Planning a baby shower can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. From the guest list to the venue, to the food and decorations, there are so many things to consider when it comes to creating a fun-filled day that friends and family will enjoy. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some handy tips to help you on your way.
1. When is the best time to have a baby shower?
The ideal time to throw a baby shower is in the 7th or 8th month, as the mum-to-be will still have enough energy to enjoy the day and get involved in the festivities. It also reduces the chances of the shower being cancelled due to an early arrival and gives expectant parents plenty of time to buy any outstanding nursery items.
2. Who should throw the baby shower?
Baby showers are traditionally organised by close friends or family members. Besides the guest list, the mum-to-be usually doesn’t get too involved in the planning. This is a time for expectant mums to sit back, relax and be pampered, while her friends and family spoil her rotten.
3. Where do you hold a baby shower?
When it comes to deciding on a venue, there a few things you need to consider such as the budget, the weather, and the number of invited guests.
Once you’ve worked out the basics, there are endless options to choose from including:
• Home (of the host or the mum-to-be) – this is a comfortable and convenient option. You have everything you need at your fingertips and you don’t have to worry about transporting food and gifts around town. The downside of having a baby shower at home is the fact that you will have to clean up after the event.
• Restaurant or café – if you’re pushed for time or party planning is not your forte, then a restaurant or café is a great alternative. All you have to do is book a table and turn up. Make sure the restaurant you choose caters to all tastes and is close to home so the mum-to-be doesn’t have to travel too far.
• Outdoors – if the weather is nice you might like to consider hosting the baby shower outdoors. A picnic in a park or afternoon tea by a beautiful lake will make a for a truly memorable occasion. Keep the food simple and you’ll create a lovely, stress-free day that the mum-to-be will love.
• The office – throwing a baby shower for a colleague doesn’t have to take a lot of effort. Decorate the lunch room with balloons and streamers, order a few platters of food and a nice cake, and you’re done. It’s that easy.
4. What type of gifts should you bring to a baby shower?
These days some expectant mums prefer to set up a gift registry to prevent double-ups and unwanted gifts. However, if there is no registry in place, there are still plenty of gift options to choose from including:
- Blankets and swaddles
- Clothes and bibs
- A chic diaper bag
- Baby carrier or sling
- Baby video monitor
- Memory books
- Picture books or board books
- Nursery bits and pieces
- A voucher for the mum for a pregnancy or postnatal massage
- A paid subscription for a healthy meal delivery for the postnatal period
- The first forty days (a gorgeous book about nourishment, rest and recovery for the new mother)
For something a little more personal, fill a basket with baby essentials – vests, jumpsuits, medical supplies, nappy rash cream, organic baby products, nice herbal teas and even some funky reusable breast pads.
All of the things most people won’t even think of.
5. Should you have a baby shower for a second child?
Baby showers are all about celebrating new life, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t throw a baby shower for second or third children. However, if the mum-to-be is uncomfortable with the idea, make it a low-key celebration that focusses more on the impending birth and less on gift giving.
6. What about a themed baby shower?
If you want the day to be truly memorable, consider throwing a themed baby shower. Having a theme allows you to get creative and add a unique touch to the event. Think about the types of things the mum-to-be likes and base your theme around that. Here are a few ideas you might like to consider:
• Glamourpuss – ask your guests to get dressed up in their finest outfits. Fill the venue with stylish decorations and serve fancy finger food and mocktails in crystal champagne glasses. Play lots of games and offer small prizes to the lucky winners.
• Rustic charm – decorate the venue in earthy tones and add a few vintage touches such as lace, candles and mason jars. Serve home-cooked food and ask guests to bring homemade gifts or words of support for the mum-to-be. A lovely idea, especially if you are on a budget.
• Casual affair – there is nothing more relaxing than a casual baby shower where the mum-to-be can relax and unwind. A casual lunch at a local pub with close friends and family is a lovely way to celebrate the impending birth, and a great idea for second or third-time mums.
When it comes to planning a baby shower, there is an endless array of options to choose from. Whatever you decide, the most important thing to remember is that a baby shower is a celebration and a time for expectant mums to relax and unwind. Keep this in mind and you will be well on your way to creating a memorable baby shower that the mum-to-be will love.