Pumpkin Baby Shower
Lil' Pumpkin Baby Shower Theme
Celebrate the little pumpkin on the way with a pumpkin themed baby shower. This theme is perfect for an autumn baby shower. Pumpkins are one of the first things that come to mind when you think of fall and they can be found all over the place. This can also be a cute, not so scary, Halloween baby shower theme.Pumpkin Baby Shower Invitations
Make some pumpkin shaped invitations. Click here (opens in a new window) for a free printable pumpkin template. The template has several sized pumpkins to choose from. Print them out on orange card stock and cut them out. Color the stem with a green marker. On the invitations write something like: "A cute little pumpkin is on the way! Let's celebrate before the big day!" Then include all the other details like the mom-to-be's name, date, time, location, and where she is registered.
If you want an invitation that opens, just print out two pumpkins for each invitation. Stack two pumpkin invitations on top of each other and use a hole punch to make a hole either on the top or the left side. Feed a piece of ribbon through the hole and tie in a bow to keep the pieces together.
Pumpkin Baby Shower Decorations
Use orange, green and brown for your colors. Add other fall elements to your decorations like pumpkins, fall leaves, flowers, and pine cones.
Buy 10 mini pumpkins and write one letter on each pumpkin to spell out b-a-b-y s-h-o-w-e-r. You could also tailor it for the baby's gender by writing it's a boy or it's a girl on the pumpkins. If you are doing a Halloween baby shower theme, carve the letters in the pumpkins like you would a jack-o-lantern and put candles inside. Align the pumpkins on a table.
And of course, every pumpkin baby shower needs a pumpkin patch! Put a bunch of pumpkins of different sizes on a table or where ever you want your pumpkin patch to be. Make a cute sign that says Pumpkin Patch.
(photo from Goodhousekeeping.com)
Decorate the pumpkins with fun designs, ribbons and embellishments. Put some double sided tape all the way around the middle of the pumpkin, then put your ribbon over the tape. You could also tie ribbon around the stems.
Paint fun designs on the pumpkins using stencils. Or make stripes or polka dots. Use painters tape to make the stripes, by putting strips of tape all the way around the pumpkin. Paint the pumpkin whatever color you choose, then remove the tape.
Use glitter paint or adhesive gems and rhinestones to give your pumpkins some sparkle.
If you are planning a Halloween baby shower, you could incorporate jack-o-lanterns in your decorations. Carve some cute faces in some pumpkins or string some jack-o-lantern lights around the room.
Pumpkin Baby Shower Centerpiece Ideas:
Make a floral centerpiece with a pumpkin. Cut a hole in the top of a pumpkin, scoop out the guts, and line the inside with foil. Put a piece of floral foam inside the pumpkin with just enough water to saturate it. Stick fresh flowers in the floral foam and you have a cute pumpkin centerpiece.
Put some floating pumpkin candles in a decorative glass bowl with water. Arrange some artificial autumn leaves around the bowl.
Pumpkin Baby Shower Food Ideas
If you are serving a full meal, you could serve a fall type menu with comfort food that you would have at a Thanksgiving dinner. Here are few ideas:
- Honey baked ham
- Roasted Turkey
- Broccoli or green bean casserole
- Macaroni and cheese
- Mashed potatoes with gravy
- Croissants or dinner rolls
And of course, serve plenty of pumpkin themed
Pumpkin baby shower food:
- Pumpkin soup
6 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
5 whole black peppercorns
1.Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
2.Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
3.Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
- Pumpkin Pie Squares
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.In a medium bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Mix in flour. Fold in oats. Press into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
3.Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, until set.
4.In a large bowl, beat eggs with white sugar. Beat in pumpkin and evaporated milk. Mix in salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Pour over baked crust.
5.Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, until set. Let cool before cutting into squares. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.
- Pumpkin Spice Muffins
with cream cheese frosting
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2.In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
3.Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
4.Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.
Pumpkin Baby Shower Desserts:
Pumpkin Baby Shower Games and Activities
Pumpkin carving contest- give each guest a mini pumpkin and a carving knife and have them carve a face or design in the pumpkin. If you have a large group, you could divide everyone into small groups and give them a bigger pumpkin to carve. Have the mom-to-be pick out her favorite designs for the winners.
Variation: If you don't want the
mess of carving pumpkins, you could just let everyone decorate a
pumpkin. Put out different paints, markers, ribbon, stickers or other
embellishments. The person with the most creative or cutest pumpkin
wins a prize.
More pumpkin baby shower games:
Guess how many- Fill a jar or large baby bottle with pumpkin seeds. Have each guest guess how many are inside. The person who guesses the closest wins.
Don't say "pumpkin"- this is a variation of the don't say "baby" game. Give each guest a few clothespins. Whenever someone hears another person say "pumpkin" they take one of their clothespins. The person with the most clothespins at the end of the shower wins a prize.
Pumpkin Baby Shower Favors
Pumpkin shaped candy in a clear treat bag tied with ribbon.
Pumpkin pie scented candles or pumpkin shaped candles.
Cookies shaped like pumpkins. Frosted with orange icing.
Set up a pumpkin patch with enough pumpkins for each guest. Attach favor tags to the stem of the pumpkins that say: thanks from (mom's name)'s little pumpkin! Have each guest pick out a pumpkin to take home.
Have fun planning your little pumpkin baby shower! Make sure to take a look at our other themes below.