/////Retro Rainbow Baby Shower {Using HWTM Printables!}

Retro Rainbow Baby Shower {Using HWTM Printables!}

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retro rainbow baby shower

Does this theme look familiar? ;) Julie purchased printables from our shop (to celebrate her sister-in-law Rainey’s baby shower), and was kind enough to send photos of the finished party! It really made our day, and was so fun to see her recreate the Retro Rainbow Baby Shower in her own style! (View the HWTM Retro Rainbow dessert table here, table and decor here and printable collection here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gold embellished baby bottles filled with rainbow candy and topped with a party flag!
  • Onesie station and baby bump size guessing game
  • Red & blue frosted cupcakes with gold foil wrappers
  • “BABY” dessert table decoration, cloud chair back for mommy-to-be & “raindrop” buttons
  • Sequin embellished diaper cake + DIY gold “roller skates”

roller skate diaper cake

hwtm printable retro rainbow sign

rainbow baby shower

drink station

baby love

hwtm baby shower printables

baby shower

rainbow cupcakes

baby shower candy favors

cloud baby shower decorations

fruit skewers

diaper cake

mommy to be

onesie station


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Julie

When I volunteered to host a baby shower for my sister-in-law, Rainey, I wanted to find a theme that could match her bright and fun spirit. HWTM’s Retro Rainbow Baby Shower was the perfect inspiration. (Gold baby rollerskates? Seriously, how could I resist?) I would love to claim that I thought of the party details myself, but most of them are from HWTM. By using the printables offered on the HWTM Etsy Shop, following the directions on the ‘how-to’ posting for this theme, and a little DIY finagling, I was able to throw a pretty rad celebration for the expecting couple.

First, I printed the various theme pages and placed them in white bargain frames from Michael’s. (The colors are much more vibrant on photo paper rather than cardstock.) I bought heart shaped chipboard that I covered in glue and glitter, ric-rac, ribbon, sequined elastic, and buttons in gold and primary colors; and then I went to town decorating the frames. Glue dots used for scrapbooking were helpful for adhering these items, as I could remove them later and reuse the frames in the future. For the coffee table centerpiece, I spray-painted a small vase from IKEA gold and found another, larger vase at Michael’s. Using wooden dowels, I hot glued the ‘cloud’ batting and strung button ‘raindrops’ from fishing line. Inside the vases, I placed Styrofoam used for flower arranging to hold the dowels in place. I also spray painted plastic pacifiers from Michael’s gold before rolling these in glue and glitter. I placed these in various locations.

For the dessert table, I used two yards of chevron fabric I found at Hobby Lobby as a table cloth. The sunburst mirror was an item I already had in my home, a Home Goods find that I previously spray painted in Krylon “bronze.” The rainbow lollies were a last minute find at Michael’s. The lemon drops and orange slice candy were from Target. I made the cupcakes myself, experimenting with homemade frosting and icing bags I found at Hobby Lobby, and topped them HWTM printables. The BABY letters were also a HL find, which I spray painted gold, let dry, and then painted again in primary colors. (If you’re not crafty like me, you may need to know that tempera paint will not work. Acrylics are needed to cover spray paint, as I learned the hard way.)

At the drink station we served water and sangria. The dispensers were originally decorated with ribbon and labels; however, the condensation from the cold drinks caused them to slide off. The cute straws are from Target’s Spritz collection. (Who knew?)

The most popular and my personal favorite element of the shower was the diaper cake. I spray painted canvas baby shoes and round wooden dowels from Hobby Lobby, decorated them with buttons and sequence, and placed them on top of the ‘cake.’ Guests received Skittle filled baby bottles, whose lids I spray painted gold and rolled in glitter. (Don’t use Gorilla Glue; apparently it foams when it dries.)

Lastly, I set up a Onesie Station were guests could iron on cute appliques to various sized white-onesies. The completed onesies were then hung with clothes pins for display.

With the help HWTM and some trial and error, even someone like me who lacks that Martha Stewart je ne sais quoi can pull off a rather successful shindig.

Vendor Credit
  • Printables: HWTM
  • Straws, Lemon Drops, Orange Slices: Target
  • Chevron Fabric, Icing, wooden letters: Hobby Lobby
  • Vase: IKEA
  • Frames, rainbow lollipops and craft supplies: Michaels
  • Sunburst Mirror: Home Goods
By |2017-01-26T21:17:30+00:00April 2nd, 2013|Baby Showers, Gender Neutral|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Lisette Wolter-McKinley April 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I love how it is a baby shower, but not the usual pastels or baby bottles.

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  4. @the_bridean April 3, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Throw a Retro Rainbow Baby Shower. Colourful party themes provide inspiration, via @HWTM_Jenn https://www.hwtm.com/2013/04/retro-rainbow-baby-shower-hwtm-printables/

  5. Cara April 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I love this! I’m throwing a sprinkle for a friend this summer. She’s into retro names and doesn’t know the gender so this is perfect. You did a wonderful job.

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