11 Aug

Get Inspired: Modern Rubber Ducky Theme

modern rubber ducky baby shower theme ideas

You know how sometimes you can take one look at something and just instantly be inspired? That’s what happened with me and this fabulous Floating Ducks bath toy from Giggle.  I absolutely adore the vibrant colors, the clean lines, the perfect blend of contemporary meets cute – but not cutesie. (Big difference!)

So….. this cool little bath toy became the jumping off point for a new “Modern Ducky Baby Shower” inspiration board. I’ve created a rubber duck theme before, but it’s been a while, so it was fun to come up with some new ideas. Here goes…

modern rubber ducky baby shower theme ideas

Floral Accents: Carnation Balls
I love the idea of utilizing round shapes for a rubber ducky theme to play up the “bubbles” idea, plus these carnation ball topiaries by pd Bloom are just plain cool! {The original image featured pink topiaries, so I digitally altered it to reflect the blue & yellow color palette here.}

Curious about those “twigs“? The carnation balls are actually being held up by white mitsumata branches, which are surprisingly lightweight and inexpensive.

modern rubber ducky baby shower theme ideas

Pictured above: Contemporary Bubbly Ducky Baby Shower Invitations and coordinating Personalized Napkin Rings (part of the Bubbly Ducky Party Collection designed by yours truly!), plus Spot Polka Dot beverage napkins in Yellow and Blue, and IZZE Soda in Clementine and Blueberry.

And the IZZE soda – or pretty much ANY drink – would be extra-cute sipped from one of these blue & white paper straws:

modern rubber ducky baby shower theme ideas

Treat guests to an all-yellow candy buffet that’s set up on a table draped in pretty blue linens…

modern rubber ducky baby shower theme ideas

…or give out cute ready-made bags of yellow candy embellished with custom favor tags:

modern rubber ducky baby shower theme ideas

My favorite thing about these particular candy bags? The handle portion of a yellow rock candy swizzle stick serves as the candy bag “handle” too. Genius!! {candy photos by Our Labor of Love}

Another fun DIY favor idea: individual bars of soap wrapped up in pretty fabric and ribbon…

modern rubber ducky baby shower theme ideas
{soaps image by Angelica Glass}

In keeping with the theme, bottles of bubble bath & shower gel make great prizes for activities/games, especially when paired inexpensive bath sponges. (And at just $3 a pop the bath sponges would actually work well as guest favors too!)

modern rubber ducky baby shower theme ideas

P.S. When it comes to things like this, great packaging design is KEY! Some bottles are so pretty they can easily double as party decor before they’re given out. (Just embellish with decorative ribbon or hang a pacifier around the neck.) Pictured here are Dancing Waters Shower Gel and Lemon Vanilla Shower Gel, both from Bath & Bodyworks.


See what one little bath toy can inspire?! I could keep going, but it’s nearing 1am right now so I should probably try to squeeze in a few hours of shut eye before the LO wakes up. If you have additional ideas to share, please feel free!


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Amy @ Blowout Party! SAYS:

What a fresh spin on an overdone theme! Very chic!

August 11, 2010 at 3:27 am

Filipa SAYS:

I love your blog, its always so full of fun ideas and inspiration! Keep up the amazing work!

August 11, 2010 at 4:56 am

Alvina SAYS:

Oooo very chic and cute! I like it! :-D

August 11, 2010 at 6:52 am

Elisha Akram SAYS:

Im loving it!

August 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

Diapers and Divas - Heather SAYS:

This is adorable! I used your old rubber ducky theme as inspiration for an Under the Sea shower I threw for a friend having triplets. I loved playing up the bubbles idea! This is so chic and cool! I’ll have to keep this in mind for my next pregger friend.

August 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

mimi SAYS:

So classy and sophisticated yet sweet and adorable.. Great look!

August 11, 2010 at 9:22 am


Love this shower theme. It’s a fresh spin on an old classic. The candy bar is gorgeous!

August 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

cindy SAYS:

That is just TOO cute! What a really modern rubber ducky. Love all the decorations you picked out!

August 11, 2010 at 11:09 am

Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams SAYS:

This is a fantastic idea – I have a new crush on topiaries. I made some for a Princess and The Frog party back in May and I keep getting questions about them. I also like the candy favor bags – too cute!

August 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm

The Fairy SAYS:

Great ideas! The topiaries are so versatile.

August 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Alicepub Wedding Blog SAYS:

Wow, a great idea. It must be a cool and fresh wedding in the summer. I love the bright yellow and blue together. I love the special candy bags very much.

August 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Kaitlin SAYS:

What an amazing idea for a party. Such a fresh idea! Here is a site that I have used for ideas for party favors for any occasion. There are ideas for kids and adults!


August 12, 2010 at 8:43 am

kira SAYS:

now that’s rubber duckies done right…quack quack!

August 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

Maureen Anders & Adria Ruff SAYS:

Love this entire suite of beautiful ideas!

August 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

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August 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Lauren SAYS:

I love this theme! I love how modern and mature it is, but still fun and full of whimsy. I esp. love the carnation balls and pops of blue. Fabulous!!

August 19, 2010 at 11:52 am

Karyn SAYS:

We are throwing a rubber ducky shower for my sister in law & we love all your ideas! Can you please tell me where to get the soaps?

August 2, 2011 at 6:57 am

Glen SAYS:

How many branches did you purchase for the three pots above?

August 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

I didn’t make those arrangements personally, but looking at them it doesn’t look like more than 1-2 mitsumata branches were used for each. Mitsumata is usually sold in a bundle too :)

August 10, 2011 at 5:38 am
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