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65 Best Baby Shower Ideas, From Games to Food

Whether they're expecting a boy or a girl, or want a simple home party or a big affair, look to these party designs.

Headshot of Marisa IallonardoBy Marisa Iallonardo
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There are a few tried-and-true conversations people love to have when it comes to babies: coming up with baby names (that they like and dislike, of course), fawning over how adorable newborn clothes are (so tiny!) and — perhaps the most fun of all — talking about the baby shower. That’s because, unlike so many other, more anxiety-ridden aspects of welcoming a new addition to the family, the baby shower can be all joy and excitement.

And it’s in these talks that you, as the host, can get a sense of what the parent- or parents-to-be envision for their big day. Are they hoping for a big party, with catered food and professional décor? Is a more rustic setting up their alley? Do they already have a theme in mind — or a must-play game?

Whichever route they want to take, there are plenty of options to throw an amazing baby shower—in exactly the way the works best for the guest or guests of honor. Here you’ll find inspirational and fun baby shower ideas for 2023 for all kinds of parties, themes and sizes, with food, favors, games décor and invitation ideas as well. Scroll through this list to get some ideas, consider running them by the parent- or parents-to-be, and then enjoy some prepping, baking and arranging.

Looking for more great ideas to welcome a new baby? Check out these Good Housekeeping guides:

The Best Baby Shower Gifts | Great Baby Shower Guest Outfits | Best Push Present Ideas

DIY Ice Cream Bar

an ice cream bar with cones, toppings, sauces and other treats
Artfully Alissa

Has the parent-to-be been having midnight ice cream cravings? Go all in on it with an indulgent — and pretty! — ice cream bar, like the one pictured here.

See more at Artfully Alissa »


Charcuterie Cups

a tray of charcuterie cups with cheese, fruit and meat
Inspired by Charm

For an app that looks fancy but is also super simple to pull off, try these charcuterie cups, which you can place on your food table or individually at each guest’s seat. Also great? You can tailor the cups to fit a variety of themes, like using only candy or breakfast items.

See more at Inspired by Charm »


Bath Bomb Rattles

a tray of bath bombs that look like a rattle
Lydi Out Loud

Go the adorable and useful route with these baby rattle bath bombs favors, which can be made using a Cricut and a few other simple supplies, like a glue gun and bath bombs — in whatever color best matches your theme, of course!

See more at Lydi Out Loud »


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Book Character Activity

a storybook themed guess who activities with characers like the very hungry caterpillar, maisy, madeline and more
Crafting Cheerfully

Have fond memories of reading Clifford and Winnie-the-Pooh as a kid? Then why not quiz your guests’ on the names of these and many other cherished characters in this “storybook guess who game” that comes together with just a few standard supplies.

See more at Crafting Cheerfully »


Colorful Cake Pops

a tray of artfully arranged cake pops
Crazy Little Projects

We love a good “ready to pop”-themed shower, but for a fun twist, consider the “pop by and celebrate” take they went with here for an all-day fête where guests came and went as they pleased. You can pair it with other "pop"-themed items, like popcorn and popsicles.

See more at Crazy Little Projects »


Fur Heart Décor

a fur heart on a display easel with other party decorations
Made In A Day

Faux fur, which comes in tons of different colors, takes center stage in this sweet and standout heart. As shown in this post, it can be hung as is, framed or even mounted on a wooden background for a more rustic feel.

See more at Made in a Day »


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Mulling Spices Favor

a small, favorsized jar of mulling spices
A Night Owl

While these charming little jars of mulling spices were designed for Thanksgiving, they’d also make a fun favor for a fall-themed baby shower — or simply one being held in the latter half of the year. Bonus: You can make them yourself in just five quick steps.

See more at A Night Owl »


Sunflower Kissing Balls

three hanging sunflower balls in the sunlight
Crafts by Amanda

Here’s some inspo for a “you are my sunshine” themed-shower! The secret to creating these adorable “sunflower kissing balls?” Yellow whiffle balls. (Really!) And if you’re hosting your party at a venue and can’t hang them, you can also simply display them on a dessert table or even use them as centerpieces.

See more at Crafts By Amanda »


DIY Headband Activity

a headband creation station with bows and ribbons
All for the Memories

For a twist on the typical "decorate-your-own-bodysuit" activity, consider making headbands instead. All you have to do is put out some ribbons, glue and other accessories and let your guests do their thing. At this shower, the person who made the design the guest-of-honor liked best was awarded a prize.

See more at All for the Memories »


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Itsy Bitsy Spider — and Friends

emoji nursery rhyme guessing game
Play Party Plan

Sure, your guests might still know all the words to Itsy Bitsy Spider or London Bridge—but can they decode the title of the nursery rhyme when it’s spelled out in … emojis? See if they can with this interactive activity.

See more at Play Party Plan »

Hand-Painted Desserts

a tray of circular cookies with handpainted flowers
Handmade Farmhouse

These gorgeous, hand-painted sugar cookies would look as good on a baby shower dessert table as they would wrapped and given out as favors. And the best part is, though they look hard to make, they come together in just a few steps — and can, of course, be coordinated with your color scheme.

See more at Handmade Farmhouse »


Set Sail

a nautical themed party table with a rope knot, oh boy sign and blue accents
Colleen Pastoor of

The many sweet touches — a rope ball, blue-white-and-red color scheme, Cricut-made sailboat décor — help bring this nautical themed baby shower together.

See more at Lemon Thistle »


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Paint the World Pink Theme

a pinkthemed party, a great baby shower idea, with a pink globe, pink popcorn, pink cereal treats and other pink candies
Club Crafted

While this “Paint the World Pink” party wasn’t created specifically for a baby shower, leaning into this one-color theme — and its décor, like a hand-painted globe — will definitely add some wow factor to your fête.

See more at Club Crafted »


Library-Theme Invite

a shower invite that looks like a library card
The Merry Thought

Channel the vibe of an old-school card catalog with this cute and creative invite, made specifically for a “book-themed” baby shower. Add in a slew of other touches, like bookmark favors, to really make it feel complete.

See more at The Merry Thought »

Wooden Bead Wreath

a wreath made out of large wooden beads and fake flowers
Lolly Jane

Looking for a pretty piece of décor to welcome guests to an at-home baby shower — that the parents-to-be can then repurpose in the baby’s nursery? This wooden bead wreath is quick to come together — less than 30 minutes, they say! — and you can choose the color and type of faux flowers you use.

See more at Lolly Jane »


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Umbrella Décor

hanging paper umbrellas in different colors
One Little Project

Another fun idea for an “April Showers”-themed fête? These cute paper umbrellas, which are made using paper, air dry clay, wire and a few other materials.

See more at One Little Project »


Monogram Décor

the letter k printed out with a triangle pattern, decorated with flowers, a great baby shower idea
Happiness Homemade

This floral monogram letter, created using a Cricut, felt for the flowers and other easy-to-get supplies, can be customized to fit your color scheme and would look great on a dessert table or at the entrance to the shower.

Get the tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade »


Little Lumberjack Theme

a buffalo plaidcovered dessert table, a great baby shower idea
Jordan's Easy Entertaining

Break out the buffalo plaid for this sweet lumberjack-themed baby shower, and then use it as inspo for your own dessert table, complete with on-theme cupcakes, cookies and easy-to-incorporate details. It works for a winter shower, or for anyone who loves those woodland vibes.

See more at Jordan’s Easy Entertaining »


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Pie Bar

a pie bar, with different pies on different colored stands, is a great baby shower idea
See Vanessa Craft/DK Brittain Photography

You’ve done the cake table already, so why not try a pie bar, perfect for a Little Pumpkin-themed baby shower — or really, any shower that calls for a delicious (and creative!) dessert table, complete with colorful pie stands.

See more at See Vanessa Craft »


Baby Photo Game

a hula hoop decorated with flowers holds a grid of baby photos, a great baby shower idea
Domestically Blissful

A hoop wreath and a few baby pictures of the parents-to-be are the basis for this adorable DIY Hoop Wreath Baby Guessing Game. Who will the baby look like?

Get the tutorial at Domestically Blissful »


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Marisa Iallonardo

Marisa Iallonardo is a writer, editor, and communications pro covering health, parenting, lifestyle, and more. 

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