Most baby shower hosts will choose a theme for their shower - one that honors the new mother or ties in with her nursery decorations. Some themes don't relate to either - they are chosen simply for fun! I have…
Published January 16, 2015 by
Throw The Best Nursery Rhymes Shower Ever!
Oh, what fun you'll have throwing a nursery rhyme themed baby shower. There's so much you can do with this one little theme. Go back in time to the days when children's books held riddles and a joyful poem on each page. Then plan your shower around these lovable, memorable children's rhymes.
Hey Diddle, Diddle, The Cat and the Fiddle, The Cow Jumped Over the Moon... remember that one? Right there you've got enough material to create an entire nursery rhyme baby shower from the invitations to the decorations to the party favors and more.
Nursery Rhymes Baby Shower Invitations
Start with the baby shower invitation. Many online stores sell invites like the cute one shown in the photo above. Simply do a search on Google or Bing for nursery rhyme baby shower invitations and you'll see all kinds of fully personalized invites with the appropriate theme. Keep in mind that these invitations can run up to $2 or $3 each.
If you are a DIY kind of baby shower host, you can make your own invitations. How about doing a cow jumping over a moon? Hand draw it or copy it from a copyright-free source such as clip art online or a children's book that is now in the public domain and free of copyrights. Ask a librarian if you're not sure it's okay to copy. After making it out of construction papers, simply add the shower details and you've got an adorable invite for the shower. You can also do a cat playing a fiddle. There are so many cute ways to do an invitation for this shower theme. Get inspired by actually reading some children's nursery rhyme books.
Nursery Rhyme Shower Decorations
Ask everyone on the invitation to bring a children's book, nursery rhyme or other, to get the new baby's first library started. Use the books to decorate the fireplace mantel or buffet table as shown in the above photo or have a cute decorated box waiting so guests can drop their book in and the mom-to-be can take them all home in style. (Just don't let her lift the box into her car!)
Pick out some of the colors that nursery rhymes typically feature like pastel yellow, blues, and greens. You can then plan your table tops, napkins, and paper goods around these colors. Have balloons in shapes of cows, cats, Humpty Dumpty, or other nursery rhyme characters. You can order them online or find them at party shops. Since this theme is quite popular for baby showers, you should be able to find these easily enough.
You can buy all of your baby shower supplies in one place if you want to utilize a Little Lamb theme. Above, you'll see invitations, tableware, favors and more that are fully coordinated. Let someone else do all the work while you just point and click!
Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower Food Ideas
For foods, think baby shower tea party. Cut up little cucumber sandwiches and have a tea party spread. Dainty cakes and little individual tea pots or mismatched china cups add to the allure. Try to set it up so it looks magical with some faux vines and flowers intertwined to make a nursery come alive. You might dress as a nanny yourself with an apron and hat, or ask guests to wear pins or costumes celebrating characters. If any of them are teachers, they'll have plenty to choose from. Borrow where you can or look in thrift stores. Have plastic ducklings floating in the punch and other storybook toys like Puss in Boots or the Gingerbread Man scattered around the table.
I found the food pictures shown above and below at BeBehBlog.com. She has some super clever food ideas and she utilized tent cards to label the various dishes so that shower guests would know exactly how each item tied in with the nursery rhymes baby shower theme. My favorites are the Little Jack Horner Thumb Print Cookies, This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef Sandwiches, Humpty Dumpty Deviled Eggs, Mary Mary Quite Contrary Garden Veggies and Peter Piper Pickled Peppers. SO CUTE!!
Nursery Rhymes Cake
No baby shower is complete without an adorable cake. I LOVE the one shown to the right which was purchased by the shower host at a local bakery.
It consists of three rectangular cakes that were stacked and decorated to look like books with "Nursery Rhymes" written on the book bindings. Then figures of Humpty Dumpty, a cow with stars and moon, a goose, cat and fiddle were used around the cake to emphasize the theme.
Check out the video below for even more cute ideas used on an award-winning nursery rhyme themed cake.
An Award Winning Cake Design
Printable Nursery Rhyme Themed Games
Online, you can find some really fun nursery rhyme themed printable baby shower games. If you'd prefer not to play games, you might consider doing a fun activity with your shower guests.
Make gingerbread cookies or little magical gingerbread houses as a fun craft at the shower. You can decorate little Hansel and Gretel type gingerbread houses. Bake your houses ahead of time and let guests go to town decorating them. Take pictures and then let each guest take theirs home.
Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower Favors
For party favors, you have lots of options. First, you can give out little figurines of common nursery rhyme characters. Check online at eBay or other sites where you can get a box of figures for just a few dollars. Look for Little Miss Muffet, Mother Goose, The Old Woman in the Shoe, and others. Type in "nursery rhyme figures" and you should come up with plenty. Wrap them in a pretty netting and ribbon to create cheap baby shower favors.
Another idea would be to give out nursery rhyme themed favors that you buy online like baby shower bookmark favors, key chain favors or personalized candy bar favors. You can find items that have a Cow Jumped Over the Moon, Mary had a Little Lamb, or Humpty Dumpty theme.
And if you happen to be invited to a nursery rhymes shower, you would be considered oh so clever if you showed up with a baby gift inspired by your favorite nursery rhyme. You can see some fun options like baby blankets, wooden blocks, and books that carry the theme.