Most new moms can expect a baby shower at some point before the birth of their child. It has become a big part of the pregnancy, and it’s a great time to celebrate the happy occasion! I recently threw a baby shower for my good friend. I had such a great experience planning the party, I thought I’d share my ideas with you. It’s a nice, easy party to plan, and everyone will have a wonderful time.
It’s customary for a friend to host or throw the baby shower. Typically, it’s to avoid the appearance of the family asking for presents. But, traditions aside, I personally think anyone can host the shower. A best friend, a sister, a mom, anyone! Pregnancy is hard, so a great baby shower will help them make it through, and feel loved. If you’re considering hosting, then here are my top tips based on my recent experience.
Set a date – Naturally, you want to make sure that as many people as possible can make the date. That’s why it’s often worth planning well in advance. Usually, a baby shower takes place late in the pregnancy. That way, the excitement is building up to the birth, and everyone will be in good spirits. It’s also a nice addition if the mom-to-be has a nice, big baby bump. It starts to feel a bit more real and exciting!
Guestlist – Like any party, it’s crucial that you choose the guestlist wisely. Remember, this is all about celebrating an amazing point in time. So, don’t risk it by creating tension with the guests! Make sure the mom-to-be is surrounded by all her closest friends and family. Don’t overwhelm her with everyone she’s ever met in the last twenty years! Ask her mom or sister about which family members to include, and choose the friend list wisely.
Theme – It’s becoming a common trend for baby showers to have a theme. If you already know the gender of the baby, you can do something around the traditional blue or pink colours. I know some people who have made a theme out of the phrase ‘bun in the oven’ or ‘bundle of joy’! You don’t have to go overboard here, but a few well-thought out ideas adds a little extra spark to the shower. You can even throw in a few silly games to add to the fun.
Gifts – To be honest, gifts are the easiest part of a baby shower! There are so many things you can buy for a newborn baby and the expectant mother. It’s up to you whether you take the sensible and functional route, with bottles, booties, and onesies. Or, you can have a little fun with it! At the baby shower I hosted, there were lots of funny maternity t-shirts to help the mom-to-be through the last stages. I hunted them out, and found them here: http://www.zoeyspersonalizedgifts.com/maternity-t-shirts/. Anything light-hearted and useful is going to bring a smile to their face!
It’s easier than you think to throw a fantastic baby shower. All you need is a perfect guest list of friends and family, a simple theme, and lots of fun presents. The expectant mother will appreciate your thoughtfulness, and it will help her through those last few weeks. Have you got any other tips for our readers?