Baby showers are a time-honored tradition for family and friends to celebrate an upcoming birth or adoption and the expectant parents. Whether you're planning a large shower or an intimate gathering, there are plenty of ways to host a milestone celebration for your guest(s) of honor. We’ve rounded up some helpful tips and design trends featuring our favorite rentals items to inspire you.
Location, Location, Location
First things first, choose where to celebrate the baby (and parents)-to-be. Is it in a backyard, your conference room at work, at a restaurant? Your rental needs will shift depending on where you’re hosting the baby shower. If you’re hosting a shower at work, you might want to incorporate items to upgrade your space like hedge walls, chargers and linen napkins. Planning brunch at a restaurant? Go all-out with your tabletop and upgrade the linens and chairs for an elevated feel. Hosting a backyard gathering? You might need to consider a tent, tables, chairs plus tabletop items.
Choose A Theme
While a themed baby shower isn’t necessarily a requirement, a theme can be helpful in guiding decisions for party décor, food, activities and more. Sticking to traditional? Opt for a classic blue or pink color scheme (depending on gender) and choose rentals to match. Planning a coastal-inspired celebration? Our Lola Indigo Linen adds a seaside feel to tabletops, while our Bouquet Garden Linen is perfect for a garden tea party.
Cue the Color
When it comes to your color palette, embrace all-things color. Choose linens in bright, bold hues and patterns, and opt for complementary accents like mix-and-match seating and vibrant décor. Our customizable Chameleon Chairs, for example, can be ordered with a variety of colored cushion caps to match your overall palette. Want to add a pop to place settings? Rent one of our colored goblets. Our Fenton Dusk Blue and Debutante Pink goblets are perfect options for traditional blue or pink palettes while our new Fenton Sage Goblet offers a soft pop of green for more (gender) neutral celebrations.
Stick to Simple
Just as much as we adore splashes of color, we also love neutral color palettes. Take a minimalist approach using soft, white and beige hues and simple accent décor. Choose a muted table linen or overlay, like our Ibiza White Linen or new Bohemian Table Overlays, and pair with neutral printed napkins, patterned or textured china, and metallic accents for an added pop of interest. Pair with a neutral chair like our White or Natural Hourglass Chairs, or create some contrast with our Selma Spool or Black Hourglass Chairs.
While round tables are a popular go-to for events, we love the drama and additional space long tables can lend, as well as opportunities for more ornate table décor like floral centerpieces and garlands. Choose one or more of our Farm Tables for a chic, country feel and pair with statement seating like our Napa Chairs or Hourglass Chairs. Or, drape a banquet table in a specialty table linen to bring in texture and color to your tablescape.
Specialty Seating Areas
Give your guest(s) of honor a special place to sit while they open gifts or create a cozy conversation nook for your guests to socialize in with our lounge furniture. Our new Delilah Lounge Collection offers a charming accent to bohemian or coastal-style fêtes, while our Chippendale lounge pieces are perfect for a garden party. Be sure to accent your lounge look with one of our pillow packages like our new Sky and Sage Pillow Packages, or our Pink pillow package.
Craft a Cocktail
Welcome your favorite new babe with a specialty cocktail your guests will love to sip on. Whether you’re serving up a sparkling spritzer with your favorite Prosecco or a fun mocktail the mom-to-be can enjoy, serve your drink up in one of our specialty glasses. From modern cut crystal glassware, like our Timeless Stemware, to colored goblets and stemware, we offer a variety of statement glassware to serve your signature sip in style. Want to add a ‘wow’ factor? Rent a Champagne Hedge Wall and your favorite champagne flute to display and serve bubbly.
Upgrade Your Service Stations
Give your food and drink stations an upgrade with one of our stylish bars. Whether you’re creating a buffet, displaying desserts or serving up specialty cocktails, we have customizable bar solutions to elevate any event design. Our Versa Bars are a versatile option and can be customized with a gold mirror, hedge or linen insert, as well as photos, a logo or monogram.