Celebrate the Mom-to-Be in Your Life With These Sweet Baby Shower Ideas (2022)

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Will Dickey

Time flies when you're pregnant! Help the mom-to-be in your life slow down and savor this special time by throwing her an adorable baby shower. If you're not sure where to start, we've got you covered with this comprehensive roundup of the best baby shower ideas, including themes, decorations, recipes, baby shower games, party favors, and more!

There's a party for every season and style here (hello, summer party ideas!)—and we've even got some baby shower gifts (and more general gifts for pregnant women). Celebrate autumn babies by throwing a "Fallin' for Baby" party, or spring babies with a "Ready to Hatch" theme. If your style is more classy than cutesy, you may want to consider an elegant garden party or a French café-inspired shower. Once you've decided on a theme, you'll want to choose some mocktail recipes and desserts for your guests to enjoy. Check out our mouthwatering recipes for dutch babies (pun intended), no-bake cheesecake, and minty iced tea. It's also a great idea to plan a few games or activities to liven up the party. Keep your guests entertained with a fun onesie decoration station, a diaper raffle, or an laugh-inducing round of pin the poop emoji on the diaper. Whether you're celebrating your best friend, sister, or another important woman in your life, this list of best baby shower ideas is sure to help you make your bash a smash!

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Hector Sanchez

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Dutch Baby

You've got nothing but "babies" on the brain already—so why not serve up this delicious Dutch baby at your shower? The custard-like interior is beyond good.

Get the Giant Dutch Baby Pancake with Raspberries and Nutella Syrup recipe.

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Will Dickey

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Strawberry Shortcake

These sweet strawberry shortcakes are pretty enough to serve as the centerpiece at any baby shower. They're like décor and food all in one!

Get the Strawberry Shortcakes recipe.

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Will Dickey

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Lemon Cake

Nothing's quite as cheerful as lemon, and this cake is loaded with the sunny flavor. A smattering of edible flowers makes it even more on-theme.

Get the Lemon Cake recipe.

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Hostess with the Mostest

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"About to Pop" Theme

Baby showers are typically held four to six weeks before the baby's due date—which means the mom-to-be will likely be carrying a pretty big baby bump at her celebration! Embrace this feeling by throwing an "about to pop"-themed soirée. Popcorn is generally the go-to snack for this theme, but you can bring a little extra snap, crackle, and POP to your party with these cute Rice Krispies Treats.

See more at Hostess with the Mostest.

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Studio DIY!

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Pastel "Fallin' for Baby" Theme

Celebrate your Autumn baby with a "Fallin' for Baby" shower! This theme puts a pretty pastel twist on all of your favorite fall things, including pumpkins, caramel apples, and pie.

See more at Studio DIY!.

SHOP MELAMINE DISHES

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Oh Joy!

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Floral Honeycomb Decoration

Hey baby! Bring some color and playfulness to your baby shower with this easy tutorial for a floral honeycomb backdrop. Incorporate faux garlands and flowers for added appeal.

See more at Oh Joy!.

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Baby Chick

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Woodland Theme

What could be more "deer" than a woodland-themed baby shower? This tutorial is full of sweet details to incorporate into your shower, like a wooden cupcake tower, pinecone decor, and an "I love you more than I can bear" sign.

See more at Baby Chick.

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Keri Calabrese

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Enchanted Garden Theme

Get inspired by this gorgeous garden-themed baby shower that's more classy than cutesy. Your guests will be totally enchanted by the soft color palette of baby blue, white, and dusty rose.

See more at Inspired by This.

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Sarah Hearts

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Horse Theme

Now here's a horse of a different color! Equestrian mamas-to-be will love this horse-themed baby shower that's filled with playful details like a millennial pink horse head vase.

See more at Sarah Hearts.

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Sugar & Cloth

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DIY Truffle Raffle Party Drum

Everybody wins with this gold raffle drum that's overflowing with truffles instead of tickets. This is a simple way to bring a touch of glamour and a splash of color to your shower.

See more at Sugar & Cloth.

SHOP RAFFLE DRUMS

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Julie Blanner

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Sugar Lip Scrub Party Favors

Show your guests your gratitude with these cute pots of homemade mint sugar lip scrub. Your friends and family will love this pout-saving party favor that's perfect for a winter baby shower.

See more at Julie Blanner.

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Onesie Decoration Station

Decorating your own baby clothes can easily end in a mess. But this tutorial uses iron-on letters and vinyl designs to create adorable onesies that the mom-to-be will actually want to put on her little one.

See more at Lovely Indeed.

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Mari√¢ Larionova / EyeEm

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Butterfly Theme

A butterfly theme is sweet, whimsical, and easy to achieve. Follow the tips in this tutorial to get the butterfly effect at your special event.

See more at Simply Beautiful by Angela.

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Lemon Thistle

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Nautical Theme

Ahoy baby! Throw a nautical-themed baby shower with DIY rope balls and mason jar candles filled with sand and tea lights.

See more at Lemon Thistle.

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Oh Everything Handmade

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"Ready to Hatch" Theme

A "ready to hatch" theme is lovely any time of year but especially in the springtime. Elevate your tablescape with faux greenery and pink, yellow, and coral decorative eggs.

See more at Oh Everything Handmade.

SHOP WOODEN EGGS

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A Night Owl

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Ice Cream Bar

An ice cream bar will surely be the cherry on top of your baby shower. Don't forget the fun toppings, from sprinkles to peanut butter cups!

See more at A Night Owl.

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The DIY Lighthouse

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Sailboat Theme

If the mom-to-be loves travel and adventure, then a sailboat-themed soirée might be perfect for her. We love that this nautical motif uses pastel tones rather than the traditional navy blue and white.

See more at The DIY Lighthouse.

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Alyssa K. Faoro

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DIY Honey Party Favors

Speaking of bumblebees, what better way to sweeten the pot for your baby shower guests than with a little local honey? Follow this fun tutorial to create these adorable little jars yourself.

See more at Life at Clover Hill.

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Ruth Black

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Pretty in Pink Theme

Whether you're celebrating a baby girl or you just love pink, a rose-hued shower is sure to make a sweet statement. And a pretty pink dessert bar is the perfect place to start!

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My Frugal Adventures

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Mom-to-Bee Theme

Bumblebee accents would be equally at home at a Mom-to-Bee shower or a Winnie the Pooh party. Either way, your guests will be buzzing about these yummy bumblebee cupcakes.

See more at My Frugal Adventures.

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This Vivacious Life

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Mermaid Theme

A mermaid- or "under the sea"-themed shower can be oh so magical. As a fun and fitting party activity, have your guests leave their "pearls of wisdom" for the mom-to-be.

See more at This Vivacious Life.

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The Merry Thought

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Fresh Flower Wall

A floral baby shower is nothing new, but this stunning wall of fresh flowers breathes new life into the theme. It's also a cinch to create with this easy tutorial!

See more at The Merry Thought.

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Clever Poppy

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Little Pumpkin Theme

These DIY painted pastel pumpkins will be right at home at a little pumpkin-themed shower. For a fun project, get a little group together to help make them ahead of the party.

See more at Clever Poppy.

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Persia Lou

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Little Ladybug Theme

A soft red and green palette offers a fresh take on the ladybug theme. Plus, everyone knows ladybugs are good luck — something every mom-to-be could use a little of!

See more at Persia Lou.

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Angela Kotsell

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Watermelon Baby Carriage

The baby hasn't arrived yet but this watermelon baby carriage is the next cutest thing! This edible decoration makes the perfect (healthy!) centerpiece for a dessert table.

See more at Taste of Home.

SHOP PACIFIERS

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Тодорчук Екатерина

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Hot Air Balloon Theme

Your guests will be carried away by this whimsical baby shower theme! Follow this easy tutorial to make your own paper hot air balloon decorations.

See more at Flax and Twine.

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Two Purple Couches

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Children's Book Theme

This storybook-themed baby shower is perfect for book lovers. Ask your guests to bring a children's book in lieu of a card to help build the baby's library.

See more at Two Purple Couches.

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William Geddes

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Alphabet Theme

A is for adorable! Your little one won't be reciting their ABCs for a while but that shouldn't stop you from throwing an alphabet-themed baby shower. Wooden ABC blocks make great decorations, and your child will get a lot of use out of them in the years to come!

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@juliechristinephotography

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Gem and Crystal Theme

The only thing more precious than this gem and crystal-themed baby shower is your little one on the way! Create a luxe tablescape for your party by layering it withgems, crystals, and furs.

See more at Creative Wife and Joyful Worker.

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Polka Dot Chair

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Baby Onesie Clothesline

If you already have a growing collection of hand-me-down baby clothes, why not turn them into a cute centerpiece for your baby shower? Don't forget to leave some room for the new additions your guests are sure to gift you!

See more at Polka Dot Chair.

SHOP CLOTHESPINS

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FAQs

What is the first thing you do at a baby shower? ›

When your guests first arrive, have them sign the baby shower guest book. Mom-to-be will look forward to flipping through the pages to remember her special day. Additionally, you can set up advice cards or a message wall where guests can write down words of wisdom or wishes for the baby and parents.

Who throws a baby shower for the expecting mother? ›

Typically, a close friend or family member will throw your shower, but coworkers or another loved one can all host the party. While every baby shower is unique, the host usually takes care of organizing everything — so you can sit back and enjoy being celebrated.

Who pays for a baby shower? ›

The hostess traditionally pays for the baby shower and its associated costs. However, the hostess can divide up the responsibility and costs by asking a few close family members or friends to co-host. This helps to reduce the overall expense and alleviates some of the financial obligation of hosting a baby shower.

What is a sprinkle baby shower? ›

A baby sprinkle is a type of baby shower to celebrate a family's second child. Instead of a traditional shower, the gifts are often diapers, wipes and a few outfits since many families who are expecting their second child already have a lot of the gear they'll need.

Should a mother host a baby shower for her daughter? ›

It is perfectly fine for you to host a baby shower in honor of your daughter. The only person who is not allowed to host the baby shower is the mom-to-be. As far as etiquette goes, any other family member or close friend can host the baby shower.

What is a Jack and Jill baby shower? ›

What Is a Jack and Jill Baby Shower? A Jack & Jill shower is more or less a co-ed baby shower where not only can the mother-to-be, her gal pals, and family celebrate but the father-to-be and his male friends and family can also join in.

How much should you spend on a baby shower gift 2022? ›

For coworkers or acquaintances, people tend to spend around $30 to $50. For friends or distant relatives, many people spend between $50 and $100. For close friends or family members, most people spend between $100 and $200 or more.

How many games should be played at a baby shower? ›

Usually, two to four games are enough for a baby shower—especially if you have a lot of guests. Plus, you need to save time for eating and opening gifts.

Do you open gifts at a baby shower? ›

Baby Registries: The gift of giving

Guests have taken a lot of care in selecting their gifts, and part of the fun is watching the mom-to-be open presents. Proper etiquette suggests that gifts be opened toward the end of the shower to avoid the impression that presents are the primary purpose of the party.

What is the average cost for a baby shower? ›

How Much Does the Average Baby Shower Cost? An in-person baby shower's average cost can range anywhere between $100-1000, and a virtual shower averages about $20 to $200. Still, it largely depends on the venue, the number of guests in attendance, and what choices you make with things like party favors or prizes.

What time should a baby shower start? ›

What Time of Day Should a Baby Shower Start? Baby showers are usually held in the daytime, starting anywhere from 11 AM to 2 PM, with 1-2 PM being the most common.

How far in advance do you send out baby shower invitations? ›

When to Send Out Baby Shower Invites. Invitations are sent out three to six weeks before the shower. This gives guests enough time to respond, and get/send a gift if they are going to.

What baby items are not necessary? ›

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  • A Changing Table. This is one piece of furniture for the nursery you can definitely skip. ...
  • Wipe Warmer. ...
  • Diaper Disposal System. ...
  • Special "Baby" Detergent. ...
  • Bassinet. ...
  • Expensive Crib Bedding. ...
  • High Chair. ...
  • Baby Food Processor.
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Should you serve alcohol at a baby shower? ›

It's not uncommon for light alcoholic beverages to be served at a baby shower. After all, often guests at a baby shower may be meeting one another for the first time, and a little alcohol can help people open up. But a baby shower drink is not a reason to over-indulge.

How long do most baby showers last? ›

Baby showers last on average 2-3 hours, depending on what's planned for the celebration. Plan for enough time to enjoy all of the baby shower games and activities you have planned for the day. Factor in things like the opening of gifts, snacking on hors d'oeuvres and cake, and catching up with friends and family.

How do you celebrate your mother? ›

How is Mother's Day Celebrated?
  1. Breakfast in Bed. Start her day by offering breakfast in bed. ...
  2. Give Her Flowers. ...
  3. Give Your Mom a Day Off. ...
  4. Throw A Surprise Party. ...
  5. Spend a Day Together. ...
  6. Surprise Her with a Lovely Gift. ...
  7. Pamper Her.

Is it proper etiquette for a mother to give her daughter a baby shower? ›

Our Answer: Absolutely! Etiquette rules used to be against any family member hosting the baby shower. But, those rules have changed and it is now totally acceptable for a mother to host a baby shower for a pregnant daughter.

Do you send a baby shower invitation to the mom to be? ›

Most baby showers take place in the middle of the mother's third trimester. Invitations should be sent out four to six weeks prior to that. This will ensure that guests have enough time to request time off from work and find the perfect gift. Ultimately, however, this decision is best left up to the mother-to-be.

What is a Mommy shower? ›

Sentiments like these have inspired the newest trend in celebrating moms-to-be: the Mommy Shower. You may not be able to have a baby shower or throw one for a loved one, but you can transform the shower experience into a special retreat that celebrates Mom and makes her feel special and supported.

Why should we celebrate mothers? ›

Why do we celebrate Mother's Day? Mother's Day is an occasion which is celebrated in various parts of the world to express respect, honor, and love towards mothers. The day is an event to honor the contribution of mothers, acknowledge the efforts of maternal bonds and the role of mothers in our society.

How do we celebrate new parents? ›

Five ways to celebrate new parents in your life
  1. 1) Think things through. ...
  2. 2) Work out what to buy the new parents. ...
  3. 3) Give the gift of self-care. ...
  4. 4) Help around the house. ...
  5. 5) Give small gifts that reinforce friendship. ...
  6. Congratulate your new parent friends.
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What is a sprinkle baby shower? ›

A baby sprinkle is a type of baby shower to celebrate a family's second child. Instead of a traditional shower, the gifts are often diapers, wipes and a few outfits since many families who are expecting their second child already have a lot of the gear they'll need.

What is a Jack and Jill baby shower? ›

What Is a Jack and Jill Baby Shower? A Jack & Jill shower is more or less a co-ed baby shower where not only can the mother-to-be, her gal pals, and family celebrate but the father-to-be and his male friends and family can also join in.

What month of pregnancy should you have a baby shower? ›

Traditionally, baby showers are held in the third trimester of pregnancy from 28 to 32 weeks. This is because this is a great time to start planning and hosting your event. Mom-to-be is comfortable and mobile enough to enjoy herself but is still weeks away from labor.

Should you serve alcohol at a baby shower? ›

It's not uncommon for light alcoholic beverages to be served at a baby shower. After all, often guests at a baby shower may be meeting one another for the first time, and a little alcohol can help people open up. But a baby shower drink is not a reason to over-indulge.

How many people should be invited to a baby shower? ›

Traditionally, baby showers are intimate events, with the average number of attendees being about 20 and definitely fewer than 50. After you figure out who you want to invite, you'll have a baseline guest list.

How much should you spend on a baby shower gift 2022? ›

For coworkers or acquaintances, people tend to spend around $30 to $50. For friends or distant relatives, many people spend between $50 and $100. For close friends or family members, most people spend between $100 and $200 or more.

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