I have been to many baby showers, and I've even had an opportunity to throw one for my sister. Recently, however, I was challenged to think of Christian baby shower ideas, and I realized that I don't think I have been to a baby shower that had a Christian-based theme. I have been to many that incorporated Christian principles into the baby shower, but none that had a theme surrounding a Christian principle.
And I thought, why not? I think there are several cute baby shower themes that could be pulled out of Bible verses! And since I don't know if I will ever have a chance to throw another baby shower (at least not until my daughter is married and having babies), I wanted to share some of my ideas, in the hopes that someone out there can use them.
I have not thrown any of these showers myself, so I am afraid I don't have gorgeous pictures of these ideas to show you. Use your imagination, and if you do end up using one of these ideas, take pictures and send them to me! It will make this post more fun to look at, and I'll give you a shout out!
Arrows In The Hand Of A Warrior
"Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them." Psalm 127:4-5a
This verse is a classic passage of the Bible to emphasize how children are a blessing, which is a great thing to focus on at a baby shower! I think using an arrow/warrior theme would be especially adorable for a boy baby shower, but you could use it for girls too.
Color scheme ideas? If I were throwing this party, I would go bright or tribal! This is a color scheme I like for a warrior/arrow theme:
Other ideas to get you started: Pick out invitations (or make your own) that incorporate images of an arrow. Print out the verse above and display it on the food table. Make an arrow shaped cake, or arrow shaped cookies. Make paper arrows to hang from the ceiling. Buy some faux arrowheads (they are fairly cheap on Amazon), and write the baby's name and due date on them - pass them out as party favors so guests will remember to pray for the new baby.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13 (NIV84)
This verse is one of my favorites, as I am sure it has been for many expecting moms. It is so special to think of God knitting a baby together inside their mother's womb, and that becomes so much more real as you experience pregnancy yourself and mark the weeks when your baby's heart starts beating, when all their organ systems are in place, when they start practicing those soccer kicks. And knitting can be such cute theme for a baby shower!
Color scheme ideas? You could do any color scheme with this theme, but I would pick cream with warm or cozy colors for accents. I think this theme would be perfect for a fall/winter shower, and I would pick my colors accordingly. Here are some schemes I like:
Other ideas to get you started: Include the verse on the invitations. Decorate with knitted (or crocheted) blankets draped across chairs, or as a table cloth. Put some knitting needles in mason jars and balls of yarn in baskets (you could probably even find ways to incorporate these items into some of your games). If you are good with your knitting needles (or have a friend or family member who is) you can knit some coffee cup cozies as game prizes.
Light Of The World
"You are the light of the world. . .Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:14a, 16
This verse speaks to what is our hope for our kids as Christian mothers - that they would be lights for Christ in a dark world. You could go a couple directions with this theme, either focusing on the light aspect, or the world aspect - I am going to focus on the world aspect! This theme idea was inspired by my friend Bethany, who had a "Welcome To The World" shower theme, and this is one way you can put a Christian spin on it (there are a lot of ways you can make a "Welcome To The World" theme a Christian theme, this is just the way I came up with!).
Color scheme ideas? Once again, you can almost use any color scheme, but I might let my globe inspire the scheme for me a bit. I like this one (and just emphasize the purple or blue, depending on whether baby is a girl or boy):
Salt And Light
"You are the salt of the world…you are the light of the world. Let you light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 13a, 14a, 16
Once again, this verse speaks to our hope for our children, that they would be salt and light to those around them. And it could also be incorporated into a cute theme! I think you can use both of these aspects in your shower, or you could focus on one or the other.
Color scheme ideas? I like mineral inspired colors for this theme, and I would keep it light and airy. Good news is that minerals come in boy and girl colors, so it would be easy to do this theme for either gender! If you want to take it that direction, this theme could also have a spa-type feel to it.
Other ideas to get you started: Light lots of candles! Decorate with candles and vases filled with bath salts. Print the above verse and display it on your food table. Serve salty snacks. Have small tubs filled with warm water, and pamper your guests with a (salt) foot or hand scrub. Create your own jars of salt scrubs (you could probably get away with using sugar, it looks just like salt, right?), and give them away as prizes for your games. Make or buy salted caramels or votive candles as party favors.
Growing In The Lord
"Do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
"So then neither the one who plants, nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth." 1 Corintthians 3:7 NASB
This theme is all about our responsibility as parents - helping them grow not only physically, but spiritually! We need to train our kids in the Lord, planting and watering those seeds, and pray for them as we see God working in their hearts and growing them.
Color scheme ideas? Anything botanical! I like these:
Other ideas to get you started: This theme especially works for you gardeners out there! Decorate with potted plants, or cut flowers (or make paper flowers to hang from the ceiling if that is more your speed). Make a flower or tree shaped cake (or cookies). Create a "tree" out of branches in a vase and have guests write a message to mom and baby on leaf-shaped papers (got this idea from my friends Lyndsey and Emily). Have experienced guests or mentors of the new mom write their "gardening tips" for how to train children in the training and admonition of the Lord. Give packets of seeds as party favors, with a message to pray for the new mom and baby as they watch their plant grow.
His Eye Is On The Sparrow
"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are more valuable than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31
"And I sing because I'm happy; and I sing because I'm free! His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." -Civilla D. Martin, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow"
I think the verse is pretty explanatory - what a great way to remind a new mom that God watches over her and her new baby, because they are valuable to Him! My ideas for this theme focus mostly on birds, but I think it would be interesting to incorporate elements of copper into the party too since the verse refers to a copper coin.
Color scheme ideas? You really could do anything for this theme, because birds come in so many colors! Like I said, I think copper accents would make it that much more interesting though. Regardless, I like this one, plus or minus the pink or blue depending on baby's gender:
If I ever throw one of these parties myself, I will most definitely post pictures! I love the idea of using the entire shower theme to bring focus to what is really happening at a Christian baby shower - celebrating a new life that God has given, and supporting the new mom and dad as they prepare to answer their call to parenthood.
If you are throwing a Christian baby shower and would like more ideas for activities and gifts, I am also on Tommy Nelson's blog today, sharing many more Christian baby shower ideas! Hop on over there to read more activity and gift ideas for Christian baby showers.
When I initially prepared to write that post, I had no idea where to start, so I asked my lovely friends if they had any ideas - and I was blown away by how many wonderful things they came up with! If you get a chance, visit these ladies at their blogs as well - their creativity and hearts for Jesus are obvious!
Amanda from A Sweet Serenity
Alli from Our Family Grace
Alex from Inspiration Clothesline
Lyndsey from The Loflands
Faith from The Life Of Faith
Leslie from Did You Hear About The Morgans?
Emily from Live A Charmed Life
Bethany from Blessings And Lilacs
Amber from His Grace Is Sufficient
Natalie from She Builds Her Home
Thank you, ladies, for all your help!
Have you ever thrown a Christian baby shower? Do you have any theme ideas, or ideas for activities or gifts that have a biblical focus? Please comment and tell me what you came up with, I'd love to read your ideas!