10 Creative Baby Shower Ideas + Cute Pics of HGTV Babies

Because a baby shower doesn't have to be boring.

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So, your BFF broke the baby news? And you’re so happy but a little terrified because you know that’s your cue to get your planning pants on? Don’t worry — we’ve all been there!

The thought of throwing a baby shower can be overwhelming, but the hardest part is brainstorming fresh ideas. Well, I’ve got that covered. Whether your bestie is totally laid-back and casual, or you know she wants a party straight out of Paris, I have the perfect idea for you.

Craft Whimsical Centerpieces With Books

Fairy-Tale Baby Shower

Fairy-Tale Baby Shower

This baby shower casts a romantic, vintage vibe with an eye-catching wall of open books. Pages blowing in the wind create a soft, whimsical atmosphere. Stacks of colorful books were also used as centerpieces throughout the party to continue the literary theme.

Pair pretty blooms with stacks of books to create centerpieces with literary flair. The look is soft, feminine and sophisticated.

Throw a Baby-Q 

A backyard barbecue is a great way to honor both parents. Casual and cost-efficient, a baby-q might work for you if you’re throwing a last-minute celebration.

Set Up a Dessert Station to Please Every Taste Bud

Baby Shower Dessert Table

Baby Shower Dessert Table

Opt for pink and blue fringe garlands for an easy way way to dress up your dessert table. Mixed sweets on trays at various heights create a stunning tablescape shower guests will adore.

Photo by: Paperwhite Designs

Bake or buy a variety of sweets, and display them in one spot. Use cake stands at varied heights for maximum visual impact.

Choose a Bird’s Nest Theme for an Outdoor Shower

Tableware

Tableware

Photo by: Images courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser, Our Labor of Love. Floral Design, Amy Osaba

Images courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser, Our Labor of Love. Floral Design, Amy Osaba

For an outdoor celebration, go with a bird’s nest theme to celebrate new life. Here, a beautiful blue print graces a simple cream plate for an effortless look that’s organic and pared-down.

Let Guests Help Create Advice Banners

Advice for New Mom

Advice for New Mom

Let guests help with the party decor by stringing up colorful cards with advice and well wishes for the mommy to be. Cut out colorful shapes of your choice — we love these sweet animal shapes! — and let guests choose which card they want. By the end of the party, you'll have an entire wall of thoughtful advice!

Photo by: Art Bar

Cut out colorful shapes to create adorable banners. Guests will enjoy sharing advice and love with the mommy-to-be. The best part? You get a little help with your wall decor.

Play a Baby Bump Game

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Photo by: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2014

Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio 2014

Ask each guest to cut a piece of ribbon they think will fit the circumference of the mom-to-be’s bump. Tape the ribbons to the tummy to see who wins!

Stock Mom’s Library With a Book-Themed Shower

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Photo by: Jessica Downey

Jessica Downey

If the guest of honor is a total bookworm, embrace her passion with a book-themed shower.

Prep for a Game of “Who’s That Baby?”

Host a French-Themed Baby Shower

Host a French-Themed Baby Shower

Throw a fabulously French-themed shower for the soon-to-be-mother of a baby girl. Bold black and white details keep all that pink from becoming overly saccharine, and fun French bites and classic baby shower games come together to create a joyful afternoon that the guest-of-honor will never forget.

Photo by: She-n-He Photography

She-n-He Photography

Ask guests to bring baby photos of themselves to the party. String the photos on a piece of twine using mini clothespins, and have each guest guess who’s pictured in each photo. The guest who makes the most correct guesses wins!

Play Baby Bingo

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Photo by: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2014

Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio 2014

A classic bingo is the perfect game for a shower with guests of all ages. Download the pink bingo card, the green bingo card or the blue bingo card.

Host a Fabulous French-Themed Shower

Host a French-Themed Baby Shower

Host a French-Themed Baby Shower

Throw a fabulously French-themed shower for the soon-to-be-mother of a baby girl. Bold black and white details keep all that pink from becoming overly saccharine, and fun French bites and classic baby shower games come together to create a joyful afternoon that the guest-of-honor will never forget.

Photo by: She-n-He Photography

She-n-He Photography

Embrace the toile and say “Bonjour Bébé” for your Paris-loving pal.

Oh, and just to get you in the baby spirit (as if you weren’t already), here are some ridiculously adorable photos of HGTV babies.  I mean, have you ever seen such squeezable cheeks?

Jillian Harris’ Son, Leo

Sabrina Soto’s Daughter, Olivia Grey

Emily Henderson’s Daughter, Elliot

Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s Son, Brayden

Cari Cucksey’s Daughter, Orion

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