Gender Neutral Baby Shower Ideas

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Gold & white themed gender neutral baby shower ideas. How to put together box lunches plus a lovely favor idea. Includes printable tags & sources.

white box lunches with name tags for baby shower

Hosting a baby shower doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. By planning ahead and keeping things casual, you can provide your guests with a celebration that’s fun and relaxing. When my daughter-in-law was expecting my granddaughter, my daughter and I hosted a DIY baby shower with a gold and white color scheme. Since we didn’t know the baby’s gender at the time, we stayed neutral, and served box lunches. Read on for all the details!

Before I go any further, I have a confession. I don’t have very many pictures. Elizabeth kept reminding me to take them, but much of the time I was just too distracted. I will do my best to explain everything and as always, if you have a question, just leave a comment. 

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Baby Shower Invitations

I knew what I wanted the invitations to look like, and since I had plenty of time, I had them custom designed by an Etsy shop that is no longer offering invitations. The next best place to look is I love this site! I’ve gathered a few inspiration links that would be perfect for a baby shower with a gold and white color theme.

Baby Shower Decor

We kept the decorations for this gender-neutral shower very simple. Two balloon bouquets for the front porch, and one tabletop bouquet for the living room. (We opted not to make a balloon arch…we thought that might be a bit over-the-top!) I bought several bunches of hydrangeas and some greenery at Kroger, added them to pitchers, and sprinkled the arrangements around the kitchen, living room, and dining room. Everything was a neutral color, and it all blended with the cream and white in my home’s decor.

Tip: Stop by your party store a few days before your shower. Pick out your balloons and pay for them. Ask for them to be ready at least a few hours before your shower start time. All you have to do on the day of your shower is pick them up. 

gold balloons for gender neutral baby shower

The box lunches take planning, but on the day of the shower, NOTHING could be easier. We literally pulled them out of the refrigerator, and set them on the dining room table. We assembled them the night before, right down to tying the sweet bows, and adding the name tags. 

gender neutral baby shower favors

We were able to purchase gold plastic flatware and coordinating napkins from Amazon. The napkin was wrapped around the fork, and tied with a bow. The cookies were pre-wrapped which was wonderful. The polka dot bag pictured above held two lemon mini muffins.

box lunch elements

The Food

We stacked three plastic containers that held chicken salad, pasta salad, and fruit stars. We had help from two of my best girlfriends. One made the chicken salad, and the other made the fruit stars. What a blessing that was!

The Box + Supplies


We set up the drinks on my kitchen island. We served mint lemonade, Diet Coke, and water. I made large round ice cubes with these ice ball molds. They don’t melt as quickly as regular ice cubes, and they were a special little touch. 

white box lunches with name tags

The Favor

I shared our party favors in a previous post, Rosemary Sugar Scrub. I think everyone loved getting a special little gift as they left.

rosemary sugar scrub baby shower favor 2021

More Neutral Baby Shower Theme Ideas

  • Bees + honey
  • Safari or jungle theme with elephants + giraffes
  • Woodland themed baby shower
  • Twinkle twinkle little star baby shower
  • Moon + Stars
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Baby shower with yellows and grays
  • Winnie the Pooh

Summer baby showers should be relaxing and fun. The box lunches were a big hit with our guests. There were no dishes to wash and they helped make the atmosphere casual. A few of the guests weren’t able to finish everything in their box, so they packed it back up and took it home! The parents-to-be received so many of the necessities needed for a baby. The most important thing to me was that the mom-to-be felt special, our guests felt welcome, and everyone was comfortable. It really was a lovely day.

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  1. Hi! Do you have the dimensions of the box you used? The Etsy link isn’t working. Thanks!!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Rosanna…I think they were about 10 inches long. I found a replacement and fixed the link. Thank you!

  2. Barbara Harilaou says:

    Αnn all your ideas were so simple yet so elegant. I especially liked the touch of gold. Congratulations on becoming a grandmother.May all goes well.

  3. What great ideas! I love the simple, elegance of everything! I think when you have such a lovely home, you don’t have to go overboard with balloons and centerpieces and banners and all of that “stuff”. You didn’t mention it, but I noticed the gold rimmed pieces in your decor that reflected the shower color scheme, too. Thank you for your ideas and enjoy being a grandmother!

  4. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great idea you’ve come up with for a baby shower. I could take bits and pieces from this suggestion and craft a ladies get together. Box lunches ~ Fantastic! Everything made easy so the hostess can enjoy the festivities too. Thank you.

  6. Loved all the details. Great ideas for a pretty and easy to do luncheon. just brilliant!

  7. Carol Sferra says:

    Beautiful!!!! Wish I could have been there!!!!

  8. Mary Chris says:

    What a chic and fresh idea. I love the box lunch idea. I bet this will be a shower to remember for years to come…..but you really have to start taking pictures lol.

  9. Loved the box lunch idea. Menu was wonderfully simple. Thanks for the ideas.

  10. The onesie cookies! Perfection!

  11. Stephanie says:

    By the way, being a grandmother is wonderful. We have a granddaughter 15-1/2 months old and she will have a baby brother in November. It’s so much fun!!!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Enjoyed hearing about your baby shower. I loved your ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Everything was lovely! I’ve use the box lunch idea for a craft party. Congratulations on being a grandmother!!

  14. mattsgramma says:

    Lovely, just lovely!

  15. Looks delightful Ann! I loved all your ideas, simple and yet charming. It looks like you got to enjoy yourselves too, as guests could take care of themselves. Thanks for sharing!! Anxious to hear all about your first grandchild when he/she arrives. God Bless!

  16. Karen Ploransky says:

    I’ve never heard of a boxed lunch shower, but I love it! What a great idea! Everything is so pretty and elegant! Thanks for Sharing !

  17. Absolutely love this idea for a baby shower. Would also be fun for a bridal or birthday party.

  18. Love the box lunch idea – thanks for the photo. Very cute!

  19. Just lovely.We just had a shower for my daughter today, pink,gold
    and a touch of burlap.Everything came together and looked so pretty.

  20. I would have never thought to box lunches for a shower, how very inspiring!

  21. Wonderful idea; gold n white decorations!!! I think you did a fantastic job; having things ready in advance gave you a chance to enjoy the shower along with your daughter and the guests. Also the clean up after would be minimal. I’m so happy for you; being a grandmother is an exciting experience……you’re gonna LOVE IT. I have seven grandchildren and 2 gr-grands; lots of fun that’s for sure.

  22. What great ideas! I plan on using quite a few. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Karen K from Buffalo says:


  24. Loved the idea of boxed lunch,you get to spend more time with guests plus sounds yummy????

  25. I just discovered your blog and I’ve had fun seeing what all you do! You are amazing. Love the lunch box idea and what a beautiful shower idea! Looking forward to reading more posts!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Beverly…thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and welcome to On Sutton Place!

  26. Rebecca M says:

    Oh Ann, everything looks classy and not kitschy! The mom to be must have loved it! Perfect!

  27. Ann, this is really beautiful.

  28. Mariann S says:

    I love everything you did for the party Ann, and I’m sure it was a splash! Looking forward to your recipe as usual and the tags are just adorable. Thanks for your clever ideas and inspiration.PS: I especially like the gold and white color combo, rich. Smiles from Tn.

  29. What a lovely shower. Your expert planning I’m sure made the day go smoothly. I love your unique ideas especially the box lunch. What fun and a grandchild on-the-way too! Sweet Bonus!

  30. Love, Love, Love!! These ideas will fit any type of a gathering. I enjoy entertaining. Thank you for sharing in such detail. All the photos are beautiful. I just harvested some fresh rosemary from my herb garden and plan to make the sugar scrub this afternoon for a girlfriends gathering coming up in July. They are all creative and gardeners. I’ve made and gifted many of your creations over the years of following you. Thank you!

  31. Diania Abernathy says:

    I love everything about this post! I wish more people would choose the option of not knowing the sex of their baby….so few true surprises in life any more! You made that momma to be’s – day just beautiful! And those cute bunny cakes! Oh my goodness. I can hardly wait for the next party I have to give that a try!
    Thanks Ann….for your delightful, simple inspiration.

  32. Cynthia Anderson says:

    Absolutely beautiful as everything on your blog is.

  33. Love! So elegant…but simple too at the same time, and a great idea to keep it neutral! Thanks for always sharing your wonderful ideas and printables.

  34. So pretty and elegant-this could also be used for a bridal shower!

  35. Everything looks beautiful! Great ideas for the menu!

  36. When I read your post, I wanted to be at your shower – it sounded wonderful! Beautiful ideas executed in such a delightful way. I’m sure your guests and guest of honor were very impressed.

  37. Precious ideas! I am so happy for you in this wonderful chapter of your life.
    Enjoy this time. God has a way of giving us his love thru so many different ways. Grandchildren are his gift to us.

    Love the shower ideas

  38. I love so many of these ideas! I have been looking for a theme and ideas for the mini planning retreat I host each year for the teachers/tutors who work in the dyslexia center I direct. This theme could easily be adapted to show my ladies how special and prized they truly are! Thanks!

  39. Colleen Howell says:

    I love all this tips you have for a pretty baby shower, love the boxed lunch idea too