Our 85 Best Baby Shower and Gender Reveal Party Ideas

Prepare to go gaga over stylish decor, sweet gifts, bump-approved bites and free printable invites.

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April 06, 2016
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Activities: Hand-Lettered Name Reveal

The gender reveal was months ago, but the excitement doesn’t end there, friend! Collaborate with parents-to-be and use this shower as an opportunity to reveal the baby’s name to all their friends and family. Let your creative juices flow and turn to your theme to dictate how you showcase the name at your event. This adorable, hand-lettered chalkboard made the perfect statement piece at a collegiate-themed shower.

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Activities: Colorful Advice

Let guests help with the party decor by stringing up colorful cards with advice and well wishes for the parents-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.

Activities: Confetti Photo Op

Did you really host a bomb baby shower for your best friend if there aren’t any stylish photos to prove it? Show off your hosting skills and create a festive, built-in photo booth to capture the mama-to-be and friends. Use this colorful, sprinkle-inspired set up to inspire a sweet photo booth design of your own.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Giant Confetti Balloon

Activities: Double-Duty Decor

If the guest of honor has chosen a name for the baby, spell it out in large, painted chipboard letters. As partygoers arrive, have them use permanent markers to write messages and sign their names. The finished piece can then be taken home and hung in the nursery as sentimental wall art.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Turn Your Last Name Into Wall Art

Activities: Get Festive With a Flower Crown Station

Give your boho bestie the baby shower of her dreams with a funky, festival-themed event. Skip the fresh cut table arrangements and put your floral budget toward a flower crown station. Offer blooms in a variety of bold colors and textures, and be sure to stock the bar with an instant camera so guests can add pictures to the baby shower book.

MORE IDEAS: Throw a Boho Festival Baby Shower

Activities: Onesie Station

Most of us have endured our share of well-meaning baby shower games. In the best cases, these party games encourage guests to mingle and enjoy the party. At worst? You're sniffing melted candy bars stuffed inside an infant diaper. Luckily, we've got a solution that is part baby shower game, part gift for the mom-to-be: A DIY onesie station!

GET THE HOW-TO: Set Up a DIY Baby Shower Onesie Station

Activities: A Baby-Bumping Playlist

Every great party needs a great playlist. From indie to classic R&B to country, find a baby shower-inspired collection to suit your taste on Spotify.

Activities: Hula Hoop Photo Prop

Easy, adorable and oh-so-Instagrammable, this DIY photo prop will ensure nobody skips the photo booth line.

GET THE HOW-TO: DIY Balloon Photo Booth

Activities: Honor Mom-to-Be

Don't forget to have a beautiful headpiece awaiting the guest of honor! Here, the host helps crown the momma-to-be with a quintet of vibrant silk roses. Snag our simple, step-by-step instructions for show-stopping flower crowns.

MORE IDEAS: Throw a Boho Festival Baby Shower

Activities: Include Fur Kids

If the honoree considers the family pup her "first baby," include him in the festivities with a special (dog-friendly) flower collar.

Activities: She'll Thank You Later

If you want to make the guest of honor’s life easier, make sure to use this tip. The last things you want to do when you are about to have a baby (or even worse, if you just had a baby) are track down everyone’s addresses, buy thank you cards, or go anywhere near a post office. Setting up a thank you card area will save her hours. When guests arrive, have them write their name and address on a blank envelope and add a stamp. As the guest of honor opens gifts, the host will note the gift and gift giver on an index card. At the end of the party, the index cards are slipped into the corresponding envelopes along with a blank card for the parents to take home.

Decor: Baby Animals

Go wild when decorating for a safari or jungle themed baby shower. Head to your local dollar spot to pick up some miniature plastic animal figurines and use them as accents throughout the event space. Use the animals to polish off the cake or herd them together to create adorable vignettes at the center of each table.

Decor: Bonjour Bébé

A simple chalkboard sign and sweet bouquet of balloons are all you need to guide and/or welcome guests to the party.

Decor: DIY Party Bunting

Cut into pendant shapes, colorful pages from children's books make the perfect garland for a book-themed shower.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make Party Bunting With Printable Template

Decor: Craft Airy Signage

Achieve a posh, designer-worthy event without emptying your pockets to do so. Pick up sheets of transparent acrylic at your local craft store and use a steady hand and paint pens to create custom signage for the space. Duplicate this stunning, acrylic menu to enhance the food station at your event, or create an equally striking acrylic sign to welcome guests at the front door. Not confident in your hand-lettering abilities? Print the words on paper and lay the sheets behind the acrylic to be traced.

Decor: Baby's Breath Lanterns

Add a “found at a French marketplace” vibe with a vintage birdcage filled with baby’s breath and accented by a pair of antique babydoll shoes.

Decor: Baby Name Banner

Spell out and string up the new little one's name with our free, printable pendant letters in blue, green or pink to match your theme. Then, go one step further and make a game out of the decor! Give each guest a piece of paper and pen to write down as many words as they can using only the letters used for the banner. Give them two minutes to make their list. The guest with the most words wins.

Decor: Floral Balloon Tails

Lend a little whimsy to the special day with floating florals. Italian ruscus greenery and pink-dyed baby’s breath are tied to balloon strings to make these pretty hanging garlands. For a sparkly touch, buy confetti-filled balloons.

Decor: Craft Garland From Parents-to-Be Baby Photos

Stop guests in their tracks with this sweet garland accent. Reach out to grandparents for some especially adorable (and/or embarrassing) baby photos of the parents-to-be. Drape twine across your entry console or fireplace mantel and use clothes pins to secure the sweet snapshots of mom and dad. Up the cuteness factor by adding the new baby’s sonogram photo to the end of the garland, and guests will adore speculating who they’ll resemble the most.

Decor: Make Melon Centerpieces

Aloha, baby! Throw a Hawaiian-inspired baby shower complete with vibrant floral leis, umbrella-clad mocktails and festive melon centerpieces. We’re obsessed with these watermelon vessels because not only are they to-die-for beautiful, but the round centerpieces offer a playful nod to the mama-to-be’s ever-growing baby bump.

Decor: Pretty in Pastels

Celebrate a spring baby with a pretty, pastel brunch table. Set the table with a fresh mix of pale pink, minty green and soft blue hues. Design table settings with rosy glassware, gilded cutlery and charming, mismatched vintage china. Use bright white blooms to create a dreamy garland runner or table centerpiece, then satisfy mommy-to-be’s cravings with fruit-topped sweets, pastel confections and plenty of tea sandwiches.

Decor: Copper Pipe Arbor

Make your pictures pop with an oh-so-chic arbor made out of copper pipe. Click here to learn how to make the arbor, then go here for three eye-catching ways to decorate it. We love the idea of using the arbor as a photo backdrop as guests mingle, then, later in the day, repurposing it as a sweet setting for the new parents to open gifts.

Decor: Guest-of-Honor Centerpiece

Create these crafty, custom vases for the mom-to-be's table so she can show off her new title. Wrap three repurposed metal cans in a sturdy burlap fabric, then use bright white paint to stencil or freehand each letter to the vessels. Fill with bundles of her favorite fresh-cut blooms.

Decor: A Throne for a Queen

Treat your mommy-to-be like the queen she is with a refined garden shower soiree. Create an elevated outdoor gift-opening space by dangling an antique chandelier from a mature tree limb in your backyard and wrapping surrounding shrubs in glowing glass string lights.

Eats: Sweet and Savory Crostini

These crispy slices of baby bread make perfect appetizers for any party or get-together. Plus, you can get creative by customizing the flavor combinations or assorted toppings to the honoree's taste.

MORE IDEAS: 25 Easy Party Food Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

Eats: Popcorn Station

Her baby bump is popping, and her baby shower food better be popping, too! Since popcorn is light and airy, it’s the perfect appetizer for a casual outdoor shower. In order to encourage guests to mingle with one another, set up a popcorn bar in a centralized location where guests can flow up to and around it freely.

GET THE HOW-TO: Treat Guests to a Self-Serve Popcorn Bar

Eats: Charm With Charcuterie

Fashion a feast for the eyes and the mouth by creating a stunning, charcuterie board spread. Build-up the board with a variety of savory crackers, briny olives, salty meats and creamy cheese. Add a touch of sweetness with dark chocolate chips, juicy white grapes and decadent local preserves. Just be sure to include plenty for mom-to-be to eat, since she won't be partaking in the deli meats.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Stock a Party-Perfect Charcuterie + Cheese Board

Eats: Self-Serve Potato Chip Bar

Young or old, vegetarian or carnivore, golden-friend potatoes are hard to beat. Let your party guests help themselves at an easy-to-set-up station where they can top salty chips with their favorite sweet, savory or spicy flavors.

PLAN IT: How to Set Up a Self-Serve Potato Chip Bar

Eats: A Menu That Delivers

A foolproof way to ensure a baby shower is far from boring? Hire a food truck. Not only will guests gush over the experience for weeks, but choosing to outsource the cooking will allow the host or hostess to enjoy the event alongside their guests. That's a win-win in our book.

Eats: DIY Taco Buffet

No budget for a caterer? No worries. Break out the crockpots and food warmers to create a spread that's just as delicious as anything the pros could whip up. Include things like queso, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, lettuce, guacamole, shredded chicken, ground beef and more for a feast that will satisfy even the pickiest of guests.

Sweets: Sprinkled With Suspense

To add some extra pizzazz to store-bought cookies, dip them in melted candy wafers and add bright sprinkles before it hardens. Guests can choose pink or blue cookies depending on if they think the baby will be a boy or a girl!

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Sweets: DIY Monogram Cake

Show off the newest addition's monogram with layers of sponge cake and buttercream frosting decorated with edible flowers and sugar pearls. It makes a lovely focal point on the dessert table and is a great way to celebrate baby.

MORE IDEAS: 21 Delightful Baby Shower Cake and Dessert Ideas

Sweets: "Push" Pops

Push it. Push it real good. Infuse rosé, fresh berries and pound cake to create nostalgia-inducing, party-perfect pushable pops. Just don't forget to make a few for momma, sans booze. Get the recipe from FoodNetwork.com.

Sweets: Donut Pyramid

Go all out when hosting a baby shower and indulge your mama-to-be in all her pregnancy cravings. She is eating for two, after all. We think this gorgeous, glossy, chocolate and glazed donut pyramid would sweep any expecting mother off her (swollen) feet. To get the look, stack two hatboxes in different diameters on top of each other and arrange fresh donuts around the outer edge of each box.

MORE IDEAS: 21 Delightful Baby Shower Cake and Dessert Ideas

Sweets: Go Glam With Pink + Gold

Make this pretty, pink and gold theme your go-to design for the ultra-glamorous ones in your circle. Perfect for a little princess on the way, glam up a naked cake with a glitzy gold topper. Simply take a homemade chocolate cake, layer with pale pink frosting, and dust with powdered sugar. Add a single pink bloom to the top as a finishing detail.

MORE IDEAS: 21 Delightful Baby Shower Cake and Dessert Ideas

Sweets: Rice Cereal Treats

Trust us, this old-school dessert is not only ultra-easy to make and customize, but it's always a hit at the sweets table. Forgo traditional rectangles, and shape the warm cereal dough into any shape (i.e. stars, basketballs, etc.) to fit your party's theme.

MORE IDEAS: 21 Delightful Baby Shower Cake and Dessert Ideas

Sweets: Baby Banana Puddings

If you're hosting the shower, the last thing you want to do is wash more plates. Wow your guests and keep waste at a minimum with this sweet portable version of classic banana pudding. Get the recipe.

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Sips: Refreshing Cherry Limeade

Pay homage to a throwback favorite with refreshing cherry limeade. Made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, sugar, club soda and maraschino cherry juice, this drink is simple to put together and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser among children and adults alike.

Sips: Mocktails for Mom

Trust us, no one will miss the booze when they’re served this delicious spring mocktail. Combine fresh lemonade with seltzer water, blueberries and lemon slices. Serve in a glamorous coupe glass, garnished with fresh mint leaves. To spike this recipe, swap lemonade with Limoncello and replace seltzer water with your favorite prosecco.

MORE IDEAS: 10 Mocktail Recipes

Sips: Watermelon Keg + Punch

By shower time, mom may feel as big as a watermelon. Serve her something sweet — like this delicious summer punch served in a DIY watermelon beverage dispenser — to help take her mind off it.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Watermelon Party Keg

Sips: Stylish Mimosa Station

Mommy-to-be may skip out on the mimosas, but it never hurts to have a stylish bubbly bar on hand for all her friends, right? Add a sophisticated champagne and juice station to the corner of your event and use a chic chalkboard to share a few of your go-to combinations. Elevate your spread with fresh fruit and herb garnishes.

GET THE HOW-TO: Spring Sips: Set Up a Sparkling Wine Cocktail Bar

Games: How Big Is Her Belly?

All you need for this game is a roll of ribbon or string, scissors and the mom-to-be. Have each guest cut a piece of ribbon the length they think will wrap around her belly perfectly, then take turns measuring around her belly. The person with the closest length wins. Pro tip: Be sure to run any silly shower games by the mom-to-be prior to the event to ensure she feels comfortable participating.

MORE IDEAS: 23 Fun Baby Shower Games + Free Printables

Games: Movie Quote Quiz

Give guests five minutes to name the movie title for as many of these baby quotes as they can. They'll soon find out it's harder than it sounds! Download the blue quote card; download the pink quote card; or download the green quote card.

MORE IDEAS: 23 Fun Baby Shower Games + Free Printables

Games: Who's That Baby?

Ask each guest to bring a baby picture of themselves, and let everyone try to guess who is in each picture. Whoever guesses the most correctly wins! Download the numbers to tag each photo, and then download the game card.

MORE IDEAS: 23 Fun Baby Shower Games + Free Printables

Games: The Baby Maker

You’re guaranteed to get a laugh with this memorable craft. Print out photos of the expecting parents and have guests cut, then paste the various facial features from each parent to create a funny portrait of their future baby. Accuracy is unlikely; laughter is certain.

GET THE HOW-TO: This Is the Only Baby Shower Game You Will Ever Need

Games: Baby Gift Bingo

Keep guests entertained while the mom-to-be opens her gifts. At the beginning of the shower, hand out a blank bingo card to each guest. Have them write in each space an item that they think the mom-to-be might receive. As the guest of honor opens her gifts, players mark off items on their card. The first guest to get five in a row wins. Download the pink bingo card; download the blue bingo card; or download the green bingo card.

MORE IDEAS: 23 Fun Baby Shower Games + Free Printables

Games: Cornhole

Lawn games were made for informal gatherings like this Baby-Q shower. Jazz up the usual beanbags with pink and blue fabric for the event, turning a standard game of cornhole into a baby-gender guessing game.

MORE IDEAS: 23 Fun Baby Shower Games + Free Printables

Games: Don't Say Baby!

Every good baby shower has a game or two to help guests relax and get to know each other. Another great idea is to have a game that lasts throughout the party. Give each guest a clothespin or safety pin. If a guests says the word "baby," they have to give their pin to whoever heard it. Whoever has the most pins at the end of the party wins! Download the free instruction card.

MORE IDEAS: 23 Fun Baby Shower Games + Free Printables

Gifts: Instant Camera

Printing pictures from your phone can be a pain. Give a gift that allows the parents-to-be to capture baby's first moments, then instantly display them, put them in the baby book or gift to family members.

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Gifts: DIY Onesie Cupcakes

Made with never-have-enough onesies and a pair of baby socks, these little cupcakes are simple to make and a sweet addition to any baby shower. Make a few yourself or print out our instructions to include with the shower invites, asking guests to bring their own onesie creations to present on a cupcake tower at the party!

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make Onesie Cupcakes for a Baby Shower

Gifts: Educational Baby Books

Did you know experts say a baby should be read to five times a day? These adorable and educational tomes are perfect for any little genius-to-be.

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Gifts: Kit and Caboodle

Score points for best gift-giver ever with a basket stocked full of things new parents desperately need. Snag our ideas below for a baby changing gift basket, nursery cleaning kit, pampered momma kit and more.

MORE IDEAS: 6 Perfect Baby Shower Gift Kits You Can Make

Gifts: Baby Washcloth Lollipops

Absolutely adorable as baby shower decor and super useful for the parents-to-be, these clever pops are made with two handy washcloths and a baby spoon.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Baby Washcloth Lollipop

Gifts: Onesies for Every Milestone

Customize a onesie for every month of baby's first year with our easy, no-sew instructions.

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Gifts: Photography Certificate

Although going off-registry can be a risk, we think this unexpected gift is one that will be treasured for years to come.

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Themes: Elegant Garden Party

Fresh, festive and beautiful, this al fresco white-on-white look is our go-to design when hosting a baby shower for the understated expecting mom. The monochromatic white party design also makes for a chic celebration when the parents are keeping the baby’s gender a secret. Achieve the look with crisp white table linens, oversized white balloons and endless arrangements of ivory blooms and greenery used throughout the event space.

Themes: Stock the Library

For a mom and pop who love to read, sprinkle them with classic storybooks to fill baby’s library. Ask each guest to bring a book or two and present them in an adorable crate like this one to take home at the end of the day. Get more ideas for a stock-the-library shower below.

PLAN IT: Throw a Stock-The-Library Baby Shower

Themes: Host a Family-Friendly Baby-Q

Casual and fun, a baby-Q picnic is a fabulous option for a baby shower that's great for the whole gang. We love the way this shower set up a special place just for the expectant parents and big brother-to-be. Arriving guests instantly know where to go to drop off gifts and say their hellos.

PLAN IT: Throw a Family-Friendly Baby-Q Shower

Themes: Welcome to the Jungle

Raising a child is one wild ride, folks. Send the expecting parents off into the wilderness that is parenthood with a colorful and crafty jungle-themed baby shower. We’re bananas over this bold, orange backdrop, tropical foliage and charcuterie spread.

PLAN IT: Throw a Tropical Jungle-Themed Baby Shower

Themes: Sweet Woodland Creatures

Celebrate the upcoming birth of a fall or winter baby with a cute and cozy, woodland themed baby shower. Think: pine cone garland, live edge centerpieces and plenty of pumpkins throughout the space. Recreate this sweet, woodsy cake by applying a sheer layer of creamy, white icing to a chocolate cake and accessorizing with miniature woodland creatures, mini pinecones and a custom banner. Continue the outdoorsy theme by creating a tasty trail mix bar for guests to take with them as they leave the event and embark on their next journey.

Themes: Made in the U.S.A.

Mom expecting in July? Take a cue from Uncle Sam and host a charming, vintage county fair-themed baby shower. Complete the event with vintage inspired decor and plenty of throwback, classic American dishes. We consider miniature berry pies and buttery popcorn non-negotiables for this event menu.

Themes: Parenthood's a Trip

For parents who love to travel, deck out the event space in map and globe decor and hang a sweet, DIY paper airplane garland over the food table. But whatever you do, don't let the parents-to-be know that this might be the closest thing to a vacation they'll get for the next few months.

PLAN IT: DIY Travel-Themed Baby Shower

Themes: Flower Arranging Party

We love the idea of hosting an intimate, flower-arranging baby shower for an expecting mommy and her closest gal pals. The best part? No need to purchase party favors because guests get to take their floral creations home with them!

PLAN IT: Celebrate Spring With a Flower-Arranging Party

Themes: Pamper Before the Push

Treat the expecting mommy and her closest friends to a posh, poolside party. Skip the sugary cocktails and provide guests with refreshing fruit smoothies, various tropical toppings and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Retro sunglasses and chic, cabana-striped pool towels make perfect parting favors for friends and family. Hot tip: Avoid a baby shower sunburn by bringing enough SPF for the entire group.

PLAN IT: Throw a Spa-Day Baby Shower or Baby Sprinkle

Themes: Vintage School Spirit

Use the parents’ golden years as your muse when designing their baby shower. This theme is sure to be a hit, especially if said expecting parents were college sweethearts and/or never miss the cutoff date to purchase football season tickets. Use school colors to create festive backdrops, add letterman details to the table and chairs, and don’t forget to provide guests with pompoms aplenty.

PLAN IT: How to Throw a Varsity-Inspired, Schoolhouse-Chic Party

Themes: Just a Sprinkle

If the guest of honor isn't a first-time mom, sometimes a baby sprinkle is a simpler way to go. This way, she and her new baby are still celebrated, and guests have the opportunity to fill in the blanks of baby items she may still need.

PLAN IT: How to Throw a Sprinkles Baby Shower

Themes: Boho Baby Festival

Give your free-spirited sister a shower to remember with a bohemian “Mommapalooza." Invite guests to wear their best festival frocks, make use of your many patterned accent pillows, and provide plenty of mocktails and cocktails for the group. Oh, and it probably goes without saying, but fresh flower crowns and funky music are a must.

PLAN IT: Throw a Boho Festival Baby Shower

Themes: Bonfire Baby Shower

Celebrate the soon-to-arrive bundle of joy by hosting a bonfire baby shower. Surround the firepit with cozy, outdoor floor pillows or Adirondack chairs and turn on pretty patio string lights for some extra glow. Keep the party toasty all evening with a s’mores station, steamy (read: spiked) apple cider and classic hot cocoa. Pro tip: Gift the expecting parents a custom, keepsake flannel blanket to mark the occasion.

Themes: Real-Life Fairy Tale

Celebrate the true love between baby and parents-to-be with a charming storybook baby shower. This shower casts a romantic vintage vibe with an eye-catching wall of open books. Pages blowing in the wind create a soft, whimsical atmosphere and stacks of colorful books serve as centerpieces throughout to continue the literary theme.

Themes: Steampunk Style

They’re not regular parents; they're cool parents. Give the edgy, expecting duo an event that reflects their unique style and personalities. There’s not a pastel pacifier in sight at this steampunk-inspired baby shower, and the mama-to-be wouldn’t have it any other way.

PLAN IT: Host a Steampunk-Style Baby Shower

Theme: Rosy, Romantic Tea Party

Host a lovely tea party for mama-to-be with pretty roses, dainty dishes and oh-so-sweet treats — a picture-perfect motif for a small, cozy gathering.

PLAN IT: Pretty Rose Tea Party Themed Baby Shower

Free Invitations: Baby-Q Bash

Give your wallet-friendly online template invitations a custom (read: expensive) new look with some crafty embellishments. This baby-Q invitation is made even more adorable with a little help from a hole punch and some red, picnic-plaid ribbon.

SEE MORE: 18 Free, Printable Baby Shower Invitations

Free Invitations: Fancy Florals

Let your guests know that it's time for tea with this elegant, rose-themed invitation. Download the invite here, then add a special touch with a classy envelope liner.

MORE IDEAS: 18 Free, Printable Baby Shower Invitations

Free Invitations: All-Access Pass

Celebrate the music-loving mom-to-be with a boho festival shower! Guests must show off their all-access-passes at the door for entrance, but flower crowns are optional. Download the invite here, then laminate and add a ribbon lanyard for the full effect.

MORE IDEAS: 18 Free, Printable Baby Shower Invitations

Free Invitations: New Adventure

To have a baby is to go on one of life’s greatest adventures. Use that quote as a guide when you send out these travel-themed invitations. Download the invite here, add your own informational text, and print out on white cardstock. Package in kraft paper envelopes with travel-themed vintage stamps you can find in packs on Ebay and Etsy.

MORE IDEAS: 18 Free, Printable Baby Shower Invitations

Favors: About to Pop

Stock up on cases of inexpensive Weck or Mason jars to create these punny favors. Fill with various flavors of popcorn like kettle corn, hot and spicy and caramel, then attach hand-lettered tags to let guests know they're for the taking.

Favors: Plant Babies

These hearty plants are pretty, inexpensive and practically unkillable. For a special touch, pot in colored gravel or sand to match your shower theme.

Favors: Sprinkles

Throwing a sprinkle? These small jars filled with colorful sprinkles make perfect parting gifts. Simply fill cute glass jars and finish with our free, printable "Sprinkled with Love" labels. Click here to download printable label.

MORE IDEAS: How to Throw a Sprinkles Baby Shower

Favors: Sweet Send-Off

Sophisticated sweets make the perfect party send-off, oui? Stick to your budget and elevate candy favor bags with custom tags that tie into the theme of the event.

Gender Reveal: DIY Balloon Drop

You may have seen something like this before. The story goes, one of the parents-to-be tugs on the box and, instead of the balloons coming out, the whole box comes down right on their heads. However, this is the fail-proof option! Get our step-by-step instructions below.

GET THE HOW-TO: 5 Genius Gender Reveals That Anyone Can DIY

Gender Reveal: Confetti Announcement

Looking to create an ultra-Instagrammable reveal? We're crazy for these DIY party poppers that explode with blue or pink confetti. Learn how to make your own at the link below.

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Gender Reveal Party DIYs

Gender Reveal: Paint Pop

Expecting mama is ready to pop, so do the honors and pass her a dart! Use black balloons, a large canvas and bright, gender-revealing paint to create a one-of-a-kind, abstract painting that the parents can then hang in the baby’s nursery.

MORE IDEAS: 5 Genius Gender Reveals That Anyone Can DIY

Gender Reveal: Colorful Cupcakes

Just before a big reveal, enlist a guest or two to pass out colorful pink and blue cupcakes. But be sure to give the mom and dad their own special version filled with pink or blue fruit or frosting to let them know if they will be having a girl or a boy!

GET THE HOW-TO: 3 Gender Reveal Party DIYs

Gender Reveal: Cut the Cake

For this DIY, bake or buy your favorite round cake. Use a small can (a tomato paste can works perfectly) to remove the center section of the cake, and fill the void with pink or blue sprinkles. Use the top portion of the piece you removed to cover the void and ice the cake as normal. Cover the top with pink and blue sprinkles to add to the mystery and have the couple cut into the cake and reveal the hidden sprinkles inside.

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Know Your Etiquette

Are you wondering who should host the shower? Who to invite? Or when to send thank you notes? Get the low-down on proper baby shower etiquette with these tips from The Emily Post Institute.

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