Published on January 15, 2016

by   ANNA KOCHARIAN

The concept behind a baby shower is a relatively simple one: balloons, diaper decor, cakes, games – you know the drill. Here, we’re all for breaking out of the mold, with a few fresh takes on this classic fete. The goal? Celebrating the mommy-to-be (and baby!) sans an overly-exaggerated display of baby gear. Take a look.

get creative with the florals

Roses are sweet, but this fearlessly vibrant palette is both refreshing and unique. Consider an abundant arrangement of seasonal florals to elevate the decor. Here’s how to transform supermarket flowers into gorgeous bouquets.

serve drinks

What’s brunch without a side of Prosecco? A boozy fete is one that most will enjoy, and these delectable cocktails are simple and crowd-pleasing.

Plus, a grapefruit and rosemary mocktail for mom!

rethink the color scheme

Spare the classic baby blue and pink in lieu of something with a bit more edge. We can’t get enough of this tropical setup with just a hint of pink. See more of this charming fete here.

serve yourself

Skip the catering service and opt for a buffet setup instead, to encourage guests to move and mingle. Get creative with the theme and tack on a bar cart directly aside.

donut bar is always a good idea

pick a theme

Big or small, incorporate a unique theme into the decor of the party. Here are a few that caught our eye:

This rustic outdoor fete

This glam, Ladies Who Lunch setup

This Where the Wild Things Are brunch

fresh favors

Make a lasting impression and send guests off with favors they’ll actually use! At the top of our list? Cotton candy topped with sprinkles, confetti push-pops (we had to), and this diy bath soak to inspire an evening of relaxation.

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