Candy-Themed Baby Shower
You’ve spent months preparing your home, your family and your body for the big change ahead. You’ve paged through books on what to expect when you’re expecting, trekked to those prenatal yoga and parenting classes, carefully kept your favorite drinks and junk food at bay and spent hours on your online baby registry. You’ve painfully pored over paint swatches for the nursery, faced the fearful feat of assembling a crib on your own, struggled with stroller choices and made long lists of your favorite names.
The U.S. sees four million baby births each year, but this isn’t just any baby — it’s your baby. Maybe you’re stressing a little, but it’s because you’re so excited! One of life’s most exciting moments is drawing near, and you want nothing more than to welcome your new baby in the best way possible.
Your baby shower is a chance to take a break from all the practical preparation and enjoy a day that’s all about you and your new addition. It’s an expression of your anticipation, a celebration of new life and a chance for everyone you love to wish you well — so make it fun!
When it comes to preparations and decorations for your baby shower, what could be cuter than a candy theme? Whether you’re looking for ideas for candy décor, homemade baby-shower candy favors or candy-themed invitations, we’ll help you throw an unforgettable shower as sweet as sugar and spice.
Baby Shower Candy Themes
Make your sweet tooth the center of attention along with your little sweetie by catering to your cravings with a candy theme! With so many sweets to choose from, your options are as broad as your imagination. Sculpt your shower specifically around candy itself, or use candy as a complement for a broader theme. Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Sugar and Spice
A sugar and spice theme is perfect for emphasizing everything nice with a little touch of sweetness. Make it cute but classy by incorporating subtle, sweet shades like pink, pale yellow, teal and beige into your decorations, invitations, favors and treats. Delicate tissue paper or light linen is the sweetest choice for tablecloths and around-the-room décor.
Complement coordinated cupcakes and cookies with glass jars and bowls of matching kisses, M&Ms, creams and jelly beans. Tie it together with striped banners, ribbons and bows for the back of chairs. Once everything is put together, your shower will be a tasteful treat!
2. I Want Candy
This theme is all about tasty treats, and it’s suited to soon-to-be baby boys, girls or surprises! Deck out your party venue with primary colors and polka dots — it’s sweet, sassy and classy enough to be both baby-friendly and adult-appreciated. Pick out a polka-dotted tablecloth, make a modern candy forest with place-setting jars of red, blue and yellow lollipops and set up a sophisticated, buffet-style candy bar for all your sweetest cravings. Tie ribbons around your serving containers and spoons for an extra fun flair.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, push the limits with party games like piñatas. It’s all about satisfying your kid-friendly side, after all, so let yourself enjoy the excitement and indulge in your cravings.
3. Circus Theme
Looking to host an especially lively shower bright with excitement? If playfulness is your forte, a circus theme might be perfect for your big day. This theme is all about sweet and salty snacks, bold colors and animal adornments. Create pennant garlands to string from your ceiling, hang up streamers and incorporate other iconic circus elements like tickets, tokens and carnival items. Checkered or striped banners can be a great addition if you’re looking for a unifying pattern.
Your snacks table should consist of savory carnival favorites like pretzels, popcorn and hotdogs along with sweets to offset them. Incorporate cotton candy, big, bright lollipops, candy straws, gum cigars and chocolate coins to make your confection choices pop. Once you’ve established your snacks, add playful elements to your décor and favors with elephants and other circus-animal faces.
4. Candy Shop
Try out a retro-style candy corner store theme that will make for the cutest, most lighthearted baby shower. Start with a color scheme of pastel greens, blues, yellows and pinks — no matter the baby’s gender, this soft, sweet assortment is always appropriate. Stripes and swirls are especially reminiscent of a classic candy shop, so make sure you incorporate these patterns into your tablecloth and banner décor along with your paper plates and cups. Winding ribbons around rungs and table legs is a tasteful touch.
To keep the retro-shop theme rolling, make a colorful candy buffet with an assortment of classy choices. Fill glass jars with gummy bears, gumballs, jelly beans, giant lollipops, candy cigars, chocolates and everything you’d find in a penny corner store. Your guests will love picking out their favorites, and you can all get into a childlike spirit to celebrate your baby.
To top off this theme, you can even provide some copies of Candy Land or decorations depicting the game to help your loved ones remember and enjoy one of the most popular candy-themed board games of their own childhood.
Candy-Themed Baby-Shower Invitations
If you’ve figured out the most fitting theme for your baby shower, you might be wondering how to create custom invitations that will showcase its celebratory nature and channel your party theme with personal style.
Raising your own little one is a dream come true, but preparing can be both overwhelming and expensive. Depending on how much you deck out your occasion, a baby shower can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000. You’ll save expenses on simplistic treats with a candy theme, but after all that work, you want to make sure your guests will come out for your shower — both to help you celebrate and to ease the financial burden of all those diapers and baby clothes.
Depending on your budget and creative capabilities, you can either opt for ordering custom invitations or making them yourself. To dress your invites to impress and convince all your guests to attend, try one of these five candy-themed ideas for baby shower invitations:
Nothing says candy-themed like an iconic, swirly lollipop. To make your invitations pop, fashion them in the shape of a lollipop with the details written in a circle around the edge or placed tastefully in the center. Tie a ribbon around the stick for an extra touch.
If you’re feeling adventurous or delivering your invites by hand, you can even use real, large lollipops with the details attached in a flag around the stick. You’ll have fun picking them out, and your guests will consider it a tempting taste of the fun to come.
2. Hard Candies
If you’re going for cute, have your invitations cut in the shape of old-fashioned hard candies with twisty edges. Decorate them with different colors of stripes and polka dots for a personalized touch and some variety. Your guests won’t want to miss out on the cute creativity of your candy theme. You can even attach some hard candy goodies to keep them craving more.
3. Hershey’s Bar
Customize your candy-themed baby shower invitations with a classic graphic — a Hershey’s bar. Many moms and dads will print personalized Hershey’s wrappers when their babies are born with details of the weight, length and time of birth. Using this style, create your own “Here-she-is” or “Here-he-is” candy wrapper invitations with the date and time of the baby shower, your due date and, if you’ve already decided, the name of your baby.
Your guests will be charmed, and they’ll have sentimental keepsakes to commemorate your baby. Keep a Hershey’s wrapper for your own baby book as well. Again, if you’re feeling super sweet, don’t just send the invitation — wrap it around a real Hershey’s bar.
4. Candy Bar Menu
Keep your invitations classy by mimicking a menu to entice your potential guests. On your invitation cards, beneath the details of the date and time, list all the varieties of candies you’ll be serving at your shower — like a drinks menu, but with an innocent, playful twist. It’s adorable and pays homage to its adult audience while also being appropriate for its theme and the child-oriented nature of the occasion.
5. Candy Graphics
If you’d rather keep it simple with the invites and put the main focus on the shower itself, try adorning your invitation cards with candy prints to stick with the theme. Frame your shower details with pictures of lollipops, candy jars, M&Ms, mints, kisses, hard candies or whatever looks sweetest. You can also create invitations with candy prints on the cover so that people know right away what to expect for your upcoming party.
Candy-Themed Baby-Shower Decorations
With all the focus on confections, you might not be sure how to incorporate the rest of your space into a candy theme, but don’t worry — as long as you can be creative and consistent with your color scheme, your venue will look as sweet as your treats taste. Here are some ideas for decking out your space to draw attention to the goodies:
1. Banners and Hanging Decorations
Since candy is the center of attention, the theme is embodied in the snacks themselves. Rather than worrying that every other element embodies a particular motif, you should focus on making sure the décor complements the colors and moods of the candy.
One of the best ways to add to the light, playful mood of your candy-themed baby shower is to adorn your walls and ceilings with colorful banners, streamers and hanging decorations — they scream celebratory and make the whole room come alive.
If you choose to incorporate banners, monogrammed banners proclaiming “Welcome, Baby!” or inscribed with your child’s name are great to hang over entryways or behind the dessert tables. They’ll definitely catch the eye — just make sure they’re the right colors to match your assortment of sweets or the rest of your décor. Pennant banners are also ideal options for candy themes — they’re playful and made of simple triangles to keep things festive without unnecessary complication.
If you’re looking to get a little more adventurous, try hanging tissue-paper streamers, paper lanterns or cutout shapes of candies.
2. Plates, Cups and Utensils
Even when guests are enjoying other refreshments besides your sugary centerpieces, they should always be thinking of something sweet. Make sure to keep the candy theme alive at all times by choosing paper plates and cups in keeping with the rest of your color scheme — pink and blue for gender-specifics, pastel colors for generic themes or even bright primaries. Just make sure you don’t go with plain white.
You can even find party sets with candy prints, swirls or stripes to complement your featured candy or décor, and plastic utensils come in fun, bright colors. Keep it sweet by adding candy-stripe straws for drinks.
It’s all about candy, so that’s what your centerpieces should focus on. Forego flowers and bulky decorations and set up a candy bar for your guests to interactively enjoy instead. Make your array cute or classy by arranging loose candies of different colors in jars or bowls and decorating with matching ribbons, napkins, tablecloths and trinkets. Not only will it be less expensive than a flower arrangement, sculpture or 3D block letters spelling “baby” — it will also be way more fun for everyone!
What could be more fun than a buffet-style banquet to encourage enjoyment of all the tasty treats featured in your shower? Candy and sweet buffets are the perfect way to engage guests and get everyone excited about celebrating your baby. Choose all your favorite sweets and confections and set them out on a buffet or various tables for guests to sample at any time while they enjoy the festivities, play games and watch you open all your baby gifts. Here are four ideas for making your candy buffets stand out:
1. Cake Tiers
Keep your candy organized and rising above the ranks by organizing it, along with cupcakes and other goodies, on a three-tiered cake stand. Decorate each layer with different colors, group the candies by type or color and watch your decadent display come to life. Use one tier as a centerpiece for the table, or arrange all your goodies on pedestals for elevated fun. Don’t be sad as the display slowly disappears throughout the day of the party — it means your guests appreciate your delicious candy theme!
If you know the gender of your baby and want your treats to reflect your sweetie, think about creating a candy-buffet table in a classic blue or pink color scheme. Get dishes, bowls, baskets and tiers in the appropriate colors, or opt for clear containers and fill them with candies that match. You can find M&Ms, lollipops, jelly beans, Hershey’s kisses, hard candies and more in specific shades to suit your theme.
To offset your main color and break up the scheme, add white elements or adjacent colors like blue and green or pink and purple.
If you’re keeping the baby’s sex a surprise or you don’t want your color scheme to be too traditionally gender-specific, try mixing it up with a pastel blend. Mild multi-color schemes work for both boys and girls while making sure everyone still thinks of babies, and you’ll be able to incorporate more colors if you’re having trouble making a decision.
3. Novelty Treats
Who said you have to keep your candies within the confines of tradition? Everyone enjoys chocolate and typical treats like jelly beans and hard candies, but try thinking outside the box and spicing up expectations by adorning your candy table with sweets people won’t expect. Delight your guests with retro candies like Good & Plenty, candy buttons and candy necklaces. Other options include personalized novelty treats like gender-announcement gum cigars, monogrammed M&Ms and chocolate coins, candy pacifiers and money bars.
4. Tasting Containers
Encourage your guests to sample the buffet and satisfy their cravings without standing away from all the action by providing them with cute candy containers or boxes when they arrive. When everyone has a sampler of their own, they can pick out their favorites to carry around and try at their own pace. Plus, it’ll allow them to take some sweet leftovers home when the fun is done — you don’t want too much candy sitting around after the shower to tempt you!
Baby-Shower Candy Favors
To thank them for supporting you in this celebratory time and coming out to add to the fun, you want your guests to go away with a special token, trinket or treat to commemorate the occasion. So what are some cute candy favors you can give during your baby shower? Start brainstorming with some of these ideas:
1. Commemorative Candy Bars
Just like they work for innovative invitations, personalized candy bars are a great favor to finalize a baby shower. Order a pack of bars with wrappers detailing yours and the baby’s names, the date and a grateful note. If you’re feeling up to it, you can even customize each bar with the individual guests’ names. Either way, your guests will have a delicious treat to look forward to when they get home, and then they can save the wrapper forever to remember the occasion.
2. Goody Bags
What’s wrong with extending the candy bar into shower favors? Fill an assortment of small containers, boxes or bags with the prettiest treats for your guests to take home. You can present this favor in so many different ways!
If you like the delicate look, use small, transparent drawstring bags filled with chocolates, jelly beans, M&Ms, coins or candy pearls and cinch them off with a cute, irresistible addition like a safety pin or clothespin in your corresponding color scheme. You can also use cute, easy paper boxes and write each guest’s name on them for a more casual feel.
To go above and beyond, try handing out monogrammed candy jars for your guests to fill up themselves at the candy buffet. They’ll be able to choose exactly which candies they want, and you’ll know they have the perfect keepsake at the end of the day.
3. Lollipop Bouquets
Love your candy theme but feel like you’re missing that floral touch? Give each guest their own unique arrangement by assembling sweet bouquets using lollipops, candy sticks and even pretzels or fruit kabobs dipped in candy melts. Tie your masterpieces together with a colorful ribbon reminiscent of your shower theme and attach a cute thank you note or tag. If you want, you can even position your bouquets in candy-jar vases filled with extra goodies like jelly beans, kisses or hard candies. What could be sweeter?
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