If you're planning your friend's or family member's baby shower, choosing the theme of the shower is one of the most important first steps because the theme determines the decorations, games and even the snacks. A rubber duck theme for a baby shower is appropriate for both a boy or girl baby and can be versatile with some creativity.
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Invitations and Party Favors
Let your guests know about the rubber duck theme through party invitations. For a literal "shower" theme you can instruct guests to wear bathrobes, shower caps and slippers for fun. Rubber duck-themed invitations can be found in most card shops and may have ducks in a bathtub, in diapers or in the rain. When guests arrive, give them themed party favours, such as miniature rubber ducks, duck-shaped soap, or small boxes with yellow duck stickers filled with candy. With a duck-shaped cookie cutter, bake duck cookies and coat them with either pink or blue icing depending on whether the baby is a boy or girl.
Rubber duck-themed party decorations can bring the room together. Start with basic yellow table cloths, and create a centrepiece by pouring blue pebbles or white plastic eggs in a vase and placing a rubber duck in the centre of the vase. Yellow balloons, or duck balloons if you can find them, are a good addition and can be tied to chairs. Rubber duck-themed plates and napkins should be easy to find in both party and speciality stores. Hang congratulatory baby shower signs on the walls, and post paper cutouts of rubber ducks along the walls if you please.
Snacks, Drinks and Treats
Duck punch can be made with any type of blue coloured punch in a baby bathtub. Sprinkle marshmallows across the top of the punch to look like bubbles in a bubble bath and float some rubber ducks in the bowl. Decorated cupcakes with yellow and blue icing, and other yellow treats such as corn chips, corn on the cob, cheese and cheese snacks, lemonade and egg salad. For a healthy fruit platter, cut up melon, mango, bananas and pineapple. Other dessert ideas are lemon cake or tarts, yellow Jell-O and duck-shaped crispy rice treats.
Sit in a circle and play Duck Duck Goose to get the party started. Make a list of Mother Goose rhymes and have guests fill in the blanks as quickly as they can; whoever is the fastest and most accurate wins the prize. If your party is rambunctious, you can play a duck waddle racing game by having each player put a water balloon between her legs and waddle to grab a rubber duck sitting at the end of the race line. Once she grabs the duck, she must waddle all the way back and throw the duck in a bucket without the water balloon popping to win. Another game you can play is Pass the Duck. This game is similar to musical chairs; pass a rubber duck around in a circle until the music stops. Whoever is holding the duck at the end is out. Whoever is last standing wins the game.
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