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Winnie-the-Pooh is THE most popular theme for baby showers and why not? Pooh is cute and cuddly just like baby! Because of its popularity, it is very easy to find Pooh-themed decorations and baby shower tableware both online and at local party supply shops.
In this post, I give you some ideas that go well beyond just the decorations with tips on creating some clever Pooh themed party food, games, guest favors and of course baby shower gifts. Even eeyore would have fun at the Pooh-rrific baby shower that incorporates all these ideas!
And if you've hosted or attended a Winnie the Pooh baby shower where they had some great ideas, be sure to share them in my guest book at the bottom of this page. Thanks and enjoy!
When it comes to baby shower invitations, you have a couple of choices. Either you can make them yourself or buy some pre-made invitations online or at a local party supply store. Invitations like the one shown to the right are usually designed to coordinate perfectly with the baby shower tableware such as napkins, table covers, plates and beverage cups. The Pooh Baby Days invitations shown to the right are sold in packs of 8 and can be purchased on our website!
Looking to save a little money? Creating your own baby shower invites gives you design flexibility and the ability to use your imagination. It can also save you some money. I found this fun downloadable Winnie-the-Pooh invitation template at this website. They have detailed instructions on how to download the template to your computer and how to print it out.
Alternatively, you can use Pooh themed stickers or clip art that you find online to create some invitations either on your computer or from card stock. Bees, honeypots, Pooh and all his friends are great additions to the cards. In either case, a clever invitation saying is a must so try any of these verses (be sure to also add all the shower details like date, time, location, who is hosting and RSVP info):
[Mommy-to-be's name]'s got a rumblie in her tumblie... It's A Baby Boy/Girl!
From Creative Baby Showers...
Tut Tut Tut Look's like rain! It's a shower!
Join us at the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh and friends to celebrate the cuddly wuddly baby of (Mommy-to-be's name)
For fully customized invitations, Tiny Prints has a wide selection for just about any theme or color scheme.
Before buying all your party decorations, you need to decide on your color scheme. Most likely you will be using Pooh themed tableware from a local or online party supply shop. You will find that you have a couple choices - classic primary colored Pooh party ware with the bright blues, greens, red and yellows that many of us think of OR the baby Pooh partyware which features a smaller cuddlier Pooh and friends and a more pastel color palette. Once you decide on partyware, you should purchase streamers, Winnie-the-Pooh baby shower balloons, and wall decor to match.
When your guests open that front door to enter the shower, make them feel like they are entering the Hundred Acre Woods of Winnie-the-Pooh fame. In fact, I like the idea of putting a personalized baby shower banner that you can either make yourself or purchase online that says 'Welcome To [Mommy-to-be's name] Hundred Acre Woods!" Card board cut-outs of piglet, tigger, eeyore, rabbit and of course Pooh are a must on the walls.
Bring in any fake or real trees that you have around your house. You can create a more woodsy feel by adding vines or streamers around the doors or ceilings that are covered in construction paper leaves.
For the gift or buffet table, consider buying or making a Winnie-the-Pooh diaper cake similar to the one shown under the gifts section of this lens. The 4 tier versions of baby diaper cakes often stand nearly 2 feet tall so they make quite an impression.
One of the great things about a Pooh baby shower is that the food can be quite clever. I suggest using some little place card holders or tent cards so that you can label all the food.
Piglets in a Blanket - wrap up some little smokies or hotdogs cut-in half in Pillsbury crescent rolls to create this twist on classic pigs in a blanket.
Rabbit's Garden Grub - we all know how protective Rabbit is of his prized garden so share some of those oh so delicious veggies with your guests on a large veggie tray (make sure you have carrots) and veggie dip!
Pooh's Snack-To-Go - have a bowl full of honey roasted peanuts.
Tiggers Jello Jigglers - create sheets of orange and blue jello and cut them into cubes. Place them in a bowl for an adorable creation.
Anything with honey would be a Pooh's favorite. For example, Pooh's favorite honey glazed carrots or Pooh's favorite honey chicken wraps. Just find your favorite recipes that incorporate honey and make it Pooh's favorite on the little tent card or sign. Other ideas would be honey buns or scones with honey butter.
Piglet or Pooh's Pink Punch - use your favorite pink punch recipe.
You can use honey pot-shaped or teddy bear cookie cutters to give any kind of sandwiches, cheese slices, and cut-out cookies a Pooh theme.
Finally, a Winnie-the-Pooh themed cake is essential so check out the creations and the YouTube video below for some inspiration.
Winnie The Pooh Top 40 - Detailed instructions for this hilarious game can be found at Plan The Perfect Baby Shower. The idea is to break your guests into small groups and have them sing their favorite Pooh themed song (lyrics are provided on the website). The mommy-to-be acts as the judge choosing winners based on various criteria like the funniest, the most outrageous, the best-sounding, etc.
Guess How Many - Before the party, fill a jar with either red/blue gummy bears or teddy grahams. You can write 'hunny' on the jar if you'd like. Be sure to count how many you are putting in the jar. Ask the guests to guess how many teddies are in the jar. The one that is closest without going over wins a prize or the jar full of teddy bears.
Pin the Tail on Eeyore - A twist on the classic pin the tail on the donkey game. You'll need to create a posterboard with a picture of Eeyore (download clip art from online) or if you are good at drawing, you can just draw a picture of Eeyore. Hang eeyore at chest level on the wall. See the great sample photo of a eeyore cutout that I found on Coolest Kid Birthday Parties. Cut out a bunch of gray felt or paper tails and as guests arrive (or when the game is ready to begin) hand them a tail. Give each guest some double-sided tape to put on their tale. Blindfold each of the guests and have them place their tail on eeyore. The guests that gets closest to the correct spot wins a prize.
Bees in the Honey Pot - You will need to either buy or paint wooden clothespins in a black and yellow pattern to make them look like bees (you can even add some antennae and eyes if you want). Paint a pot to look like a Pooh honey pot (see the same photo in the favors section - use brown, yellow and white paint). You'll want a pot that has maybe a 4 - 6" hole. Then have guests each drop 10 clothespins from a designated height into the pot. The person that gets the most 'bees' in the pot wins the game.
Sweet Winnie-The-Pooh Game - For this game, you can either make up game cards on your computer or just give each guest a blank piece of paper. Along the left hand side of the sheet, you need to write the word winnie the pooh vertically with blanks next to each letter. Give the guests 5 minutes asking them to write down a sweet or sugary treat that begins with each letter. If they have an alliterative set of words like Pumpkin Pie for the letter P, they would get 2 points. For single words, Oreo for the letter O would get 1 point. The guest with the most points wins the game.
Honey baby shower favors are an excellent option for Pooh themed showers. The photo to the right shows just one of the designs available online.
For all you do-it-yourselfers out there, here are some fun ideas that incorporate Pooh's favorite thing... honey!! You can buy bear-shaped containers of honey at your local grocer and then tie either a blue or pink ribbon on each one. Then use your computer to print out personalized favor tags that say "Thanks for celebrating our little 'hunny'!' Punch a hole in the corner of the tag and hang it on the jars of honey for one of the best Winnie-the-Pooh themed favors ever!
Some other DIY ideas include, bees-wax candles (my beekeeping neighbor sells ones that are shaped like bears), honey-scented candles, bee-shaped soaps, or Pooh themed candles from a local supplier. Place any of these items in little clear cellophane or fancier Pooh themed gift totes and add ribbon along with the thank you favor hang tags described above.
And for us older hostesses, we fondly remember bit o'honey candy which would also make a clever baby shower favor. You can always print square Avery labels with the shower details and Pooh clip art to put on the outside of the package.
Burt's Bees lip balm or hand creams make great baby shower favors and tie in well with the Pooh theme too!
If you can find them at a local supplier, buy little honey pots to fill with snacks. Or make your own honey pots. Just purchase mini terra-cotta pots at Michaels or another craft store and paint them brown with a yellow rim that looks like overflowing honey. Then write the word 'Hunny' on the front of the pot using a white paint pen or white paint and a brush. Place some teddy grahams in a small clear cello bag or inside some tulle that is tied closed with a ribbon. Tuck the teddy grahams inside the honey pot and add the hang tag described above for an adorable cheap favor for your guests to take home with them.
When it comes to baby shower gifts, there are endless possibilities that feature a Pooh theme. Both online and at local retailers, you can find baby bibs, clothing, receiving blankets, toys, stuffed animals and so much more with a Pooh theme.
These are the exact types of items that were used to create the Winnie-the-Pooh diaper cake shown in the photograph. If you want to really impress the guests, you can buy some of these things along with diapers and create your own diaper cake gift that can also double as the baby shower centerpiece. Alternatively, you can purchase one online.
Another clever way to display some of the Pooh gifts mentioned above is to hang a clothesline somewhere in the shower area as both a decoration and gift for Mom. Just hang the Pooh-themed bibs, onesies, sleepwear, etc from the line.
If you know that Mom is decorating the nursery in a Pooh theme, you've hit the jackpot when it comes to gifts. You could get the bedding set, Pooh-shaped clothes hamper, themed lamps, a Pooh crib mobile, wall-hangings with Pooh and friends, etc.
Finally, a baby's first Christmas ornament with a Winnie-the-Pooh theme is also a thoughtful gift (especially if baby will be born in the fall).