Planning the Perfect Gender Neutral Baby Shower
Paperia | February 2015
Many couples today choose to keep the sex of their baby a surprise. This creates a lot of fun and anticipation during the 9 months preceding the little one’s arrival, but it can also create some angst for the shower host!
Oftentimes a baby shower’s theme is anchored by traditional pastel pinks or baby blues, colors associated with newborns. Without a palette or a notion of whether to push butterflies or baseballs, what’s a party planner to do?
Here are a couple adorable, gender neutral baby shower themes to consider that will both impress your guests and contribute to the mounting excitement of whether baby will be a boy or girl.
BUMBLE BEE BABY
This is one gender neutral baby shower that is sure to create a buzz!
- Choose a palette of pale yellow, white, and gray, which will be appropriate for a little guy or gal.
- Create decorative signs that read: “What’s it gonna bee?” or “Sweet as can bee” – or even, “Welcome to Jenny’s BaBEE shower!” You can work this concept into the invitation, as well, with wording that reads: “Please join us for a baby shower to honor the momma to bee…”
- Place fresh yellow blooms in mason jars for your centerpieces and adorn them with faux bees.
- Use black and white polka dot patterns throughout the party design, such as ribbon, to adorn favor bags, cocktail napkins, or paper straws. The pattern is punchy and fun and a great way to create a cohesive feel.
- Your food and drink can even be on theme! Select a cake in the shape of a bee or build a black and yellow alternating cup cake display. Fill a large glass beverage dispenser with lemonade and place black polka dots on the outside… the options are endless!
- Need more inspiration? Check out these great resources: http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/will-bee-baby-shower/ and http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/07/baby-bumble-bee-birthday-party-ideas/
PERFECT LITTLE PEANUT
No need to know whether it’s a boy or a girl, throw a circus-themed shower for the perfect little peanut!
- Use a palette of neutral tones (grays and tans), and throw in pops of color with aqua and cherry accents. Or, you can select a primary color palette of bold red, blue, yellow, and green.
- Choose a circus-style invite with elaborate fonts, stripes, and animals.
- Use bright colored pails as your centerpieces and fill them with raw peanuts in their shells (make sure you include a “discardbag,” otherwise you’ll be sweeping up shells all night!)
- Make a banner and hang it where the mother-to-be will open gifts. This will make for incredibly festive photos! The banner can read: “Celebrate the Peanut!” or “Can’t Wait for the Peanut!”
- Need more inspiration? Check out these great resources: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/entertaining/easy-baby-shower-themes/little-peanut and http://pizzazzerie.com/parties/lil-peanut-baby-shower/
As you can see, you can have just as much fun planning a gender neutral baby shower as you can with a traditional “It’s a Boy” or “It’s a Girl” party.