Waiting to find out the assigned sex of your little one until birth? Arguably the most exciting surprise of all time, there are certain consequences to not finding out this detail before they’re born: you can’t plan anything gender-specific. Also, many parents would rather leave how gender manifests up to their child, rather than marketing. Whether you’re planning a baby shower for a friend or you’re planning your own, many different factors could create the need to plan a gender neutral shower, so here are some tips.
How can you do it?
There are plenty of options beyond the classic baby pink and blue colors used in so many gender-specific showers. With a gender neutral baby shower, the doors are opened up to a world of shower decor possibilities including cute animal motifs, a rainbow of colors and more! Get inspired by our guide that will help you choose the perfect gender neutral baby shower decor to honor the new baby and parents:
Main Elements of Shower Decor
As you’re imagining the decor, make sure you keep the following elements in mind:
Set aside a table where guests can place gifts. You’ll need a tablecloth and perhaps a simple, sweet sign. However, the table should be mostly empty so that there’s room for all of the gifts!
Many people hang a garland or backdrop of some sort behind the food table. Among popular designs include onesies hanging on a string, fabric triangles related to your theme, and balloons. You might also want to use streamers and flowers for general decor.
You can go all out decorating the food table. Include signs labeling the snacks, patterned tablecloths, beautiful trays and stands, and more! You can also take the actual food into account when considering the decor for this table.
Snacks and Desserts
These can be a part of the decor as well! Use your theme and colors to help you think of what to serve. As a general rule, include something sweet, something salty, fruit, and of course, some drinks. Sugar cookies are easy to cut into any shape and decorate with any color. Cupcakes and cakes are also popular.
Whether you go for real china or paper plates, you can find something that fits in with the theme. Consider renting your plateware so that you have a greater selection of colors and sizes at your disposal.
For your guest tables, consider tablecloths and centerpieces.
Often set on their own table, party favors are also often themed. You can consider bottles of facial scrub or lotion, soap, candies, bookmarks, or even honey!
Choose a Theme
There are plenty of great gender neutral themes from which to choose. Opt for something whimsical and sweet or choose a very simple theme such as rustic or geometric shapes. A baby shower in itself can be considered a theme. But, if you’re looking for an extra touch, consider these great gender-neutral themes:
- Books (For example, board books, Dr. Seuss or even Winnie the Pooh!)
Alongside your theme, you’ll need to choose a color pallet. For a gender neutral theme, you’ll want to avoid using too much blue or pink (unless you want to intentionally use a combination), although they can be included as accents. Here are some ideas that you might use:
Of course, you can also combine and use several colors as your theme. For example, gray and white or yellow and teal.
Choose Signs and Sayings
To help maintain uniformity and communicate your theme, you can use signs and sayings. These are great for placing on the cake or as signs at your food table or on guest tables. Here are some favorite baby shower themed sayings:
- “Oh, baby!”
- “Twinkle, twinkle little star, how we wonder what you are?”
- “What will it bee?”
- “Mother to bee”
- “Tiny human”
- “B is for baby”
- “Lil Sunshine”
- “Welcome, wee one”
- “10 little fingers, 10 little toes, two little eyes, one little knows, boy or girl? Nobody knows!”
Choose a Font
Choose one or two fonts to use on signs and lettering at the shower. Curly cursive is popular, however, you can also opt for all caps, block print, and others. The important part is that you keep the fonts consistent throughout all the decor items.
Now that you have some inspiration on gender-neutral shower decor, it’s time to start compiling your ideas into a list. With your ideas solidified, you’ll soon be picking out recipes, shopping for adorable baby booties and onesies and crafting favors for the guests.
Need help planning? Pico Party Rentals can help you plan your shower and make sure it’s a success! Contact us to reserve your tables, plateware and accessories today.