A bumble-bee baby shower is a playful theme that doesn't rely on gender or the usual blue or pink for the party. Decorations and treats with a bee or honey theme, or decked out in black and yellow, set the stage for this creative celebration. Be sure to offer alternatives to honey, if offering sweets, in some of the treats in case guests have allergies or dietary restrictions.
Make your own invitations for a personal touch that ensures your invitations will be noticed. Cut heavy card stock into a honeypot shape and decorate it the way you desire, then add a few bumble bee stickers. Flower- or hive-shaped invitations are also fitting if you add a few bees. Play off of bee words, as well. For example, "The hive is buzzing with excitement as we await the arrival of a new babee," "Buzz on over and join us," "Sweet as can bee baby shower" or "Guess who's beecoming a new mommy?"
Decorate the walls with yellow and black streamers or twist yellow and black tulle together. Yellow and black balloons can float across the entire ceiling or be tied to every chair. Mix in a few bumble bee balloons, particularly on the expectant mother's chair. Hang a yellow banner with black stripes or polka dots and black letters that celebrate the reason for the gathering, such as "Have you heard the BUZZ about Baby Bee" with the baby's name, if known. Set the tables with black tablecloths and yellow runners or place mats. Dishes can include alternating black and yellow glass or paper dishes or fun patterns, such as stripes or polka dots. Centerpieces can include black and yellow diaper cakes with a bumble bee topper or large stuffed bumble bees. If the baby's nursery also will have a bumble-bee theme, consider using nursery decor, such as a bumble bee lamp, as the centerpieces and have them double as gifts for the expectant parents. Clear jars, such as novelty bottles or baby-food jars, filled with black and yellow candies are another option. Or, fill black-and-yellow striped vases with flowers and stick bumble bee decorations in the arrangements.
Fill a large jar with plastic or novelty bumble bees and ask your guests to guess how many bees are in the jar. Give guests a piece of paper with bumble bees, flowers and lines, along with a bumble-bee pencil to answer trivia questions about bees. For example, see how many of your guests will know that bees have five eyes and four wings.
Give your guests a small favor when they leave to thank them for attending the bumble bee baby shower. Small black-and-yellow striped candles or honeypot-shaped votive candle holders with a bumble bee are appropriate little tokens that will likely always remind your guests of the shower. Put bumble-bee-shaped soap, suckers, cookies or chocolate candies inside of cellophane wrappers and tie them with yellow and black ribbon. Make cupcakes with swirled light yellow or beige frosting to look like a beehive. Place edible bees on top of the cupcakes as a finishing touch. Small baby jars full of honey are another option.