Western theme baby shower (gender neutral)

Western theme baby shower

If you follow me on facebook, you might have seen a sneak peak I posted on Sunday of a baby shower I was working on.  (And if you don’t follow me on facebook, why not?  Click over and follow me here!)

I am in charge of helping to decorate, coordinate and host showers at our church and I LOVE doing it!  This shower I thought was going to prove to be a little harder to decorate for but in the end, I LOVED how it came out!

The mother-to-be is keeping the gender a surprise so I needed to make it a gender-neutral shower.  I browsed for many ideas in stores and on Pinterest and could have done a Noah’s ark theme or all pastel colors or many other things.  But the couple is from out west and they love western things.  So someone suggested a Western/cowboy themed shower and it was perfect!

We did this shower at church in between services on Sunday so some décor options were limited.  But here is what I came up with with some help from others.

Western theme baby shower

Here is the front of the room set up for the mother-to-be to open her presents.

Western theme baby shower

You may remember the wagon wheel planter.  Yep, the same one I got back in the fall at a yard sale.  It was perfect for this!

Western theme baby shower

Since the parents don’t know the gender we did a money-tree type idea on a clothesline filled with boy and girl clothes and lots of cash for clothes when the baby comes!

Western theme baby shower

This picture is my favorite part of the decorations!  My goal for the shower was that I wanted it to reflect the theme of just a “Western themed baby shower” not boyish or girlish.  But just Western.

The basket was my Value Village find from last week, the napkins came from Dollar Tree and were tied with jute string knot.  I printed the “Wanted poster” on a last minute idea the night before.  And I found the idea for all the labels for the food online and just typed them out and printed them myself.

Western theme baby shower

I always undecorate my house and drag it all with me to showers!  It saves a ton of money to use things I already have.  Shutters + weathervane were pervious yard sale finds.

Western theme baby shower

I saw a picture just like this on Pinterest (from EllenJay’s blog) and recreated it as much as I could.  It was the perfect centerpiece for the long food table.

Western theme baby shower

I actually borrowed most of the bandanas but you can find them at Dollar Tree (2/$1.00) or at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s for $1 each.

Western theme baby shower

Windows, wreaths, lanterns and other décor from my home.  I used brown Kraft wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree on the table topped with a burlap runner.

Western theme baby shower

Now let’s talk about the food – the most important part of the party, right?? Smile  It was my favorite – not necessarily because of the food we served but because of all the fun labels/names that I found to fit into the theme.

Western theme party food

I found a lot of the food names on The Farrar Four, but you can also check out my baby shower board on Pinterest for lots more ideas that I pinned.

Western theme baby shower

‘Lil Doggies” – Cocktail sausages in BBQ sauce.

Western theme baby shower

“Cowboy Caviar” – Black bean + corn salsa (find the recipe here) served with chips.

Western theme baby shower

“Happy Trails Mix” – chex mix mixed with m&m’s

Western theme baby shower

“Frontier Fruit” – fresh fruit

Western theme baby shower

“S’mores on a stick” – so easy and yummy!  Large marshmallows dipped in chocolate and then dipped in graham cracker crumbs.

Western theme baby shower

The cake was so perfect!  We have a very gifted lady in our church that does amazing cakes and she did the cake for the shower.

Western theme baby shower

And the “Water Hole” or punch served out of small mason jars.    The punch was a sparkling lemonade – so easy!  One 2-liter of Sprite or 7up mixed with 1 can of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate (frozen and not diluted).  Yummy!

Western gender neutral baby shower

So there you have it!  This theme would be perfect for a birthday party too.  I found tons of ideas for cowboy/Western parties and a lot more Western themed baby showers than I would have thought.

Ever decorated for a gender-unknown baby shower?  What theme did you do?  Got any cowboy loving boys – throw a Western birthday party for them!

Comments

  1. Beautiful job!! Love the creative food titles!
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  2. Wow! This is one of my favorite Baby Shower Themes I’ve ever seen! Great work and great ideas. Love it!

    I also really like the wreath with the bandana tied on it. So cute! I think I’m going to put one on my front door this Summer…
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  3. Love the Western Theme and all of the fun decorations!! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Lanita

  4. We just had a baby shower last week and did Dr Seuss. It turned out so cute with books and characters from the stories and all the little food that went along with it–poppyseed ham sandwiches, green deviled eggs, goldfish (and real ones for decoration), red/white stripe gummi hats, strawberry banana skewers. Everyone loved it!

  5. You did such a great job, I just love it! I think you went above and beyond and have such a knack for putting things together. Love your blog,

  6. Love it!!!
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  7. What a fun shower theme!! Love all the bright colors and down home accents!!
    Nice job!

  8. What a cute idea for a shower! Love all the fun props you gathered.
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  9. This is adorable! Great job!

  10. Really Cute! I love it! You always make things look so nice! I love looking at your decorating ideas. Decorating doesn’t seem to be my specialty! I have to have lots of help from my talented friends! LOL

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