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With the temperatures heating up and my friend’s due date right around the corner, my mind kept coming back to all things pink and tropical while planning her baby shower. That’s when it hit me: What’s better than a pink flamingo baby shower? Turns out, not much.
When it comes to baby shower themes, this one couldn’t be more fun for an outdoor shower — or any kind of outdoor party, really. If you were an ‘80s kid like me, you probably remember those pink plastic flamingos perched on everyone’s front lawns. They’re currently making a comeback just in time for summer, and I’m totally loving it.
Plus, a flamingo-themed baby shower seemed especially appropriate for my friend: When she first found out she was pregnant, we referred to the little one as “baby bird” — then the nickname became “pink baby bird” when we found out she was having a girl! Let’s just say that lots of crying-laughing emojis were exchanged via text when I playfully suggested we throw a flamingo party to celebrate the baby’s upcoming arrival.
From no-fuss food and game ideas to affordable pink décor, you won’t need to spend a lot of time or money to throw an epic pretty-in-hot-pink party.
… Ready to “flamingle”?
- Flamingo balloon
- Eat, Drink, Flamingle plate
- Fan decorations
- Pink Margarita Glasses
- Margarita Pitcher
- Pink Party Straws
- Pineapple Chalkboard
- Plastic Flamingo decorations
Serve your food in festive partyware.
I went pretty simple with the food: veggie and turkey croissant sandwiches, salad, a fruit tray, nuts, a pasteurized cheese tray, and spinach dip with veggies in cups. And since our mama-to-be had been craving yogurt parfaits lately, I had to include those as well.
When serving simple foods, placing them in individual festive serving cups somehow makes it look so much fancier. I also opted to go with these plates and turquoise napkins for a tropical, retro touch, along with pink everything, from the platter trays to the utensils. (Pro tip: the brighter the better!)
Believe it or not, flamingos are actually born with gray feathers, but it’s the brine shrimp they eat that turn their feathers pink. Because of this little fun fact, I secretly wanted to serve shrimp cocktails, but ultimately decided to pass since I knew that wasn’t exactly the food our bump was craving. (Maybe I’ll save that idea for a future flamingo party!)
Skip the flowers and create flamingo bouquets instead.
Centerpieces are super important at baby showers because they pull the theme together and encourage conversation amongst guests.
Fresh flowers are beautiful, but when you’ve got a million and one things to do to prep for a party, running out to buy and arrange flowers might not be something you have a whole lot of time for. (Personally, I like to get as much party prep done as I can a couple days before, just so I’m not exhausted during the party, but that doesn’t always work out.)
Solution? Pink vases stuffed with tissue paper and curling ribbon with a cute pink flamingo coming out the top! These got lots of points at my friend’s shower for being cute, and even more points for being easy to prep beforehand.
Create a tropical DIY photo booth.
Photo booths are a must at every single party I throw, but I always go the DIY route so I don’t spend a fortune. For this party, I installed a white curtain rod to the side of my house — and I’m telling you, if you have a bit of a photo booth obsession like I do, I would highly recommend it. It saves so much time not having to rig up some contraption each time for your backdrop. Plus, it opens up endless window and shower curtain backdrop possibilities!
I used these lovely green leaf fans that I safety-pinned onto the backdrop and put out lots of fun props, like these awesome flamingo balloons that were the cutest characters to pose with. Using huge balloon animals turned out to be a great idea for a super unique photo booth set-up.
Deck out the dessert table with pink sweets.
Can we all agree that the candy table is — hands down — the best table at any party, especially at a baby shower because we’re welcoming a sweet, new life into the world?
Naturally, I made sure that every single edible item on the table for this party was pink, and it made for a pretty sweet set-up. There were pink cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, Rice Krispies pops dipped in pink candy melts, a pink candy bar with pink chocolate Sixlets, bright pink caramel balls, and even pink peanut chocolate drops with takeaway bags on hand for the guests.
The Rice Krispies pops couldn’t have been easier to make. You can make your own or if you’re running low on time, go the store-bought route. Just cut them into tiny squares, add a pop stick, dip them halfway into melted down pink candy melts, and you’re done!
Lastly, see those pretty cake pop stands? They started off white, but I quickly spray-painted them gold. I’m a big fan of having a can of spray paint on hand for a really inexpensive way to coordinate colors.
Get the party started with some tried-and-true games.
No shower would be complete without a few fun — but tasteful — games. And by that I mean, I’m not about to melt a bunch of candy bars in diapers. (Trust me, with a 7-month-old and a newly-minted 2-year-old, I witness the real thing at home far too often!)
My favorite go-to baby shower games are Everyone Guess the Belly Circumference and Don’t Say the Word “Baby” — they’re a hit every time and don’t halt the party. After all, I was going for more of a “flamingle” style party rather than a sit-down brunch, so I wanted guests to move around freely.
Don’t be afraid to use the décor as entertainment, too.
If you’re bringing your own baby along to the shower like I did, buy some extra balloons so you can keep them entertained while you’re setting up. Sit your baby in a high chair, place some balloons in front of them, and voilà! Best entertainment ever. And that pink flamingo balloon didn’t even ask for a penny — best “babysitter “ever!
When all was said and done, the pink flamingo theme was an absolute hit. It was such a fun theme to play around with and we certainly partied like “flock stars.” (See what I did there?)
Hmmmm … now what to do with all these pink flamingos I’ve suddenly acquired?