Spring, a season all about new beginnings, is perhaps the most beautiful time of year to host a baby shower. Flowers are in full bloom, the sun has started shining again, and expectant mothers everywhere are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their new little bundle of joy.

Planning a baby shower this spring? Here are a handful of sweet themes to choose from.

Baby Animals

Many baby animals are born in the spring, so planning your shower around an animal theme is a timely way to celebrate. Consider a Duck, Zoo, Safari, or Noah's Ark theme, which are all easy to pull off if you decorate with stuffed animals. "Born to Be Wild" is also a particularly fun animal theme. For this shower, decorate with bold colors and zebra or leopard print patterns.

No matter which theme you choose, be sure to play a game of Guess the Baby Animal Name.

April Showers

If your shower falls during the month of April, then an April Showers baby shower might be the perfect choice. Hang umbrellas, cotton ball clouds, and upside down balloons (which will end up looking like raindrops) from the ceiling, and serve cupcakes decorated with miniature umbrellas. Cotton candy "clouds" are another fun treat to offer guests.

You can also extend this shower theme into the month of May with an invitation that reads "April Showers Bring May… Babies!"

Garden Party

Why not take advantage of spring's beauty and host your shower outdoors in the garden? Decorate for a Garden Party Baby Shower (whether indoors or out) with plenty of fresh flowers, potted plants, birds, and butterflies, and serve foods like tea sandwiches and scones.

Pink lemonade served in mason jars will add a rustic feel to your party, and the phrase "Growing a Baby" is a cute touch to consider using on the invitations.

Easter

For an Easter-themed baby shower, consider starting with this invitation that reads "A little chick is about to hatch," or this one which lets guests know that "Some bunny new is on the way!" Eater decorations are readily available this time of year, so this is an easy shower to decorate for.

Eggs are also perfect for a baby shower that falls near Easter. As Robin Elise Weiss points out in A Guide to Easter Baby Showers, they "are a symbol of fertility and birth the world over." Serve deviled eggs, fill dishes with pastel egg-shaped candies, and have guests go on an Easter egg hunt as part of the fun.

What's your favorite spring baby shower theme?