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Best Baby Shower Ideas and Inspiration

By Melissa Summers

I’ve been to a few bad baby showers in my life. For example the one where I ended up on my hands and knees with Vaseline dabbed on my nose trying to pick up cotton balls. With my nose. This alone was not the problem. The problem was my sober state when asked to participate in this game. I’m not wild about games at baby showers, in fact they make me sweaty and shaky, so if you’re looking for baby shower games you’ll have to keep looking. However, if you’re looking for resources and inspiration for baby showers I’ve spent a few weeks rounding up some lovely eye candy for just that purpose.

duedateshower.jpgHostess With the Mostess is a site maintained by Jennifer Sabranti, she started the site in early 2007 after being frustrated by the cutesy and terribly cheesy merchandise available for the events she had to host. Finally she decided to put together a site to share all her ideas and resources in a stylish way. The baby shower section offers some clever themes which do not involve dewy eyed teddy bears. The Due Date Shower is my favorite starting point, but the Bubble and Rubber Duck Brunch is also at the top of my list. I also think the general color theme set up could work well for a baby shower.

frenchcountryside.jpgMartha Stewart is the prime site to browse for baby shower inspiration. I’ve often found myself wishing my sister would get pregnant just so I can throw her a baby shower. Maybe we’ll just start with a bridal shower. On my list of favorites: the baby bird shower, the daisy shower and the French Countryside Shower. I love the vines shaped to spell ‘BeBe’.

lemonheadshower.JPGI was directed to these adorable baby shower invitations at Oh Happy Day from Design Mom. Recreating the actual invitation design is going to take some talent, something Jordan clearly has plenty of. But the idea of centering a shower around a color like yellow is a brilliant starting point for inspiration.

I browsed through more of Oh Happy Day and found other non-baby shower ideas which could be easily translated. My absolute favorite idea are these tissue paper pom-poms (instructions are here). Here is a handy ‘how-to’ tutorial to go with Jordan’s party pictures.

paperlantern.jpgI know I know, you don’t feel like creating a shower from scratch but you also don’t feel like celebrating with Winnie The Pooh. It took a while but I found a site for that as well. The baby shower kits at Wedding Favorites are stylish, dewy eyed teddy bear free and simple. They come with invitations, paper lanterns (cute!), paper goods, mini stickers, felt confetti (!) and favors with customized labels. I love the design of the Nautical Baby set and  how can you not love the adorable Lady Bug set? If you’d rather build your shower piece by piece, take a look at these favors at Wedding Favorites.

Published May 22, 2007. Last updated August 29, 2018.
Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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