Thursday, February 20, 2014

Choosing a Baby Shower Theme

I just love parties & babies... what better was to combine the two than with a baby shower! I am so thrilled to have Spaceships and Laser Beams with us on the blog today to help us with choosing a baby shower theme.

A new baby is on the way—time to plan a baby shower! How do you get started? On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, I specialize in parties for boys (and non-frilly girls!) so I see lots of parties and I have lots of suggestions to help you plan yours. Once you know where you want to host the party (your home, or an alternate venue like a clubhouse, etc.), there are five main components to plan: invitations; decorations; menu; activities; and favors. Deciding on a theme for your baby shower will help you make decisions for each of those segments because it gives you focus.

Choosing Your Baby Shower Theme

There are tons of theme ideas, but how do you choose just one? This is what I have found to be most helpful:
  • Decide if the focus is to be on baby (nursery rhymes, toys, welcome to the world, Disney characters, favorite books, etc.)
  • Or will the shower primarily honor new mama-to-be and her interests/hobbies
  • Is there a favorite color or seasonal inspiration
  • What mood do you want to establish; is this casual/formal or something in-between
When you’ve decided on the theme, then the fun begins! Although you can buzz out to a local party store, there are a lot of decorative options to be found via internet with party printables. Especially if you are going with a unique idea, you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for online. Some businesses print and cut everything for you, while others offer you the option of downloading and printing for yourself. Many of those items can be used in multiple ways which allow fuel for the imagination! Check out Ten23 Design, too; they have a number of decorations that would be terrific for a shower and to keep for using later in the nursery. Planning a baby shower is fun work, but it’s so worth it because you’re creating a memory that guests will enjoy and mama-to-be will remember forever! If you’d like more specific ideas or visual inspiration, be sure to check out my baby shower ideas on my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams.

What baby shower theme would you love to use at your next celebration?

Stephanie Keeping is mom to a boy named Sam, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. You can connect with her on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and on Etsy.