Having a baby, whether it’s the first one or a sibling to expand your little family is an event worth celebrating.
Recently, this celebration has become popular in the form of a Baby Shower. Baby Showers get their name from their purpose, which is to ‘shower’ the mother-to-be with support, advice and gifts. Baby Showers help share excitement of having a baby with family members, friends and colleagues and can also help the parents-to-be with the costs of having a baby.
Who organises the baby shower?
Anyone but the expectant mother! Any relative, close friend or colleague can plan a baby shower.
What’s the best time to organise a baby shower?
Always consult with the mother-to-be about when the shower is to be held. A baby shower is usually celebrated in the third trimester of pregnancy so that the mum has a bump and it all seems more real.
Also before setting a date for the party, talk to guests you really want to be there. They may be able to warn you about any prior commitments to avoid any disappointment.
Where should the baby shower be held?
Baby showers should ideally be held at the host’s home, it can also be held at the expectant mother’s home as long as she’s not involved in any cleaning or tidying afterwards. However, for large groups, looking for venues such as local halls, hotels, restaurants…can be an option.
Who should be on the invitation list for the baby shower?
If you’re hosting the shower, you probably have a good idea of who you want to invite. However, if someone else is organising your shower for you, make sure they consult you before finalising the guest list. That way you’ll avoid leaving out someone important or inviting someone you would rather not include.
Although many baby showers are still for women only, baby showers for both women and men are becoming more popular. It really depends on the type of party you’re planning.
Themed Baby Showers
Having a theme makes things more interesting. The theme can then be reflected in decorations, food and clothing! Here are some ideas:
• Colour theme, blue for a boy and pink for a girl.
• A nursery rhyme or a children’s book: “Wizard of Oz”, “Cinderella”, “Alice in wonderland”…
A guest book could be created with messages from everyone at the shower, and photos added later as a keepsake. A goody bag for guests to take home is also a good idea; it could carry on the theme of the baby shower and contain chocolates, candles and other treats for guests.
Baby Shower food: what’s on the menu?
Unless you’re turning the baby shower into a lavish affaire, buffet-type food is probably best as this is likely to be in the afternoon, and is easy to plan and prepare. Guests could be asked to bring a contribution to help the host out.
What gifts to buy?
If you’re indecisive on whether you should buy a gift for the baby or the mum-to-be, you can buy something for both. You can also think of joining with another person or more to buy something that the future mum needs for the baby. All pregnant ladies appreciate receiving treats for themselves: manicure appointment, massage, bath soak, pampering packs…
A registry with a baby shop or department store can be created and have a nursery list guests can view, they then can choose from the list what gifts they want to buy.
If you’re looking for inexpensive alternatives, you can make cute vouchers for the mum-to-be offering your babysitting services for example.
What kinds of invitations are right for a baby shower?
You can send traditional invitations by post, or email invitations.
Make the theme of the shower clear on the invitation, as well as including the basic who, what, where, when, and RSVP instructions.
You may have registered with a baby shop or department store and have a nursery list guests can view. If so, mention that, too. Or you can offer the information when guests reply.
Plan to send invitations out early enough to give the guests at least a few weeks’ notice. This should give them enough time to work the shower into their calendar and shop for the perfect present.
How to make a baby shower entertaining?
Before finalising your activities, consider the following:
• A theme ties everything together. Although it’s not necessary, it can help you make decisions about the many aspects of the party and it’s often fun for guests.
• Baby showers usually aren’t complete without some fun or silly games.
• It’s common to give a goody bag to everyone who attends a baby shower, or you can just offer individual prizes to guests who win games.