5 Baby Shower Themes for Summer 2013

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As we enter the fast approaching summer months I thought it would be helpful for all the new mommies out there if I put together a short roundup of the 5 best baby shower themes for summer 2013. Read on to discover cute new themes you can hold at your baby shower this summer that will have all your guests grinning ear to ear in excitement.  Here we go, from #5 to #1.

5. My Camping Adventure

There is no better time of the year to break out the marshmallows and graham crackers! Picture this: picnic tables, fresh fruit, and neat little DIY snacks. I’ve been to two different camping themed baby showers and they’re always a blast. For best effect, consider having your baby shower as an evening gathering, rather than the traditional brunch timing. This unique adjustment makes the atmosphere feel like you’re actually out with the girls camping; it’s a lot of fun!

Choosing a camping theme is great if you have a decent sized yard with a few small picnic tables and yard furniture. The dress code is very easy for your guest to adhere to, as most people have some form of flannel in their closet.

4. Fresh Fruit Tropical Paradise

Baby showers are usually a good excuse to snack down on cookies and cupcakes, a publicly acceptable reason for you to stray away from your diet. There are alternatives, though, such as the fresh fruit tropical paradise theme. Even if you are a not-so-proud owner of multiple sugar teeth (hello!), you’ll LOVE experiencing handfuls of succulent tropical fruit without having to feel guilty about indulging afterwards.

Must-haves at any fresh fruit baby shower include fruit on a stick (just as it sounds), and fruity ice cubes. Both are extremely simple to make. As a sweet desert that allows you to get your chocolate fix, consider chocolate strawberry fondue. Mmm.

3. An International Affair

Surprise your guests with invitations modeled after plane tickets as a part of your international affair baby shower. There aren’t many rules necessary to pull off this one, just make sure none of your friends and family have any allergies to any dishes you plan on serving.

Buy some plain colored bristol board to create your own hand drawn flags identifying various stations around your house complete with their own unique finger food and travel guide to fully immerse yourself into the world traveler experience!

2. Back in the Old Days…

Jump back to your favorite period in time, taking your visitors through a time machine into the best dress up party you’ve ever hosted! My personal favorite variation of the time travel theme is the tight and bright 70s! Dress up in neon tights, big shiny clothes, or whatever else you might still have in your closet. Visit your local thrift shop for cheap costumes galore.

1.  Pamper Mommy!

I recently had the pleasure of attending a girlfriend’s baby shower where the theme did a 180 degree turn from the traditional idea what a baby shower is. Instead of buying gifts for the baby, we bought them all for the mommy!

Bury your mommy in gifts she can use to pamper herself. Salon gift cards, nail polish, bath accessories, get her all of your favorites.

I hope these 5 simple baby shower ideas for summer 2013 have sparked some ideas for you! Have you recently hosted a fun idea I didn’t list here? Drop me a comment below and let me know how it went, I’d love to hear about it.  Happy planning!

Diaper Cakes for Baby Showers

Diaper Cake for a Baby Shower
A Diaper Cake for a Baby Shower

Often seen at a baby shower or sent by mail, the diaper cake makes one of the most truly unique baby shower gifts an expecting mom is likely to receive. However, it is not a cake one would enjoy eating, as it is entirely made up of disposable baby diapers. In modern times, you don’t find many new parents using cloth diapers, and consequently, you won’t find many cloth diaper cakes. Most diaper cakes for baby showers are made with disposable diapers – the same kind you would normally use for your baby.

A diaper cake looks like a multi-layered cake. Some may compare it to a wedding cake, at least from a distance. Upon further inspection, the diaper cake is actually made of multiple layers of diapers. It usually takes dozens to get the full effect, rolled up and wrapped around each other in a circular pattern, built on multiple tiers. Often, the diapers are white, but colored diapers can be bought that will make for a truly special diaper cake. The cake will use all different sizes of diapers if the creator chooses to use them for a different effect.

One of the attractions of a diaper cake during a baby shower is that it allows you to have plenty of options. The cake can be as elaborate, or as simple, as you would like. It can be a very simple cake, or an extremely complex one with different colors, a theme and creative gifts. The nice thing about a diaper cake is that it is always a creative baby gift that can look very impressive regardless of the theme and gifts you choose to put into it.

Aside from being something that creates a special and memorable experience for a new mother, a diaper cake is an elaborate way to wrap a gift, or a group of gifts. These gifts are normally placed toward the center of the cake and allow for the expectant mother to “unwrap” the cake in order to find out what is in the center. As the diaper cake can be rather large, it is able to conceal some rather large gifts. One of the best things on the cake, once it is presented, are the different objects placed around the cake. A themed cake shows all the different colors it can be, along with the ribbons and bows placed around it. All the items can generally be used anywhere inside the nursery of the new baby.

A diaper cake begins with wrapping a single diaper, then adding multiple rolled diapers in a circle around that core. It is easiest to start with the top level, which may be just 3 or 4 diapers, and work down from there. A three-tiered cake takes approximately 50 small diapers, but it could use many more if you want a more creative cake. Once the layers are made, smaller gifts can be inserted in place of some of the diapers. Or, if they are small enough, gifts can be crowded in between the diapers.

Once the diapers are all in place, ribbons and other kinds of color features can be added to the diaper cake. This really makes the creation come alive and gives it a very high profile. Of course, if the gender of the baby is already known, the cake can be made in appropriate colors celebrating that fact.

Not only does this offer a chance to get the expectant mom some nice gifts, the gift wrap is also very practical. New parents will always need diapers and this gives them dozens right from the start, presented in a very unique way. Of course, it would be possible just to present the mom-to-be with a case of diapers, but a diaper cake really shows thought and creativity.

Diaper cakes can also be used as a baby shower centerpiece. Alternatively, one can be placed on the gift table, or placed on the back of the gift table so that guests know where to put the gifts when they arrive. As the hostess of the shower, it is an amazing and unique gift to give the new mom to be. It can be filled with anything from bath products to clothing for the new baby. As the hostess, you can use the diaper cake as part of a baby shower game to guess what is inside of the diaper cake.

Diaper cakes for baby showers are becoming more and more popular. They can be based around the theme for the baby’s nursery. If the new mother is having a little girl, you can have a pink shower cake filled with anything from princess themed items to butterflies. Night lights can be added, as well as pillow cases for the new baby. Pink pillows that are in themed shapes can be tied around the outside of the cake. Pink stars or pretty fairies can be partially tucked in, so that you can only see some of the shape, to add some suspense and excitement.

Diaper cakes can also be made for boys. You can find sports themes, train themes and a wide variety of others. Most diaper cakes for boys have lots of blue colors added to them. Blue receiving blankets can be tied or rolled around the edges of the cake. If you have a jungle theme for the baby, you can add blue elephants, or a stuffed tiger hanging off the edges of the tiers of the diaper cake.

Any mother, new or experienced, would love to receive a diaper cake. Diapers are used on all babies, and generally inside the diaper cake at a baby shower, you can have a few weeks’ worth of diapers for the baby. They have a variety of new and exciting items inside them. The next time you go to a baby shower, consider getting the new mom a diaper cake. She’ll be even more excited to receive it than you are about giving it!

How to Throw the Best Jungle Themed Baby Shower

Are you looking for a baby shower theme where you can utilize your creativity and be assured that your guests will have a good time? Look no further because jungle themed baby showers have become a hit because of the many options for decoration, food, favors, and game ideas that are available for this tropical baby shower.

A jungle themed baby shower gives you a variety of ideas for the special day because you can choose which aspect of the jungle to focus on. For example, you can have an all-animal theme where you can use various animals as part of your decorations, supplies, and food items. You can also just pick one animal from the jungle and use a jungle backdrop for photo sessions and all your other activities. One good example would be to choose the monkey as your main jungle animal and have bananas and little monkeys on the forefront of your party.

Whatever aspect you may focus on, this guide will help you arrange a great baby shower if you ever choose to use a jungle theme to execute your celebration.

Jungle animal themed shower ideas

Safari Diaper Cake
Use this Diaper Cake as a Baby Shower Centerpiece

Decorating a jungle themed baby shower is pretty easy especially if you already have a bunch of animal plush toys hanging around the house. You first have to decide on the colors that you will be using as backdrop. Always remember the three-color rule for decorations so you will still have a nice focus without the risk of making the party colors into a monotone mix.

Once you have this decided, you can move on to choosing the baby shower centerpieces and banners which you will be decorating the baby shower with. You might want to bring the party outside to the garden since you will already have the greenery, plants, and palm trees to enhance the entire look.  Lil Baby Cakes also offers several animal themed designs you can choose from including our 4 Tier Safari Giraffe Theme Diaper Cake.

Set up your tables with centerpieces with a nice bonsai plant and top that with a nice animal plush toy or figurines which you can buy in stores. This will give you a safari or jungle feel for your guests. Another way to do this would be to put fruits like bananas, apples, and oranges on the table along with animal figurines. Not only are these inexpensive, but they will surely add color to your surroundings without ruining the color scheme of the baby shower.

Jungle themed food ideas

To have a focused baby shower, even your baby shower food should go with the theme. This can be easily done with the proper menu and right tableware. If you have extra budget, buy some jungle-inspired plates, cups, and napkins.

While your guests are waiting, serve them some snacks that they can munch on. Animal crackers are a good way to set the jungle party mood, but you can also go for banana chips, jelly beans, and chocolate bits that have the same color as your motif.

For your main dishes, get creative by naming the entrees with jungle related names, such as spaghetti rope vines or Madagascar macarons. You can also serve food options that are cut into animal shapes like cookies or even sandwiches. These finger food items will surely be a hit among your guests.

As for drinks, you can go with flavors that have the same color as your background. Green apple flavored drinks or shakes along with yellow mango juices will make great fruit juice drinks for your baby shower. If you want to serve colas, you can always go with dark toned sodas and add vanilla ice cream on top to make them into a nice brown color. Soda ice cream floats will also be a hit if you will hold your baby shower on a hot summer day.

Safari baby shower games

When you come up with games during baby showers, try to make them as unique and as related to the theme as possible. Two good party games for a jungle theme baby shower would be a guessing game and a naming game.

The first guessing game will involve a party bags either printed with animals or a normal brown paper bag, different baby items all with animal or safari prints, and handkerchiefs for blindfolding. You can choose how many of your guests will join this game. The mechanics are simple. Your guests will have to reach into the bags and correctly guess as many items as they can within the time limit. The guest that guesses the most number of correct items wins the game.

The second game would be naming the babies of animals. You have to prepare a list of animals with their corresponding baby’s names. For example, you have chick for hens, eaglets for eagles, tadpoles for frogs, etc. Group your guests into fours or fives and have them list down their answers. The group that gets the most pair-names correctly wins.

Jungle baby shower favors

Lastly, you should not forget about your baby shower favors. Since you are already playing with the idea of jungle animals, you can choose from a variety of premade party favors that are animal shaped. For example, you can go with safari animal baby candles, soaps, or scents, which are perfect for guests who love these bed and bath things.

You can also go with plush toys as souvenirs. Simply tell your guests to pick their favorite plush toys to take home. Then as a formal party favor, give them an animal shaped cupcake packaged nicely with a card to remember the date by.

Or you can also go with the usual baby shower favor—the party bag. Buy a jungle-inspired party bag or have it custom-made to match your theme. Fill it with animal crackers, animal-shaped candies, and other snacks. It’s a nice way to remember what transpired during the baby shower plus it will make a nice snack bag when your friends are going home.

Try out a jungle themed baby shower today and have a roaring good time with family and friends.  As always your comments are welcome.  Let us know what other ideas you have for this popular theme.