Baby Shower Themes – Best Baby Shower Theme Ideas 2021

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Baby Shower Themes – Best Baby Shower Theme Ideas 2021

Gifts off the registry, sweet treats, games — most baby showers feature certain classic elements. But one of the best opportunities to unleash your creativity and add your own personality to the celebration is with a baby shower theme. Whether you go with a certain color scheme, a nod to a beloved band or a favorite vacation destination, your baby shower theme can serve as an anchor for the party’s decor, food and activities.

“Baby shower themes are a great way to go if you want to provide friends and family with more specific direction on what the parent(s) may need or what best matches their values,” explains Monica Banks, founder and CEO of baby registry site Gugu Guru. “Many parents-to-be today don’t want to lose their identities and lifestyles and just be defined as ‘parents.’”

There are countless baby shower theme ideas that can reflect your personal interests, Banks says — and you should feel free to think outside the box. “I have seen travel-themed showers where the parents are frequent travelers and guests are asked to gift items related to making travel with baby easier.”

What’s more, themed showers also serve to help expectant moms and dads set up their nursery. “If you know the nursery is going to be Disney-themed, for instance, guests can be encouraged to buy items to match that decor,” Banks notes.

Need a little inspiration? We rounded up 30 creative boy, girl and unisex baby shower theme ideas for a day you’ll remember forever.

Baby Shower Themes for Boys

1. Rubber Ducky-Themed Baby Shower

This childhood bathtime staple lends itself to a cute baby shower theme. Moms in the What to Expect community who’ve had rubber ducky showers share that they had duckies floating in punch bowls and cupcakes with little duckies on top.


2. Mustache-Themed Baby Shower

Who doesn’t get a kick out of mustaches on everyone? This simple but giggle-worthy theme can make for a bevy of funny photo ops.

3. Game of Thrones-Themed Baby Shower

Whimsical, dramatic elements from the fantasy novels-turned-HBO series make a slick backdrop for a shower celebrating a little Jon Snow (or really, a little Daenerys, too).

4. Nautical-Themed Baby Shower

Incorporating sailboats, anchors, whales and various shades of blue, white and gray can make for a classic, chic aesthetic.

5. Dinosaur-Themed Baby Shower

This prehistoric theme is a perfect fit for Jurassic Park-loving parents who are psyched to start their baby’s fascination with paleontology early.

6. Cowboy-Themed Baby Shower

Whether Mom and Dad dig Westerns or are outdoorsy types, there is no shortage of cute cowboy-themed decor for a baby boy’s shower. Simple hay, hats, boots and a country soundtrack can set the stage.

7. Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower

Parents who are big fans of The Boy Who Lived might love a shower that pulls inspiration from J.K. Rowling’s magical world. Your venue can become Hogwarts as you serve up non-alcoholic butterbeer and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.

8. Lumberjack-Themed Baby Shower

Moms in the What to Expect community are loving this theme for welcoming their baby boys with lots of plaid, forest animals and evergreen details.

9. Bee-Themed Baby Shower

From yellow and black invites and decor to serving up honey-flavored foods, a bee theme offers timeless appeal (“mother-to-bee,” anyone?).

10. Space-Themed Baby Shower

Incorporating astronauts, the solar system and starry details into your baby boy shower can make for a colorful, fun, ethereal fête.

Baby Shower Themes for Girls

11. Vintage-Themed Baby Shower

Pearls, lace and other elements that speak to a mom’s love of thrifting, antiquing or crafting can create a sweet, feminine throwback theme.

12. Wonder Woman-Themed Baby Shower

The DC Comics superhero makes for a colorful, empowering motif — and thanks to the recent film’s popularity, it’s not hard to find Wonder Woman party supplies in stores.

13. Girl Power-Themed Baby Shower

Quotes like Shakespeare’s “Though she be but little, she is fierce,” and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “Super Diva!” could offer design inspiration for invitations. Gifts or games could center around feminist books for little ones (like Loryn Brantz’s Feminist Baby series), while the playlist might feature girl power-ed tracks by artists like The Spice Girls and Aretha Franklin.

14. Breakfast at Tiffany’s-Themed Baby Shower

Tiffany blue and all the trappings of a luxe breakfast — or brunch! — like mocktails, pastries and jewelry-inspired details make for a pretty, unforgettable shower.

15. Hawaiian Luau-Themed Baby Shower

Though this colorful, festive theme could work for either a baby girl or a baby boy shower, moms in the What to Expect community say many ready-to-go decorations tend to have a feminine feel. All you need: some leis, shaved ice and a ukulele soundtrack, and you’ve got yourself a summery, sweet theme.

16. Mermaid-Themed Baby Shower

Whether the mom-to-be is a major fan of Disney’s Ariel or the mythical half-human sea creature in general, this theme lets you incorporate shimmery, oceanic hues and various other “under the sea” details.

17. Unicorn-Themed Baby Shower

Another whimsical, mythical creature that’s trending these days, a baby girl shower is sure to feel downright magical if it’s peppered with all things unicorn-themed — from the cake to rainbow-hued decor.

18. Ladybug-Themed Baby Shower

Parents on social media are drawing inspiration from the sweet little insect and creating a two-toned, charming theme that is perfect for welcoming a little lady.

19. High Tea-Themed Baby Shower

Pay tribute to the English tradition of high tea with pastel decor and treats like crumpets, scones and tiny sandwiches. You could even invite guests to don their own Duchess-like fascinators.

20. Paris-Themed Baby Shower

For the Francophile mom, the City of Lights offers plenty of aesthetic and culinary inspiration — from the Eiffel Tower to Chanel to French cuisine (croissants, macarons, oh my!).

Gender-Neutral Baby Shower Themes

21. Safari-Themed Baby Shower

Animals like giraffes, elephants, monkeys and tigers, as well as jungle-esque plants and lots of green or gold decor set the stage for a memorably wild shower.

22. Beatles-Themed Baby Shower

For parents who are passionate fans of the classic rock band, this theme offers tons of opportunities for cute desserts (“Yellow Submarine” cookies, anything “Apple”) and punny taglines (“Here comes the son” or “Little darlin’”).

23. Taco Bar-Themed Baby Shower

For the mom-to-be who never misses Taco Tuesday, a DIY taco bar can be the central feature of this low-key fiesta.

24. Mardi Gras-Themed Baby Shower

Whether Mom and Dad love to visit New Orleans or the baby is due around Mardi Gras, centering the theme around the Carnival celebration offers easy built-in colors (green, purple, gold), decor (beads, beads, beads!) and the opportunity to dress up (glittery masks all around!).

25. Balloon-Themed Baby Shower

If this sounds far too basic to be a baby shower theme in and of itself, think again. Plenty of showers revolve around this theme, especially if they incorporate extravagant balloon decor (think archways made from tons of balloons). Balloons are also a simple and sweet element to feature on invitations.

26. Minimalist Baby Shower

For the expectant mom who’s into clean lines, all white everything and simple details, a modern minimalist theme can be on-point and seriously elegant. Touches of nature and subtle pops of color (like a sky blue or pale yellow) add charm.

27. Lush and Luxurious Baby Shower

“We’re seeing really gorgeous, opulent flower walls at showers,” Banks observes. So, consider taking a cue from the Kardashians or any of your other favorite Instagram-loving celebs, and go big with tons of jaw-dropping floral elements and decadent desserts.

28. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star-Themed Baby Shower

Moms in the What to Expect community love this theme, as the timeless lullaby makes for simple, heartwarming and unisex details — often done in soft blues, silver and gold.

29. Storybook-Themed Baby Shower

Moms love incorporating elements from a variety of classic children’s books into their baby shower, like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Goodnight Moon.

30. Teddy Bear-Themed Baby Shower

Just like rubber duckies and balloons, teddy bears are simple, sweet and classically related to childhood.

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