Looking for an adorable new idea for a themed baby shower? Want a gender-neutral theme that works for both boys and girls? Problem solved. Throw a Baby Duck themed baby shower! The mother-to-be will be thrilled with the cute, sunny yellow ducks, while the guests will enjoy the original fun and games–not to mention food!
The planning and preparation is easy, just follow the guide below. Use all the ideas, or pick and choose accordingly. From invitations to favors, we’ve got you covered!
Baby duck invitations shouldn’t be difficult to find. Look at your local party store, online, or, if you’re creatively inclined, simply cut your own duck shape from yellow paper or poster board. Trace around a baby duck cookie cutter for a template. Adorn the invite with a green ribbon, if you wish, for a finishing touch. Write the pertinent party info (who the shower is for, when, where, date to respond by, and registry information, if pertinent). Address and send, and step one is done!
Scout stores or online to find cheap baby duck and items to decorate the party room, such as banners, balloons, streamers, confetti, paper-plates, napkins, and tablecloths. For adorable centerpieces, check out our adorable baby duck (pictured above) or baby blocks designs, which also work as cake toppers. Find the full descriptions of these $7.99 cake toppers on our home page.
Obviously, you will not be serving duck. Everything will not be duck themed-that’s just fanatical, not to mention too difficult! The key is incorporating a few well-chosen items that will round out the theme perfectly, such as yellow duck shaped sugar cookies, yellow cheese and “quackers” (crackers), and a duck cake. Use a duck cookie cutters to cut out the center of bread slices in duck shapes; top with a yellow-tinted cream cheese spread.
Since the cake is the highlight, and often saved for last, bake and decorate one in the shape of a duck. Or, for a truly simple yet stunning cake, use our baby duck cake topper (pictured above). A full description of this $7.99 cake topper is located on our home page. You could ice the top of the cake with blue frosting to resemble a pond. These are so easy, you may want to set a cake on each of the tables as a centerpiece.
Let the fun begin! Your guests are sure to enjoy these original baby shower games. As each guest arrives, begin the fun immediately by having her guess the number of candy ducks (or yellow jelly beans, etc.) in a jar (plain or decorated with a yellow duck). Record the guest’s name and guess on a sheet of paper. Reveal the winner at the end of the shower. That person wins the candy, of course!
Rubber Duck Pond
Fill a large bowl (or two or three, as needed) with water. Buy as many little rubber ducks as there are guests. Write a different number, with a permanent marker, on the bottom of each duck and float them in the bowl(s). The mother-to-be should have a duck at her side with a number on the bottom that matches only one of the ones in the pond. Whoever has a birthday closest to the baby’s due date gets to pick a duck from the pond first. Whoever’s birthday is next closest, chooses next, and so on. When all the ducks are chosen, the mother-to-be turns over her duck and reveals the winning number on the bottom. The person who has the matching number wins!
Duck, Duck, Baby!
Note: You will need a stop-watch for this game.
In this revised version of Duck, Duck, Goose, the mother-to-be holds a baby doll, diaper, and outfit, is blindfolded, led into the middle of a circle, spun around, and led from person to person while she says, “duck, duck, duck, duck” for as long as she wants. When she finally says “baby,” she hands over the baby, diaper, and outfit to the closest guest, who must then diaper and dress the baby quickly while being timed. The mother-to-be does this one or two more times, and whoever has the fastest time wins!
Pin-The-Tail (or Diaper)-On-The-Baby-Duck
This revised version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey is so much cuter! You will need a large picture or cutout of a baby duck. Hang it on a wall. Blindfold each guest, one by one, spin them around, arm them with a tail or diaper (with tape on the back so it will stick), aim them at the picture, and let them stick the tail or diaper where they will. The closest to the correct mark wins!
Baby Duck Crossword Puzzle
If you think your guests are the “I’d-rather-stay-in-my-seat” type, pass out copies of our original Baby Duck Crossword Puzzle (located below). First to circle all twelve baby and duck related words, wins!
Duck Presents Equal Candy!
This will keep everyone’s attention while the mother-to-be opens gifts. Every time a gift is opened that has a baby duck on it, whoever spots it and calls it out first gets a candy bar. (Be sure to provide some gifts that have baby ducks on them in case there are no other such gifts.)
Prizes and Favors:
Of course, that brings us to prizes and favors. Don’ let your guests go home empty-handed. If you played Rubber Duck Pond, let each guest keep her rubber duck. If not, how about letting winners have the duck centerpieces, which make cute keepsake prizes. Other ideas include duck sugar cookies, candy, duck-shaped soap, pens, pencils, or some other duck novelty.
Last of all comes clean-up, and you may just want to duck out of that!