My Baby Shower was a Whale of a Party
Over the weekend, I had my first (and likely last) baby shower. It was an incredible day, and a memory I will cherish forever. At some point after we found out we were having a boy, whales started catching my attention when reviewing baby themes. My husband and I are beach and ocean lovers, so as soon as I saw the availability of whale baby supplies, nursery decor, and whale baby shower decor, it was an easy choice.
Whale Baby Shower Invitations
My mom hosted my baby shower and found so many ways to incorporate the whale theme. She spent hours searching for the perfect whale baby shower invitation. After looking on a few different websites, she decided to order the invitation from TinyPrints.
The invitation also included a request to bring a book for the baby. This was an amazing idea! Everyone brought at least one book. Now I have a huge library ready to go.
Whale Baby Shower Decorations
The baby shower was held at my parent’s house, so we did a lot of decorating to make it more festive. Target, Party City and Amazon all have small collections of whale decorations. My Mom bought a lot of blue decorations, which helped to accent the whale items we used. Avoiding going overboard (no pun intended) with the whales provided a classier look.
This is a list of the decorations that were used above the dessert, gift, and favor tables:
- Helium Balloons, Bought and Filled at Party City
- Charming Baby Boy Hanging Decorations Kit, Blue/White/Blue/White-9 pieces total, $9.73, Amazon
- Fluffy Baby Shower Hanging for Party Decorations, 16″, Blue- 3 pieces total, $6.90, Amazon
- Paper Lanterns (Blue/White/Turquoise) 9.5″ Party Accessory- 3 pieces total, $8.11, Amazon
We rented tables for shower guest seating. Each table was covered with a blue table cloth. A flower centerpiece was placed on each table. We used folding tables for the dessert/adult favor table, and the main food table. We used a card table for the gift table. And we used my mom’s credenza for the kid favor table. We took one of the rented tables and adjusted it to cocktail table height for the “message in a bottle” station.
Here are the decorations used on the tables:
- Diaper Cake Kit, $14.99, Amazon
- Whale Security Blanket, $9.99, Target
- Charming Baby Boy Confetti Value Pack, $8.70, Amazon
- White Light House Shaped Tea Light Holder, 4 per package, $14.99, Amazon
- Mini chalk boards with easels, 10 per package, $16.97, Amazon
- Round Light Blue Plastic Tablecloth, 84″- 1 per table, $7.99 each, Amazon
- Blue Baby Whale Hanging Cutouts- 3 per package, $8.50, Target
- Blue Baby Whale Plastic Tablecloth- 1 per package, $7.25, Target
- Ball Wide Mouth Elite Collection Quart Jars- 4 per package, $9.93, Amazon
- Bubble Ball 4-inch Footed Glass Bowl Set- 12 per package, $27.48, Amazon
- Flat Marble Vase Filler Gem Glass Confetti- 500 per package, $14.99, Amazon
- Fresh cut flowers (white and blue)
The flower centerpieces were arranged in 4-inch footed glass bowls. We put the blue flat marbles on the bottom, added white and blue flowers, and placed one vase on each round table. In addition to the round tables, we used my mom’s dining room table. The dining room table had two of the blue Ball wide mouth jars with white and blue flowers.
Whale Baby Shower Food
My mother-in-law brought most of the food for my baby shower. She made all my favorites including BBQ beef, potato salad and coleslaw. She also made an antipasto platter. There was also a nice selection of appetizers.
For the desserts, we went a bit overboard. We had cakeballs, whale cookies, and a raspberry chocolate cake. I added whale cupcake toppers for the cakeballs. The cake had to remain refrigerated until right before it was served, so we added the diaper cake to the dessert table. We used the mini chalkboards to write out cakeball flavors.
My mom also wrapped up the napkins with lifesavers and twine for a nautical touch.
Whale Baby Shower Favors
For the favors, I wanted to give something personal. I made the cakeballs myself, so each person received a favor bag with two cakeballs. I also love sparkling wine and champagne, so each person received a mini bottle to toast with when my baby arrives.
There were some children that attended, so the kids got a favor baby with an assortment of items like a slap bracelet, wood cutout to color, bouncy balls, mini games, mini sea animal erasers, and candy. We used the mini chalkboards to differentiate between the “adult favors” and the”kid favors”.
Whale Baby Shower Games
Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of baby shower games. I did want to do so some type of game, so I searched Amazon and found some really cute whale themed games cards. I picked four games including “scratch to find the whale”, “what’s in my purse”, “celebrity baby names” and “guess the candy”. The Andaz Collection on Amazon has 46 matching games and whale decorations for purchase. We also asked the guests to write a “message in a bottle” with parenting tips or advice. It was enjoyable to read the messages after the shower was over.
I hope these tips will help you plan your whale themed baby shower! Please comment below and let me know how your shower turns out.