10 Best Baby Shower Ideas That Are More Than Unique

A baby shower is one of the most exciting events in a person’s life, and planning one can be a big responsibility. If you’re throwing a baby shower soon, or if you’re looking for ideas — like what type of shower to throw, how to choose a theme, what type of food to serve, and more — we’re happy to report that we can help with all of these things!

We’re all about baby showers here (especially virtual ones), and we’ve got you covered! Below are some of the best and most creative ideas for your baby shower.

10 Best Baby Shower Ideas

Types of Baby Showers

Hybrid Baby Shower: The Best of Both Worlds

When throwing a baby shower, you might not know whether to invite friends and family who don’t live locally. In the past, living far from the mom-to-be typically meant no baby shower invitation… but thanks to technology, all that has changed!

With the innovations available, you can easily throw a hybrid baby shower and include everyone that’s dear to mom-to-be. 

A hybrid shower is a combination of an in-person and virtual baby shower. This allows for a truly inclusive, all-hands-on-deck baby shower experience. Close friends and family can mingle in person, and guests who are farther away can join the fun remotely.

It’s the best of both worlds, and a great way to make sure everyone that wants to celebrate the arrival of a new baby can be included.

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Virtual Baby Shower: Great for Friends and Family Who Are Spread Out

Another type of baby shower to consider is a strictly virtual baby shower.

Virtual baby showers are fantastic for several reasons. They’re great for social distancing — perfect for moms on bed rest — and are ideal for military families who often aren’t all in one place.

Plus, many moms-to-be don’t have close family or friends living nearby, so a virtual baby shower is a fantastic way to bring everyone together to celebrate the new baby.

Zoom Baby Shower

One trend that has gained traction during the pandemic is having a Zoom baby shower. It’s a great way to connect with everyone, and you can play games, open gifts, and more.

Want to add even more fun to a Zoom baby shower? Combine it with WebBabyShower. That way it’s not just a Zoom call — it’s a whole experience!

WebBabyShower allows you to build a custom baby shower website where you can share everything in one spot. From gift registries to photos, WebBabyShower lets you turn a Zoom shower into a real party that everyone will love!

An Outdoor Baby Shower

If you’re throwing a baby shower during the spring or summer, consider taking the fun outside! Outdoor baby showers are perfect for when the weather is nice.

One benefit of hosting an outdoor baby shower is that you can find tons of free venues. Parks often have pavilions you can reserve completely free of charge, and, of course, your backyard is a free venue as well!

With a little planning (and WiFi), you can add a virtual element to your outdoor baby shower. Just make sure you have a laptop, power outlets, and access to WiFi — and you’re good to go! Outdoor baby showers also let you play more active games you might not be able to play at an indoor venue.

If you’re planning an outdoor baby shower, we recommend having a backup plan just in case Mother Nature throws some unexpected sprinkles your way.

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Planning Tips & Ideas

Get a Co-Host

There’s no reason you have to plan a baby shower alone. Grabbing a friend or family member to help you co-host is a great way to split up the planning and expenses.

Whether you’re throwing a hybrid, virtual, or in-person baby shower, having a co-host just makes things easier.

With WebBabyShower, 54% of hosts invite co-hosts to help out — and when they do, they often even invite TWO co-hosts! The more, the merrier!

Co-Ed Baby Showers

Baby showers traditionally only include women, but co-ed baby showers are becoming increasingly popular. If you’re planning a baby shower for someone else, check in with mom to see if she’d like to make the shower co-ed and include men.

If she does, make sure you plan accordingly — adding men to the mix means a larger guest list, so plan for a bigger space, more food, and consider including one of these games for maximum fun and entertainment.

Pick the Right Theme

One of the most fun parts of planning a baby shower is choosing the theme.

There are many things to consider when picking one — maybe you want to center the theme around the nursery décor, or maybe mom has a favorite movie. Seasonal themes are popular (such as these ideas for a spring baby shower, a fall baby shower, and a winter baby shower), and so are themes that include animals or puns (like “Sweet As Can Bee” with a honey/bee theme).

Check out this blog post that highlights some of the latest trends in baby shower themes.

If you’re having trouble settling on a theme, you can use the baby’s gender to help you pick between baby shower themes for boys or baby shower themes for girls. Or, if the parents aren’t finding out the gender until birth, you can go with a gender-neutral baby shower theme!

Baby Shower Games That Are Actually Fun

Now, let’s just address the baby elephant in the room: baby shower games. You just groaned a little inside, right? That’s just because you haven’t had the chance to play a baby shower game that’s actually fun! (They do exist, trust us!)

Baby shower games don’t have to be something you dread. There are a lot of cringe-worthy games out there, but we’ve got you covered for some super fun options. If mom-to-be and her guests have a great sense of humor, check out our list of hilarious baby shower games that will have everyone in stitches.

If you’re looking for a starting point for games — especially if you’re throwing a hybrid or virtual baby shower — check out our baby shower games guide. You’re sure to find something that everyone will love!

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Explore Baby Shower Alternatives

There are some moms-to-be who don’t vibe with a traditional baby shower, and that’s okay! For moms who aren’t into baby showers, consider some baby shower alternatives.

Consider a Blessingway or a Godh Bharai. (However, if you do consider either of these, it’s important to research them carefully and ensure you aren’t appropriating what are very serious and sacred motherhood rites of passages in other cultures.)

Have a Brunch Shower

One modern way to celebrate both mom and baby is to host a brunch shower. This kind of shower is more casual, laid-back, and allows for unstructured fun and socializing.

A brunch shower is also good for expecting moms, because they tend to get tired as the day goes on. Having a brunch shower allows mom to enjoy her special day and then take a much-needed nap later!

For your brunch baby shower, there are a lot of pregnancy-related touches you can add. Have a “MOMosa” bar, and serve food that’s perfect for brunch. Here are some more ideas for baby shower brunch food recipes.

The Best Baby Shower Ideas: Which Will You Choose?

Sometimes it can be tough to know exactly what to choose when it comes to planning a baby shower. But, as you can see, there are so many options available!

From traditional baby showers to ones that break the mold, the most important thing is that you choose one that resonates with the guest of honor and helps create a day that she’ll never forget.

Hopefully, our guide has helped inspire you so you can get right to planning the big day!

Natalie is a freelance writer and digital marketer. She’s a native Chicagoan, but currently lives in North Georgia with her husband and three children, who may or may not be feral. (The children, not the husband.) She loves movies (favorite movie is Jurassic Park), music (favorite band is The Beatles), and books (favorite author is Stephen King). Natalie is passionate about social justice and recently served on the leadership team for the Chattanooga Moms for Social Justice.

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