How to Decorate for a Gender-Neutral Baby Shower


Most baby items and decorations are gender-specific: Blue for a boy or pink for a girl. Banners, ribbons, table cloths, centerpieces, and cakes are easy to specify with blue and pink along with the words “boy” and “girl.” But, what if your friend or relative has decided not to reveal the gender of their baby? What is the best way to decorate for the shower then?

Bee Baby Shower FavorsFortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to create an adorable and appealing baby shower when you do not know the gender of the baby. The following tips will help you to choose just the right decorations for your gender-neutral baby shower.

Use Gender-Neutral Colors

While pink and blue predominate in the baby industry, there are other colors you can use that are both adorable and gender-neutral. Just make sure that the colors are pastel, to reflect the fact that the party exists to celebrate a baby. The most common gender-neutral colors to use at a baby shower are purple, yellow, and green. You may also use a combination of blue and pink which, if used evenly, can work as a gender-neutral decoration.

Use Gender-Neutral Themes

If you know the gender of the baby, you can choose gender-specific themes like trucks for boys or flowers and sparkles for girls. Even though you cannot use these themes when you do not know the gender of the baby, there are other themes that will work just as well for both girls and boys. For instance, ducks are a very common, and cute, baby shower theme. You can also consider themes like ladybugs for baby shower favors, balloons, pacifiers, bee baby shower favors, and booties. Herbabyshower.com has many different  decorations that fit these themes so you can throw an adorable, gender-free baby shower.

Use Gender-Neutral Language

Finally, you can throw a gender-neutral baby shower by using gender-neutral language. You do not have to use “boy” or “girl” on the cake or decorations. You can, for instance, stick with “baby” or “baby shower.” You can also use other cute expressions, like referring to the baby as “Baby __” and use the first initial of the mother’s last name. You can also use any nicknames that have come up for the baby, like “Peanut” or “Little One.”

By taking a few simple steps, you can easily throw a baby shower that is both gender neutral and cute. Your party does not need to suffer from a lack of cuteness or fun just because you do not know the gender of the baby. Instead, focus on using appealing, gender-neutral colors themes and language that will create a baby shower your guests will remember long into the future.

4 Tips for Taking the Pain Out of Baby Shower Thank-You’s


Baby showers are about “showering” the honored guest with love and gifts. If you do your job right, your guest of honor will leave her shower overwhelmed by the generosity of her friends and family, and blessed with as many clothes, diapers, blankets, and pacifiers as she will need to get through the first few weeks, or maybe even months, of motherhood.

Baby shower thank you notes Her Baby ShowerIf you are not careful, though, she may also leave with something less comforting: An overwhelming number of thank-you notes to write. Writing, addressing, and mailing a few dozen notes can seem insurmountable to an emotional and very pregnant lady who longs (and deserves!) to put her feet up at the end of a busy day. Other issues, like going into labor just after the shower, bed rest requirements, or pregnancy complications, may make it impossible for your guest of honor to spend hours hunting down addresses and filling out cards.

Fortunately, you can take the pain out of this daunting task and make the thank-you’s easy for your guest of honor. Following are a few tips that, and if you use them at your next baby shower you will make the note-writing process quick and easy for the mom-to-be.

Eliminate the Need for Thank-You Notes

One of the easiest ways to help your guest of honor avoid the burden of writing and sending lots of thank-you notes, is to remove the need to do so. Simply announce at the beginning of the gift-opening time that the mom-to-be need not send any thank-you notes. Just make sure you have baby shower favors available to thank your guests for coming, and allow the mom-to-be to thank each guest individually as she opens their present.

Make a List of Gifts

If you choose to go the more traditional route, however, there are a few things you can do to make the note-writing process easier for your guest of honor. First, simply have someone available with a pad of paper and a pen while the gift-opening is going on. Have this person make a list of each gift and person who gave it. Once the shower is over, give the list to your guest of honor, so she doesn’t have to worry about remembering who gave her what, or have to send out vague and impersonal thank-you notes. Just make sure the list describes the gifts in detail (for instance, “teddy bear onesies” instead of just “onesies”), to help your guest of honor remember which gift is which.

Provide the Thank-You Notes

You may also make the mom-to-be’s life easier by giving her the thank-you notes she will need to send out. Packs of thank-you notes are inexpensive and readily available. Just buy as many notes as you will have guests at your shower. Then, your guest of honor will be able to sit down, and write her notes without needing to head out to the store. Consider, for instance, these adorable thank-you notes.

Pre-Address the Thank-You Notes

Finally, you can make your guest of honor’s life easier by pre-addressing the thank-you notes. The easiest way to do this is to stand (or designate someone else to stand) by the door with the thank-you note envelopes and some pens in a basket. As each guest arrives, ask them to pull an envelope out and address it to themselves. To make this chore a bit more fun for your guests, consider holding a raffle. Use the addressed envelopes as the raffle entries. Whichever guest has their envelope chosen at the drawing will win a prize.

By taking a few simple steps ahead of time, you can provide your guest of honor with a stack of thank-you notes already addressed, and a tidy list of gifts and gift givers. All she will have to do is sit down, write a quick note to each guest, and stick the notes in the mailbox. And, she’ll be thanking you over and over in her heart while she does so!

3 Fun, Easy Baby Shower Games


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Count the Pacifiers

No baby shower is complete without one or more rollicking, baby-centered games. Whether you are the honored guest or the host, you will want to plan for one or two fun and engaging games that will leave your guests laughing and happy. While there are a number of features that make baby shower games successful, the most important ones are that the games be fun, lighthearted, and, above all, focused on babies and the mother-to-be. Following is a list of 3 of the most popular, time-tested baby shower games.

Don’t Say that Word!

This game is perhaps one of the most popular baby shower games ever. Deceptively simple, it is guaranteed to get your guests laughing, talking, and teasing as they struggle to avoid saying one or more all-important words. Here is how it works:

  • Choose one or more common baby shower words to make off-limits. For instance, let guests know that the words “baby” and “cute” are off-limits during the shower.
  • Then, distribute one clothes pin to each guest.
  • Tell guests that whoever hears another guest saying one of the forbidden words (like “baby” or “cute”), can take the clothes pin off the person who said that word and add it to their own shirt.
  • At the end of the shower, whoever has the most clothes pins wins a gift.

The Poopy Diaper Test

This game is sure to garner laughs with its focus on what will soon be a very important part of the honored guest’s life: Dirty diapers. Be aware that this game may engender some potty talk! Here is how it work:

  • Choose several distinctive kinds of chocolate candies. For instance, you may choose Hershey bars, Reeses cups, Almond Joy, and Snickers bars for this game.
  • Melt the candies until they are soft.
  • While the candies are still soft, add each kind of candy to a separate diaper and smoosh them into the diaper so they resemble poo
  • Label each diaper with a pin and paper
  • Pass out a piece of paper and pen or pencil to each guest.
  • Pass around each diaper and allow each guest to smell the diaper and write down on their paper which type of candy they think is in the diaper.
  • The person who correctly guesses the greatest number of candies wins a prize.

Baby shower game baby bingoBaby Bingo

This game is sure to whet the competitive edge of anyone who attends your shower. It is also a great way to make the gift-opening more interesting. Here is how it works:

  • Create bingo cards using an online generator or word processor.
  • Fill in each blank space randomly with an item that may show up during the gift opening. For instance, you may fill in some of the blanks with words like “diapers,” “onesies,” “pacifiers,” and “blankets.” Make sure that each card is different from the others, with words in different places.
  • Pass out one bingo card and a pen or pencil to each guest.
  • As the gifts are opened, the guests cross off the items on their bingo card if the gift opened is on their card. For instance, if one gift is a set of booties, then guests with the word “booties” on their cards can cross that box off.
  • The first person to get five items in a row in any direction is the winner and shouts “Bingo!”

If you want to save yourself time and effort, you can purchase this pre-made baby bingo game set from herbabyshower.com.

Choosing any of these games will help to make your shower as lighthearted and celebratory as you want it to be.

For other fun and easy baby shower games, as well as great ideas for prizes, visit herbabyshower.com.

4 Tips for Choosing Shower Favors to Remember


Baby showers are exciting events, full of happiness, joy, celebration, and fun. Your baby shower will be an event you and your guests will want to remember long after the games are over, the presents unwrapped, and the food devoured. The easiest way to help the guests at your shower do just that is also one of the most popular trends at parties of all kinds: Party favors.

Baby shower favors You are probably familiar with the party favor. This gift thanks guests for attending and serves as a reminder of the reason for the celebration. Unfortunately, party favors are also a bit tricky to pull off. The wrong favor can end up permanently forgotten in a drawer somewhere.

To avoid this problem at your party, you need to choose the right combination of small and memorable, inexpensive, but meaningful. Following are 4 tips to help you create favors your guests will love:

Choose Quality Gifts

Favors are supposed to be small and relatively inexpensive, but they shouldn’t look cheap, break easily, or say “Dollar Store” on the tag. Your favors reflect your gratitude toward your guests. Cheap items tell your guests they aren’t very important to you, and they make your thank-you less meaningful.

Instead, look for small items with lots of quality. For instance, bars of handmade soap, small jars of honey or jam, ceramic figurines, recipes, or cookie mixes are all inexpensive without being cheap. They add an elegant touch to your favors that assure your guests you are genuinely grateful they came.

Choose Useful Gifts

When choosing favors, it is equally important to choose a gift you think your guests will actually use. No one wants something they will throw away or stick in a drawer and forget about. Bubbles, for instance, may seem like a cute idea, but most people will probably not go home and blow bubbles to remember your party.

Instead, make sure your favors are something that your guests can eat, use, or display with pride. For instance, choose a figurine that they can display on a shelf. Give them cute bars of soap that they use as they soak in the tub, or thoughtfully wrapped candy for a sweet snack.

Choose Fun Gifts

Even though you want to choose a useful favor, you also want to choose a fun gift. Avoid favors that are purely practical. Sending all the moms at the party home with tubes of diaper cream, for instance, will probably not communicate fun, or gratitude.

Instead, choose a gift that is as great as your shower was. Choose something pretty, whimsical, or cute that will make your guests smile every time they look at it. For instance, if you choose soap, order soap that comes in fun shapes. If you send home recipes, tie them up in envelopes decorated with ribbons. If you give away figurines, pick ones that are whimsical and cute. Let your guests feel that the gift, like the party, is fun.

Choose Personalized Gifts

Personalized favors, when done right, turn ordinary items into keepsakes for the future. These favors contain the date, the party, and guests of honor, and maybe even another small message or two. With a quick glance, your guests will know where and why they got the gift, and be reminded again of the fun and games they played at your baby shower. Personalized favors are available for many different items. Check out all the fun shower favors you can personalize at herbabyshower.com!

No matter which favor you choose, be sure it will remind your guests of the shower they attended. Choosing quality, meaningful, personalized favors will ensure that your guests feel loved, remember the shower fondly, and look forward to coming back the next time you have a baby shower.

Diaper Cakes are Tops on the Baby Shower Ideas List


Diaper Cakes are the hottest new baby shower idea!  They are so versatile, and can be customized in many ways that are only limited by your imagination. Different colors can be used, and cloth diapers can even be dyed to match any theme. The basic diaper cake is so simple to make, all you need are diapers, rubber bands, and dowels.

Diaper cake from wikihow

Diaper cake from wikihow

Take a diaper open end up, then begin to roll it up.  Put a rubber band around the rolled diaper, and this diaper will become the centerpiece of the entire cake, or use 2 or 3 diapers to make a bigger bottom layer securing them with rubber bands. Next roll up more diapers and secure them with rubber bands just as you did the first one.  Then place these diapers around the centerpiece diaper or diapers, and wrap a rubber band around all of them to hold them secure.  Do this again to make another round if you want a cake this big. This will be the lower layer of your diaper cake.

Make the second layer of diapers exactly the same as the first, just don’t use as many so it will be smaller.  That way when it sits on top of the other layer, it will be the smaller layer.  Keep doing this same process of rolling diapers, securing them with rubber bands until you have enough to make the second layer a bit smaller.

Do this again to make your third diaper layer, making it just a little bit smaller than the second layer of diapers, so it will fit nicely on the top of the second layer of your diaper cake.  Use dowels to secure each layer together, pushing them down through all the layers. Cut a piece of cardboard the size of the bottom layer to set the bottom layer on to stabilize the cake.

To finish off your unique diaper cake there are many choices of baby shower ideas to choose from.

Ribbons of any color, shapes and sizes can be used to adorn your diaper cake.  Take 2 different ribbons, put them together then twist them so you can have multi-color bows and decorations.

Use little pacifiers in an assortment of colors, and tie them up with the ribbons.  You can also use strings of feathers in different colors, along with so many other things to decorate your diaper cake.  Remember to put the first letter of your bundle of joy on your creation.

Lollipops sticks, are another great idea.  You can even use little animals to set on and around the layers of the cake, with some peaking out from within the diapers.   You can take out a few diapers from the middle and put baby items in their place, like bottles, lotions, pacifiers, baby clothes, baby shoes, baby blankets, and just about anything you can think of.

To transport your diaper cake, wrap it in a plastic bag, and pull tight with a ribbon to keep it secure. Check out these top baby shower favors you can use to customize, and personalize your diaper cake.  These diaper cakes make great gifts for any baby shower, so decorate your storage bag also with some of these unique baby shower ideas for the next baby shower you attend.

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