Planning a Baby Shower
Are you planning a baby shower?
Baby showers- a time to spoil, coo over and pamper that special mummy-to-be in your life. Whether she’s a family member, friend or work colleague, there’s just something really special about showering her with gifts and services.
Planning a baby shower can be heaps of fun but make sure you give yourself plenty of time to do it otherwise it may just become a tiresome task, making you feel rushed and unorganised.
Who is a baby shower for?
Traditionally a baby shower was thrown for the mother-to-be and included only female guests however, this is not the case today. It is quite common now for a baby shower to include the father-to-be and for male friends and family to be invited, which is a great way to include dads in the action.
First things first: pick a theme
This may be based on the gender of the baby (if it is known), or it may be picked by the mummy-to-be, or she may just leave it up to you.
Some theme ideas may include:
Pink for a girl or blue for a boy
Yellow or ruby ducky theme
Rainbow theme for an unknown gender
A high tea
Once you have your theme, decide on a venue. This could be anywhere including your own back yard or lounge room; a shady spot at the beach or a park; or you could hire a venue or just book a table at a café or restaurant. Remember your venue will have to be relative to your number of guests i.e. don’t book a function room if your guest list is only small and don’t expect twenty people to fit into a small lounge room.
Be sure to get a guest list, nice and early, from the mother-to-be and try to allow four weeks notice for the guests, so that any out of town guests have plenty of time to organise travel and accommodation. When you’re pregnant your emotions are already exceptionally venerable and nothing will upset the mother-to-be more than having only half of her guests being able to attend (unless of course she doesn’t actually want them to come and is only inviting them out of obligation).
Get your invites ready next.
Your invitations are the first way in which you get to expose your shower theme. So when picking your invites, try to pick them or create them to match the rest of the party.
There are so many options when it comes to baby shower invites. If you’re crafty, then making your own invites can be great fun. If craft is not your cup of tea however, there are still plenty of options. You could buy a pad of invites and just fill them in- this is probably the most inexpensive option. You could also order your invites online. These may be handmade invites that you just have to fill in, or they could be personalised with the details of the shower printed on them. Which-ever way you decide to go, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time as there is no point ordering invites that may take two weeks to arrive for a shower that is in three weeks time.
Your invites should include all the regular who, when, where details, as well as any information about what to bring. Information concerning what to bring may include any gift ideas or contributions that may be made to the party itself such as ‘please bring a plate of food to share’. You may choose to set up a gift register online where you create a list of things the mother-to-be needs. Here the guests can log on and choose something off the list to purchase. This is a great way to ensure the mother-to-be receives a variety of useful items rather than many of the same thing. You can also just simply have your own list and inform each person of an item from it when they RSVP or if they ask for a present suggestion. Another great idea is to request that each guest bring a small story book with a short message inside, instead of a card to the baby shower.
Plan the decorations next
Your decorations will be based on your theme and could be as simple as pink and blue balloons and streamers. There are however, many places online for you to get ideas and also to purchase decorations from.
Your food choices can also tie into your chosen theme but they don’t have to. You could serve iced cupcakes in the colours of your theme or set out coloured sweets or fruits or drinks in you chosen colours also.
If you are going with a ‘high tea’ style theme, then your food will reflect that. Ribbon sandwiches, scones and small, bite size treats would be ideal for this theme.
Remember to choose foods that can be enjoyed by everyone though, especially the mother-to-be. There are many foods to be avoided when you’re pregnant, so make sure that you get a list of these before making your choices. Missing out on your favourite foods, such as soft cheeses and deli meats while pregnant can be hard, so it’s best not to wave these in front of the mummy-to-be, especially since this is her party. This goes for drinks as well.
These are a great way to bring people together and break the ice between people who may not know each other. Ask around for people’s ideas on these and search online, as there is an abundance of baby shower game ideas on the internet. Be sure that the mother-to-be is comfortable with games though and remember that, depending on how far along with her pregnancy she is, could also limit her ability to participate in some physical games. Also take into consideration the guests attending; if there are many older ladies attending then they may not be so interested in physical games; also if there are many people attending who do not have children themselves, then baby knowledge games may be difficult.
Normally the gifts are opened during the party. It is a good idea to subtly take note of the gifts and who they are from. This is helpful if the parents-to-be are intending on sending thank you notes or just want to keep a record of the gifts given.
Baby showers can be so much fun but be sure to remember who the party is for. Pregnancy really takes its toll on a woman’s body and she may find herself getting tired quicker than normal. Keep this in mind and if you notice her flaking, try to wrap things up.
Baby showers are based on gift giving. Here are some ‘out of the box’ gift ideas:
Baby sleeping bag
Keepsake box or baby photo box
Universal pram liner
Portable dummy steriliser
Pram accessories such as clip on cup holders or clip on phone holders
Disposable change mats
Baby food cook book
Shopping trolley seat cover