Oh baby! Baby showers and gender reveal parties are a time to celebrate the parents-to-be and the upcoming arrival of their newborn. But planning showers can be a daunting task. If your baby shower or gender reveal party ideas need a boost, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our tips on how to throw a baby-themed party filled with fun surprises, favors, and desserts galore.
1. The cake says it all. Desserts are the centerpieces of gender reveal parties and baby showers. Couples often use cakes or cupcakes to reveal the gender of their baby at parties. Make the perfect reveal cake using either traditional-sized cake pans or smaller pans that transform a two layer cake recipe into an impressive four-layer creation. Color the cake batter pink or blue with food coloring to match the gender of the baby, or make a vanilla or chocolate cake with pink or blue icing instead. If you want to get really creative, make our Chocolate Surprise Cake. Fill the center with pink or blue chocolate candies and when you cut into it, the candies will fall out of the center.
If you’re planning on making your own cake, and need decorating inspiration, check out this video.
2. Make homemade baby shower favors. Even though the party will be filled with different desserts, you can send mini Bundt cakes home with your guests as favors or use them as prizes.
3. There’s no such thing as too many treats at a party. Appetizers and desserts that can be eaten with one hand (and are small enough to let guests try one of everything!) are great choices. You can make snacks or tarts in a mini muffin pan, or use a Brownie Pan to make perfectly-portioned treats. Here are some of our favorite baby shower recipes:
- Veggie Quesadilla Cups
- Moroccan Meatballs With Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
- Crostini With Lemon-Basil Ricotta Spread
- Naughty Brownies
- Double Chocolate Truffle Cupcake
4. Fulfill her pregnancy cravings! Since you’re celebrating the mom-to-be, it’s only right to have a dessert station with all her favorite pregnancy cravings. Homemade ice cream is a great base for an ice cream sundae bar featuring her favorite flavor and go-to toppings (pickles optional!). Start with a Basic Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.
5. Pop the Champagne! Although the soon-to-be mom won’t be drinking, that doesn’t mean her guests can’t enjoy a little bubbly at the party. A wine chiller will keep your wine and Champagne chilled throughout the festivities–and won’t leave a wet ring on your tablecloth or table. Try our Mimosa Bar and Faux Mimosa Bar recipes to offer drink options for all your guests.