How To Plan A Vegan Baby Shower: Menu, Decor & Gift Ideas

How To Plan A Vegan Baby Shower: Menu, Decor & Gift Ideas

Planning a vegan baby shower is just as easy as planning a regular baby shower. The small difference is simply being conscious of your suppliers and purchasing choices. Being a vegan doesn’t only mean being conscious of your food choices. Being vegan is a lifestyle that affects every purchase you make.

To plan a vegan baby shower, it’s best to make food your centrepiece. Decide whether you’re doing a buffet, hors d'oeuvres, or a sit-down communal meal and decorate around it. Conversations and catch-up will gather around food, games, or activities like a regular party. 

Here’s a guide to get you started on suppliers, food, decorations, gifts, and party favours for a vegan-friendly baby shower or baby sprinkle

Vegan Baby Shower Decorations

Veganism is not just a food choice for some people; it’s also a lifestyle choice. Vegans usually put more weight on eco-friendly and cruelty-free options when purchasing party decorations. 

Here are some ideas to help you with your vegan baby shower decorations:

  • Colourful grazing table: A simple and rustic baby shower can benefit from a buffet or grazing table. You can set up a grazing table that’s not only a feast for the tastebuds but also for the eyes. There are plenty of ways to bring a pop of colour to a vegan menu since flowers can be edible, and there are plenty of vibrant vegetables. Check out this grazing table from The Edgy Veg for inspiration.

  • Sculpted fruit & veggies: If you know anyone skilled with a knife, sculpted veggies and fruits can also be good for vegan arty decoration. Check out this listicle of 42 Magnificent Fruit Creations for Your Next Party.

  • Party favours: The party favours can also be part of your decoration! Fun succulent pots can be a great way tp decorate your tables. After the party, your guests can simply pick them up to take home, which also helps with the cleaning. A zero-waste party is not a bad party idea.

  • Biodegradable balloons: If you want to include balloons at your baby shower, you can get 100% biodegradable latex balloons from The Party Girl. You can create balloon arches and centrepieces. Check out this article on cute baby shower balloon decoration ideas from the Cutest Baby Showers.

  • Fresh local flowers: You can substitute balloons with your local farmers’ flowers or ethical and sustainable florists, like Stones Corner Flower Shop. Flowers are easy table centrepieces or pops of colour to your buffet table. You can even have a wall of flowers, a flower chandelier, or a flower sculpture.

  • Reusable signage: For signages, opt for something that can be reused, like chalkboards, whiteboards, or acrylic or glass pieces. You can personalise these signs for any party afterwards or keep them around the house with some inspirational quotes.

Vegan Baby Shower Food & Drinks

For some people, when they hear vegan, the first thing that comes to mind is usually bland and too healthy. So, it’s always a welcome reaction when these people are surprised with something colourful, delicious, and delectable. Vegan food and drinks are not restricting; you just have to open your horizons.

Here are some caterers that can help you with your vegan baby shower menu:

  • Fabulous Catering

    Fabulous Catering can cater to your dietary requirements, vegan included. You can choose from their pre-set menu of Dietary Hot Plates, Dietary Fingerfood, Dietary Buffet, and Dietary Cold Platters. They cater Australia-wide and can even help you with your drinks, equipment, and waitstaff.

  • ASRC Catering

    When you hire ASRC Catering, you get good food and contribute to a cause. As a social enterprise, ASRC Catering helps the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre create economic opportunities for people seeking asylum. Their international menu has strong flavours from Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Asia. They have canapes, morning & afternoon tea, hot dishes to share, soups, salads, wraps, sweet treats, and beverages on their menu. 

  • Fat and Skinny Catering

    Fat and Skinny Catering is a judgement-free, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly catering service provider whose slogan is “vegan catering that’s not just vegetarian without the cheese.” If you’re looking for quirky, they might be the best caterer for your baby shower.

Now, if you have time on your hands, curating your vegan baby shower menu is also a fun activity pre-baby.

Here are some menu items to consider:

If you’re serving mostly finger food, these items would be great served on a grazing table with your decorations. The grazing table would be a great backdrop for pictures too!

These baby shower menu ideas are just as suitable for other celebrations, like a baby sprinkle or sip and see party.

Vegan Baby Shower Cake

Every party needs a cake, and a vegan baby shower is no exception. There are two ways to get a cake for your baby shower: one is to order from a trusted vegan baker, and the other is to make one yourself so that the quality is up to standards.

  • Vegan Cakes by Monika

    Vegan Cakes is a home bakery that creates custom-made cakes for any party. They create cakes of different flavours like chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, fruity (like chocolate with orange or strawberry), Neapolitan, and more! They can do traditional layered cakes and modern shaped ones. You can even add some cupcakes or doughnuts to complement your cake. You can check out their Facebook page for their recent works.

  • Isher Bakery

    Isher Baker is another place to get your vegan baby shower cake. Say goodbye to dry and crumbly vegan cakes and hello to decadent eggless and flourless ones, as Isher cakes can surely wow your guests with taste and appearance. Check out their website for various designs or request a bespoke one.

Another way to get bespoke cakes is to do it yourself. Here are some vegan cake ideas:

  • Vegan Carrot Cake 

    A popular cake flavour for vegans is carrot. Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie includes the following as ingredients for the cake: flour, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, vinegar, carrots, sweetener, and applesauce. For the frosting, you can use vegan cream cheese or coconut whipped cream. Then, you can add texture and flavour with nuts or raisins if you want.

  • Vegan Cheesecake

    Minimalist Baker shares this simple seven-ingredient cheesecake that’s vegan friendly. The cake base is made of dates and almonds, and the filling is made with a mixture of coconut milk, coconut oil, lemon juice, agave nectar, and soaked cashews. You can top this simple recipe with nuts or your favourite fruits.

  • Vegan Chocolate Cake

    Everybody loves chocolate. To make your simple but decadent vegan chocolate cake, you can follow this recipe from Nora Cooks. The cake comprises unsweetened almond milk, apple cider vinegar, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, unsweetened applesauce, and pure vanilla extract. For the frosting, you’ll need cocoa powder, vegan butter, powdered sugar, pure vanilla extract, and unsweetened almond milk. Warming: this decadent chocolate cake is a splurge.

Vegan Baby Shower Games & Activities

You can prepare any game for your baby shower and make it vegan-friendly by making the game zero-waste. Avoid buying stuff that’ll just be thrown out later. For example, if you want a game with balloons, get biodegradable balloons; for games that use cups or cutleries, get compostable alternatives.

Here are some baby shower games and activity ideas to get you started:

  • Wishing Tree

    The idea of the Wishing Tree activity is simple: write down a message or wish for the parents and baby on a piece of paper. Then, you hang the message on a tree. To make this vegan-friendly, you can use an existing plant or home décor with branches so guests can hang their notes. For the paper, there are eco-friendly stationeries available in stores.

  • Guess Who?

    For an intimate baby shower celebrated among friends, a game of Guess Who is a fun idea. The idea behind this game is to guess who the person in the baby photo is. This game requires preparation because guests must give their baby pics before the baby shower. 

  • Baby Swaddling Game

    The baby swaddling game is played with baby-sized dolls and a swaddle. Participants—ideally including the parents—rush to be the first to swaddle the baby doll. A variation of this is playing blindfolded.

  • Nursery Rhyme Game

    The Nursery Rhyme Game is zero-waste and mess-free. You simply need a music player and speakers. The goal is to guess the nursery rhyme title or the missing or next word once the music stops. You can use a chalkboard or a whiteboard to write your answer.

  • Baby Food Guessing Game

    The objective here is to guess the food you’re eating. The food can be put in separate containers with labels. The labels will then be covered and only revealed when the game progresses. When babies start to eat solid food, some parents prefer mashing fresh fruits or vegetables instead of buying commercially packaged baby food. So, this can be easy to execute in a vegan baby shower. Peta Kids also has a list of vegan-friendly baby food you can use here.

  • The Price is Right: Baby Stuff Edition

    This game is a baby shower version of the classic The Price is Right game. Arrange a couple of baby items on a table. Write down their price but cover it. Get your guests to guess the price and watch them be surprised by how much (or little!) you’ve spent so far. That can trigger greater generosity in the long run when friends buy a present for you or your bub.

Vegan Baby Shower Favours

After your baby shower, send your guests home with these party favour suggestions:

  • Potted Succulents, Sara’s Garden

    If you’re going for zero-waste and meaningful, a mini potted plant like a succulent is a good baby shower party favour. The succulents could be part of your decors first, like a table centrepiece, so guests can just grab and go after the party. It’s also meaningful, like sharing the mum experience with your guests. You’ll be growing a human baby, and your guests will be growing a plant baby.

  • Cocktail Mix Edible Flowers and Seed Bombs, Seed Sensations

    Another way to get your guests to share the mum experience with you is to gift them seed bombs. This small but adorable party favour from Seed Sensation contains four hand-made seed bombs that your guests can grow. In addition, it also has edible flowers that your guests can eat or add to their drinks or salad.

  • Piccolos & Half Bottles, Organic Wine 

    Indulge your guests with some baby-sized booze after the baby shower. Take a pick from Organic Wine’s selection of organic liquor that’s vegan-friendly. Who says a party isn’t a party without the booze? Well, here’s to them. 

  • Soap or Bath Bombs, Nudie Beauty

    Stay within the (baby) shower theme with some artisan soap or bath bomb party favours. All the products for Nudie Beautyare natural and vegan-certified. The products are beautiful,, sometimes packaging-free,, or are wrapped in compostable plant-based cellophane.

  • Vegan Chocolate Chicks, Chocogram

    Let your guests take home some sweet treats with these vegan chocolate chicks from Chocogram. The decadent sweets are made from gourmet Belgian couverture vegan dark chocolate. You can also check out Chocogram’s egg-shaped chocolates, Nutty Vegan Easter Egg and Vegan Freckle Surprise, both perfect complements to the mum-to-be’s belly!

  • String Carry Bag, Earth Tribe

    You can also be a practical gift-giver by giving away grocery bags as your baby shower party favour. This string carry bag from Earth Tribe is made from organic cotton plus it’s reusable, and unisex! Another bonus is that the bag can be composted should it break in the future.

Vegan Baby Shower Gifts

Vegan mums can benefit from getting a baby registry. For one, the registry can let friends and family know that you only want vegan gifts. Also, you can let people know the only things you want. That can eliminate unnecessary presents and wrapping.

However, if the mum-to-be doesn’t have a gift registry, here are some great vegan friendly baby shower gift ideas

  • Personalised Baby Gift Box, Hand Crafted Gift Boxes

    Hand Crafted Gift Boxes have various gift boxes for new mums. You can get the Precious Baby Gift Box, Deluxe Baby Gift Box, or the Little Baby Gift Box with personalised wood engraving on a sustainably forestry-certified box.

    Depending on your box, you can get the following items: a mess-free ink-less BABYink®, a rattle made of sustainable beech wood, a baby blanket or Muslin wrap, a natural baby balm, a sleep balm, a knitted comforter, and handmade nursing pads. You can swap out items or get something else inside the gift box, as Hand Crafted Gift Boxes can accommodate special requests.

    Another good thing about getting a curation of gifts in a personalised box is that the parents can still use the box to store baby keepsakes.

  • Bamboo Security Blanket, Bubba Blue 

    Nothing beats a cute and practical blanket in the first few weeks of being a new mum. Bubba Blue’s bamboo security blanket can be the blanket or baby’s plaything that mum needs. This luxuriously soft blanket comes in an adorable bear design. It’s also thermo regulating, so perfect for all seasons.

  • Organic Cotton Baby Bibs, Kidd and Co 

    These beautiful organic baby bibs from Kidd and Co can be a cute gift to a vegan soon-to-be mum. It’s made from100% cotton and comes in a range of unique designs. This is the perfect practical, versatile, yet stylish baby gift for any vegan mum.

  • Pamper Gift Set, PS I’m Vegan

    Another way to approach gifting in baby showers is to consider the mum. This gift set from PS I’m Vegan contains a soy wax candle, a face mask, body scrub, sweets, and tea. That’s a treat for break time and snack time.

    All the products included are cruelty-free and vegan, and the packaging is eco-friendly.

  • Vegan Lactation Cookies, Sweet Graze

    Lactation and breastfeeding are just some of a new mum’s worries. Help them out by treating them to delicious food that can help their milk production. One such recommendation is lactation cookies.

    Sweet Graze has innovated lactation cookies to the next level. Their Biscoff-flavoured vegan lactation cookies are made with lactogenic ingredients: rolled oats, brewer’s yeast, and flaxseed. This is also a treat for any new mum as sugar intake is strictly monitored during pregnancy, so hooray for practical sweets!

Related Questions

Is Alcohol Served at Baby Showers?

It depends on the celebrant. Pregnant women cannot drink alcohol, so most baby showers don’t offer alcohol during the party. That’s courtesy of the celebrant. However, some baby showers allow alcohol. Mocktails are a great alternative to alcoholic beverages at baby showers.

How Can I Ask For Vegan-Friendly Gifts?

A public baby registry is the best way for your friends and family to know what you need and want. That’s also how you can subtly ask for vegan-friendly gifts. You can also let your family and friends know that you want vegan-friendly gifts in your invitation. It’s best to be direct about this so that rejecting any non-vegan-friendly gifts won’t be awkward at the event itself.

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