentuate the arrangement, set the flowers on a runner with a hue that contrasts the color of the tablecloth.

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Tea-Tin Vases


Vintage and new tins are often decorated with charming, old-fashioned prints and lettering. Clean out these containers, and give them a second life as informal flower vases for a tea party-themed baby shower. We filled one with roses, gomphrenas, and sweet peas. The tins are usually watertight and certainly shatterproof, so you don't have to worry about leaks or breakage.

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