Baby Shower Decorating Tips
Decorating with a theme can be so much fun. Excitement abounds when the perfect item is found to complement a theme. Word of caution… don’t overdo it. Understated themes are classy. We think that a pink princess on every plate, banner, cup, and napkin is... well, not so much. Here’s how to pull of the decorations for a theme party in a classy way.
Tips and tricks for decorating your themed baby shower
Most importantly, do not… we repeat… do not try to get your “theme” on every possible surface in the party area. Just as you wouldn’t dress head to toe in paisley, or decorate your whole house in plaid, nor is it appropriate when decorating for your baby shower.
If your theme is “birds”, think nests, bird cages, feathers… and a few birds, of course.
Begin with colors that complement the baby shower theme. This is easy if you have an inspiration piece to start with. It could be a banner, poster, fabric, or any other printed item that is beautiful. (We like to think that our cupcake wrappers are a great place to start for inspiration!) Pull colors from the inspiration piece and repeat them throughout the party space. Usually, a dominant color is used most with a secondary color, then accent colors used in small doses. (Think of your monkey, train, or whatever theme you chose… as an accent, too.) Here are some ideas for getting those colors around the party space…
Hint at the theme, don’t scream it. Now that your colors are in place, add in the theme. Clever phrases on tags for the dessert buffet, a vintage toy here and there, embellishments on straws, utensil bundles, and the like will add just enough of the theme to convey your message without going too far.
Carry one image, or item throughout the party to hint at the theme, and bring cohesiveness to the event. Here is how to do that without putting a princess on every surface available…
A pattern, such as stripes, polka dots, or plaid. Just be sure to treat it as an accent, as a little bit will go a long way!
An item works well too. Either something directly related, or suggestive of the theme. For example, yarn or pom-poms, feathers, glitter and glitz, all make a statement by peppering them throughout the party space. Again, small frequent doses are best.
A particular shape works well too. Repeating a circle shape in the platters, cake stands, linens and elsewhere will give the room a lovely flow. For a more modern feel, go for squares. Scallops pair beautifully with a vintage theme. Use shapes to create your look.
Now go scouting for items that go together, not just because they are printed to match. The idea is definitely not to “match”, but to coordinate.