When it comes to creating perfect baby showers, it is all about the theme. Whether you decide to throw a vintage shower, Hawaiian shower, or a game-filled shower, there is nothing better than simply going overboard with the theme. From the invitations to the decorations, the favors to the food, every shower theme needs to be rocked to the extreme.
One unique theme that can be played to the fullest is the candy theme. Since babies are so sweet, why not go all out and create the sweetest baby shower you can? There are so many fun ways to be clever with baby shower candy ideas. Candy names lend themselves to every aspect of the party for the mom-to-be.
Candi-licious Mom-to-Be Shower Fun
Since I have given so many baby showers over the years, I am always on the hunt for new ideas. A friend of mine told me she did not want to have a pink or blue shower, but she wanted something fun. To create a theme, I asked my six year old what was the most fun place she had ever been. She told me the candy store, so that was the theme I created. With the help of my daughter, I was able to create a candi-licious special party from the invitation to the cake.
Junior Mints in the Mail
With my daughter, we looked at all of the different types of candy and the brands. We needed to start with the invitations and work from there. I did not want to send a typical card – I wanted to send candy. I also wanted to stay away from the cliche “here she-is” play on the Hershey bars. My friend was having a boy, so I immediately thought of Junior Mints. I looked into whether or not I could mail them and the post office said I could. So, I created a sticker that I used to cover “Mints” and a sticker with the actual invite on the back. We did not know what my friend was going to name her baby, so we decided to celebrate the eventual coming of “Junior”.
Balancing the Menu
When it came to the cake (my favorite part), I decided against a traditional cake and went with a dessert bar instead. I had ice cream, unfrosted cupcakes, and rice krispie treats. Then, I had jars filled with favorite candy toppings including M&M’s (all in shades of blue), chocolate chips, sprinkles, gummy bears, as well as tubs of frosting to decorate the cupcakes and rice krispie treats. The candies were inside of individual baskets made from gum wrappers, juice pouches, and other recycled candy containers. It was certainly colorful.
Insanely Sweet Dessert Bar
Since the desserts and everything else about the party was insanely sweet, I tried to keep the actual food somewhat plain, if not a bit salty. I had a big watermelon cut in the shape of a gigantic Peep and filled with fruit. I also had simple little sandwiches, cucumber roulades, and some other treats. Beverages were simple: water flavored with cucumber, hot tea, coffee, and iced tea. I also had little cartons of milk to go with the dessert bar. The cartons were decorated with a picture of the ultrasound and the words “Have you seen me?” emblazoned on the side.
I do not usually have games at my baby showers because I think they detract from the talking time, but I could not pass up some candy games. We tested our knowledge coming up with candy for every letter of the alphabet, with the winners getting Sugar Babies. We also had a name that melted candy in the diaper game, which I find to be a repulsive idea – but quite fun. The prize for that game was a basket full of the chocolates I used in the diapers. I also bought extremely long licorice ropes and we predicted how much licorice she would need to go around her belly. Everyone was a winner and got to eat their licorice rope. This theme is truly the best for baby shower candy ideas.
I always ask my guests to wrap their presents in a certain way or to include a special gift that ties in with the theme. This time, I asked them to include their favorite candy inside of the gift. It was fun to watch my friend open her presents and see what the giver loved to eat as a child or even still as an adult. It also made for fun stories, especially when friends included vintage candy like wax bottles, Charleston Chews, and circus peanuts.
The last event of the baby shower was to decorate the mom-to-be in the prettiest bling we could find. I had another basket full of wearable candy, from Ring pops, licorice ropes, powder candy, candy necklaces, candy undies, and more. This was the most surprising event of the paper and our mom-to-be was not too sure of the whole thing, but by the time the girls were finished with her, they went to town on each other. By the time we were finished, nearly everyone had a make-shift candy tiara, wax lips (or candy cigarettes), rings on every finger, several red belts, snakes wrapped around their arms, and some even wore candy panties on their heads.
Christine J. Williamson is the co-founder and writer for I‘m Super Mommy Blog. She is blessed with two amazing boys and a great husband, and 100% Love blogging at I’m Super Mommy Blog. Connect with her on Twitter! Cheers!