This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower
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A Girly Marine Life Baby Shower

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This past weekend I threw my sister a girly marine life baby shower. I wanted it to be classy and pink. She bought Baby Girl marine life bedding, so I also wanted it to go with that. Too many themes? Never! I also had to plan something for a very small crowd. She had a separate baby shower at work and most of our family lives far away, so the guest list was minimal. When you’re having a small shower, you don’t want to go overboard, but then again, babies are fun and you kind of always want to go overboard for them. I have to confess something about this though… This was not my normal frenzied party. I had  a LOT of help.

You see, my grandma and my aunt drove over to Tennessee to attend, and my aunt brought my twelve-year old cousin with her. He entertained my son. My grandma and aunt took turns helping me and watching my daughter. And my mom came by to help with everything else. So, really, this girly marine life baby shower was created in the exact opposite manner of anything else I do. That doesn’t mean it looks perfect – even if I have help, I still don’t care that much about decorations. You’ll see what I mean. I do think this is doable for busy people though, if you start early enough. I actually began decorating a week in advance, little by little, and that definitely helped.

Ideas for a Girly Marine Life Baby Shower

1. Decorations

This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower

My main goal here was jellyfish. You’ve seen those hanging jellyfish decorations before, right? Well, if not you’re welcome to steal ours, but we got our inspiration from Nathalie at Press Print Party. Mostly it involves hot gluing things to paper lanterns, but you’ll have to ask my mom or Nathalie for specific instructions because I surely didn’t touch those. I can tell you we used this package of lanterns if you like a variety of sizes. They had different colors too. So once I got those made, I wanted a blue background. I picked up a tablecloth roll at Party City to make the background. As you can see, I was too lazy to get a ladder and too short to reach the ceiling, but whatever.

This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower

My other decor includes some seaweed made out of grapes, an idea I stole from Indulgy. Then I tacked some clear balloons to look like water bubbles on my blue background. The cool opalescent pink tablecloth and table skirt also come from Party City. That’s about it. Not much too it, really, even though it looks like a ton of decorations to me.

2. Food

This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower

In my mind, I was serving an elegant spread of seafood. I’ll let you be the judge of how it turned out. First I went with actual seafood. Shrimp is easy and relatively inexpensive (for seafood) so I tried this cajun guacamole recipe. I do make my own guac. It’s basically this recipe, but with half a can diced tomatoes instead of roma. I put the extra guacamole out too, because who doesn’t want chips and guac? I also made this crab dip, which I’d never done before but was delicious.

This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower

For my other food, I wanted to make some non-seafood items that still fit in, so I did cucumber sandwiches and cut a few of them in the shape of starfish with this cookie cutter.  If you use soft bread, it will go through just fine, but I suggest separating it before you lift the cutter. Then I made some chicken club bacon sushi rolls. I got the idea from Delish, but that’s not the recipe I followed. I swear I’ll get around to posting my version one day. The punch was this super easy pink recipe, but I made seashell ice cubes. Then my mom and I made these cute “pearl in oyster” cookies. So, not all exactly seafood, but it all fit together in the end.

3. Cake

This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower

If you are a regular reader, you may remember I learned about pull-apart cakes from my friend who created this potty training cake. I decided to implement my own version for this girly marine life baby shower. There are other versions of octopus cakes out there, but my problem with them is that they’re all gigantic. I had eight people at this shower, myself included. I didn’t need the twenty-four cupcakes that come in a box, let alone a whole other set. So I made a smaller version. I do have specific directions for that, but I don’t want this post taking eight years to read, so head over here to check that out.

4. Diaper Cake

This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower

This was my first time making a diaper cake, and I like having visuals. The tutorials I looked at didn’t really have a lot, so again I have a separate post if you want step-by-step instructions. But, I’m glad I made it because the height certainly added something to the visuals of the party backdrop. Plus it was fun to have a little surprise in the middle. πŸ™‚

5. Games & Party Favors

This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower

I’m actually not a fan of baby shower games, so I didn’t put much effort into these. We played the regular can’t say “baby” game, Baby Price is Right, and guess the number of candies. That’s it. We’re lame. On a side note, I noticed I have a lot of UK readers, so if you’re looking for your own version of baby games to buy Party Ease can help you out. For party favors, I chose to make chocolates. I’d never done that before, but it was pretty easy. I bought this mold for the ice cubes and I figured I might as well use it! We put the chocolates in some pink candles and everything looked lovely.

Well friends, what do you think? Would you consider this a girly marine life baby shower a success?

This is the girly marine life baby shower I threw for my sister. Lots of undersea fun! #babyshower #marinelifebabyshower #underseababyshower #marinelifeparty #underseapartyideas #girlbabyshower


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  1. robin rue says:

    What a fun theme for a baby shower!! I love it. And that cake came out awesome. All of the decorations/food did πŸ™‚

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Oh thanks! I actually tried for once. Lol

  2. I love every single detail about this baby shower! I think the theme is perfect especially if the mom-to-be enjoys the sea!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thanks! Luckily my sister is all about the sea. πŸ™‚

  3. This is such an adorable theme for a baby girl’s baby shower! I love marine life, so this speaks to me. Wished I would have seen this about 12 years ago, when I had my last!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      You can always have an under the sea party without the baby shower part. πŸ™‚

  4. I loved that marine theme. All things fishy and seafood works for everyone. I loved the octopus cake and other snacks of seafood. You are a good sister to make this shower.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thanks, we certainly tried to give her a good party!

  5. This is too cute! I love the under the sea theme. While I probably won’t be having another baby shower, this would be easily adapted to a little girl’s birthday party!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Yes, definitely! I got a bunch of the ideas from mermaid birthday parties.

  6. reesa says:

    What a beautiful baby shower! I have never seen an under the sea theme for girls and I love how you did it with the pink and purple details!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      My sister is very girly so we had to have lots of pink!

  7. I love this!! Such cute decorations! I’ve actually never been to a themed baby shower before but it looks like such fun!

  8. The marine life baby shower is such a good idea. And I adore your little octopus cake. I want to make that…well, just because. It’s too cute!

  9. These are all such cute ideas! I really like the under the sea theme too. It works so well!

  10. Oh, this is so adorable! Then, for her first Halloween, she can go as a jellyfish. Did you see that costume? Clear umbrella with crepe paper streamers. TOO CUTE.

  11. Jeanine says:

    Oh my goodness! I love this. I only ever had a baby shower for my first born who was born 14 years ago, but would love to do something like this for any of my friends who are expecting. WHAT FUN and so cute, and girly!

  12. Shannon says:

    This is so adorable and creative. I am definitely going to be sharing this with all of my friends with babies on the way!

  13. This is absolutely precious! I have never seen a baby shower with a theme like this. I love the jellyfish lanterns! So cute!

  14. This theme is so cute and different. I like the diaper cake. It actually looks more like something than just a rolled up bunch of diapers.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thanks, I tried to cover it up. You could see the diapers on the back though. πŸ™‚

  15. This is one of the most unique themes I’ve seen for a baby shower. I just love it. You’ve done such an amazing job with all the little details. It feels like something straight out of The Little Mermaid.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Oh thanks, I love The Little Mermaid!

  16. How cute is this? And also so different. Very nice for a baby shower.. I like the starfish

  17. Misty says:

    I absolutely love this theme so much! This post is giving me some major baby fever! lol

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Would you like to borrow one of my babies? That will take care of the fever. Lol

  18. It looks absolutely adorable, totally giving me little mermaid vibes. Love the diaper cake and the jellyfish decorations.

  19. Aw congrats to your sister on her baby shower and it is great that you created a marine life theme. I love the octopus cake and the jellyfish decorations too x

  20. Such cute decorations for this shower. I love the diaper cake, first one I have ever seen. Great menu too. I think you did an amazing job!

  21. What a super cute theme for a baby shower! I love the colors and all the details!

  22. This is such a cute baby shower, I love this idea! I recently helped to host a baby shower and it was lots of fun. However, we didn’t really have a theme, other than baby-ness! Its nice to have a great theme like this one πŸ™‚

  23. Your baby shower looks adorable! I love how you were able to use so much pink but still make it look like it is aquatic.

  24. Super cute! I’ve made jelly fish lanterns and they are actually in my daughter’s room from her Ariel bedding days.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      How fun! My sister took them home with her for the baby’s room. πŸ™‚

  25. I LOVE how the balloon decorations are made to look like bubbles under the sea. That is so cute. The overall color scheme is pretty unique as well.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thanks. I actually wish I bought more balloons, I did like how they turned out!

  26. Journa Ramirez says:

    Wow! Wish I’ve seen these ideas when I was still pregnant with my two girls years ago. So cute!

  27. This is a great shower idea! We always end up incorporating marine animals in our parties somehow because my eight year old daughter is the SeaWorld kid blogger. She loves the ocean and animals!!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Oh wow, that’s so cool! I should have been stealing ideas from you. πŸ™‚

  28. I can’t believe all of the beautiful ideas for baby shower themes that are available these days. I love this theme and think your photos are gorgeous and really bring it to life.

  29. Beth! Great Ideas for the balloon decorations!
    Blue octopus is so pretty!!
    I’ll bookmark your ideas!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed them!

  30. So cute Beth!! I love those jellyfish and the diaper cake turned out great. Now I’m hungry for seafood.

  31. Great party! I love the Octopus cake and the diaper cake you made! So creative.

  32. This is one of my favorite themes πŸ™‚ I love the cake!

  33. That’s such a darling theme! The decorations are so so clever! πŸ’—

  34. Jessica Jimenez says:

    Love all the details, especially the food ideas!

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