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Motherhood is an exciting journey for any mom, whether it’s her first child or third. Along with the excitement during the nine months of preparation comes the baby shower! This is a party where the mom-to-be and her family and friends celebrate the new bundle of joy.

Planning your baby shower can be stressful, and expecting mothers need to try to stay as relaxed as possible during these months. We’re here to help you come up with themes, games, and tips for all your baby shower needs!

While some moms-to-be may groan when thinking of a themed baby shower, themes can bring a greater sense of festivity to the shower. There are plenty of themes from traditional to modern to choose from.

As long as you don’t go over the top, you can create a tasteful event that doesn’t come across as cheesy. Since it can be hard to start brainstorming, we have included some of our favorite unexpected baby shower themes:

• Book themed
• Alphabet letters
• Flower power
• Baby bird
• Mod baby shower
• Polka-dot
• Spa treatment
Tea party
• Brunch
• Noah’s ark

Game Ideas
When it comes to baby shower games, there is a TON out there. You can play as many or as few as you like, but you will want to have at least a couple to spice things up for your guests. Here are some of our suggestions:

• Guess the Baby Photo
Have each guest bring a baby photo, mix them up, and present them to the entire group. You can do this by simply passing around a photo, or, if you have a projector, displaying a digital image on the screen. Everyone will have a blast trying to figure out which cute baby is the matching adult. Plus, you’re sure to get some hilarious photos!

• Gender Reveal Voting
If you have not revealed the gender of your baby yet, have each guest vote either “boy” or “girl” when they arrive. This is a great way to break the ice, and guests immediately have something to talk about with each other.

• Celebrity Mom Trivia
This one is for all the celebrity- crazed moms out there! Since everyone usually loves the competitive edge of trivia, create a game strictly about celebrity moms. Include baby names, ages, and siblings.

• Guess the Baby Food
Put everyone’s taste buds to the test. Have each guest taste test different baby foods (make sure to take the label off first) and see if they can get it right.

• Don’t Say Baby
When each guest arrives, hand him or her two clothespins. Forbid everyone from uttering the word “baby.” If someone catches another person saying the forbidden word, they remove a clothespin and add it to their shirt. The person with the most clothespins at the end of the shower wins!

• Bottle Chugging
Fill baby bottles with your drink of choice and have everyone chug! The first person to finish wins.

• Pregnant Twister
Would you like to see how well your guest move around with a pregnant belly? Well, have them strap on fake baby bumps and navigate their way through a game of twister. Let the mom-to-be act from the sidelines as the judge.

• Children’s Book Quiz
Put your guests’ literary skills to the test! Write down famous lines from classic children’s books and read them out loud. See who can guess the most correctly!

Lastly, it is important to remember the following when planning your shower and for the day of:

• Make sure to send out your invites two to three weeks in advance of the shower date.

• Make sure to invite close friends and family. This should be an intimate affair with those who are generally just as excited for the new arrival as you are.

• Usually, the shower is held about four to six weeks before the due date. You don’t want to push it too close and have an unexpected visitor crash the shower!

• Traditionally, baby showers were limited to women only. However, now it is totally okay to invite the men. Whatever works best for you!

• Schedule your shower for about two to three hours out of the day. Plan for refreshments, games, and gifts. While you do want to celebrate, be mindful not take up the entire day.

• Etiquette for registry information varies. It is your best bet to exclude the information from the invitation. However, if a guest asks for it, feel free to pass the information along!

• Make sure to send thank-you notes about two to three weeks after the shower. Include how you plan to use the gift and hand write your note.

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