If there’s one thing I absolutely love the most, it’s setting up a themed party. In fact, just recently, my girlfriends and I spoiled our dear mama-to-be friend by throwing her a super cute pink elephant baby shower. Needless to say, the party was a huge success!
Seriously, you can never go wrong with a pink elephant baby shower theme. It just never gets old! From the adorable pink elephant invitations, to the most perfect elephant centerpieces, and delish sweet treats… Everything just made celebrating the little peanut even more exciting.
10 Cute and Girly Elephant Baby Shower Ideas
So let me share with you how to put together the cutest pink elephant baby shower that will leave lasting memories – and plenty of Instagram-worthy photos at the same time!
Your invitation card should say it all. Impress your guests with the best pink elephant baby shower invitations that showcase the theme of the party. In this case, throw in a bunch of cute elephants and pink flowers here and there. Think pink and super girly! But most importantly, be sure to include important details such as the when’s, where’s, and what’s of the event.
I can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your invitation matches with your decor, though. When you decide on the invitation card design, you should think of your indoor and outdoor decor, too. This gives the event a professional feel to it and not merely a hodge-podge of ideas.
Now, ladies, keep in mind that when you send out invitations to your guests, you can never be too early for it. After all, you’re dealing with busy mamas who have a gazillion of things to do. You want to make sure they know way ahead of time when the party will be, so they can arrange things with their hubbies and babysitters if necessary. At least 3 weeks before the party is just about the perfect time to mail or hand invitations to your girlfriends.
2. Decor for the outdoor
To me, the perfect party doesn’t simply have the coolest decor indoors. I want to make sure that even the outdoors pretty much has the words fun and excitement written all over it. Plus, it gives guests an idea where the event is at. Not everyone has been to the host’s house, so a nice sign should come in handy for showing everybody the way to the party scene.
Since we’re talking pink elephants here, tying some pink balloons outside or lanterns outside should be perfect. We used one of those pink ball-looking lanterns and hung them on the tree branches. As for the pink balloons, they beautifully decorated the porch. Nothing says party louder than balloons and lanterns, don’t you think so?
Other important decorations to have are signs! Welcome, Food, Drink signs, etc. are all important to make things clear for your guests so they do not have to guess where things are, or keep asking you. We have actually designed a bunch of super adorable signs that come in our Done-For-You package. Please check them out and see what you think! 🙂
3. Centerpiece Ideas
This is, in my opinion, the center of attention in every party. It shares the space with the treats, so everyone’s going to want to snap photos of the centerpiece. With that being said, you want to make sure your centerpiece is flawless and matches the party theme.
For a super adorable centerpiece, a few cool ideas I’d like to share with you include the following:
Pink Elephant Diaper Cakes
This one’s super easy to make! All you need are diapers, a wide pink sash to gather up the rolled diapers in one bunch, and a mini plush pink elephant for the topper. Depending on the space you’ve got on the table, you can make 5 of these and just place them in random locations. But I really like making several of these cuties and stacking them up to create a 3-tier diaper cake for an eye-catching centerpiece.
Peanuts in a Jar
I used this as a centerpiece for my friend’s baby shower, and it was a big hit! So, I got a clear cookie jar, filled it up with peanuts (I used the ones with the shell), and topped the lid with a pink elephant made of cardboard. Since our theme was a pink elephant ballerina, I picked up a roll of white and pink tulle at the fabric shop and made large fluffy flowers out of these. The tulle flowers surrounded the elephant, like it’s wearing a tutu. You gotta try these, ladies. It’s so super cute!
You can use these as inspiration and just maybe personalize it by scribbling the mama-to-be’s name or something. Also, you can make your centerpiece as big or as small as how you want it, depending on the space you’ve got.
4. Banners and Other Party Decor
What’s a baby shower without banners and cutesy party decor, right? You’re in luck because there are TONS of awesome ready-made banners and decors that you can pick up online, so you don’t have to spend hours making them. Just be sure to get them with the color combination you need, so everything matches perfectly.
Since we’re working around a pink elephant theme, it’s nice to add some tiny elephant cutouts to your streamers and banners. You can use your choice of material such as plastic, cardboard, cloth, and so on. Best to keep it in pink and whatever your secondary color may be.
5. Party Treats and Menu
Ah, now the most exciting part – planning for your party treats!
Before you go all out on your menu, let’s keep in mind that you’ll be munching on these most probably at mid-day. It’s why junior-sized treats are your best bet, still matching with your theme. Some of my favorite picks are the following:
– elephant cake pops
– pink frosted cupcakes
– pink elephant cookies
– pink elephant macarons
– pink doughnuts with candy sprinkles
One more thing, ladies. You and your girlfriends might go for a nice pink punch for your party drinks, but be sure to serve a non-alcoholic beverage for the mama-to-be. I particularly like the good ol’ sparkling pink lemonade (basically, it’s lemonade prepared in fizzy water), which is super easy to make and tastes amazing!
Dish up the treats right before the most-awaited opening of presents. This will give guests something to munch on while they go “oooh” and “aaah” during the gift-opening part of the event.
6. Games and Activities
Any baby shower won’t be complete without the fun games! Let me share with you some of the classic favorites that’s sure to give everyone an amazing time:
Onesie Decorating Contest
Bring out the creative geniuses in your guests and challenge them to a onesie decorating contest! All you’ll need are about 5 plain white onesies, fabric paints, fabric stamps with stamping pads, buttons, needles, and thread.
First off, you need a theme for your Baby Bingo. It could be anything from popular baby food, baby items, baby names, and so on. If you can buy ready-to-use Baby Bingo cards, it’s even better, so you don’t have to search online and print them up. Then, have the cut up pieces of paper where the items on the card are listed. Put these into a diaper bag and draw out a piece one at a time – you know, just like how it’s like in a regular Bingo game. Place your game piece over each word called out once you find it on your card. First one to fill in a vertical, diagonal, or horizontal row shouts “Bingo” and wins.
Let’s keep it real, ladies. Who doesn’t enjoy raffle prizes? It’s why I highly recommend this fun game that’s sure to get everyone excited to play. Slip a raffle ticket in your invitation and tell your guests to bring it with them to the party. They need to write their name on the ticket before they drop it into a jar. And just before the event comes to an end, start drawing for the raffle prize winners and watch these ladies eagerly anticipate their names to be called out!
Oh yeah, don’t forget to include this baby shower must-do! Prepare a stack of pink and white notecards (preferably in the shape of an elephant) and a large mason jar on the coffee table. Tell the guests to write a sweet message for the mama-to-be and drop their note in the jar. It should be a heartwarming experience for the guest of honor to read the message before the party ends. Make her LOL or tear up with your note!
7. Party Favors
Give your guests something nice to bring home as some kind of a “Thank You” token. It could be pink scented candles, a jar of elephant-shaped cookies, primped up tin cans with candies, and so on.
I like party favors with a consumable item inside (i.e. cookies, nuts, mini cupcakes, biscuits, candies) because they’re quite practical and easy to prepare. But then, you might want to do some artsy stuff to the tin can or jar that you’ll use for these munchies. Use some pink sashes, bows, glitters, buttons, and what-nots to make the container look pretty.
8. Stay with the Theme
Always stay consistent with your party theme. Think pink elephants, white bows, (maybe pink elephants with white bows!), white polka dots, and all that. It could be like a circus pink elephant, or a ballerina elephant, maybe even a fairy princess elephant. The choice is totally up to you!
9. Everything should match.
You’d want everything to be matchy-matchy, as much as possible. We’re talking super coordinated party elements – from the invitations, thank you cards, party favors, banners, and the centerpiece, even! It’s why I always go for a complete set of baby shower party essentials that I can find from a reliable source. Because really, you have a shade of pink or maybe an image of the elephant in mind, so you want these to match, as well. Would be such a shame if you have light pink banners and dark pink centerpiece, right? Not very pretty.
10. Do it the easy way.
I guess the word “easy” and “party planning” don’t always go together, right? Sure, it’s really fun to plan and prepare for a baby shower, but you gotta do the work. And believe me, ladies, it’s a LOT of work. It’s why I don’t recommend choosing separate items from different suppliers. I mean, it never helps to get an invitation card from one source and a party favor or decor from another. Really, this spells out disaster for your baby shower. Plus, it doesn’t work for OC folks out there.
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With the little bub on everyone’s mind, excitement is truly in the air! Gather up your girlfriends and come up with the ultimate event of the year with these pink elephant baby shower ideas. You’re sure to leave the mom-to-be totally speechless as you spoil her rotten and make her feel like a queen in this super special day!