Baby Shower Ideas and Themes for Boys

If you're the lucky one organizing a baby shower, picking a theme can help with the planning and with the vibe of the shower. As there are so many baby shower themes for boys to choose from, we’re here to highlight some of the best, and to guide you through how to bring each one to life with ideas for decorations, food, and games. By the way, all of these baby shower themes for boys can also work for girls, and it's always wise to check with the mom-to-be to make sure she's happy to reveal her baby's gender before you start planning the event.

Jungle Theme

We all know the new baby will be the king of the jungle (and possibly born to be wild), making this the perfect baby shower theme for a boy!

Decoration Ideas

  • Put some luscious indoor plants around the food table

  • Hang some black, yellow, and green balloons

  • Ask a few guests to bring jungle animal toys to decorate the buffet table; after the event, the toys can be taken home by the mom-to-be

  • As a centerpiece that then becomes a gift for the mom-to-be, a jungle diaper cake is perfect

  • For ready-made, jungled-themed invites and decorations, download this handy jungle-themed baby shower pack.

Food Ideas

  • Choose jungle-themed fruits like bananas, mangos, and pineapples, or go for more exotic tropical fruits like coconuts and papayas

  • You could serve cupcakes decorated to look like monkey faces

  • Make a cake in the shape of an elephant

  • It’s relatively easy to create a dip platter that looks like a lion: Put some dip—like hummus—on a tray, have carrot sticks radiating out to look like the lion’s mane, then add some other veggies for the eyes, nose, and mouth

  • For drinks, serve banana smoothies or some green-colored soda or punch labeled "jungle juice." Jugs of lemonade can be labeled the "watering hole," and chocolate fondue can be called the "mud pit."

Game Idea

Invite your guests to play this baby animals game, where guests match the animal (e.g., kangaroo) to the baby name (e.g., joey). You can also create your own jungle-themed version, including animals like an elephant (paired with calf) and a tiger (paired with cub).

Superheroes Theme

There is no doubt that the mom-to-be is a hero, and this baby shower theme for boys is great because you can cast a wide net. You don’t have to pick just one superhero—why not include elements of several different ones?

Decoration Ideas

  • Go for strong primary colors like red, blue, and yellow when choosing balloons, the tablecloth, paper plates, cups, straws, and napkins

  • If you’ve decided to pick one superhero, use the colors of that specific superhero for the decorations

  • Since this is a popular theme, check your local party supply store to shop for decorations to match

  • If you have cheese cubes or olives on the buffet table, stick toothpicks in them with little paper signs that say "Wham," "Boom," or "Pow."

Food Ideas

  • Bake cookies in the shape of baby bodysuits and decorate them to look like the costumes of iconic superheroes

  • Use different-colored fruits to create a fruit platter in the shape of superhero icons

  • Serve some green candy, and label it "kryptonite"

  • Frost cupcakes and cake pops to match the colors you choose for the theme—you can do this easily with food dye.

Game Ideas

  • Play a superhero quiz or superhero bingo with famous superhero logos or fun facts. Give a prize to the winner.

  • Ask guests to write down what superpowers they hope the little one will have. This will be a beautiful keepsake for the parents to look back on in the years to come.

Tiny Gentleman Theme

This cute baby shower theme for a boy really celebrates the mom-to-be’s little man.

Decoration Ideas

  • For the color scheme, try elegant tones like black, charcoal, and gold or silver

  • Consider adding patterns like houndstooth, herringbone, or tartan

  • Add a dash of color like burgundy or cobalt blue to the décor if you wish

  • Group together cutlery sets with napkins folded into a rectangle, and cinch the bundle together with a short piece of ribbon to create a bow tie shape

  • For on-theme straws, cut a mustache shape out of cardboard, punch a hole in the middle, and then thread the top of a bendy straw through the hole. Every time someone takes a sip she'll be wearing a mustache!

Food Ideas

  • Ice cookies in the shape of a suit, mustache, bow tie, necktie, top hat, or shoe

  • If you have a cake, decorate it with frosting to form suspenders and a bow tie

  • “Dress up” cupcakes in black-tie attire using white frosting for the shirt and black frosting for the jacket and bow tie; then add silver beads for the shirt buttons.

Game Ideas

Cowboys or Wild West Theme

Host a country-themed baby shower by taking inspiration from the Wild West and cowboys. Yeehaw!

Decoration Ideas

  • Experiment with a rustic décor by going for colors like red, brown, blue, and cream when picking a tablecloth, napkins, and paper plates

  • Use a cowhide print as a basis for decorations

  • Accessorize with scattered hay, cacti in pots, or wheat stems in vases near the food table

  • Use toy ponies or a rocking horse as decorations, and after the party, these can be given to the mom-to-be for her little cowboy to play with when he's old enough

  • Pull out your cowboy hat or cowboy boots, too (you can wear these or use as decorations)

  • Turn on some country-western music for added atmosphere

  • Make sure guests know they’re wanted at the party, so design the invites to look like an old-fashioned "Wanted" poster.

Food Ideas

  • Decorate cupcakes, cake pops, or cookies to look like cowboy hats, horseshoes, cowboy boots, sheriff’s badges, cowhide, or a Western-style belt buckle

  • If you decide on a cake, try designing it in the shape of a cowboy with different colored frosting for each tier to create the cowboy hat, red bandana, blue shirt, and leather vest

  • Serve snacks in baskets and the bottled drinks in galvanized steel troughs or buckets, labeled the "Wild West Saloon"

  • Melt chocolate into candy molds in the shapes of cowboy boots or cowboy hats to create on-theme chocolate lollipops.

Game Ideas

  • Pour lots and lots of wrapped candies into a cowboy hat, and ask guests to guess how many there are—the guest who guesses closest wins a prize

  • Play the first few seconds of country songs, and ask your guests to name the song—the guest with the most correct answers wins, proving she’s the biggest country music fan at the shower!

Baby Under Construction Theme

This unique baby shower theme for boys is perfect because the mom-to-be’s baby is truly under construction!

Decoration Ideas

  • Go for colors like yellow, black, brown, and orange when choosing the tablecloth, balloons, paper plates, and plastic cutlery sets

  • Purchase inexpensive props at your local hardware supply store like a traffic cone, a "caution" sign, or a hard hat

  • Check your garage for props like a hammer, tape measure, or a wheelbarrow, which can be filled with ice to double as a drink tub

  • Create a construction site out of the food table: Wrap empty boxes in yellow, brown, or black-colored wrapping paper, get some fake grass, use black cardboard to create roads, and add toy trucks and cars

  • Add cutouts of construction site signs, and add those along with bowls of food throughout the site

  • Create a gift table that has a sign saying "Dump gifts here"

  • Hang a playful banner saying "Caution! Bump Ahead" or "Mommy at Work"

  • If guests are wondering about an on-theme gift idea, suggest a toy dump truck, building blocks, or even a construction set game—any of which can also be used as part of the décor before they are given.

Food Ideas

  • Get crafty with the frosting on your desserts; for example, design cookies to look like orange traffic cones, fluorescent yellow safety vests, or tools like hammers and drills

  • Frost a cake with "Baby Under Construction" lettering

  • Use the back of a toy dump truck to hold chips or popcorn before it is given as a gift

  • Tie cutlery sets together with a ribbon, and add a note that says "tools."

Game Ideas

A great interactive game idea is to have lots of arts and crafts supplies available for guests to use. Ask attendees to “build” their own decorations to hang on a DIY mobile, or to create some wall art to hang up in the baby’s nursery.

Sports Themes

Does your guest of honor have a favorite sport like tennis or baseball, soccer or basketball? If yes, she may love a sports-themed shower. In addition, if the mom-to-be has a favorite sports team, you can even narrow the theme down, and base it around her team’s colors and mascots. There are no rules, so you can keep to a general sports theme, one specific sport, or go all-in for one team. It will be an all-star baby shower no matter what you choose.

Decoration Ideas

  • Vary the color scheme and decorations depending on the sport(s) you pick. For example, a basketball-themed party lends itself to black and orange; a baseball-themed party could be more about red, white, and green

  • If you’ve picked a team to base the theme around, go with the team colors

  • Make sure your balloons, napkins, and paper plates match your chosen colors

  • Use a green tablecloth on the food table to represent the playing field

  • Place a label card next to the food that says "Concession Stand"

  • Hang sports pennants over the buffet table that say "Rookie of the Year" and "Welcome to the Team"

  • Design invites in the style of a ticket to a sporting event, with the date and time of the shower, and an "Admit One" strip at the end.

Food Ideas

  • Offer typical stadium-style foods like hot dogs, French fries, peanuts, and cotton candy

  • For a slam dunk, decorate cake pops, cupcakes, or cookies to look like balls (e.g., basketballs, footballs, or baseballs).

Game Idea

For a fun, yet competitive game, take bets or guesses on when the Big Game Day will be. The guest who ends up guessing the baby’s birth date correctly (or most closely) can be given a prize after the baby is born. Let the games begin!

Outer Space Theme

The new baby boy will no doubt be the center of his parents' universe, so this is the perfect theme to guarantee an out-of-this-world celebration.

Decoration Ideas

  • The sky is the limit in terms of decorations, so take inspiration from everything from stars and the moon to rocket ships

  • Use darker colors like black and navy blue, with pops of color like orange, yellow, silver, or gold to represent the sun and stars

  • Cut various space-themed shapes out of different-colored cardboard, and hang these planets, moons, stars, and spaceships on strings or fishing line from the ceiling

  • Hang a banner that says "Welcome to the Universe" or "X Weeks/Days Until Liftoff" based on the mom-to-be’s due date

  • Make sure the invites reflect the outer space theme, and your guests will be counting down until blastoff!

Food Ideas

  • Decorate cake pops in the colors of the different planets, and call them “planet pops” and position them around a cake decorated like the solar system

  • If you choose to have a tiered cake, frost it to look like a rocket ship or an astronaut

  • Decorate cupcakes with dark blue frosting, and then sprinkle some edible stars on them

  • Ice cookies using a mixture of purple and aqua food dye to look like the galaxy.

Game Ideas

Ask guests to help decorate the baby’s galaxy (actually a mobile to hang above the crib): Prepare small bits of felt in different colors, and have needles and thread ready. Prepare the structure of the mobile in advance, and then ask each guest to create one felt decoration to hang from the mobile, like spaceships, aliens, stars, moons, or astronauts. Ask guests to make the decorations visually stimulating from the side the baby will see.

Rock Star Theme

If mama-to-be is really into rock music, you might want to choose this theme as a way to celebrate her little rock star.

Decoration Ideas

  • Decorate the food table with cutouts of guitars, microphones, and musical notes

  • Hang a sign over the buffet that reads “Born to Rock”

  • Thread string through the holes of old vinyl records (definitely ones you don’t want anymore) to use as an on-theme banner

  • The invites can be designed to look like VIP backstage passes asking guests to “Shake, rattle, and roll on over.”

Food Ideas

  • Cut out cookies in the shape of musical instruments, or have a cake that says “My Mom Rocks”

  • Label a bowl of chips with "Guitar Picks"

  • Decorate cake pops to look like microphones or guitars

  • Use silver food dye and edible silver glitter to create cupcakes that look like disco balls.

Game Ideas

  • Play the first few seconds of popular nursery rhymes or children’s songs, and have guests guess the song, with a prize for the guest with the highest number of correct answers

  • If your guests love dress-up parties just as much as children do, ask them to dress as their favorite rock star, and award a best-dressed prize.

Transportation-Related Themes

Get into gear and choose a transportation-themed baby shower. This is a great theme because you have lots to play with: trains, planes, cars, boats, helicopters, hot air balloons, and even motorcycles.

Decoration Ideas

  • Decorating within this theme doesn’t really require a specific color, so you can go with any color scheme you’d like

  • As a centerpiece, or as a gift idea for a guest who doesn’t know what to get, consider a motorcycle diaper cake

  • Use a black checkered tablecloth on the buffet table to represent a car race’s finish line flag

  • Hang a banner over the buffet that reads "Enjoy the Ride, Baby" or "Precious Cargo"

  • Ask guests to bring a toy car, helicopter, or train set, which you can use for decorations before giving them to the mom-to-be

  • Design your invitations to look like boarding passes for even more fun.

Food Ideas

  • Use frosting to decorate cookies with the image of a car, plane, or hot air balloon

  • Have a cake in the shape of a "Baby on Board" sign

  • Frost doughnuts so they look like the wheel of a car

  • Cut green, red, and yellow bell peppers in half, lengthwise, and place them upside down so they look like train cars; use slices of cucumber as wheels, and carrot sticks for the dips

  • Put red, orange, and green-colored fruit on sticks to create stoplight skewers

  • Have a sign on the food table saying "Fuel Up Here."

Game Idea

Mama will want to know what to pack in her diaper bag when she’s on the go after her baby’s born. To help her out with what to pack, consider playing What’s in Your Diaper Bag?

It’s a Boy! Theme

This is a classic baby shower theme that will suit any mom-to-be expecting a boy.

Decoration Ideas

  • Choose blue as the basis for the theme, and have lots of baby blue or dark blue décor like blue tablecloths, balloons, banners, paper plates, and cups

  • Hang a banner that says "It’s a Boy!"

  • Decorate the food table with cute baby products like rubber ducks, pacifiers, booties, teddy bears, or baby books, which you can give to the mom-to-be at the end.

Food Ideas

  • This theme ties in with other themes, so you can have, say, mustache toppers on cupcakes or bow-tie shaped cookies

  • Decorate your cake pops with blue frosting and edible blue glitter

  • Cupcakes can be topped with little blue feet

  • If you choose to have a cake, cut and decorate it in the shape of a blue bodysuit.

Game Idea

Because this theme is so flexible, you can download any of these fun baby shower games for inspiration. One of these ideas called Who’s That Baby? involves asking guests to send you a baby photo of themselves before the shower. During the shower, ask guests to guess who is in each photo. The guest with the most correct guesses wins a prize.

Other Baby Shower Ideas for Boys

  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match themes or to think outside the box. If you know that the parents will be reading lots of bedtime stories in the years to come, you could opt for a storybook theme, where everyone is invited to give the mom-to-be a copy of a favorite childhood book.

  • You don’t have to go with blue! Yellow and green are two popular baby shower colors. Choose whichever color you think the mom-to-be will love—or don’t have a color scheme at all.

  • Animal themes are always a hit, so consider an elephant-themed baby shower. You can always add pops of blue or another color to vary the palette.

  • If you’re still not sure which theme to pick, take our "What's the Baby Shower Theme of your Dreams?" Quiz for even more ideas.

More Handy Tips for Hosting a Great Shower

  • Baby showers don’t have to be cutesy and baby-oriented. They can be based around the mom-to-be’s personality. If she loves country-style homes and florals, add a touch of vintage to the theme. If she loves modern, vibrant colors, go for on-trend décor.

  • Inspiration can come from anywhere! Think about the hobbies and interests of the mom-to-be and maybe even the dad-to-be. This will help you decide what kind of shower mama will love.

  • If you’re asking guests to contribute something to the event (like cupcakes or decorations) make sure they understand the theme so everyone’s contributions come together in the end. Consider sending them some similar images for inspiration, so everyone is fully on board.

  • Don’t be afraid to have no theme at all. If the baby shower will take place in a restaurant or in a park, having a theme may not be feasible. And some moms-to-be simply may not be into themed parties. Your guest of honor will have a great time simply by having her friends and family there to celebrate with.

  • Use this checklist to make sure you’ve covered all the important elements of a baby shower.

  • After you send the invites, you might get quite a few questions about gift choices. If there’s a gift registry, point your guests in that direction, but if not, here's a list of useful baby shower gift ideas you might like to send them.

The Bottom Line

Whether you pick one of our themes, come up with a completely unique idea for the boy baby shower, or have no theme at all, the baby shower you organize will be loved and appreciated by all your guests, especially the guest of honor—the happy mom-to-be. For additional inspiration, check out more baby shower ideas by browsing our baby shower themes for girls. Once you’ve chosen a theme, take a look at our baby shower section for more helpful resources.