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Summer Baby Shower Ideas & Tips

Summer is the perfect time of year to get together with friends and family for a baby shower. Take advantage of the warm weather, long days and fresh food, and celebrate the new arrival with a fun and memorable party.

Not sure what to do yet? Here are a few summer baby shower ideas to spark your creativity.

The More the Merrier

Instead of hosting a traditional women-only baby shower, include men and children as well. Make it a casual, family-friendly party that everyone will enjoy – like a backyard barbecue with burgers, corn on the cob and watermelon. Kids can have space to run around and play, and the adults can enjoy cold drinks and swap advice for the parents-to-be. If you have a competitive crowd, hold a “battle of the sexes” game where men and women compete in different challenges and trivia questions for prizes.

Words of Wisdom

At the beginning of the baby shower, give each guest a sheet or two of colorful paper and a pen and ask her to write a personal message to the expectant mother. Friends and family members can share their own experiences and parenting tips or simply offer words of love and encouragement. Have each guest paste her letter into a scrapbook for the guest of honor to keep.

Brunch Bunch

Ask guests to come in their Sunday best for a decadent brunch baby shower. Serve mimosas and bellinis (with non-alcoholic versions made with sparkling water), frittatas, mini quiches and fresh fruit. Set up a DIY waffle station, where guests can add their favorite toppings – whipped cream, butter, syrup, chocolate chips and berries.

Open House

Want a more laidback environment at the baby shower? Host a casual house party (or garden party, weather permitting) and tell guests to “drop in anytime” between certain hours. Some guests will want to show up right on time and stay for all the food, festivities and games. Others will be happier to stop in for a half hour, offer their congratulations and gifts and be on their way.

Sweet Nostalgia

Enjoy a blast from the past by theming the baby shower around the mom-to-be’s own childhood. For example, if she was born in the early ‘80s, scour thrift stores and eBay for decorations, toys, clothing and games from that era. Play ‘80s music, hold a pop culture trivia game and have guests decorate onesies in fluorescent colors. Everyone will love the nostalgia of Jem and the Holograms posters, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Lisa Frank stickers and Debbie Gibson sing-alongs.

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