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Baby showers have come a long way from finger foods and traditional pinks and blues. With modern themes and colors, to creative menus, games and party favors, there are a plenty of stylish ways to host this time-honored tradition for a friend or family member.

Choosing a distinctive color or inspiring theme for the party can help make the planning easier. Then, tie in your baby shower invitations, food and favors and it is sure to be a memorable event for everyone.

Knowing the style of the mom-to-be, and if the new arrival will be a girl or boy, can help determine the party's décor and stationery. However, there are also adorable ways to throw a gender-neutral shower when the expectant mom wants it to be a surprise. Here are a few great ideas for both.

Gender-Neutral Baby Shower Ideas

Wishes for Baby Celebration

Shower the mom-to-be with heartfelt hopes and dreams for the new baby. As a keepsake for the special little one, have guests share their wishes on a printable card and then assemble them in a photo album. This is not only a great memento for Mom, but it's also a way for her friends and family to share in the joys of welcoming the new baby.

Spa-Themed Shower

Pamper the expectant mom and her guests with manicures and pedicures. Find a local spa that offers spa treatments at your shower destination or bring the party to them. Mini-bottles of nail polish make great favors.

Mom Knows Best

New motherhood brings endless joy and lots of questions. Have your guests share some of their "words of wisdom" on a notecard or in a keepsake book. Extend the fun with a unique shower game by having everyone match the advice tips to their corresponding attendees.

Storybook Celebration

Plan a shower around the mom-to-be’s favorite childhood story. Choose the book's main character for inspiration and this theme can take on many variations. Whether she loves Curious George or Goodnight Moon, throwing a book-themed shower is a creative way to celebrate the expectant mom's love of reading. On the invitation, suggest guests bring their favorite books for the nursery library and include a bookplate for them to sign. DIY bookmarks are also perfect favors to complement this motif.

Potluck Shower

Getting dinner ready is a monumental task for new moms. Ask guests to bring a favorite, freezable meal with two recipes cards - one for the mom-to-be and one to swap with partygoers.

ABC Shower

Look to the alphabet for an inspirational shower theme and the choices are endless. From individual letter cupcakes and cookies, to wooden alphabet blocks for decor, incorporating your ABC's can be as easy as 1-2-3.

Baby Shower Ideas for Boys

Anchors Away!

Classic red, navy and white are always in style. Nautical boats and flags can lend a festive and fun tone to this celebration. Use sailor's twine with lifesaver candy to wrap silverware and red napkins to complete the look.

Little Boy Blue

Remix this ho-hum hue with the traditional nursery rhyme and you have the perfect backdrop for a creative baby shower. Combine chocolate haystacks and marshmallow sheep cupcakes with the blue color scheme, and you're well on your way to an extraordinary celebration.

Baby Shower Ideas for Girls

You Are My Sunshine

What better way to welcome a new baby than with rays of bright yellow accessories and a sunny-themed menu? Think lemonade, daffodils and sunflowers to honor the mom-to-be. Adorn the table with yellow and white gingham or modern chevron stripes for a truly festive look. Extend the golden theme with a playlist of familiar tunes, such as "Here Comes the Sun" and "Walkin’ on Sunshine" to add to the cheerful festivities.

Little Ladybug

Celebrate the new mom and her future little lady with a ladybug shower. Start with a red and black color palette, and lots of polka dots, and transform any space into a unique bug bonanza. Black and red M&M candy favors, a chocolate, strawberry layered dirt dessert and yummy cake pops standing in grass flowerpots will carry this theme into the very last bite.

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