Ladybug Themed Baby Shower for Your Baby Girl

Ladybug Diaper Cake
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Why Not Consider a Ladybug Baby Shower Theme?

Is your friend expecting a little girl sometime this season? Are you thinking of the best baby shower theme to make the party festive and to also welcome a cute little girl into the family? Are you out of baby shower favor ideas that are unique and customized but still affordable and fits your budget?

If you are planning on holding a baby shower for the summer season, a ladybug baby shower is one of the most popular themes mostly because it coincides with the summer season. Not only will you have no problems with the setting—this theme can be perfectly executed as an outdoor lunch-out with close friends and family. Obviously, you can still use this theme even if it’s not summer as many nursery themes are based on a ladybug theme and would be used all year round. Either way, this theme would be perfect as a memorable celebration for welcoming a baby girl into the new family.

Use this quick guide to know which preparations should be on the top of your checklist. Here, you will find tips on how to tackle the ladybug theme, how to decorate the ladybug invitations, choosing a ladybug cake (whether an edible cake or a baby diaper cake from us) as the baby shower centerpiece, how to manage your supplies during the party, and how to create baby shower favors that are unique to this baby shower event.

Overall ladybug theme

When you choose a ladybug theme, you can either go with making the theme colors reminiscent of ladybugs—bright red and pastel colors, which can reflect the flowers on which you can find a ladybug on.

If you will take on these colors, try finding shades of pastel pinks and greens and a bright red as the central color. Make sure that when you start buying your supplies, make the red ones should serve as accents on the table. This means that the bigger designs, including the main colors of the cake, the plates, and the glasses can be red or of this shade.

The other colors can serve as your table cloth, your overall decorations, utensils, and such. Since pastel colors are more muted than right red or even black, these will make for a perfect backdrop or table cloth setting.

As an overall theme, make sure that you stick to just a three colors—two muted tones and one that stands out. In addition, when you pick a ladybug baby shower theme, don’t forget that you can also give your party a garden theme, so flowers as part of decorations can be done.

Baby shower invitations

Because the ladybug baby shower idea has been a hit, you can easily find party invitations and other paraphernalia that is exclusively for those who want to use this theme. Just surf through some websites online and you will surely stumble upon ladybug-personalized invitations. Some even come with baby shower invitations-set, which can end up saving you a lot of expenses.

But if you want to utilize your creativity or if you know someone who is willing to do handmade invitations to set your baby shower apart from the rest, one unique thing to do is to try out an origami invitation. This may take more effort depending on the number of guests that you are planning to invite, but this would be a fun way to invite your guests.

You can opt to go with a medium-sized ladybug invitation, one which you can either slip the typewritten invitation with the details in or one that they can deconstruct to find the message inside. This will make for a fun and interactive invitation for your guests.

Baby shower centerpiece

Ladybug Diaper Cake
Ladybug Diaper Cake from Lil’ Baby Cakes

To coordinate with the theme you can choose an edible cake or use our ladybug diaper cake as the baby shower centerpiece.  When choosing an edible cake, there are several styles of cakes that you can opt to go with. You can choose a tiered style or sheet cake style decorated to match a ladybug.  The trick here is to know if you want a playful cake with different shapes or sizes and has an almost cartoonish appeal to it, or if you want a cake that has a simple round or square cake that is dotted with ladybugs or flowers.

The main thing to remember is that your cake is the centerpiece of your party, so you have to make sure that it both goes well with your decoration but it stands out enough for guests to never miss it on the table.

Utensils, wares, and food

The beauty of baby showers is that you are not restricted to formal setups as can be seen in weddings, but  it can also be playful just like birthday parties.

When it comes to your baby shower menu, try to stick with the ladybug theme, so the colors of the food will not clash with your color scheme. For instance, you can have red punch or juice so the pitchers will have a nice central color.

As for the snacks, try going with food that have fruits like strawberries, watermelon, berries, and apples. Match the healthy menu with desserts like chocolate pieces or mocha cakes, so it will give a woody atmosphere because of the brown color.

So this kind of menu will work schedule the baby shower during snack time, so you won’t need heavy meals.

Baby shower favors

Lastly, there are the baby shower favors to consider. Figurines have always been a staple as favors, however, you can take many generic items an make them into a ladybug favor.  For instance, you can find cellophane bags with a ladybug imprinted on it.  Purchase some of these and fill them with mints, jellybeans, or any other candy item and you’ve just created a simple favor. This will not only make your baby shower memorable but it will also make the perfect complement to the other components of the baby shower.

Hopefully this article has provided some inspiration for the planning of a ladybug themed baby shower.  Your comments are always welcome.  Good luck with your baby shower planning!

4 Baby Shower Themes for Boys

Are you eager to welcome your bouncing baby boy into the world? Before you hold his first birthday party, mommy can gather her friends for a customary gathering celebrated by moms and friends—the baby shower!  This article features 4 baby shower themes for boys.  It’s been quite a while since we featured this previous article on baby shower themes for boys.

Selection of baby shower themes has often been tricky, depending on who will be arranging the celebration. There are so many things to take note of and accomplish when it comes to the preparations. You would have to consider the baby shower decorations, the baby shower invitations, the guest list, thank you cards, supplies, games, and baby shower party favors, to name a few. This is because the occasion is not just to celebrate the coming of the baby but also to commemorate the joy of the woman’s transition to motherhood.

If you or the celebratory mom is already expecting a boy, we invite you to try out some of these baby boy shower themes. All you need to remember is that most of the necessities in carrying out a successful baby shower are typically the same, regardless of the theme. The most important thing is that you customize the celebration based on the guests and the mom’s taste, so that you will all have a good time.

Jungle Baby Shower Theme

Jungle Theme Stamps from Zazzle.com
You Can Even Get Jungle Themed Stamps from Zazzle.com

A jungle theme for a baby shower is easy to organize because you will mostly be needing plush animal toys, animal-related food entrees, greenery, and centerpieces that are reminiscent of wildlife. In addition, you can set your party outdoors, like the garden, so you already have the backdrop of greenery around you.

For a unique take on the jungle theme, you can opt to have a safari blue theme, which is similar to the jungle theme only you will put blue as a dominant color in your scheme. This mostly serves to make it obvious that this baby shower theme is for a baby boy. Put in centerpieces and other important baby shower supplies in blue so that these aspects will be accentuated.

Monkey Baby Shower Theme

Baby showers featuring a monkey theme have also been popular with would-be moms, mainly because you can be very creative in throwing these kinds of parties. You’d think that this theme would be very restricting since it would be focusing on just one animal, but from the baby shower invitations to the decorations, you can go wild and unique with ideas.

For example, instead of opting for the usual written or stationery-like invitations, why not make a banana-shaped invite for a change? Or you can make a monkey-head cut-out to make it more interesting for your guests.

As for the baby shower decorations, you can go for little monkey banners or paper bananas hanging on clotheslines or thin ropes along the walls. Another tip for those who are on the budget—bananas make the best centerpieces for monkey themed baby showers, and it can also make a light snack for those who can’t wait for lunch.

Lil’ Baby Cakes has three Monkey Themed Diaper Cakes you may be interested in to match this fun and popular theme.

Sweet Prince Baby Shower Theme

Sweet Prince Invitations
Sweet Prince Baby Shower Invitation from MyPaperShop.com

To welcome their baby boy, some moms may want to try out the sweet prince baby shower theme, where you can all dress up as queens and ladies-in-waiting for an afternoon. It does not have to be a formal celebration. Light but colorful sundresses or casual pants and blouses would be good dress code, to keep with a “prince” baby theme.

This theme would be perfect if your house has a pergola that can be decorated to look like a part of a castle. The party can then be held outside, with chairs and tables arranged around the pergola for it to look like a small gathering of royalty.

For your baby shower party favors, you can have a crystal baby figurine that looks like a little prince or a small glass crown figure. You can glue this to a small pillow for a more regal effect.

Precious Bear Blue Baby Shower Theme

Bear themes for baby showers can be done for either boys or girls, but if you make the color blue more dominant in the party, it will surely send the right message. The good thing about this theme is that, similar to the monkey theme, you can choose to customize the way you set the decorations and do the baby shower favors.

For example, you can choose from the different habitats of the various bears around. You can choose to go with pandas and bamboo shoots, which will bring a more peaceful and Zen feel to the party. A polar bear will bring you to the North Pole, and some fake snow and an ice sculpture as centerpiece is not so shabby for your guests, too. You can also go with the traditional teddy bear of which there are numerous possibilities. Adopt an existing bear selection or create your own and your baby shower shower ideas featuring a bear would be endless.  You can also check this site for  additional baby bear shower ideas.

These are just some of the baby boy shower themes that you can throw for a new mom who is expecting a boy to join the family. Always remember that the important thing with baby showers is that the guests and especially the mom will have a good time, because memories from this day will forever be remembered, documented, and treasured.

Tips for a Successful Owl Themed Baby Shower

Throwing baby showers is just a little bit harder than throwing a birthday party solely because of the theme. Of course, with birthday parties, you already know if it’s a boy or a girl who will be celebrating for. With baby showers, you have to either risk a gender-friendly themed design or a neutral but personalized baby shower.

Owl Baby Shower Invitation
Owl Baby Shower Invitation from Tiny Prints

The safest way to go about it is the second method, because there are several baby shower themes that you can choose from that still gives a neutral vibe without taking out the fun in color schemes, centerpieces, and decoration. One of these themes is an owl themed baby shower.

You think that it would be hard to come up with a good design and set-up for a theme that revolves on just one bird—and one that is commonly brown in color. In fact, anything owl related may be a hardball to pull off, especially with the way you seem to be limited with the color, invitation designs, cake samples, and decoration. But when it comes to owl themed baby showers, you have to remember that all of the designs are open for interpretation. And you can easily make owls into fun characters for a create a personalized baby shower.  You can start with owl themed baby shower invitations to get the process started.

Owl decors

The next thing to remember when it comes to owl themed baby showers is that you need to decide on the main colors and design of the theme. Since it is a baby shower, it is much better to use owls that have big cute eyes and colorful feathers, so that your baby shower will have a nice festive feel to it.

Brown has always been a staple color when it comes to realistic owls, but let’s face it—this is a baby shower, and you’re not restricted by realism or art. What you want is to make the decorations and color scheme fitting to a joyous occasion.

As for the owl decoration that you will use, opt for those that look like they’re straight from a cartoon. You can easily create your own cartoon owl characters. The good thing about going with a cartoon owl is that you will lessen the notion that owls are serious creatures, hence the correlation of the party having a stiff atmosphere.

You can go with pastel colors to make a variety of owls, or go with just two to three major colors which you can mix and match and use for the colors of your utensils, decorations, and other supplies.

Owl colors and the cake

Owl Diaper Cake as Baby Shower Centerpiece
You Can Use our Owl Diaper Cake as a Baby Shower Centerpiece

Now that you have decided on the main color of your party theme, it’s time that you worry about the centerpiece of the show. Similar to birthday parties, it is also fun to have a nice cake centerpiece.

If you already have a menu, you don’t have to revamp the ideas just because you have an owl theme. Bear in mind that a theme usually adds decoration. To unify the theme, just add accessories and a small paper mache owl on the glass rim. On the table, you can put in owl toy plushies or have those festive banner cut-outs in the shape of owls.

When it comes to your centerpiece, it would be nice if you can have your cake personalized and made to look like a cartoon owl. In a previous blog post we showed an example of our owl diaper cake that uses a very colorful and baby shower friendly plush owl that certainly can be used as a baby shower centerpiece if you don’t want to use an edible cake.  If you prefer an edible cake, there are many stores that accept cake orders. Tell them specifically what kind of color and shade you will need and what design you would need to have on the cake. You can choose to go with just a picture of an owl on the flat surface or an entirely creative cake that’s part edible, part artwork.

Owl Decorated Cookies
Owl Decorated Cookies from Sweetopia.net

For those who want a different kind of centerpiece tiny owl cupcakes or owl cookies are adorable and they can be a unique way to decorate your table. You can use food coloring to match your cookies with your color scheme but still maintain the flavors that you want. To make them look like owls, you can use whipped cream and little chocolate bits for the eyes—just pop them in the oven for a few minutes.

Baby shower favors and other supplies

For a more creative approach, use your art skills to put owl eyes on the colorful balloons. Add plumes which you can buy cheaply in bulks. These plumes can be side decorations on the table or they can be attached to the string of the balloons to make a more snazzy-looking owl balloons.

Another important thing that you should not forget with baby showers would be the baby shower favors. Some of the common baby shower favors are figurines or small cupcakes that can be the perfect and dainty token for your guests.

However, since you’re already going with an owl theme, it is best to use that theme until the end, even for your baby shower favors. You can use some of the owl cookies or cupcakes as a nice token. Just remember to wrap them in nice packages. Or you can also opt to go with finding a cheap owl figurine that goes well with your overall scheme.

This way, it will show that you have planned the perfect baby shower because you took everything into consideration.

Saving tips

All of these ideas seem easy to execute, but if you’re on a tight budget, it may need a little tweaking. For instance, instead of ordering a cake, why not try creating your own cake?

If you have an oven at home, you can easily whip up your own owl cake—which is better because you can ensure that the icing and cake decors match your overall color scheme. There are several cake designs and recipes on the Internet that you can follow. Just make sure that you follow the recipe or have someone with you while baking.

As much as you can, follow the looks for a less designer approach—if you can create your own materials, it makes for a more personalized owl themed baby shower display.

Plan Your Winter Wonderland Baby Shower With These 4 Steps

Every new mom loves to be pampered and spend time with loved ones just before the new addition to the family. A baby shower is mom’s chance to shine and get loaded with gifts. Traditionally warmer weather baby showers have been held outdoors, but what about those moms who are due in the middle of winter when it’s cold and snow is piled up?

Baby showers can be fun anytime of the year with a bit of creative thinking! Here are the a few tips and baby shower ideas to make your baby shower memorable even in the midst of a cold, snowy weather.

1. Decorations

Background décor can be a simple design or as elegant as walking into a winter wonderland. Try using snowflakes and a cool color scheme, like white and blue to suit the winter season. Cut table cloths to resemble icicles and napkins into snowflakes. Use a light dusting of confetti on the tables to accent the sparkles of snow. Use snow globes as a centerpiece for each table, and allow one of the guests sitting at the table to take it home as a prize.  Or if you prefer, consider our Holiday Snow Boy or Snow Girl Diaper Cake as the focal point for your table decorations.  Make use of the space you are holding the shower in. If you are holding it in your living room cover your furniture with baby blankets and decorate your lampshade with snowflakes or snowmen.

2. Food

Serve mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream or marshmallows. For edibles any type of traditional food can be served but Stuffed peppers, Pot Roast or Ham are easy to prepare and will go a long way feeding hungry guests. For the non-meat eaters in attendance a hearty potato soup with a salad on the side will warm them up! A potluck is always a safe bet as, have friends and family bring a dish to share and have the mom-to-be sample everything. Make cookies in the shape of snowflakes and snowmen. Instead of the traditional “watermelon buggy” try making one from pumpernickel bread with spinach dip in the middle! Whether you decide on a sit down meal or a buffet make sure to have plenty of finger foods on hand. Guests will want to walk around and talk while they snack.

3. Keepsakes

Print out snowmen and have guests write personal messages and well wishes or mom and baby. Bind the snowmen together with yarn or staples to make a book for mom.

4. Games

Don’t say “Baby”! Play a game where guests start with one pin with a small bed on it, through the course of the shower if anyone says “baby” the first person to hear it gets a bead from their pin. The person with the most beads at the end of the shower wins! Another fun game to play is the “How Big is mom’s belly?” game. Each guest takes a guess on how big mom’s belly is, but instead of inches have party goers guess how many diapers it would take to go around mom’s belly. Make sure to have cloth or disposable diapers on hand to measure mom and determine a winner! This game’s sure to bring more than a few chuckles from both mommy-to-be and the guests!

The fantastic baby shower ideas outlined above are sure to make your winter baby shower an absolute hit! Above all, just make sure everyone has a blast amidst the chilly winter frost and celebrates the coming of that bundle of joy with lots of laughter and joy!

5 Essential Baby Shower Gifts for under $50

As most mothers know, we most likely had some baby gifts that go unused once the baby actually arrives. It may seem like a good product and something that will be used often when we received it, but once baby arrives, it never came out of the box to be used.  Typically the new mom looks for the most practical and easiest products to deal with. Naturally, the “gotta haves” like a crib, stroller, and car seat are required but they represent higher priced items.

I thought it would be helpful to list some baby shower gifts that are reasonably priced and sure to use items for the care of the new baby. Here’s 5 essential baby shower gifts that I put together that are all under $50.

Swaddling Blankets

Babies love to be swaddled and some newborns have a hard time sleeping unless they are tightly swaddled. Even if a mom doesn’t use swaddling blankets as actual swaddlers, they can be used for laying baby on the floor, covering baby outside, and covering up when breastfeeding. There are plenty of uses that a mom and baby can get from swaddling blankets.

Baby Medicine

Baby medicine is usually a baby product that most new moms forget about until it’s 2am and the baby is running a fever. Prepare mom for those nights by giving her items such as Infant Tylenol Balmex, Orajel, and Pedialyte to have on hand.

Sleepers and Onesies

New parents often find out that their baby wears more sleepers and onesies than any other outfit. Yes, there are so many cute outfits for little boys and girls, but many times those outfits go unworn as it is just not practical to put a baby in them. Instead look for cute sleepers (I preferred the ones that zipped instead of button types) and onesies that you know the baby will get good use out of.

Gift Card For Carry Out

When a new baby arrives, the last thing that a mom wants to do or has time to do is cook. This is when a gift card to her favorite carry out restaurant comes in handy. When mom is happy and less stressed, the baby can be happy and better taken care of.  Everyone needs a break now and then and this makes a great idea.

Diapers

Every baby is going to need diapers and in the beginning a baby goes through a lot of diapers. If you do buy diapers for a baby shower, I recommend avoiding buying newborn size diapers and sticking with size 1 or even 2 instead. Some babies do not even fit into newborn size diapers when they are born or they quickly outgrow that size in a couple of days. If you want a creative way to give diapers, think about getting a diaper cake made for the baby shower gift.  Yes, I’m obviously biased. 🙂   We have several diaper cakes that are priced under $50.

I hope you found these baby gift ideas useful.  Perhaps you have some you would like to share.  Feel free to add your comments.