For all the moms-to-be who have to suffer through the summer months carrying the much-anticipated new baby, throw her a summer baby shower full of cool drinks, relaxing activities and yummy food. Whether the party takes place inside or out, we've compiled some summer baby shower themes that incorporate the fun in the sun and the baby's gender.
Lakeside Picnic: Even if there is no lake in sight, create an environment that feels like you are spending a lazy day by the water's edge.
Use picnic blankets to cover tables and string hanging lights throughout the venue. Gather wildflowers and make bouquets in recycled metal cannisters, accented with checkered ribbon or twine. Accent the decor with natural elements like birch bark, branches and pebbles. For favors, give guests a play go-fish set or something picnic-related. Serve picnic-style food, like mini sandwiches, homemade potato chips, fruit salad, cheese and crackers, iced tea and lemonade.
Summer Carnival: Perfect if you know the sex of the baby is a boy, a carnival summer baby shower theme is festive and fun.
Decorate with primary colors, create bouquets of balloons to scatter throughout the venue and set up a photo booth with lots of fun carnival-themed props for guests to pose with. Serve popcorn, warm soft pretzels and old-fashioned soda-pop in glass bottles. Make a candy bar using all of the mom-to-be's favorites and let guests take home little bags as favors. Hang bright streamers, paper lanterns and red-and-white beach balls all over the venue. Punchbowl has the perfect invitation - send to all the guests digitally and let the festivities begin!
Ladies Who Lunch: This summer baby shower idea is perfect if the bundle of joy is going to be a girl, gather all the friends and family for a posh luncheon in her honor. Use a pink-and-white color scheme and throw the party either at a nice restaurant or at someone's home who has a formal dining room or elegant patio.
Ask all the ladies to wear their best summer hat and dress code is summer chic - sundresses or fancier! Compile a menu which includes caprese salad, grilled summer steak with fresh tomatoes and pasta and a variety of teacakes (with the tea, of course!). Decorate tables with summer bouquets arranged in decorative bird cages and give each guest a tea diffuser with a sachet of tea leaves as a party favor.
Make the event a party to remember and celebrate all that the mom-to-be is doing to bring her baby into the world. Use our summer baby shower ideas as a starting point and accentuate the day with details that fit the mom's personality, likes and dislikes.