A creative and fun theme to use for your baby shower is a sports themed one. If you’re hosting the shower, ask the expectant parents if there is a special team that they would like to highlight. If they’re sports’ fans, they will love this idea. For example: Alyssa Milano chose to have an L.A. Dodgers baby shower since she’s a big fan of theirs. (She actually had it at Dodger Stadium by the way.) Even if you don’t focus on a specific team, you can always make it a general sports baby shower that includes several different types of sports: baseball, hockey, basketball, football, and soccer.
Invitations can be cut into any of the following shapes: a ball, a bat, a helmet or a jersey. Hot glue tiny pieces of cloth and buttons to add personality to your invites. Another cool idea is to have the invitation shaped like entry tickets. Ask everyone to wear something related to sports: whether it be a jersey, a baseball cap or a team sweater. Just make sure that the necessary information is printed and the phone number to get in contact is easy to read on the invites.
Decorations really depend on whether you choose to have a certain team or just a general sports theme. In any case, use helmets, jerseys, balls and other sports equipment to adorn the tables and walls of the shower. Balloons can cover the wall right behind the main foods’ table. Place an order with a local bakery for sugar cookies that are sports themed shapes. Display these cookies on the foods tables in glass bowls. The cupcakes can also be sports themed design with royal icing and displayed on a 4 tiered glass tray.
Create an awesome decorative by hanging a clothesline and pinning adorable sports baby outfits, bibs, booties and hats onto it. Create a sports themed diaper cake with disposable diapers and sports baby toys. Diaper cakes are very useful and affordable centerpieces and they’re fun to make too. Sports themed helium balloons can be tied to flower bouquets on the guests’ tables.
When guests arrive have each person write their name and their guess as to how many jelly beans are in the main jar. During game time, the person with the guess nearest to the right amount without going over wins the game. Of course, someone has to count the jelly beans before the party starts. Another cool game to play: win, lose or draw with sports related words. The team that figures out the most words first (just by what the hostess is drawing) wins the game. Write a list of sports related words before the shower.
As for favors, you can have baseball bat shaped key chains, sports themed figurines, or even a sports themed coffee mug for friends and family to take home. Use cellophane and white satin ribbons to wrap the sports themed favors. If you purchase them in quantity they come out much cheaper. An inexpensive idea is to make sports themed goodie bags with chocolates and candies for everyone.