Rainbow baby shower invitations and some baby toys

Nothing brings people together in celebration quite like the arrival of a new bundle of joy. A baby shower is a time for family and friends to share their excitement and help the expectant parents prepare for their little one. And it’s a way to make memories, from laughing over silly baby shower games to sharing sweet stories of the parents-to-be as kids. 

For parents who have lost a child due to stillbirth, miscarriage, or another tragedy, a rainbow baby shower is a comforting way to honor their previous loss and celebrate the joy of a new child. These showers can draw inspiration from the stunning display of rainbow colors after a dark storm. 

If you’re planning a rainbow baby shower, you’ll want to set the tone as cheerful and hopeful, while being sensitive to the expectant parents’ experiences. Here, we’ve put together rainbow baby shower ideas to help you plan a memorable event. From different rainbow baby shower themes to many-colored decorations and lighthearted games, there are countless ideas for making this time extra special.

Rainbow Baby Shower Themes

Rainbow baby shower: baby wearing a rainbow hat and rainbow blanket

Many baby shower planners choose a theme to mark the special occasion, and rainbow baby showers are no exception. You can choose a classic rainbow theme and decorate the space with rainbow decor. 

Opt for vibrant hues to infuse tons of joy into the room. If you want a more reverent celebration, choose rainbow hues in neutral or pastel tones. Incorporate rainbows into your food by serving colorful veggie platters and ordering a rainbow cake or cupcakes.

You can instead choose from a host of related themes if you prefer a more subtle approach. A mushroom-themed shower draws on the inspiration of fungi that sprout in colorful arrays after heavy rains. Alternatively, host a rain-themed baby shower with colorful umbrellas and glittering raindrops.

Other rainbow baby shower themes include boho rainbow baby showers and sunflower showers. You could also choose to host an “Oh baby!” shower with a rainbow theme — a perfect way to demonstrate everyone’s excitement about the little one’s arrival, which can be particularly poignant if this new baby is following a loss.

Rainbow Baby Shower Decorations 

Rainbow baby shower: baby holding a wooden toy

Once you know your theme, it’s time to start thinking about decorations. Traditional party supplies like rainbow balloons, streamers, and confetti are an excellent choice for infusing joy into the celebration. 

Decorate the space in rainbow colors to emphasize the theme. Choose a rainbow-themed tablecloth or use different shades of the rainbow in different types of decor to create a color-block look. 

Greet guests with a rainbow-themed chalkboard in the entryway. Add a message connected to the rainbow theme, or use the sign to announce the baby’s name.

Alternatively, adorn the entrance with a large, colorful balloon garland or balloon arch. You may also want to set out a guest book where attendees can write down a few sweet words for the dad and mom-to-be to read — or even the child when they get older.

Metallic serveware creates an elegant atmosphere, or you can keep things casual and comfy with paper plates and napkins that make cleanup a breeze. Hang up a sign featuring the baby’s name, and add festive elements like pom-poms and tassels.

Rainbow Baby Shower Food

When planning a baby shower, you need to decide what type of food you’ll be serving. Many expectant parents choose to set out appetizers and small snacks, while others prefer a fully catered meal. If you plan on hiring a catering company, be sure to make arrangements a few months in advance. 

If you want to handle the food spread yourself, consider serving classic baby shower foods like pigs in a blanket, pastries, salads, and mini sandwiches. Don’t forget to plan for dessert by ordering a celebratory cake with a rainbow cake topper or mini tarts and pastries. 

You can incorporate the theme into your table decor by adding vibrant rainbow centerpieces. DIY by arranging colorful displays of flowers in vibrant vases or by adding mini balloon stands to the tables. 

Rainbow Baby Shower Games and Favors

Rainbow baby shower: baby lying on a rainbow blanket

Love them or hate them, games are a staple of baby showers. Choose to play two or three short games throughout the event. You can download printable guessing game cards with rainbow elements to match the theme. Play baby bingo, guess celebrity baby names, or write down wishes for the baby.

After an afternoon of cheerful games and delicious food, send the guests home with sweet party favors to remember the day by. Rainbow shower favor ideas include rainbow lollipops, colorful candles, and bags of wildflower seeds. Or you can choose an extra-sweet baby shower gift for your guests like a basket filled with cake mix, colorful sprinkles, and frosting.

Rainbow Baby Shower Invitations

Before you can celebrate the new baby with these crafty party ideas, you’ll have to make a guest list and invite the attendees to the special event. Talk to the expecting parents to figure out who they want to be there. Some couples want a large shower to celebrate their overflowing joy, while others prefer to keep the event more private.

Once you’ve nailed down the guest list, browse our selection of digital invitations to find the perfect design. From reverent and sweet to vibrant and fun, there’s a style for any rainbow baby shower. Here are some of our favorite baby shower invitations with a rainbow-inspired theme.

1. Rainbow Baby Announcement

Rainbow baby shower: Rainbow Baby Announcement

Design: Jen Montgomery (photos courtesy of Angela & Evan Photography)

This rainbow-themed announcement features a neutral color palette and the joyful exclamation “Worth the wait!” It’s great for a boho rainbow baby shower or a sip and see after the baby arrives. It’s also ideal for parents who want to keep the baby shower small and private and use this to send out a wider announcement to friends and family.

2. Rainbow Invitation

Rainbow baby shower: Rainbow Invitation

Design: Becky Nimoy Stationery

Invite guests to a rainbow-themed baby shower party with this colorful invitation. Featuring a brilliant brushed rainbow across the card, it’s both sophisticated and fun.

3. Baby Rainbow Invitation

Rainbow baby shower: Baby Rainbow Invitation

Design: Rachel Roe Art

Use this cheerful invite to ask guests to attend a rainbow-themed party celebrating the arrival of a new baby. It comes in two artist-curated colorways, or you can custom-design it to fit your party theme.

4. Rainbow Colorblock Invitation

Rainbow Colorblock Invitation

Design: Owl and Toad (photo courtesy of Angela & Evan Photography)

Planning a sip and see for your rainbow celebration? This photo invite features a subtle rainbow-colored border around a photo slot where you can upload a snap of the new baby. The matching envelope includes a vibrant inlay of rainbow stripes to add cheer.

5. Modern Rainbow Motif Invitation

Modern Rainbow Motif Invitation

Design: Hooray Creative

This modern invitation is the perfect way to invite guests to a rainbow party. It features a retro tone and boasts minimal elements, keeping the focus on the details of the event.

6. Sweet Rainbow Baby Announcement

Sweet Rainbow Baby Announcement

Design: Gwen B Design

Tell everyone you’re on cloud nine by using this rain-inspired invite for your baby boy or girl baby shower. Fluffy white clouds surround a large photo slot adorned with a retro rainbow. You can use the back side of the invitation to tell the baby’s or the parents’ story, or just to ask guests to bring along a dish to share.

7. Soft Rainbow Invitation

Soft Rainbow Invitation

Design: Becky Nimoy Stationery

This nostalgic invite features a soft rainbow that blends seamlessly into the background of the card. Script font adds a delicate note, making it perfect for baby sprinkles and gender-neutral baby showers.

8. Rainbow Arch Invitation

Rainbow Arch Invitation

Design: Owl and Toad

This sweet invitation features rolling hills dotted with daisies underneath a gleaming rainbow. It’s the perfect encapsulation of joy and reverence for a rainbow baby shower

9. Rainbow Nursery Invitation

Rainbow Nursery Invitation

Design: Hudson Meet Rose

This nursery decor invite features a crib adorned by a rainbow blanket. It’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to a lost child while celebrating the joys of a new arrival.

10. Confetti Burst Invitation

Confetti Burst Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

If the parents want to take a more subtle approach to their rainbow baby shower, choose this sprinkle invite. It features rainbow-hued confetti bursting into a frame around the event details. It’s modern and minimal, making it ideal for baby showers as well as other events like birthday parties and bridal showers.

Celebrate with Joy and Hope

With these rainbow baby shower ideas, you’ll find ways to create a supportive and memorable celebration for the expectant parents. Even if your event may have a few moments of sorrow, it can still be a wonderful way to celebrate the joy of a new child. 

Start the baby shower planning process by talking to the parents. Figure out how they want to honor this time, and plan a shower that meets their needs. With the event style in mind, select rainbow baby shower invitations that match the mood, customize them, and send them off to loved ones via email and text in minutes. 

For more party planning tips, continue browsing our Stationers blog. You’ll discover party themes, decor ideas, and games to celebrate. Plus, you’ll find etiquette tips and advice on how to handle all of life’s most significant moments.