"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" Baby Shower Ideas

by Amanda Courtney

Use celestial candleholders to add sparkle to the theme.

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Design a baby shower centered on the soft colors of a nighttime sky and the nursery rhyme "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" to create a calm atmosphere for the mother to be. Blue, yellow and white accented with silver and gold make the theme versatile for "team pink" or "team blue," and star-shaped decorations are simple to make but produce dazzling results. Incorporate the theme into the food and games for a complete shower experience.

Lighting and Decorations

Twinkle lights are ideal for this baby shower theme and you can use either the netted or string varieties. Mount them against dark-blue tulle to create a mock night sky or arrange them among silvery tulle and cotton batting to create clouds. Glitter lamps, paper lanterns and real or artificial candles create softer lighting and add sparkle to the motif. Use candles in shades of blue and yellow or use white paper lanterns stamped with moons and stars. Star and moon balloons coupled with gold, silver and white latex balloons add height to the decorations. Include foil stars and moons to weight the balloons to tables or chairs. Crepe paper, tulle and organza create soft and ethereal decorations to connect with the "diamond in the sky" of the nursery rhyme.

Centerpieces

Star-shaped mirrors form the base for centerpieces that include yellow and white asters, glittery objects, sprays of pearls and crystals, or silver and white feather plumes. Tall vases filled with star ornaments or foam shapes are a strong base for non-floral centerpieces while slim yellow and blue bud vases topped with bursts of asters and lilies make beautiful statement pieces.

Games

From Baby Bingo on star-patterned paper to "Who's that Star?" baby-pictures games, incorporate the star motif into traditional shower games. Have guests guess celebrity baby pictures at the beginning of the shower or while eating, then award prizes at the end of the shower. For Baby Bingo, use patterned scrapbook paper for guests to guess which items the mother to be will receive. Fill out the paper cards like bingo cards and award prizes to the winners.

Table Decor and Food

Place silver and gold tableware atop glittery tablecloths. Shape desserts or finger sandwiches like stars and moons and serve them on silver or gold serving trays. Plastic star-shaped serving trays or dishes for a dessert table and star-shaped ice cubes round out the themed dining.

This and That

Have guests write bits of advice or encouragement to the guest of honor on paper stars and moons, then hang them from a swath of dark-blue fabric. Give star-shaped candy favors such as lollipops, hard candies or colored chocolates, or give guests gift bags of star-shaped cookies and their own star and moon cookie cutters.

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About the Author

A writer since 2000, Amanda Courtney worked as the news and copy editor for "The Lion's Roar," her collegiate newspaper, and as copy editor of the yearbook "Le Souvenir." She holds a Bachelor of General Studies with concentrations in English and mass communications from Southeastern Louisiana University.