5 Baby Shower Themes for 2014

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I believe that the best baby showers reflect not only the excitement of the parents-to-be but also their passions and personality. In 2014, baby shower themes will no longer just be about the colors pink, blue or pale green. These showers will be events that tell the story of the past of the parents and their future hopes for their new bundle of joy.

5 Baby Shower Themes for 2014

  • The Hot Air Balloon Shower — The hot air balloon is one of the hottest nursery themes and baby shower themes of 2014. This theme is filled with whimsy, and is perfect for parents who have sky-high hopes for their new baby. Use cake pops that look like balloons for dessert and decorate with plenty of real balloons.
  • The Gender Reveal Shower — Many couples today find out whether they are having a little boy or a girl long before the baby is born. Announcing this big news at the shower can be great fun. Plan a shower game that requires guests to guess the gender of the baby. Have the parents-to-be open up a box filled with either pink or blue balloons to make the announcement.
  • The Shower with Elephants — Forget the owl — 2014 is all about the elephant. This nurturing yet strong creature is the perfect symbol for a new life, and best of all it is gender neutral.
  • The Heritage Shower — I’ve found that many couples are starting to honor their past as they plan for the future. A heritage shower is a great way to celebrate a baby’s background. For instance, a Scottish shower can be filled with tartan decorations and shortbread can be served for dessert.
  • The Vintage Shower — Go back a few decades and throw the perfect vintage shower for that special mom-to-be in your life. Play old-fashioned baby shower games and use the pram and vintage baby rattles as decorations for this shower.

Whether the mom-to-be is expecting a little bouncing baby boy or a tiny sweet baby girl, she deserves the celebration of a lifetime. This is a big moment in any person’s life, and I have found that friends and family love to share in the joy of this exciting time. In 2014, expect to see expertly-planned baby showers that are inspired by symbols of hope for the next generation.

4 Baby Shower Themes for Twins

Hosting a baby shower for twins?  If so, there are many creative baby shower themes that would fit perfectly. I thought I would offer up 4 themes that could help you plan a twins’ baby shower.

Noah’s Ark

With this Noah Ark’s theme concentrate more on the two by two part of the theme. Decorate with little stuffed animals by putting them in pairs. These stuffed animals can then be given to the mom-to-be for the babies. Noah’s Ark is a pretty common baby shower theme so there should be plenty of favors and decorations that you can find, but you can add your unique twist so people know it’s for twins. A cute idea for favors would be cookies in the shape of animals and instead of only giving guests one cookie, you can wrap up two cookies together.

Two Peas In a Pod

A two peas in a pod theme is a classic theme for twins, however, you can take this in several different directions. First, there are many different favors and decorations that you can find for this theme. The major problem will be paring it down to the ones you like.  The most common are two little babies in a pea pod or two actual peas in a pod. You can go either way with the theme or incorporate both into the theme. Decorate the baby shower with green and white and if the sexes of the babies are known you can add in some blue or pink if you wish.

Double Your Delight

This baby shower is perfect for the mom-to-be who is having twins but also loves sweets. Instead of having a full meal at the baby shower, you can have a dessert only shower with close friends and family. Ideas would be for an ice cream bar, a candy station, and whatever other delightful sweet treats the mom-to-be loves.

Two of a Kind

For this baby shower theme you can pick any normal theme or style you want and just make two of everything. A way to get your guests into this theme is to put on the baby shower invitations to buy two of whatever gift they are giving, within reason of course. So, if they were going to buy a baby bathtub, they would buy two of them. Rather than having one dish of a certain food, have two dishes of every food to eat, as well as two cakes. You can take a classic ladybug theme for girls and turn it into a two of a kind ladybug theme by simply doubling whatever you would normally do.

Well I hope these ideas can get you started on selected a theme.  You can start with any of these and tailor them for your specific shower.  Most of all, have fun and enjoy.

Finding Baby Shower Ideas Using Community Based Sites

One of the best things about planning a baby shower in this day and age is the access we have to information on the Internet. No longer do we need to rack our brains coming up with fun and interesting baby shower ideas because all that we need to know can be found online. I have done other blog posts about sites that offer baby shower information so I thought this time I would focus more on community based sites.  Blogs, forums and social networking sites are the perfect example of this.  With this in mind I am providing you with five community like sites where you can find baby shower ideas.

Babyshower101.com
This site has an excellent section with community forums and bulletin boards. Both have a regular stream of activity and they are filled with useful baby shower ideas that are contributed by other Internet users. Forums are an excellent way to interact with people from all over the world. Plus, it is great if you have a question and can’t find the answer because you can post and wait for a response.

Hubpages.com
This is a site that has hundreds and hundreds of pages on plenty of topics of interest for those planning a baby shower.  Just go to the home page and use the search feature and you will find tons of information.  You may have to do some pruning along the way as some of the pages are hit and miss but nonetheless there is plenty to pick from.

Squidoo.com
Here’s another excellent resource for people who are planning a baby shower. I recommend you search the term baby shower from the home page you will get a huge list of lenses that you can read and contribute to. The lenses cover everything from food to free clip art. What’s nice about Squidoo is you can get plenty of different perspectives on virtually an unlimited amount of topics.

Ehow.com
This is a great site if you are looking for a place where you can find baby shower ideas and ask questions. In the Parties and Entertaining section of their site they have an entire folder of how to articles for baby showers. You can read the articles and comment on them. Plus, you can even sign up for an account and write your own articles to share your knowledge and make a little extra cash.

Cafemom.com
This is a very well established site and is a great resource for moms and expectant moms. I think it is definitely one of the fastest growing social networking site for moms online. You can use this site to connect with other moms, share ideas, advice and support. It is a great resource for getting baby shower ideas and beyond. It is essentially Myspace for moms.

Well there you have it.  Granted it’s certainly not a complete list but it’s a start on some pretty solid ones.  Maybe you know some other sites.  Feel free to add your comments or other suggestions.

3 Baby Shower Favors to Delight Your Guests

Candy makes a great baby shower favorThere are many details that you need to consider when you are planning a baby shower and naturally the smaller details are important. One of the smaller details are the baby shower favors. The favor is a keepsake not only for the guest but a keepsake for the mother to be as well. With this in mind I put together 3 favor ideas you can use that are sure to delight the new mom and her guests.

Candy Favors
When it comes to baby shower favors many people enjoy something with candy. This can range from mints wrapped in coordinating tulle to jelly beans and of course the old standby chocolate. For the do it yourselfer,  you could make chocolate lollipops that are shaped like baby items. Molds to make lollipops can be purchased online or at a craft supply store. You can decorate them in colors to match the baby shower theme. The great thing about candy favors is they serve as both a keepsake for the expectant mom, as she will probably want to save one to remember the day, and a treat for all the guests.

Personalized Keepsake
Another great idea for baby shower favors is to give a personalized keepsake that can your guests can use after the baby shower. Some ideas along this line include something generic such as a small blue or pink candle in a jar or tin, or you can buy small tea or coffee bags. Regardless of what you select, most can be personalized with a label to commemorate the special day.

Picture Frame
One of the best ideas when it comes to baby shower favors is to do something with a frame. You can give a frame that already has a picture of the ultrasound in it or you can give a blank frame with a note card that says: “Coming Soon”. If you choose the later, the mother to be can send a picture of the baby when he or she is born along with her thank you cards for the shower. There are obviously many styles of frames you can choose from such as magnet frames, keychain frames, standard frames, or a combination of all three.  As with the candy favors and personalized keepsake suggestions, you can decorate or buy the frames to match the theme of the baby shower.

As you can imagine there are many online places to buy baby shower favors.  Two suggestions are Beau-Coup and Corner Stork.

Top 5 Websites for Baby Shower Poems

When you are planning a baby shower one of the first things that you need to do is make shower invites for the guests you are inviting. Most people like to use baby shower poems for their invites, so that their invites standout and make an impression. However, coming up with a baby shower poem on your own isn’t the easiest if you are not a poet or don’t have the time to search. So I thought I would put together my top 5 list where you can find baby shower poems and much more. Check out these sites for ideas and inspiration as you plan your baby shower:

1. Babyshower101.com is a great resource to have on tap when you are planning a baby shower. Not only does this site have a ton of useful ideas for games, gifts and planning, but they have a huge selection of baby shower poems you can use for your invites.

2. Babyshowerscentral.com is another great website to use when you are planning a baby shower. They have several baby shower poems listed on there site as well as ideas for cake inscriptions, favors and crafts. They even have checklists you can use to stay organized during planning and food recipes for the big day.

3. Babyshowernet.com is a great resource to use when you are looking for baby shower poems. This website has six full pages of poems that you can use for baby shower invitations, thank you cards, birth announcements or the actual party. They also have ideas for games, gifts and food.

4. Amazing-baby-shower-ideas.com is a great site for finding some baby shower poems that are both traditional and unique. This site also has plenty of ideas for planning a baby shower. They have ideas for centerpieces, decorations, menu planning, games, favors and they even have free clipart.

5. Cutest-baby-shower-ideas.com is a great website that you can use when you are looking for baby shower poems. This website has poems that can be used for your invitations, cake, or on your thank you cards and announcements. They have the poems divided up into categories which makes it easier for you to sort through them. Plus, the website is filled with ideas for gifts, food, games, and other decor. To top it off this site has a number of great printables and checklists that you can use for planning your baby shower and making our day fun and memorable.

One last site that you can take a look at is baby-shower.com.  I know, that makes six, but I thought I would throw this one in as a bonus.  This site also has some baby shower poems and a few stories that you may find helpful.

I hope you find this list of resources helpful in your baby shower planning.  Have fun planning.