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Baby Shower Theme Ideas

There's no absolute rule that says the baby shower favors have to match the theme of the party. In fact, guests may appreciate you switching it up and giving out more unique items for a surprise. Not following the theme gives you a world of options. Some of the more common baby shower favors include candle tins, lip balm, candy, manicure sets, salt and pepper shakers, key chains and home-baked goods!

It's Easy As…Throw an ABC-themed baby shower that shows your tot is going to be quite the little Einstein! This is a chance to reveal your baby's name by using the letter of her first name as a guide. Feel free to put it on everything – from the invites to the cake and favors. Everyone is familiar with the standard wooden alphabet building blocks. Modernize it a little bit by moving away from the primary color scheme theme and add colors like teal, lilac and fuchsia.

Décor can easily be bought by creating customized baby blocks and using monogrammed tableware and décor in your signature colors. Don't have time to create blocks? Purchase a self-inking stamp with the letter on it in a font of your choice. Have a cake made in the shape of an ABC building block and get clever with serving table signs that say: "A is for Appetizer," "B is for Beverage" and "C is for Cake."

For an extra creative thought, designate a specific letter of the alphabet to each guest and tell them to bring a gift that starts with that letter.

Baby in the City – If you're throwing a baby shower for a city-slicking couple, we've got just the theme for you. A chic soon-to-be mom and dad will love a sophisticated shower that reflects her personality. It may be easier to use this theme if the mom is having a girl, but may be a special treat if she's getting ready to have a boy! If the parents-to-be are big fans of going out to dinner, give them a special treat with a modern baby shower at a restaurant. It will be a long time before they're able to go out on their own again!

For a twist, skip the pastels and decorate with sophisticated bold colors like black, pink, red and white. For a city-themed shower at someone's home, it may be easy to serve simple, yet sophisticated, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. A nice lunch or dinner at a restaurant gives everyone a break with decorating, preparing the food and cleanup! For gift ideas for the parents-to-be, have guests bring gifts based big cities in the world. For example, a guest who was assigned NYC could bring a onesie decorated with apples ("the Big Apple"). With leprechauns and the Blarney stone in mind, a shamrock rattle could easily be given by a guest who was assigned Dublin. What a lucky baby!

Go Wild for Animals! Animals are always an easy choice as they can be used for boy baby showers, girl baby showers and baby showers for couples. If you're celebrating a little girl, you can use more gender-specific creatures like birds and butterflies in pinks and purples, while zoo or jungle animals can easily be geared toward a baby boy shower. Decorate your home like a jungle with zebra and leopard prints and green streamers and balloons.

Create games around the theme and make sure the food follows the animal theme too. Sweets like cookies, cupcakes and cakes can easily be decorated like certain animals, while beverages and appetizers may be a bit more difficult. Make "jungle juice" that includes a fruity assortment of juices.

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