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Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Get ready for a serious dose of adorable… because this Bow-Tie themed baby shower thrown for Jesi Haack & her new little man is exactly that! Bow-ties adorned everything from mason jars and flower arrangements to the darling ruffle cake, sugar cookies, and stationery. I think my personal favorite detail has to be the ultra creative “bow tie” party garland fashioned from diapers & ribbon though!

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Read on for LOTS more inspiring pictures, plus all the creative party details – as explained by one of the party hostesses – the lovely Courtney of Joyful Weddings & Events…

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

“For Jesi’s baby shower, we (me, Carissa of JL Designs & Melody of Sweet & Saucy Shop) decided to celebrate her new little man by having a bow-tie themed party. Posh Paperie‘s invitations set the tone for the clean, cheery decor.

Guests were greeted with a little ribbon bow-tie clip I made, which everyone wore throughout the shower. Instead of a guestbook, Carissa wrote a mad lib to fill in about the baby, which was a lot of fun!

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

For the decor we incorporated in pops of mustard yellow, kelly green and baby blue. Carissa used a variety of white ceramic vases to keep it light and modern and filled them with an array of monobotanical arrangements using our theme colors – white pom pom dahlias (Jesi’s favorite!), white hydrangea and yellow ranunculas. Wrapped around each vase was a striped or polka dot “bow tie”, which I created using striped and polka dot ribbons in coordinating colors.

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

To deviate from the standard diaper cake, I created a bow-tie garland using diapers and ribbon.

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

For lunch, Carissa, Melody and I made light options including bow-tie pasta salad, chicken salad sandwiches with coordinating ribbon picks and tiny sized tomato basil soups.

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Drinks were served in mason jars with ribbon bow-ties and striped paper straws.

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Melody of Sweet & Saucy Shop created an adorable spread of desserts, including Bowtie Sugar Cookies, a Pumpkin Cake w/cinnamon cream cheese frosting & salted caramel w/ruffle buttercream & fondant bowtie, Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes w/cinnamon cream cheese frosting & salted caramel, Red Velvet Cake Lollipops, and Lemon French Macaroons!”

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

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  1. JL_DESIGNS January 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    it was SO FUN to create something like this for such a dear friend! and i had the best partners in crime for the day ;) xoxo, c

  2. Cindy @ milk tea+polkadots January 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    This theme is so, so VERY cute! Love the theme, the color palette, and the adorable mason jars adorned w/ the bow ties! I’m hosting a baby shower in a couple months. I’m definitely bookmarking this page for inspiration.

  3. emily wilson January 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    OMG this is ridiculously adorable. I love every little detail…that cake, the little pastries, the decor…fabulous! wonderful job to all those involved! Emily, thepostscriptofemilywilsondesign.blogspot.com

  4. Hillary Jo January 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! This is neither masculine nor feminine; it’s just perfectly and simply chic for baby! Great job guys.

  5. Rowaida Flayhan January 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Love love love! everything is beautiful, the flowers the cake the sweet and the baby is soo adorable

  6. Naomi January 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I love this!

  7. Carrie @ Half Baked January 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    So chic – I love it! And Melody’s sweets are impressive as always!

  8. joyful weddings and events January 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Yay! Thanks for featuring Jesi’s shower Jenn! We had so much fun designing this shower for our sweet friend and I loved how it turned out.

  9. Katie January 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Beautiful! I LOVE the white hobnail serving pieces. Where can I purchase those? THANKS!

  10. forget.me.knot.weddings January 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    This is seriously so adorable and cool at the same time! All these amazing vendors created such a great party!!

  11. Jennifer @ Darling Notes January 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t think this party could get any cuter! I SO wish I had a baby shower to throw! LOVE it!

  12. Kelly Lyden @ The Party Dress January 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    This is such a DARLING party! Love the bowties!

  13. Megan Clouse January 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm


  14. Sharon January 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    This is such a stylish, modern shower – love it! Would anyone happen to know where the striped ribbon came from? I’m trying to find some just like that in red. Thanks!

  15. Amber Moon January 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    So stinking cute – love it all!

  16. Erin Elizabeth January 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    So inspiring! I love the colors, milk glass details and little striped flags!

  17. Christi - P is for Party January 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Every event Courtney touches is breathtaking! I absolutely love this shower…especially since I am a mom of two boys! This is such a sweet twist on the Little Man party as well!

  18. Lisa Marie @twdiva.com January 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I would love to throw myself a baby shower! I love this whole theme and all the fine details!

  19. Suzanne Johnson January 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. This might be one of my all time favorite real baby shower features to date! So darling, so creative, and i enjoyed every last detail. Great feature job on all levels!

  20. Allyson January 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    This is so great. Would love to do something like it for Father’s Day, but with some butched up colors for Daddy! I would love to see the size of the clips everyone wore. Do you have a photo of that? I am guessing they are just like the ones throughout the party, but didn’t know how large they would be. What a wonderful, gorgeous and stylish party, just like the guest of honor.

    • joyful weddings and events January 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Allyson! The clips were hair clip size- a bit smaller than the ones used on the mason jars :)

  21. Michele @ crazyfordesign January 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Those cookies are perfect!

  22. Lisa@ButteryBooks January 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Beautiful party! And your pictures are amazing!

  23. Leila | Be Inspired PR January 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    SUCH a fun get together! So cute, just can’t get over it. love all these vendors as well!!

  24. weddingchicks January 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    So adorable! (: Thanks so much for the mention.

  25. Jewellers Ireland January 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Beautiful wedding cake, so pretty

  26. cristina January 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    LOVE It. Too bad Im having a girl and the shower is next week.:(
    Love the short mad lib game. Was it custom designed somewhere or can I purchsase it?

    • Alice January 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      That is what I would like to know as well. Is there anyway to get a copy of the madlib or purchase it? I have a baby shower on the 5th and this would be perfect!

      awesome job ladies!

  27. Canvas & Canopy Evetns January 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    great job ladies!!!!!

  28. Aubree Seaman January 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Not only is this party head-over-heels adorable, but I love the tables that are seen in these photos! Beautiful!!!

  29. Angela January 22, 2011 at 6:55 am

    LOVE the bowtie garland made of diapers & ribbon – creative, simple, and a gift for the mother all at the same time!

  30. spider flower January 24, 2011 at 6:07 am

    So much thought has gone into every detail. Eye candy everywhere you look.

  31. Jen January 24, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Love this theme, too cute!!


  32. ohlalamum February 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

    What a darling idea! I don’t know that I have a shower to throw this year but I may have to incorporate this idea into a another party because it just so cute!

  33. Lorie February 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I love the holders for the silverware. Where can I find something similar?

  34. Jen February 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Umm seriously, everything about this party is AWESOME. Loving it all!


  35. Shannon February 3, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this theme! I am going to try and recreate as much of this as I can for my friend’s shower in March! I can’t figure out how to tie the ribbon onto the mason jars and vases to look like the bow ties though…And is there any special trick to making the diaper garland? I hope to hear from someone! Thank you!

  36. Abbey DeHart February 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Hi there, I love what you did with this shower!! Can you tell me where you got the little glasses with the soup in them? Thanks!

  37. E. Marie February 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I love the theme and colors of this shower! I really like the green patterned napkins, where can I buy them?

  38. Melanie February 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Shannon, I wondered the same thing. I can’t figure out how to tie them but I just cut two pieces of ribbon, one 5.5′ and one 2.5′ I hot glued the larger piece into a loop and put a dab in the middle to form a bow. Then I hot glued the smaller piece around it for the middle. I plan to just wrap the ribbon around the vases and hot glue it tight and then to hot glue the bow ties over the edge. Then just cut the ribbons off the vases after the party. Hope that helps.

    I would love more into on the mad lib!

  39. Sabrina March 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I need those cake plates for my wedding! Where are they from?!

  40. Katie S. March 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Where did you find the bow tie cookie cutter?

  41. party bags April 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Man’s creativity can never be really measured. It’s unlimited and priceless.

  42. Sandra June 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    First time I see this theme, very cute!

  43. Brooke August 7, 2011 at 9:10 am

    This is such a darling idea! i am hosting a baby shower and was wondering how you attached the bow ties to the mason jars? What type of glue did you use?

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  46. Karen Leikin January 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I love the bud vases. Are those Jonathan Adler? If not, do you know where I can find them?

    • jenn s. January 19, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Hi Karen –
      They’re actually from IKEA! I bought some there a couple years ago so I’m not sure if they still carry them, but if so you’re in luck because i think they were only a couple dollars each ;)

  47. Janelle May 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Love the mason jars! What size are they? 8 oz or 12 oz? Or do you suggest a certain size for a baby shower? Thank you!

  48. Maddie September 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

    What a beautiful & well thought-out baby shower! I now cannot wait to have one of my own!!! Mind sharing what font was used for the invite? Thanks so much!

  49. Deborah {Wedding Thingz} November 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Such great ideas!

  50. Sarah March 24, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Sooooo cute! How did you create the ribbon bow ties they are adorable?!?

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