There are few things more exciting than hosting a baby shower. But it can also be stressful. There are so many directions you can go with it! For example, you can choose an apple orchard theme at harvest time or dive deep into mystery and magic as Halloween approaches. In addition, there are so many games and activities to choose from.
Before making final decisions for the party planning, remember that it is essential to check over the basics with the mom-of-the-hour, such as venue, catering, theme, and registry items. Even if you aren’t giving up all the details — some surprises can be fun, after all — you must get the guest of honor’s approval at every stage. So, amaze your guests and, more importantly, the mother-to-be with these fall-themed baby shower ideas.
1. Make It Cute and Cozy
For a cute and cozy baby shower as the season changes, consider a Fall in Love theme that lets you go with beautiful golds, vibrant reds, and plaids that evoke the feeling of autumn. You can incorporate these eye-catching shades in the invitations and use them to create a bright, inviting setting with your decorations, food, and drink.
Imagine all the classics of the new season: viewing the turning leaves, drinking cocoa and apple cider, and attending fall festivals. Depending on the weather, you could host your baby shower somewhere where you can have campfires to sit around, make s’mores, open gifts, and play games. For adults who aren’t expecting, you could serve warm mulled wine. Kids can enjoy caramel apples, and pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake should please everyone.
2. It’s Boot Season
The best baby showers are fun and functional. Of course, you want your guests to have a good time, but you also want to ensure that the registry, gifts, and support from the shower last the mother through the fall and several stages of the baby’s life. That way, she will be reminded of her fantastic baby shower and her wonderful friends and family for months or years to come.
Boots are essential for cold weather, and it’s no different for babies. You can make that fact part of the theme by asking guests to pick out different kinds of boots for the little one, and since baby’s feet grow so quickly, make sure your guests bring different sizes so their gifts will last the mother over the long term. The best part? Baby shoes are the cutest, so everyone can gush over all the little pairs of boots! It will not only be entertaining but also provide a necessity, making it one less thing the mother has to worry about.Discover Cute Fall Baby Shoes
3. Woodland Animals
A baby shower with a woodland animal theme will be adorable. Follow that woodsy vibe and find adorable, comfortable, and cozy Gerber® Onesies® bodysuits to wrap up that little bundle of joy. You could even pair it with cute socks or hats that look like foxes, bears, or raccoons.
Each Gerber® Onesies® bodysuit is made of premium cotton to keep a baby’s skin soft and dry. If you aren’t sure of the baby’s gender or prefer unisex clothing and organic cotton garments, we also have clothing with neutral colors and patterns that are perfect for the little angel.View Fashionable Gerber® Onesies® bodysuits
Another cozy idea is long-sleeved sleepwear in patterns of trees, cute little hedgehogs, giraffes, or apples. Similar to a Gerber® Onesies® bodysuit but with footed options, it will be perfect for keeping those tiny little toes nice and toasty, even in a cool fall breeze.
4. Host Baby’s (Almost) First Halloween
It’s Halloween, and a baby is brewing! A Halloween-themed baby shower can be fun for adults and children. Use orange, lime green, and bright purple in your color palette to add a cute and fun atmosphere to your baby shower.
Another option is to go minimalist or perhaps have a color scheme that is only black and white. One fun decoration option is to use a bowl shaped like a witches’ cauldron to serve the punch, cider, or wine. A pumpkin bodysuit would be perfect for a mom’s first photoshoot with her baby.
There are plenty of ways to make your venue a dazzling, exciting place to be for your guests, such as:
- Balloon arches
- Bold drapery
These can all be changed to your color scheme and be as bright or dim to set the desired mood. Whatever you decide, the ultimate goal is to make the mother and soon-to-be newborn as happy as can be.
5. Play Games
While you may think that baby shower games are a little too corny, plenty of options can bring genuine fun to your baby shower. For example, have everyone go on a scavenger hunt for candy bars instead of that traditional trick-or-treat activity. Tell your guest that you’ve hidden a golden ticket in one of the mystery bars that will win a grand prize.
Baby showers typically have three to five games in their itinerary. Classic games include:
- Diaper raffle
- Baby stroller Olympics
- Baby shower bingo
These can be a great way to entertain your guests, but the sky is the limit regarding the games you can bring to your baby shower. And since Halloween is all about dressing up, you can add Halloween costumes and bodysuits for boys and girls into your Halloween games.
Another fun activity that you can have for both adults and children is a costume contest. Having everyone come dressed in a Halloween costume can add an extra layer of festivity to the occasion. You can even have guests come up with the baby’s first Halloween costume.
You can also play a build-an-outfit game. This game can make your guests laugh, depending on your rules. On your invitation, indicate a type of clothing that person should bring as a gift. Then, pair up different guests who have one piece of a whole outfit: a bodysuit or a pair of tops and bottoms, socks, a hat, and a pair of baby shoes.
The guests will have different ideas of what an outfit should look like, so the matches could be as wild as your directions — think a raincoat and cowboy boots. You might even have some jokers on your guest list who bring novelty items to add to the silliness.
6. Use Your Gifts as a Gender Reveal
Combine the baby shower with a gender reveal party. People who are in on the secret select gender-specific gifts. Have the mother-to-be open these first as a way of letting the guests know what the gender of the baby is. For example, for baby boy clothes, you could pick a pack of tops with cute phrasings or graphics related to sports or construction. You could make the clues subtle, and the first guest who guesses the gender wins.
We also have plenty of options for affordable, fashionable baby girl clothes that would melt any heart. Dress up mom’s adorable baby girl in brightly colored, flowery outfits or simple, patterned purples, pinks, and yellows. There are many design options, including clothes with ice cream, fruit, donuts, and things as sweet as mom’s perfect little one.
7. Clothes as Art Projects
A white bodysuit is a perfect canvas for an art project. Guests can decorate the white baby clothes to create a style that is as unique as this new, precious human life. White Gerber® Onesies® bodysuits are perfect for tie-dyeing, and you know they will look fantastic because of the high-quality cotton.
Another option would be to use fabric paints or markers. Pass around a white or light-colored bodysuit or jacket and have people draw or write welcome messages on it. This is a one-of-a-kind gift that will mean something for decades to come.
Planning Means Taking It One Step at a Time
Babies grow so fast, so you want to ensure that the mom is prepared for every moment. You can ask guests to bring baby boy clothes or baby girl clothes appropriate for a range of age groups. That way, mom has things for when the little one grows up to toddler age.
Now, take a deep breath, and remember that you’ve got this! There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to planning the perfect baby shower. With this many options, you’re bound to find a fun way to spend time together while celebrating the beginning of a new life. Whether you are revealing the baby’s gender or hosting a costume contest for your youngest guests, the biggest thing to keep in mind is that as long as the expectant mother is happy and having fun, you’ve done a great job!