A butterfly-themed baby shower is one of my favorites because it’s such a whimsical theme. This guide will cover over 35 butterfly baby shower ideas to help inspire your own. I’ve included butterfly baby shower invitation ideas, color scheme options, butterfly baby shower decor, butterfly cake and dessert, and more.
This guide is jam-packed with ideas and inspiration, so we’ve created a table of contents you can easily navigate through:
- Theme Overview
- Color Palette Ideas
- Baby Shower Invitations
- Baby Shower Decor
- Baby Shower Favors
- Butterfly Guestbook Ideas
- Cake + Dessert Ideas
- Games + Activities
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The butterfly baby shower pairs beautifully with a floral or an enchanted garden party theme, so you’ll find a lot of ideas involving greenery, florals, terrariums, and things of that nature. This combination creates a whimsical event and is so beautiful.
One popular way people decorate a butterfly baby shower is with butterfly 3D stickers, and you’ll see a lot of ways you can incorporate them throughout this guide.
Theme Color Palette
You can go in various directions with the butterfly-themed event. Here is what I see most often:
- Light Pinks
- Light Purples or lavender
- Light Blue and Silver
- Pastel Colors
- Pops of Gold
Butterfly Baby Shower Invitations
Your butterfly invites will set the tone for your baby shower.
You can buy pre-printed invitations or find a digital download design on Etsy and get them printed at your local Staples or UPS store. When you go this route, you’ll often be able to find matching party favor tags, signage, and game cards to math.
This butterfly baby shower invitation features watercolored butterflies in light shades of pink and purple, which is a popular color scheme for this theme.
This butterfly baby shower invitation is also a watercolor in muted pastel colors. It also comes with a diaper raffle card and a book request card.
This section covers various butterfly baby shower decoration ideas, from centerpieces to the dessert table.
Your centerpieces will be a large part of your decor. These butterfly centerpieces will be placed in the middle of the tables – whether you have round or rectangular tables. Centerpieces tend to tie the theme together and give your event a polished, finished look.
A professional florist can create flower bouquets, or you can purchase them pre-made or create them yourself. We’ll cover a little of all three options.
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I love the simplicity of using mason jars as vases for a floral bouquet. It’s an instant way to elevate a table’s decor without spending a ton of money. You can choose to paint the mason jars to go along with the shower’s color scheme or keep them as-is. Either way, mason jars are always a great way to go.
You can create a butterfly floral bouquet with any type of flower – either real or faux. I love how the above centerpiece showcases baby’s breath because it goes with everything and is a great budget-friendly option for real flowers.
You can attach 3d butterfly stickers or butterfly picks to the bouquet. If you go with the stickers, you may want to attach stronger glue to them when placing them on floral stems.
Birdcages are a popular choice for butterfly-themed events. Simply add some greenery or floral elements, and attach decorative butterflies throughout it.
This is such a stunning centerpiece. Paper flowers and greenery are placed in a rustic box. The gold wreath holds a simple gold butterfly.
Here is another simple bouquet of faux flowers. Gold butterfly stickers are attached to the flowers for an instant butterfly centerpiece.
Dessert + Gift Table
The dessert table is one of the most decorated areas in any baby shower, and it creates an instant focal point in the room.
At the dessert table, the cake and desserts will add to the decorative theme of the event. You can also hang banners and place themed signs to make this space pop.
Here we see a dessert cart, which you can usually rent from a prop rental place, or certain venues may have them as well. The pale pink balloon garland really makes the space stand out, especially with the attached gold butterflies.
The final finishing touch is the large butterfly attached to the top of the garland.
Here we have another stunning dessert table.
This one has more of an enchanted garden feel to it, with its pink flowers, fairies, and butterflies.
The ruffled pink table cover and the large butterfly are the two pieces that really make this dessert table stand out.
This table is so pretty with its pale pink linen with butterfly stickers attached. It doesn’t look to be their dessert table but a beautiful setup for gifts, games, or favors.
Baby Shower Accent Decor
Typically at the baby shower, you’ll want to create a backdrop for Instagram-worthy photos. You can create this area near the entrance of the event or where the guest of honor will sit and open gifts.
You can create a stunning photo backdrop with balloon garland, which you can hire a balloonist to do for you or you can DIY it yourself with a balloon garland kit.
This balloon garland is gorgeous with its soft neutrals, pinks, and purples. Gold butterflies are subtly added to it to carry out the theme.
Here is another option for a balloon garland kit. Various shades of pink are paired with gold butterflies.
You can also place smaller balloon garland towers throughout the event to accent the decor. These balloon towers look beautiful, flanked against a dessert table. I love this soft purple setup with the matching butterflies.
Signs + Banners
Another way to accent your baby shower decor is with signage and banners. You can add framed signs in various places throughout the venue:
- Welcome Sign at the entrance
- Dessert Table
- Gift Table
- Favor Table
You can also add banners throughout the venue:
- Along the dessert table
- On the backdrop
You can find butterfly-themed banners that say various things like:
- Butterfly Kisses and Baby Wishes
- A Little Butterfly is on the Way
You can find a printable welcome sign to have printed out in a larger size as a welcome sign to greet guests.
Let’s talk about tablescape ideas because this is where you can elevate your event’s look. We already covered centerpieces, which is a huge part of a tablescape. However, we can add more elements to the table to really wow your guests.
Do I need to have a tablescape?
An entire tablescape is not necessary, but even adding a couple of elements of one will really elevate the look of your baby shower.
What is included in a tablescape?
A tablescape includes all the elements of your table settings: dishes, utensils, napkins, and glasses. It also includes any centerpieces, table runners, and accent decor that is put on your table.
Here are some ideas to inspire your own baby shower.
This tablescape is a perfect example of how putting one together will really elevate your decor. The beautiful centerpieces take front and center on the table, but the table runner and cloth napkins accent it so beautifully.
This is such a stunning tablescape, and I’m a bit obsessed.
The color of this crinkled table runner is so perfect, and it adds such a gorgeous amount of texture. She brought in glass dishes from the dollar store and pressed dried flowers underneath. Then to top it all off, she spread dried flowers along the runner.
This feels like a garden tea party, which blends so beautifully with a butterfly theme.
Another idea is to layer two table runners, which creates a really sophisticated look. Here we have a faux floral garland on top of a pink linen one. Pink napkins are placed at each table setting to bring it all together.
Placecards are a great way to bring an upscale touch to your baby shower, and they can also double as a party favor. These butterfly placecards work perfectly within the tablescape decor when placed on each guest’s plate.
These butterfly glass tags are another perfect touch for a tablescape.
Butterfly Baby Shower Favors
It’s always a sweet idea to give your guests a parting gift to thank them for celebrating with you. Here are a few ideas for butterfly baby shower favors.
You can fill candy, baked goods, candles, or really anything you can think of in a paper bag stamped with a butterfly stamp. This is such a simple and inexpensive way to package your shower favors beautifully.
These butterfly baby shower favors are perfect and include seeds each guest can plant.
You can use baby shower butterfly tags to attach to any type of party favor you want to offer your guests. I love the saying on these, “Thank you for fluttering by!”.
Butterfly Guestbook Ideas
Guest books are always a good idea for a baby shower because they give the mama-to-be a special keepsake to always look back on to see who was there to celebrate with her.
You can choose a traditional guest book or go with a guest book alternative. Some alternative ideas that tend to go over well with guests are baby wish cards and baby advice cards.
Here are a couple more ideas for a butterfly-themed guestbook.
This butterfly guestbook would truly be a beautiful keepsake. The frame is in the shape of a butterfly and can hold tiny wooden hearts or butterflies. Each guest can write their name before adding it to the open slot of the frame.
This guestbook is a similar idea to the previous one, but instead, it’s a frame that can be used to hold babies’ photos when they arrive. The wooden butterflies will always be stored in the frame for a beautiful keepsake.
Baby Shower Cake + Desserts
Choosing a butterfly baby shower cake, cupcakes, and desserts is a ton of fun, and there are so many ideas you can run with. Here are a few ideas for butterfly cakes to consider.
How gorgeous are these butterfly mini cakes? These remind me of something that would be served at garden tea party, which fits perfectly within the butterfly baby shower theme.
This simple white cake works perfectly with the added gold butterflies.
One of my favorite hacks for baby shower cakes is buying a white cake from the grocery store and adding a cake topper or decor to elevate its look. This is a really great budget-friendly option as well.
You could easily do this an add a butterfly topper or stickers all over the cake.
I’m loving this three-layered pink cake with all its white flowers and butterflies.
Here’s another gorgeous option. The pastel colors are a beautiful touch.
These cupcakes are beautiful and would look great on a butterfly dessert table. The butterfly cupcake toppers are adorable, and the pink wrappers really pull it all together.
Baby Shower Games + Activities
Baby shower games and activities are a must-do in order to keep guests entertained and the event flowing smoothly.
Guess Who: Mommy or Daddy?
This butterfly-themed game card would be perfect for guests to play at a baby shower.
How Many Butterfly Kisses in the Jar?
This game is perfect for a butterfly baby shower. Use this game sign and fill a glass jar with chocolate kisses. The guest who guesses the correct amount or is closest wins a prize.
If you have a more active crowd, consider playing interactive games like a relay race, scavenger hunt, or diaper pong.
Having a raffle of some sort at your baby shower is always a great idea. Usually, this tends to be a diaper raffle or a book raffle, where one lucky guest wins the grand prize.
The butterfly baby shower is a wonderful theme. It is whimsical and perfect for any mama-to-be, especially if she is expecting a baby girl. Pair it with flowers and greenery to mix it with a garden party theme for an extra touch.
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