Baby Shower Ideas for People Who Hate Baby Showers

 
 
There's something about traditional baby showers that make some people feel... awkward. Maybe the new parent-to-be doesn't like being the center of attention. Who decided the invite list has to be so estrogen-heavy? And why do the decorations look like they're entertaining babies, instead of the adults actually attending the party?
If you're planning a baby bash, we say go ahead and break those outdated rules. Let the guest-of-honor decide what format makes them feel the most comfortable, and decorate with any theme they want using free design templates on Avery Design & Print. Here are some ideas for a less-squeamish, more relaxed baby shower.
 
Create decorations to match the shower theme and all your party pieces will fit right in, like these popcorn seasoning square labels designed on Avery Design & Print.
Create decorations to match the shower theme and all your party pieces will fit right in, like these popcorn seasoning square labels designed on Avery Design & Print.

Create a munch-ready snack bar

Ever arrive at a party and wonder, "when will food be served?" Meanwhile, you and your growling stomach miserably regret not stopping at the local taco joint on your way over.
Don't be a food tease. Instead, lead guests to a tantalizing snack bar the minute they arrive, and let them help themselves. To decorate the buffet table and identify your fine selection, head over to Avery Design & Print. Choose from a variety of design templates to match your theme, and create your own food labels and buffet tent cards.
Get Square Label Template.
 
Rub some solvent to remove the existing labels, then use water-resistant arched labels to achieve these chill babies.
Rub some solvent to remove the existing labels, then use water-resistant arched labels to achieve these chill babies.

Personalize the soda pop

Don't have time or patience to sweat the details? Avery Design & Print makes it easy to churn out personalized labels in a pinch. To make these soda pop labels, just choose your design, select "Edit All," customize the message, and the entire label sheet is ready to print. Or, you can add each individual guest's name to each label when you select "Edit One." When people mingle, misplaced drinks can easily be found. Who knew creating custom labels could be so fast and easy?
Get Arched Label Template.
 
Raffle tickets are a cinch to make with Avery Design & Print, and the free software even does the sequential numbering for you!
 Raffle tickets are a cinch to make with Avery Design & Print, and the free software even does the sequential numbering for you!

Forget the cheesy baby shower games

For crying out loud, games should be fun—not cringeworthy or wasteful. Try these games that can be practical and useful for the parent-to-be.
Take the onesie decorating game. Everyone decorates a onesie using non-toxic fabric paints while the expectant parent is out of the room. They return and have to guess who decorated which one. And, baby gets a ton of custom-made outfits to boot!
Then there's the baby advice game, where guests write down solid wisdom from their own moms (and dads) to pass on to the new mom or dad. No advice is bad advice if it works!
The diaper raffle is a crowd favorite. Simply create raffle tickets to match the shower theme by applying the design in Avery Design & Print. Plus, the software has this neat sequential numbering tool so numbering the tickets and the stubs was a breeze. Have prizes for 2nd runner-up, 1st runner-up and the grand prize. Then, using your best game show host voice, draw tickets and announce the 2nd and 1st runners up. Take five for a commercial (aka potty break) to build up the anticipation before revealing the grand prize winner.
 
Send guests home with a sweet take-home gift. These scalloped labels on popcorn favors can be customized to express your thanks.
Send guests home with a sweet take-home gift. These scalloped labels on popcorn favors can be customized to express your thanks.
 
Put together a baby shower they'll all be raving about! Avery Design & Print makes it easy to create custom DIY decorations, favors and more—and all you have to do is pick a design, personalize and print.