Sweet Surprise: Gender Neutral Baby Shower Ideas  

The arrival of a new baby is a momentous occasion and a welcome opportunity for some big celebrations! Whether the parents-to-be are leaving the baby’s gender a surprise or they want to explore some ideas beyond traditional decor, there are plenty of ways to personalize a gender neutral baby shower with bright colors and fun motifs. From honeybees to jungle animals, gender neutral baby showers are easy to create with help from Pottery Barn Kids.  


Who Will It Bee?  

Shower guests will be buzzing with a bee-themed celebration that incorporates black, yellow, white and gold decorations. Pair black and white stripes for a bee-like look on banners or balloons, and add a pop of elegance with bright yellow flowers like buttercups or daisies. Encourage guests to join in on the fun as soon as they enter with a bee-themed poll: What will baby bee; a boy or a girl? As the day’s festivities are wrapping up, send guests on their way with gender-neutral baby shower favors, like super-sweet honey jars complete with personalized labels commemorating the party date or the baby’s due date.  

Rubber Ducks  

Welcome a new baby into the world with a rubber duck-themed party. These childhood toys make will make a splash as decorative accents and table centerpieces. Use miniature ducks as cupcake toppers, and sit larger ducks in glass bowls with blue marbles or blue food coloring-tinted water for a centerpiece that mimics ducks floating on a pond. Pair pastel yellow and blue decorative plates and tablecloths with red napkin accents to make this theme pop.

Teddy Bear Picnic  

Babies and cuddly teddy bears just go together, and it’s easy to expand on the idea with a teddy bear picnic-themed shower. Transform the party room into a whimsical woodland picnic landscape with red and white checkered tablecloths, log slice cake platters, burlap garlands and potted or faux ferns. You can expand on the idea even more with a menu that features a bear’s favorite foods, including a honey bar with apples, berries and muffins, or honey graham crackers and bear cake pops. Remember the stuffed teddy bears, which also double as wonderful gender neutral baby gifts to welcome the baby when he or she arrives.  

You Are My Sunshine

The warmth of the sun is almost as great as the warmth and love at a baby shower! With sky-themed decor like a big sun piñata and a bright blue backdrop behind the gift table, you can transform any room into a sunny paradise. Decorative touches like sunflower centerpieces add warmth and beauty, while gold-accented tablecloths and napkins dress up the tables. Consider adding a sunny theme to your food spread with a candy buffet that features bright colors with red, orange and yellow treats alongside yellow drinks like orange juice and lemonade.  

Zoo Pals

Start your zoo pals shower off with gender neutral baby shower invitations featuring jungle animals, and then carry the theme throughout with tropical touches like lush potted or faux foliage, matchstick bamboo table skirts and woven grass place mats. Consider using plenty of jungle animal-themed accessories like plates, napkins and favor boxes. You can even add stuffed animal centerpieces like little lions, zebras and monkeys, which make cuddly gifts for the parents-to-be. Incorporate gender neutral baby colors like green, gray and orange throughout the room for a wild animal adventure.

Little Library

Literature-loving parents and guests are sure to have a blast at a book-themed baby shower. From invitations that look like vintage library cards to bookmark favors featuring the shower date, there are so many fun ways to incorporate kids’ books into party details. Embrace a reading-ready theme with simple details like a light red and gray color scheme, miniature-booklet garlands and stacks of books wrapped in color-coordinated paper – these are great for adding height variations to a candy buffet table, too. Feel free to ask guests to bring their favorite childhood books along as gifts to start the new baby’s learning library.

There’s no need to reveal the big surprise in order to create a memorable shower. These themes provide a festive setting and fit with a neutral theme or one where the gender is known. The most important thing is that everyone enjoys the party and welcomes the new arrival in style!