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10 fun themes for a couple’s baby shower

Celebrating the impending arrival of a baby by showering the mom-to-be with gifts can actually be traced all the way back to Ancient Rome. Modern baby showers though came to the forefront after World War II when young parents needed help setting up the nursery with the necessary items. Traditions like cake and games grew out of the party organized to shower new moms with much-needed nursery items. Today, it’s a bustling business with many searching for couple’s baby shower themes online and appropriate couple’s baby shower activities to go with them.

Baby showers have traditionally been all-female since the 60s. That’s around the same time men began being allowed into labor and delivery rooms. Today’s baby showers, like wedding showers, have expanded to include both partners. Of course, some moms prefer the all-female baby shower while others opt for a couple’s baby shower. Throwing a joint shower can be a lot of fun. With these cool couple’s baby shower themes, both partners get to be in on the gift opening, the cute activities, and of course the cake. Not sure what’s an enticing theme for a couple’s baby shower? Check out these sensational ideas.

Cake for a baby shower
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Game night

Get the parents-to-be in the spirit and ready for those future family game nights with a couples shower stocked with classic kids board games like Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and Hungry, Hungry Hippo. Guest can have fun recapturing their childhood with this dice-rolling couple’s baby shower theme that gets everyone playing and laughing.

Deal it

Card games like Old Maid, Go Fish, and Uno will soon be on the agenda for the parents-to-be. Deck the halls with card-themed decorations and set up a poker night complete with all the usual snacks. Instead of poker chips though, the games of choice will be classics like Crazy Eights and new ones like Exploding Kittens.


How you doin’? If the new parents are Friends fans a Friends-themed shower is a must-do. Invite everyone to come dressed as their favorite Friends character and that includes some of the show’s iconic guest stars. Have reruns of the popular sitcom streaming and a Jeopardy-style game ready to play much like the one Ross made up where Rachel and Monica lost the apartment to Chandler and Joey, but with parenting categories like babies, teenagers, and drivers ed.


Who doesn’t love a backyard barbecue? Get grilling with a traditional barbecue for a relaxing couples shower. This theme is ideal for those warm-weather months. Dust off the cornhole and ring toss games for a few fun outdoor activities between snacking, chatting, and gift opening.

Shower bowl

If both parents are glued to the television for Monday Night Football and start planning their Super Bowl party a year in advance, then a football-themed couple’s shower is a touchdown. Set the shower date for a Sunday during the NFL season and have it coincide with the game of the week. Serve traditional Super Bowl Sunday mainstays like wings, sliders, and nachos. Gift opening serves as the halftime show.

Beach baby

A beach-themed couple’s baby shower always makes a splash. Invite everyone to dress for a day at the beach. Turn the backyard or indoor venue into a beach with shore-inspired decorations. Have fun beach games like Kan Jam on hand and serve typical beach food like sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.

Costume shower

Halloween isn’t the only time couples can have a bit of fun dressing up in costumes. For a costume party in honor of a couple’s baby shower, invite guests to dress as their favorite pregnant TV couple. Think Ross and Rachel from Friends and How I Met Your Mother’s Lily and Marshall. Party games can include a name-the-TV-characters contest as well as voting for the top pregnant TV couple.

happy parents-to-be at couples baby shower
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Go traditional

A retro theme would be to give the parents-to-be a classic baby shower complete with pink and blue decorations. Have couples unscramble baby words and play infant-themed rounds of Pictionary and charades.

Sports star

For the couple that plays and roots for their favorite team together whether it’s baseball, hockey, or soccer, plan a sports-themed party complete with the appropriate decorations. Serve stadium favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers. Couples can team up to play a few rounds of ESPN Trivia Night or get competitive with Jeopardy.


For a different costume-themed baby shower, invite guests to come dressed as their favorite superhero couples. Think Superman and Lois Lane or Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Decorate this shower with superhero-inspired decorations. Find out who is the ultimate superhero movie fan by teaming up and playing a superhero trivia game. Cap off the event with cake and gifts.

Baby showers are a long-standing tradition to help parents get ready for a new baby. It doesn’t matter if the couple already has kids, everyone can also use an influx of diapers, bottles, bibs, and more. While some moms-to-be may prefer a traditional ladies-only shower, more and more couples want to include guys in the baby shower ritual. Hosting a couple’s baby shower can be a lot of fun and opens the door to different themes and activities. With these 10 couples baby showers themes, a baby shower can be traditional with a couple’s twist or something completely different like a baby-cue. Baby showers have evolved to change with the times, but the central theme remains the same; helping parents get ready for the new baby.

Dawn Miller
Dawn Miller began her professional life as an elementary school teacher before returning to her first love, writing. In…
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