How to Plan an Outdoor Baby Shower

by Margaret Morris

Tasty foods entice your guests at an outdoor baby shower.

party food image by Bartlomiej Nowak from

Items you will need

  • Invitations
  • Decorations
  • Tables and chairs
  • Food
  • Activities

You'll have a wide range of options when you plan an outdoor baby shower, from casual and relaxed to dressy and elegant. If you host a picnic at a park, allow time for guests to play softball or take a dip in the swimming pool. At a more sedate garden party, set up a croquet course and serve tea in china cups. Choose a location and theme that match the interests and personalities of the parents-to-be, and your shower will be a hit.

Step 1

Choose a location. Your back yard might be the ideal spot for an outdoor baby shower, and it certainly will be convenient. Rent a pavilion at the nearest state park for a picnic-themed shower, or check local historic venues that rent outdoor spaces for parties.

Step 2

Decide on a theme. Outdoor showers suggest themes like flowers, cute bugs, birds, small furry animals or seasonal sports. If you're looking for an elegant theme, make your baby shower a garden party.

Step 3

Purchase invitations and decorations to match your theme. Mail your invitations several weeks in advance.

Step 4

Plan a menu. Every dish doesn't have to relate to your theme, but one or two dishes should suggest it. Make a tray of flower-shaped vegetables and bake flower-shaped sugar cookies for a flower theme, or prepare finger sandwiches and a carved watermelon basket filled with melon balls for a garden party.

Step 5

Arrange tables and seating. Rent tables and chairs, if necessary. Wicker or wrought-iron will add an elegant touch to a garden party. Cover plain banquet tables with pretty cloths that complement your theme and tie bows to the backs of folding chairs. If you're having a picnic, use red-and-white checked cloths on the picnic tables.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Margaret Morris has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a celebrant certificate from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. Morris writes for various websites and private clients.