The arrival of a new baby is one of the most exciting things that can happen to a family and deserves to be celebrated. Baby showers are known for the sole purpose of having a party for the new mum-to-be. These parties are especially meaningful to the family as their favourite people surround them and shower them with love.
If you’ve been chosen to plan the baby shower for the mum-to-be, you may become overwhelmed with all the pressure and responsibilities. Don’t be too stressed as this process should be fun and exciting for you and the mother. Tap into your child-like creative side and come up with a unique party for your loved one.
1. Choose the perfect date and time
The baby shower usually takes place between four to six weeks before the baby comes. There may be reasons why you aren’t able to hold it during those times and that is okay because it is also quite normal to have a baby shower after the due date. Choose a weekend to celebrate rather than a weekday that may interfere with people’s daily lives or the mother’s doctor appointments.
Soon after you have decided on the perfect date and time, come up with how you want the invitations to look. Find some neat invitations that go with the theme of your baby shower. If you choose something cute and fun it may make your invitees more interested in going.
2. What’s your theme?
Pick a theme to stick to to make the decorating process easier. Once you have a theme set in place, everything else will be simple to put together. It can be as specific or vague as you’d like. Use the gender of the baby to help you decide what kind of theme to go with. If you’re unsure of the baby’s gender, make sure to use gender neutral colours and themes or use both girl and boy colours. If the mother-to-be wants to reveal the gender of her baby at the baby shower, using both colours is the most appropriate. When decorating the room, make sure to incorporate cute decorations like candy decorations, gift centrepieces, and even baby cakes.
Common baby shower themes:
- Pink party theme
- Blue party theme
- Princess theme
- Owl theme
- French theme
- Racecar theme
- Dinosaur theme
- Sea animal theme
Creating a place for the gifts and card is important to keep the party room as neat as possible and allowing space for the guests to move around. If you’re wanting to get the mum-to-be something, try finding a useful gift, not a gift she won’t need.
3. What’s on the menu?
The next tip is to ask yourself what kinds of food fit your guests and the new mother. Make sure there aren’t any food restrictions for the mother and make sure there aren’t any allergies your guests may have. If so, you will have to tailor your menu to those needs. You definitely do not want any accidents to happen while you’re hosting a party. Make sure to keep up with her diet changes to incorporate any modifications for her health.
Choose a menu that you can adapt to your overall party theme and incorporate simple things like fruit and veggie trays. Have a sweet tooth buffet and give your guests the opportunity to feel like a kid again, or DIY bar with non-alcoholic drinks to help some adults feel like adults.
4. Let the games begin.
The most fun part of a baby shower is the games. Look online for a list of baby games and select the ones that are simple enough that you can get a large group of people to play. Create prizes for the winners to promote participation. You can choose one big game or many little ones, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re keeping your guests and the mother entertained.
5. Thank your guests.
When it’s time to wrap up, don’t forget to thank your guests for their gifts and their time. This is especially crucial in being a good host. You could also create thank you cards for the mum-to-be and have her send them out to her friends and family with personalized notes. This will make the guests feel good about spending money and time with her.
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