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Hosting an Itty Bitty (Gender Neutral) Baby Shower
In This Baby Shower Article
Recently my sister-in-law and I hosted a baby shower for my other sister-in-law. The mother-to-be had decided that she and her husband were not going to find out the gender of their baby until he/she came out. Until that point I had never experienced knowing someone who had decided to make that choice, it was very new and interesting. This (not-knowing-the-gender) decision also made baby shower hosting choices much more difficult. What colors should we use? How should we decorate? What would the theme be?
My sister-in-law and I came up with some fun non-gender related baby shower ideas and I would like to share some of those here:
Usually, if the theme of the baby shower is not chosen by the mother-to-be (I had a little boy so my baby shower was dinosaur themed) the gender of the baby creates an automatic party theme; pink and frills for a girl, and blue for a boy. But when you do not know the gender you need to get a little creative. Here are some theme ideas I found for non-gender related baby showers:
- Sailboat Baby Shower
Use yellow and navy blue colors along with anything and everything sailboat related.
- Holiday Tie-In Baby Shower
Is Christmas coming soon? Maybe Easter or July 4th? If there is a Holiday coming up close to the baby shower date then you can tie that holiday theme into the baby shower theme.
- Peter Rabbit Garden Baby Shower
Peter Rabbit and gardens are not gender related and it can be a fun baby shower theme.
- Winnie The Pooh Baby Shower
No, Winnie the Pooh is not gender related so you can use him as a go-to neutral baby shower theme.
- Little Peanut Baby Shower
I have heard so many people call their unborn baby “little peanut” whether they know the gender of the baby or not. I thought a “little peanut” baby shower could be very cute.
- Yellow Bumblebee Baby Shower
Yellow is a gender-neutral color and so a yellow bumblebee party could be a lot of fun.
- Yellow, Green, Orange, and light Purple
All of the above are (pretty much) gender neutral colors and if you do not want to be too specific with a baby shower theme you could use gender-neutral colors as a starting off point for decorations, food, etc.
- Itty-Bitty Baby Shower
From the beginning my in-laws called their little unborn baby “Itty Bitty” it was “oh the Itty Bitty likes this” or “Itty Bitty is this big now” It was very cute and it gave us the perfect idea for a baby shower theme – Itty Bitty! The following subjects are tips on how you can throw a gender-neutral “Itty Bitty” Baby shower:
We decided on the theme “Itty Bitty” for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and these are some of the decoration ideas we used:
- “Welcome Itty Bitty” Sign
We made a sign using a few different Pinterest ideas and the only materials we needed were tape, string, paper, and markers.
- We were able to make our own streamers with paper, we bought some as well.
- We found cute plates and cups at the dollar store that matched the invitations we had made.
- Some decorations were small and or simple but they made a big difference in the overall appearance of the party; for example, we used tablecloths in the colors of the theme (green, yellow, purple, etc.) We also had a glass punch bowl, glass water pitchers, and ceramic platters. Every detail counts.
The important part about preparing and providing food for a baby shower is to be aware of the time that the party is being hosted and dividing the work.
Is the party going to be in the morning? You can provide light breakfast type foods like fruit, crepes, mini (Itty-Bitty) waffles, etc.
Is the party going to be hosted around or near lunch time? you can provide lunch like foods like Itty bitty sandwiches, pretzels, punch, etc.
If you host your party in the early or late afternoon you can get away with providing snack foods like cookies, cakes, candy, etc.
Now that you know what kinds of food you are going to provide it is time to divide the work! If you are hosting a party you don't want to be stuck having to also prepare and provide all of the food. DELEGATE! divide and conquer, make a list of the foods and supplies you need then ask for volunteers or give out assignments.
Party Host 1
Party Host 2
Party Host 3
small side (candy)
Sending physical invitations is still a must, even if you are also going to be posting the event on facebook and inviting people electronically. Sending a physical invitation gives your guests something to save, something to help determine what kind of event it is going to be, something to help determine what kind of gift to bring, and it is something physical to put up on the fridge to help remember the date.
You could try to design your own invitation using one of the many template tools online (your invitation will probably look exactly like someone else' invitation), you could hire a professional to design the invitation, or you could create a custom invitation.
Here is a list of things to include in your invitation:
- Address (address of the party)
- Registered (List of places you have registered for gifts)
- Contact info for RSVP
- Any additional information (attire preferences, welcome message, etc.)
Last, but not least it is time to plan and prepare what you are going to do during the actual party. You can allow time for eating, and chatting, and present opening of course; but you also want to be sure to leave time for some games. The baby shower games you choose should be determined by the following factors:
- How old will the majority of guests be?
- How many people will be in attendance?
- What do the people in attendance prefer to do? ex: sit and talk or move and play?
- What you can afford (many baby shower games can be fun and exciting and still be within your budget.)
Take a look at the video to the right for some budget friendly baby shower game ideas.
© 2015 Maddi