How to Throw a St. Patty's Day Baby Shower

What comes to mind when you think about St. Patty's Day? This fun holiday is infused with a spirit of revelry offset with varying shades of green, shamrocks and leprechauns. And you don't need the Luck O' the Irish to pull baby shower theme off! You just need a little time to plan a sweet Irish-themed baby shower. Take a peek at Pottery Barn Kids' tips on everything from decor to menu items, and get ready to celebrate the new baby on the way.


Set the Scene

Depending on your baby shower venue and decorating style, there are so many ways you can incorporate on-theme decorations. Set a subtle tabletop by using plain white tablecloths paired with shamrock place card holders, or create an upscale, elegant look with Irish lace overlays. Use white plates and napkins with green accents, and fill green centerpiece buckets with the parents' favorite flowers. Accent corners and special areas with balloons in varying shades of white and green, or choose shamrock-shaped balloons for an on-point touch. Try creating festive garlands by stringing circles cut from green paper together. Hanging the garland horizontally is a great way to dress up refreshment tables, and you can also hang them from the ceiling for a more delicate effect.

Get Personal 

No matter the size of the shower, adding personal elements for the parents-to-be makes a lasting impression everyone will love. Burlap or paper banners adorned with shamrocks and messages in green or white lettering offer the ideal blank canvas to add the parents' names and sweet messages such as "Little Shamrock on the Way" or "Lucky Baby." Consider adding a personalized tag to all of the favors or special signs on the refreshment table, or on a diaper cake placed on the table with the gifts.

Create the Menu

From finger foods to sweet treats, you can easily whip up a menu that stays on-theme while celebrating some of the parents' favorite foods. Shamrock-shaped cakes, cookies and marshmallow crispy bars add a nice touch to a St. Patrick's Day baby shower menu – and you can use them as edible favors. Designing a rainbow made of fruit creates an ideal spot for a "pot of gold" full of cookies or candies. Filling baskets or cauldrons with rolls or scones is a great option for buffets.

Have Extra Fun!

It's a wonderful idea to plan a little extra fun for the parents and guests! Incorporating a few baby shower games into the mix gives you a great opportunity to help the guests break the ice, and it adds something special to the day. St. Patty's Day baby shower games to consider include a treasure hunt, after which the winner gets a "pot of gold." Consider switching the traditional clothespin game for a thematic version in which all guests receive a shamrock to clip or pin on their clothing when they arrive, and every time someone says "baby," the person who heard them say it takes their pin. Whoever ends up with the most pins wins!