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Super-Creative Baby Shower Ideas

Sick of the standard jungle animal theme and games? These unique ideas from real baby showers will surprise and delight your guests.

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This theme takes the shower in baby shower very literally. Photo from Pinterest

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Voting Ballot

Don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl? Get guests involved in guessing baby’s gender! Photo by Johnna H.

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Bird Theme

This is a sophisticated take on a classic motif — birds. Decorate with a birdcage and cutout paper birds perched in pretty branches. Photo by OhBabyYoung

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Luxe candles are a great favor for guests. You can buy some inexpensive ones in bulk. Photo by RebeccaLovesChris

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Cupcake Toppers

We love these “Eat Me” cupcake toppers. They’re easy to DIY. Get some printed card stock and cut it into fun shapes; then glue another sheet of paper with fun sayings or illustrations onto the card stock. Photo by Vanessa R.

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Gift Placement

Get a cute washtub and showcase the gifts on a baby bath-themed table. Photo by Cathleen M.

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Owl Treats

Combine two trends in one: owls and cake pops. These chocolate-dipped pops are adorable. And you can’t go wrong complementing them with owl cupcakes. Photo by crystalmeyer08

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Advice Needed

Have your guests write out some parenting tips or words of wisdom. Put them together in a journal or scrapbook and keep it on hand. Photo by mrsr708

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Nature Theme

Go rustic with pretty wooden frames, tree-trunk candles and flowers that look fresh-picked. Photo by Johnna H.

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Rubber Ducky Centerpieces

Create these centerpieces for a ducky theme — they’re easy to put together. Just pick a container and add marbles, water and a rubber duck. Guests with kids can take the toys home. Photo by Cathleen M.

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All White

The days of pink and blue showers are long gone, and in their place are some beautifully clean and fresh shower themes. Mom-to-be's bump will really pop against this all-white decor. It's sophisticated and fun ('cause, you know, so is mom!). Photo from Style Me Pretty

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Antique Bird Theme

Want to know what's better than a stork? A beautiful bird. And that's totally why this shower theme has taken off this year! This is ideal for the expectant mom who doesn't want all the frills and thrills — just a bright, feel-good party. Photo from Blowout Party

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Bumblebee Theme

Skip the traditional gender-reveal theme and try something sure to create some buzz! Incorporating a "What'll It Bee?" theme into your shower plans is such a sweet idea. Plus, who doesn't love the bright-yellow color scheme? Our point exactly. Photo from Catch My Party

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Brunch Shower

What's a more party-ready meal than brunch?! Serve up omelets, pancakes, French toast and bacon for guests to munch on while you treat yourself to your favorite brunch delights. Plus, how adorable are the mini milk and OJ jugs with striped straws? Photo from Hostess with the Mostess

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Clock Props

When we first came across showers with a clock theme, we weren't all that impressed. Then this photo came along and we were smitten. The antique, original touches add personality and charm, while the Tiffany-blue color scheme shines light on mom's good taste. It's a win-win! Photo from Kara's Party Ideas

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Dads Only!

Double the party means double the fun. Let your dad-to-be celebrate with the guys. We're not implying that he'll suddenly start enjoying picking out baby blankets and breast pumps, but chances are, he'll have fun at the party. Photo from Cardtopia Designs

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Fresh Food

Sure, we're all here to celebrate baby and the mom-to-be, but let's get to the important stuff: the food. While we're busy drooling over this spread, you can contact a local CSA (community-supported agriculture) or farmers market to see if they'll cater your event. Happy belly, happy mama. Photo from ME Catering

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Rock-and-Roll Theme

Is mom-to-be a music lover? Decorate the shower with records and even a stuffed guitar — pictured here with mini tacos, burgers and fries. (Yum!) Guests can take home CDs of modern lullabies. Photo from My Sweet and Saucy

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Anchors Aweigh!

If you're thinking that a nautical shower theme only works in summer, think again. Dress up any outdoor patio or indoor fortress with all the knickknacks you'll need to make sure your guests feel lost at sea. Here's a hint: You can never have enough anchors. Photo from Very Rosenberry

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Shabby Chic

Prepping for baby's debut is a big undertaking, so keep your shower simple. Use what you have (cake stands, tablecloths, cupcake racks, platters) to make an otherwise boring shower eclectic, fun and homey. Photo from Imprintables

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Go Bold With a Safari

Your world is about to be turned upside down with the arrival of baby (hey, it's the truth!). So why not let your shower showcase your wild side?! Photo from Hostess with the Mostess

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Vintage Beauty

Just because this vintage-style display is fit for a princess doesn't mean it won't work if you're expecting a prince. PS: We're loving the bump photos on the wall — an intimate, personalized touch! Photo from On to Baby

Plus, more from The Bump:

10 Tips for Budget Baby Showers

Baby Shower Ideas From Around the Country

When Should I Send Out Baby Shower Invitations?

*Updated Jan. 4, 2013

By Sarah Yang