Many people associate yellow ducks with babies - probably because they are both so cute and cuddly! Because of all the adorable duck-themed baby items available, it is very easy to plan a rubber ducky themed baby shower. You can use a number of phrases on your invitations including rubber ducky, lucky duck, ducky duck, just ducky or even rub-a-dub-dub (for more of a bathtime theme). Decorate in yellow - of course - and add splashes of blue to simulate water. Decorate the guest book table with this unique ducky gift cake that includes a giant rubber duck, hooded bath towel, sleep gown, hat, booties, washcloth, brush and comb.
Rubber duckies are inexpensive, so use them generously throughout your shower. They look cute scattered throughout your food table (especially with a blue tablecloth), they make great place card holders and they are perfect for game pieces. You can even create a miniature duck pond and help your guests relive their childhood!
We also have a great selection of baby shower favors to decorate your tables or send guests home with a treat. There are photo frames, candles, bookmarks, personalized candy jars or even mint tins with a cute rubber duck announcing the shower date. Many hosts will send out these mint tins along with their invitations so the guests have a tasty reminder of the upcoming celebration.
Rubber Ducky Themed Baby Shower Ideas
Babies, bath time and yellow rubber duckies go together like apple pie and ice cream. A rubber ducky theme is one of the most popular choices for a baby shower. Themed items such as tableware, invitations, and shower favors are readily available which means that you can save lots of time and money by shopping around online.
I've put together this article to provide inspiration to all of you planning a rubber ducky themed baby shower. Be sure to check out the clever ideas for games and food and you are sure to host one of the best baby showers your guests have ever attended. And the Mom to be is sure to be quacking with joy!
Rubber Ducky Themed Baby shower Invitations
Local party supply stores and online baby shower shops are a great resource for unique baby shower invitations and thank you note cards. When it comes to invitations, you have several options and your choice will most likely be dictated by your budget. Fully customized invitations like the one shown to the right normally cost a couple of dollars each so for large showers, they can get quite expensive. However, they are a gorgeous way to invite guests.
The second option is to buy duck themed invitations where you 'fill-in' the shower details by hand prior to mailing them. Of course, this means that you have to take the time to hand write the invites which can be a bit overwhelming for really large showers. However, this is obviously a much cheaper alternative to pre-printed personalized invitations.
If you are creative, you can make your own invitations either using scrapbook type supplies or your computer. The great thing about making your own is that it is often inexpensive and you can tailor the invites and duck thank you notes specifically to your shower. You can even include a photo of the pregnant mommy.
Finally, if all of the guests are part of the technology age, you could go with the cheapest invites of all... Evites. Guests reply directly online and all of the guests can see who else is planning to attend.
Here are some of my favorite fully personalized and printed invites that you can purchase online (with a duck motif)...
Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Table Decor
Having some Rubber Ducky baby shower table decor(like the style shown in the photo to the right) is almost a must to carry your theme throughout the shower.
If you are on a tight budget, I recommend getting just a few of the rubber ducky baby shower table decor items such as plates and napkins and then getting tablecloths, cups, and silverware that are just plain yellow or blue. The themed tableware can get expensive if you try to buy every single item in a yellow ducky theme.
That said, I have seen many companies selling duck themed party packs which seem to be more reasonably priced than buying each item individually. The bottom line is that you need to add all of the tableware items up to determine whether it is more cost effective to buy the party pack or just the individual items.
Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Food Ideas
Making food for a duck themed baby shower can be fun and fairly easy. Here are some rubber ducky baby shower food ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Punch - One of the best ideas I've seen is to make a blue colored punch for the party. Place the punch either in a traditional glass punch bowl or in a baby wash tub and float rubber duckies in it. It looks adorable on the buffet table!
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Snacks - For snacks, put out fish bowls full of goldfish crackers. Yellow M&M's or other yellow candies are a great touch when placed in duck-shaped containers.
Food - For the food, pick things that tie in with the yellow, white and blue color scheme. Deviled eggs, yellow fruit salad with pineapple and bananas, any kind of finger sandwiches cut out into duck shapes with cookie cutters, and 'quack'ers with yellow cheese are fun ideas. Just be creative!
Dessert - For dessert, a duck-shaped cake, cupcakes or cookies are a must. Be sure to watch the great YouTube video that I found on creating a REALLY easy ducky cake that would look great as the centerpiece. For another easy dessert that incorporates a yellow color scheme, consider doing a trifle made with vanilla or banana pudding along with store-bought pound cake and cool whip to create a beautiful white and yellow layer dessert. Then just finish it off with a couple rubber ducks on top.
Rubber Ducky Themed Baby Shower Cakes
Wilton.com has so many great ideas for ducky themed cakes. If you visit their website, you can get step-by-step instructions for creating all of the cakes shown above. It even includes a guide for tinting the icing to achieve the desired color and effect.
These cakes look so good I can almost taste them! After weeding through hundreds of designs, the rubber ducky themed baby shower cakes shown below are some of my favorites! Made with a variety of decorating techniques and multiple levels of difficulty, you're sure to find one to use at your next rubber ducky themed baby shower. Photo credit to www.flickr.com.
The first cake shown in this collage is a 3D creation shared by TimScott. The cake was made by baking 2 duck-shaped cakes, standing them up and sticking them together with icing. The yellow "fuzz" was made with a decorator tip and yellow buttercreme. His eyes are made of candy and his beak is orange fondant. The cutest part of this cake is the way it was displayed. The decorator used a silver galvanized tub with a blue base, and then scattered marshmallows throughout the tub to simulate bubbles. I would feel confident recreating this cake, although the beak may get a bit tricky (fondant can be hard to work with) so I would just frost it with buttercreme. The "mama and babies" tiered design on the right is a fun combination of cake and cupcakes. Each cupcake has a simple layer of white icing with a miniature rubber duck favor on top. The mama duck is a single layer cake, covered in fondant with a cupcake head. Although this particular cake is for a birthday, it would be perfect for a baby shower also! This cake can be found at Jellycakes flickr site. The final cake pictured above is a masterpiece of decorating. It is covered in smooth fondant with intricate edible designs including a clothesline, washtub, and the duck on top! The stunning and finely detailed cake was displayed by rsvpcakes and it is so beautiful I would hate to cut into it!
The cute design above left was crafted from two round cakes and a pair of sugar cookies for the webbed feet. Bit-O-Me explains how to create this cake on her blog. The cake on the right is another awesome mother and baby design, with a pond base and marshy background. The mama is a single round cake, covered and fondant with a cupcake head and fondant details. The babies are smaller cupcakes with molded fondant details, but if I were to reproduce this cake I would simply use toy ducks for the babies. This flickr cake can be found at teri_caza's page.
The last cake I picked to display is my absolute favorite! It is also one that I think could easily be reproduced for your ducky baby shower. The simple round cake is covered in buttercream, then accented with green grass at the bottom. The top was designed with a circular layer of blue fondant, but you could easily ice the "pond" with buttercream instead. The fishing pole is a simple dowel poked into the cake and wrapped with a piece of string. The hook is colored icing and the top is finished with four rubber ducks. This adorable creation is displayed by Leeroy Rokkenrohl.
Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Games
Word Find - Rubber duckies are an integral part of bath time for babies so why not tie this into the rubber ducky theme using something like this printable word find that is full of bath time phrases. The first person to find all 30 phrases wins the game.
Printable Games - Printable games such as the one described above are a great option for creating themed ideas for your baby shower. You can buy the 5 games shown in the photo under Baby Shower Games.
Lucky Duck Game - Fill a large washbasin tub or baby bath tub or other plastic tub with water and buy a little rubber ducky for each of the shower guests. With a Sharpie write 'Lucky Duck' on the bottom of one of the ducks and then place all of them in the pool of water. Have each guest choose a duck (which can double as their shower favor) during the shower. The 'lucky duck' wins a prize.
Rubber Ducky Race - You need two plastic baby bath time tubs filled with water placing a ribbon across near the end of each tub (the same distance). Then you have the guests race their ducks setting it up like a tournament. In the first round, each pair of guests race each other. When the hostess says go, the contestants place their ducks at the start of the bath tub and then blow on the duck (no hands!!) trying to get to the finish line first. The winner of each race moves on to the next round and the next until the champion duck racer is crowned. This game is hilarious!
Duck, Duck, Gray Duck (or Goose) - If your guests are part of a young crowd, this game can be quite fun. You play it just like you did when you were a kid. Sit in a large circle facing inward with one person (the picker) going round the group. The picker taps the people in the group lightly on the head calling out duck, duck, duck, and then goose or gray duck. If you get tapped when the picker says gray duck, you must get up and try to chase down the picker. If the Picker gets to the spot and sits down before the gray duck (or goose) can catch them, then the gray duck becomes the new Picker and the game continues. If the Gray Duck manages to tag the Picker before the Picker can sit down, then the Gray Duck may sit down again and the Picker resumes walking around the circle declaring Ducks and a Gray Duck.
Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Favors
Give your guests a little something to take home with them after the baby shower. There are so many great rubber ducky baby shower favors available on the market today. Consider duck-shaped baby shower soap favors or candles that usually feature little thank you hang tags. Other great options are small photo frames, bookmarks and chocolate bars.
Rubber Duck Baby Shower Gift Ideas
A ducky themed baby shower gift can do double duty as both the centerpiece at the shower and the gift for Mom and baby.
From personalized baby blankets to bathtub toys and books, ducks can decorate not only your shower but also your baby gift! If the baby has already been born, consider getting him or her a personalized ducky blanket. The soft fabric is great for snuggling and your new mom will love baby's name embroidered on the front.
Some of our gift baskets include tear-free shampoo and bubble bath along with duck tub toys, a ducky hooded towel, and soothing baby lotion. The duck-themed gift box pictured in the center is too cute to wrap so this item can do double duty as a gift and a shower centerpiece! Other great duck or bath-related gifts include a baby tub (I loved mine - it fit over my kitchen sink), bibs, clothes (new moms can never have enough onesies or sleepers) and duck toys. There are hundreds of duck books to stimulate baby's mind, two of my kids' favorites is "Duck Soup" and "Duck at the Door". The books can be combined into a larger gift box or given separately.
If you'd like to get the baby something he can use later, there are some cute duck-themed raincoats, galoshes and hats. Nothing is more adorable than a toddler, decked out in his ducky rain gear, splashing through the springtime puddles!
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