The arrival of a new baby is a time for celebration and what better way to rejoice one of nature’s greatest blessings than with a beautiful burst of ‘Welcome New Baby’ flowers? Getting together with friends and family to share such a special time is wonderful enough, but baby flowers and gifts can help to make the occasion extra special.
If you’re planning a baby shower to welcome your very important new person and want to decorate it with some beautiful blooms, there are a few things you may want to consider. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to giving the baby a blooming beautiful welcome, anything goes. But as a general guide, we suggest ‘soft, light and airy’ as a starting point. We’ve explored some of the many options to inspire you ahead of the big day.
Which colours to choose?
In the fabulous world of flowers, colour variations are endless and thinking about which colours to choose can be a mind-blowing experience. White is very often a dominant colour in baby shower displays as it’s generally recognised as clean, pure and positive. It’s regularly associated with new life and new beginnings, which makes it particularly perfect for this kind of special occasion. Using a shade like white as opposed to a bright colour will also make your display gender neutral, so you can use it to decorate your home or venue regardless of whether you know the sex of the baby or not.
Babies are tiny, precious things so delicate and pretty is generally the failsafe route to take when planning your floral gift. Pastels work perfectly and come in all shapes and shades, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
At a baby shower, flowers can play a part in every kind of arrangement, from small tabletop pieces and floral cake centres, to hanging decorations and much larger statement displays. You can also use them when coordinating baby flowers and gift sets.
A bouquet for every baby
If you’re still not sure of the new baby’s gender, we recommend steering clear of the hues traditionally associated with gender-specific gifts. Among our top baby shower choices would be cream coloured peonies, the perfect boy-girl flower compromise. They’re available all year round but if you particularly love the British garden grown variety, the best time for peonies is usually between May and July.
You might like to complement them, as we have in our Baby Shower bouquet, with some delicate white feathers. Adding some dried poppy pods creates a contrasting texture to the ensemble too. The gloriously round poppies have a symbolic feel, as though they are guarding the tiny little seeds inside them. Planting these seeds once the celebrations are over can be a lovely, poignant way to remember the moment friends and family came to celebrate the new baby.
In our arrangement, we also added some bright, colourful solidago for additional joy and happiness. You can never have too much of that, after all.
Flowers for a newborn baby boy
If you know your new arrival is going to be a boy, choosing blue shaded flowers can be by far the loveliest option. Rest assured there are plenty of blooms to choose from in a kaleidoscope of blues, but top of the list for many are hydrangeas. If you love the classic look and the bold, round shape, you can’t go wrong.
Hydrangeas grow in a range of blue variations, so you can decide how pale or bright you’d like to go, and because each bloom is big, they can be a good option if you’re decorating on a budget. Hydrangeas of any blue hue look beautiful contrasted with white, so consider white roses, peonies or dahlias to sit alongside them.
Baby girl flowers
When we hear someone is going to have a baby girl, the first colour many of us think about is pink. It might not be every mum’s cup of tea but with so many pretty pink shades and flowers to choose from, you can rest assured that there will be something to suit everyone’s level of pink. If pink still isn’t the colour for you, there are plenty of equally pretty pastel colour alternatives such as soft lilacs, pale yellow and soft cream.
When thinking about which flowers to use for your display we’d suggest keeping it simple. Roses and carnations are easy to work with for novice florists looking to create their own piece of floral art.
Make a statement
If you want to make more of focal piece with your baby shower flowers, opt for a boldly coloured hero flower or add a fresh pop of bright green with a little extra foliage.
Carefully chosen blooms can also add a little extra something to your buffet table. Instead of a traditional floral centerpiece, you might like to offer up some colourful fruit for your guests to nibble and decorate the plate with single flowers. You can even go one step further and cook with flowers. Be sure to check your flowers of choice are edible, just in case!
If you’re decorating on a budget, you can create instant table pieces with small floral posies planted into jam jars. They can look amazing and people will never guess you did them yourself. Decorate your jars with ribbon, attach some lace or incorporate an unusual base for your jars to turn simple objects into eye-catching centerpieces.
Say it with flowers
Flowers have long been gifted to communicate messages of love so why not create your own message with flower letters or words for baby shower day? If you already know the name for the new baby, you can decorate a table or fireplace top with their initials created entirely from flowers, and it’s perfectly possible to do this yourself.
The internet is home to a host of helpful ‘How To’ tutorials that can guide you step-by-step in creating your own floral lettering. However, you might want to call in the experts for intricate vowels and consonants. ‘L’ might be a doddle, but ‘A’ could prove a little trickier!
Flowers and balloons
The classic combination of flowers and balloons can instantly dress up any baby shower setting. Use your favourite flowers to decorate the strings of helium balloons and have them standing upright to welcome guests inside, you could even shape this into an entrance arch if you’re feeling super creative.
Alternatively, you can create big, bold and striking garlands with ordinary blow up balloons and flowers, then drape them around doorways. The possibilities are endless and limited only by time, budget and how creative and ambitious you’re feeling.
Decorate a baby shower cake
Using fresh flowers to decorate a baby shower cake not only adds an extra special flourish, but it can save you a lot of time and fiddly edible flower making too. A few petals strategically ‘sprinkled’ on top of your royal icing look simply stunning, while a tight cluster of rosebuds fashioned expertly to sit on top of your cake won’t fail to impress.
If you’re up to the challenge, you could create a floral partnership with a bouquet centerpiece and expertly decorated cupcakes to match. Hydrangeas are an ideal bloom for this.
Fun fake flowers
When we say fake flowers, we don’t mean the silk or plastic kind. Creating cute little blooms with baby grows and socks is a novel way to create an eye-catching baby shower gift. They’re fun to make and can be finished off with a few sprigs of gypsophila to make them extra special.
Simply roll each sock into the shape you want and tuck the edge over so it stays in place. Next, use plain or coloured craft sticks to create your stems and insert into your baby sock shapes. You’ll need a container to house your bouquet (those little metal buckets look sweet) and some florist foam covered in tissue paper to hold them in place as you fill in the gaps with your gypsophila.
If you have more unusual and fun ways you’ve used flower to decorate a baby shower, we’d love to hear about them. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share your ideas with us!