Gender neutral baby shower: baby shower invitation

Gender reveal parties may be all the rage, but sometimes you just can’t beat the joy of a surprise. After all, the anticipation leading up to the big event can be almost as fun as the reveal itself. For parents who want to wait until the birth or simply enjoy a surprise, a gender-neutral baby shower is a fun option. Gender-neutral showers are also ideal for those who don’t ascribe to traditional ideas about gender or want to skip the mention of gender entirely.

Here, we’ve put together our favorite gender-neutral baby shower ideas. You’ll find themes, color schemes, decor, games, and food tips to pull off the perfect party. Plus, we’ve paired each party theme with a stunning invitation to make your party planning even easier.

How to Host a Gender-Neutral Baby Shower

Gender neutral baby shower: baby shoes, brush, towel and stars

There are many reasons to throw a gender-neutral baby shower. Some parents want to wait until the birth to reveal the gender of the baby while others may already know but don’t want a traditional girl baby shower or boy baby shower. There’s no rule book when it comes to throwing a baby shower, so have fun doing it your way. That said, here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your baby celebration.

Personal Taste

A baby shower is a wonderful time to show off your personal tastes. If you love over-the-top glam, consider hosting an elegant fete, such as a garden party. If you prefer laid-back, casual hangouts, consider hosting the shower in your backyard as part of a BBQ party or boho brunch.

Color Schemes

For obvious reasons, you may want to steer clear of traditional blue and pink hues for gender-neutral baby showers. Instead, opt for color palettes that include yellow, green, or orange. Neutral shades like brown, black, white, and metallics are also good choices. You can choose soft pastels for a sweet celebration or opt for bright colors if you want something more punchy and eye-catching.


As with all parties, logistics are key. Choose a venue that matches your baby shower theme and can fit the number of guests you plan on inviting. Popular options would be your own home, a friend’s house, a local restaurant, or a park. 

If you’re planning to have catering, make sure to have guests RSVP at least two weeks in advance. This way, the caterers have enough time to prepare for the event. If you want guests to bring food for a potluck, make this clear on the baby shower invitation. The invite is also a great place to indicate if you’re serving hors d’oeuvres, a full brunch meal, or something else.

If you’re working with other vendors — for example, a rancher who’s bringing live ponies — make sure to communicate regularly. Set clear arrival times and make sure to have written agreements for any products or services that you’re renting or buying for the party. 

Gender-Neutral Baby Shower Themes, Games, and Decor

Gender neutral baby shower: person giving a gift to a pregnant woman

Planning a gender-neutral baby shower starts with choosing a theme. Fortunately, there are many themes that work for gender-neutral parties. Once you’ve chosen a theme, select matching decor, food items, and games to create a cohesive look. 

Here are some of our favorite gender-neutral baby shower ideas including party theme ideas, gender-neutral baby shower decorations, food, and games. Plus, we’ve paired each theme with a matching invitation from Greenvelope. These digital invitations are 100% customizable so you can make it truly your own by adjusting the typography and color scheme. You can also add elements like music, wax seals, and other details.

1. Woodland Baby Shower

Gender neutral baby shower: Woodland Whimsy Invitation

Design: Pedaller Designs

Invitation Inspiration: Woodland Whimsy Invitation

A woodland-themed baby shower is perfect for gender-neutral celebrations. For party decorations, choose balloon animals and tablecloths that feature woodland creatures like squirrels, foxes, and rabbits. Add some greenery to the tables to create the look of a forest — moss, tree branches, and pine cones are well-suited for this theme. For baby shower games, have a scavenger hunt and reward the winner with a fun party favor, like a terrarium. 

Don’t forget to incorporate food and dessert table decor to dress up the space. Use wood rounds as platters and serving trays, and serve mushroom cupcakes or a cake featuring critters like deer and owls.

2. Bee Baby Shower

Honey B Invitation

Design: Design Swift

Invitation Inspiration: Honey B Invitation

Looking for a sweet way to celebrate the mom-to-be and baby? A bee-themed party idea is buzzing with excitement. A bee baby shower is all about the yellow, black, and white color scheme, which makes it easy to pick out baby shower decorations. Choose yellow tablecloths to set a cheery stage for the party. Add black tableware for a modern touch and white flowers for a hint of elegance. Honeycomb centerpieces and floral arrangements featuring cute bumble bees will brighten up your space.

You can also greet guests with a wooden sign cut into the shape of a honeycomb. Alternatively, you can build a DIY balloon garland as an entrance statement piece or part of a photo wall. For a game, play “What Will It Bee?” and have guests guess the gender of the baby. When it’s time to wrap the party up, send guests home with a sweet baby shower gift like a jar of honey or a wooden bee house.

3. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Shower

Nursery Rhyme Invitation

Design: Annie Montgomery Design

Invitation Inspiration: Nursery Rhyme Invitation

What better way to celebrate the little one than with a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star party? This party theme also works well for toddler birthday parties and bridal showers. For the color scheme, stick to inky blues that mimic the look of the night sky and gold or silver metallics to represent the stars. You can hang starry garland from the ceiling or the edges of your food tables, and sprinkle the tables with star confetti.

Mason jars filled with string lights will create a magical air, or you can use large light-up stars and lanterns. For the cake, add a large star topper or serve cookies and cupcakes featuring starry images. Set up a guest book at the entryway where guests can leave a special message or rhyme for the baby.

For a baby shower game, have guests make up their own nursery rhymes or tunes set to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Send guests home with baby shower favors, such as star-shaped cookies or votive candle holders with a star motif.

4. Oh Baby! Theme

Oh Baby Clothesline Invitation

Design: Shari Margolin Design

Invitation Inspiration: Oh Baby Clothesline Invitation

Center your gender-neutral baby shower theme on the words “Oh baby!” Order balloons spelling out the phrase and hang them in the entryway or over the dessert table. You can serve cupcakes featuring the words or just have pictures of a swaddled infant as the topper. 

For this party theme, virtually any color palette will work. Go for neutral shades like brown and white or opt for pretty pastels or bright hues depending on your personal tastes. For party favors, hand out marshmallow pops or customized clothespins your guests can use as chip clips or photos holders!

5. Butterfly Baby Shower

Flutter Over Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Invitation Inspiration: Flutter Over Invitation

Make hearts flutter with a beautiful butterfly baby shower. For this theme, decorate the space with butterflies and plenty of colors. Hang butterfly garland around the room or use butterfly mobiles as centerpieces over the tables. 

Order cupcakes with butterfly toppers and serve butterfly appetizers. Play a butterfly-themed diaper raffle or download printable butterfly cards and have guests paint theirs for a unique keepsake. For thank you gift ideas, consider sending guests home with butterfly kits with live caterpillars or butterfly jewelry. 

Find the Perfect Invite to Share Your Joy

At Greenvelope, you’ll find gorgeous baby shower invitations to match any theme. From whimsical bee and butterfly designs to elegant layouts with gold foil and regal designs, every design is customizable. You can change the typography and color scheme to match your party decor and theme — or upload a design of your own creation.

Once you’ve chosen a design, it takes just a few clicks to send it out to all your guests. The easy-to-use dashboard lets you quickly see who has RSVP’d and send updates before the event as needed. For more ideas on hosting a memorable gender-neutral celebration, don’t miss these 15 fun baby shower themes.