The centerpieces for my cousin’s recent baby shower were cute and a snap to make! If you’re not really a DIY-er, but you’re looking for some sweet Baby Shower Ideas with a personal touch, than using children’s books, stuffed animals, and balloons as centerpieces is an easy way to go.
Check out some pictures of a few of the centerpieces below, along with a list of centerpieces ideas that pairs even more classic children’s books and toys. Of course, we have a bunch of Baby Shower Invitations and Party Favors for you to look through to help jump start your brainstorming, too!
To start, we paired some of our favorite children's picture and board books with matching toys, like 999 Tadpoles by Ken Kimura and some plastic bath frogs. A balloon bouquet with white and blue balloons (It's a boy!) added some height to the centerpieces, and a 12x12 piece of craft paper underneath each centerpiece tied it all together. (Notice, the craft paper says, "It's a boy!")
What's great about these centerpieces is not only how easy they were to set up, but also how reusable they are. Little goes to waste! The books are sent home with mom and dad to start off baby's library, and the new baby will need a huge pile of toys and stuffed animals, of course. Even the craft paper can be used in baby's first scrapbook!
Here are ten more ideas for book and toy centerpieces:
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin with a Teddy Bear
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter with a Stuffed Rabbit
- 10 Little Ducks by Eric Carle with Rubber Bath Duckies
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats with a Red Baby Hat and Mittens
- Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird with a Pair of Children's Ballet Slippers
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems with a Fisher Price Yellow Bus
- ABC by Dr. Seuss with Wooden Alphabet Blocks
- Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin with Pairs of Baby Shoes
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg with a Toy Train
- Curious George by H.A. and Margaret Ray with a Barrel of Monkeys game
Of course, make sure to have a special centerpiece for the head table. Mom and dad along with the grandparents sat a table with an enormous diaper cake, which served double duty as a gift and centerpiece!
Enjoy planning your baby shower, and don't forget to keep it simple and fun!