Baby showers are special events in which families come together in order to celebrate a new baby and help supply the new mom-to-be and dad-to-be with all the things they need in order to welcome their upcoming bundle of joy. There are roughly a million different ways to throw a baby shower, from the super traditional to co-ed modern parties. A tried and true style, however, is to coordinate the entire shower around the gender of the baby that has been revealed by the guests of honor. Sometimes seen as boring or overdone, gender based baby showers can be fun, exciting, and still feel modern and contemporary. Designing your baby shower around the little man who will soon be joining your life and the lives of your families is sure to be a hit if you follow these ideas but be sure to carry the theme throughout the invitations, food, decorations, games, prizes, and favors.
Boy baby shower invitations are usually easy to spot from just a cursory glance. They are typically confined to two to three colors maximum and are normally a mixture of shades of blue and turquoise, grey, tan, and some shades of yellow. These colors are normally paired with a variety of textures, thick stripes, chevron patterns, or arrows. Some invitations are also in the shape of onesies with attached bowties, or feature things such as mountains or forests. As for the style of fonts to be used, a mixture of handwritten cursive combined with blocky text creates an interesting layout that conveys the gentleness of the baby shower, but the masculine strength associated with boy baby showers. Having an invitation with strong geometric designs and fonts will easily convey the idea that it is a shower for a baby boy. With these elements, adding a cute phrase will surely round out the design. You could include something as simple as “It’s a Boy!”, “A little gentleman is on his way! “ (accompanied normally with a bowtie and suspenders on the invitation), or a cute “Oh boy!” For those who are using arrows or a forest design, a cute “Deer oh Deer! A sweet baby boy is almost here!” could be apropos. You might also choose a sweet “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, a cute baby boy is what you are!” In addition to the invitations, should you desire you could also send a request for either a book instead of a card, or an invitation to participate in a diaper raffle. Both of these should carry the same design style as the main invitation. With matching theming, you should not need to worry about playing with the wording, but of course if you want to, go right ahead!
So now that you have the invitations all set to send out to your guests, what about the food? Yes, even food can be made to fit into the All Things Boy theme you have chosen. Most things fit into this theme simply by making it blue!
Drinks: Punch is probably the easiest beverage you can serve at a shower. To make “Baby Blue Punch” there are several recipes such as Sprite and Blue Hawaiian Punch or Lemonade and blue Kool-Aid. You could also include jell-o and crushed ice into the punch in order to create a “Blue Baby Slush.” If you want to make a rubber ducky drink, use one of the recipes provided and simply add scoops of vanilla ice cream and float some ducks on top!
Snacks: If snacks are your aim for food, there is a plethora of ideas! You could decide to serve chex mix muddy buddy mix with blue m&m’s or make an animal cracker popcorn crunch. Simply mix together animal crackers, blue m&m’s, pretzels, and popcorn.
Fruits and Veggies: Fruits and veggies are always a popular choice at showers. For a boy themed shower, you could arrange the different veggies into bowtie shapes, or use a cookie cutter to shape pieces of watermelon or cantaloupe into bow ties, boats, trucks, or animals. Additionally you could also cut bell peppers into little cars with cucumber slices for wheels, and use the hollowed out peppers to hold others veggies or dips. You could also use shortbread cookies with yogurt and pieces of fresh fruit laid on top. Simple fruit skewers are also crowd pleaser. Strawberries dipped in white, milk, dark, and blue chocolate are also popular.
Prepared Food: These can be easily done for a cute reward. Wrapping mini hotdogs in puff pastry can help you create little mini baby boy bundles, and if you are going for more of a “gentleman” theme, you might want to prepare a “Bowtie Pasta Salad”. This salad involves multiple kinds and colors of bowtie pasta tossed in your preferred dressing with slices of veggies and cold cut meats. If feeling adventurous you could also make deviled eggs and add blue food coloring to the egg whites.
Desserts: Desserts are where a theme can truly shine. You could make chocolate covered pretzel sticks and drizzle light blue chocolate on top in addition to blue sprinkles. Making cake or cupcakes out of blue velvet cake is also becoming very popular for boy themed showers. The rich blue cake easily conveys the theme. If using the gentleman theme, you could also order a multi-tier cake that carries the bowtie and suspender motif. Blue jell-o cups with white whipped cream on top, or brownies shaped into moustaches can also be cute tie-ins to the masculine theme.
Of course, the biggest area to allow your theme to shine is the decorations!
Banners: Banners are an easy way to decorate the baby shower. You can print out a message on burlap pieces, such as “Ahoy! It’s a boy!” or “Baby on Board”. A variety of textures such as burlap or chalkboard are recommended as they add interest to the party space. You could also simply use a variety of blue fabrics in different shades to create an ombre effect as a banner. Adding a banner of ties or mustaches can help create a tongue in cheek atmosphere.
Table Decorations: This can be as simple as decorating a table with different shades of blue for the tablecloths, plates, silverware, etc. However, you could also use stereotypically masculine toys, such as dinosaurs, rocket ships, or others to function as decoration. If you want to incorporate it further, consider using trucks or cars to carry or display the snacks, such as using the back of a dump truck to carry chips and salsa. For silverware, you could wrap the napkin around the silverware and create bowties! As for centerpieces, simple blue mason jars filled with hydrangeas create a simple but beautiful and classic decoration. You could also choose to spray paint the jars blue as well. For centerpieces, boats, cars, and trucks made out of diapers would work well.
Guest Book Decorations: If you are planning to use a guest book for your shower, why not have it fit into the decorations? You could use a wood letter painted blue and displayed for your guests to sign, or have them sign their names on pieces of paper to create a bundle of paper balloons on a poster. You could also create a tree printable and have your guests paint their blue fingerprints into the leaves.
Other Decorations: If you have a lot of time on your hands, you could hang multiple shades of blue and green paper lanterns from the ceiling, which creates an air of whimsy. You could also use balloons and streamers to create a backdrop to the food tables also.
Other major areas to carry the theme throughout are the games, prizes, and favors at your shower.
Games: These can be as simple as guessing how large belly of the mom-to-be is by cutting different lengths of blue yarn. In addition, most traditional baby shower games such as word matching, word scrambles, or bib and onesie decorating contests can fit into a boy baby shower simply by choosing “boyish” colors. If you would like to include a guessing game, asking your guests to guess how many legos or other toys can fit into a jar is always a fun idea. Pin The Mustache on the Little Man, in which you pin felt mustaches onto a cartoony image of a baby is a great twist on the traditional game.
Prizes: You could include candles with blue or green ribbons, manicure kits all in shades of blue, or martini glass awards filled with blue soaps, loofahs, and eye masks. Another potential prize could be to fill a blue plastic tumbler cup with blue m&m’s and wrapped in a blue ribbon.
Favors: Boy favors can be super easy! Simply attach a sign to a bag of Ahoy! Cookies that says “Ahoy! It’s a Boy!”, fill a small jar with blue Hershey’s kisses, or hand out ribbon wrapped Hershey’s chocolate bars with the letters “H”and “E” colored in blue. Rice Krispy treats in the shape of bowties are also a cute idea.
Themed baby showers can be a great way to help celebrate an impending new baby. They allow for cute and relatively easy ways to create a cohesive feeling for the shower, and lead your guests to being impressed by how well put together your shower is! The Boy Baby Shower is a clean and modern theme that is sure to wow your guests and bring joy to the parents or mom-to–be!