How to Throw a Boho Style Baby Shower

Ideas for a free-spirited soiree the mama-to-be will never soon forget

Baby Shower
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You offered to host a baby shower for your friend or family member. Now, it’s time to start planning. The first step? Choose a theme. This will help guide your other decisions (e.g., invitations, decorationsfood, and games). Luckily, there are lots of darling directions to go. Parisian, tropical, fairytale—the list is endless.

In our opinion, one of the things that makes a party really special is when it truly feels like it was tailor-made for the guest of honor. For example, if the mama-to-be is super laid back, the vibe should reflect that.

Not only is a boho style celebration totally on trend, but it’s the perfect low-key way to shower the soon-to-be mother with love in an atmosphere that’s relaxed, like her. Plus, there are so many affordable and next-level adorable decorations you can pull it off without breaking the bank. And she’ll def want to take a few home for the nursery.

Need some inspiration? From naked cakes and flower crowns to mix-and-match centerpieces and succulent favors, scroll on for 12 sweet ideas to help you throw a free-spirited soiree she’ll remember for the rest of her life.

Watercolor Invitations


Invites set the tone for your event. And nothing says hippie haven like a watercolor pattern. The sky blue and white palette is sublime if she’s expecting a boy, and pale pink would be perfect for a girl.

Floral Wall Hanging

Erin Fraser Photography

Planning the party indoors? A wall hanging made out of fresh blooms instantly transforms any room into a gorgeous garden-inspired setting and looks glorious above the desert table.

Erin Fraser Photography via Kara’s Party Ideas

Naked Cake

Dana Fernandez Photography

Speaking of chic is this naked cake? It exudes earthy elegance with barely-there vanilla buttercream frosting, fragrant eucalyptus, and a festive topper.

Dana Fernandez Photography via Camille Styles

Flower Crowns

Inspired by This

Flower crowns are a bohemian staple. Let guests get crafty and express their creativity with an interactive booth.

Photo Backdrop

Leeves & Berries

While photo booths are great (at least, in theory), they’re expensive and can appear out of place at an intimate gathering. Instead, opt for a simple yet beautiful backdrop that blends in with its surroundings and encourage party-goers to take pics. Afterwards, put together a post-party photo album or scrapbook for the expectant mom.

Leeves & Berries via Style Me Pretty

Macrame Table Runner

My French Twist

Give your table a touch of boho style charm with a macrame runner. You can order one online or get crafty with this DIY tutorial by My French Twist.

Macrame Table Runner from My French Twist

Festive Food Station

Stephanie Ann Photography

Like any fête, the menu matters—perhaps even more so in the case of a baby shower, as the guest honor is bound to be hungry. Wondering what to serve? A beautifully arranged assortment of her favorite meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts is a feast for eyes and taste buds. Plus, it’ll tide everyone over until the main course.

Stephanie Ann Photography via Kara’s Party Ideas

Darling Donuts

A Bubbly Life

A brunch-ready riff on the requisite cake, these delectable glazed donuts are awesome for an AM baby shower. Edible petals and lavender takes these treats to the next level.

Modern Wreaths

Leeves & Berries

We love this modern approach to a floral wreath. Bonus: It’s a fabulous and affordable option, since greenery tends to be a bit more budget-friendly and you don’t need many blooms to make an impact.

Leeves & Berries via Style Me Pretty

Succulent Favors

Etsy Studio

If these burlap-wrapped succulents aren’t the most adorable party favors on the planet, we don’t know what is.