Twinkle Twinkle: A Star-Themed Baby Shower
Create a dreamy lullaby-themed baby shower for a special mom-to-be with our best ideas for a memorable afternoon.
Choose an Inspiring Color Palette
Draw the inspiration for your decorating color palette from the calming words to the lullaby "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Glittery golds and night-sky-blue hues can set the stage, but don't forget to incorporate a few sparkling silver pieces as "diamonds in the sky." This gorgeous palette works for both baby boys and baby girls, making it a perfect choice when the baby's gender is a surprise. Accent with pastel blue, pink or yellow shades for extra drama, and carry the colors through your invitations, decorations, place settings and refreshments.
Dress Up the Walls
This versatile baby shower theme lends itself to decorations that can be thoughtfully reused in baby's room or elsewhere in the home. Dress up the walls of your hosting space with glittery star decals that can be easily removed and repositioned after the party. Use a variety of sizes to define areas for refreshments, gifts, photos and conversation. Pair these with decorative letters strung in baby's name or a simple phrase from the "Twinkle Twinkle" lullaby. Both can later be easily reused in the nursery or playroom.
Look to the Skies
Carry your astronomical wall decorations across the ceiling with a coordinating garland or playful star mobile. Like the wall décor, these can also be incorporated into baby's permanent collection. Make a statement by creating a ceiling full of fluffy clouds with white helium balloons and adding in a few star-shaped metallic balloons tied with glittery ribbons. Carry the theme to the tables by using crafter's stuffing to make a runner of "clouds" and sprinkling golden star confetti over the top.
Serve Snacks with a Theme
Plan a fun food spread that your guests will enjoy lingering over. Baby shower classics like finger sandwiches, cheese trays and shortbread cookies can be dressed for the occasion with a simple star-shaped cutting tool. Make a tray of colorful star fruit wands with skewered cut fruit and a sliced star fruit at the top. Or incorporate a nighttime theme with a DIY s'mores bar that includes a basket of fluffy cloud-like marshmallows and a chocolate fountain.
Create a Signature Drink
Invent a signature mocktail for mom-to-be and her guests to enjoy, served in a reusable (open-top!) glass baby bottle. For an easy sparkling refreshment, combine ginger ale, pineapple juice and blue raspberry lemonade mix to create a pretty blue "sky," then add a dollop of fluffy whipped cream as a "cloud" and a stirring rod with a star-shaped pineapple slice garnish. Add a gold paper straw or shimmery sugared rim to really wow your guests.
Play Star-Themed Games and Activities
As guests arrive, arrange a small table to collect their best wishes for baby. On a small chalkboard, the words "twinkle, twinkle little star, do you know how loved you are?" will introduce your shower theme and invite your guests to sign a small guestbook or matted picture frame. As they enter, encourage photo-taking with a fun themed backdrop of translucent ribbons, twinkle light strands and puffy cotton clouds. Later, break the ice with a few themed games and activities. String a star-themed art cable and hang a set of baby clothes with wooden clothespins. Have your baby shower guests race to see who can dress a doll with the hanging clothes first.
Take a Whimsical Twist
For a co-ed variation on the Twinkle Twinkle baby shower theme, incorporate a few Star Wars-themed elements to encourage participation by all guests. A hidden wall-hung Death Star or light saber utensil rolls add a playful twist to this classic theme and ensure that every guest feels welcome. Star Wars-themed games may include pool noodle light saber creation (and testing!) or melting a baby Hans Solo from an ice cube.
With the words of everyone's favorite lullaby to inspire us, we've created this list of the best ideas for a "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"-themed baby shower. Whether you're planning a small gathering of just the girls or a large co-ed party, our decorations and games will help you plan the most memorable event for your guests.