When it comes to baby showers, you really have to plan ahead, just in case the baby decides to arrive early. Baby showers are usually held about a month before the due date so the mother-to-be can enjoy her day and receive wonderful gifts and words of support that she'll need before the baby arrives.
Planning and more planning is the key to throwing a successful baby shower. You need to plan for the food and drink, location, guest list and games. Then there are all the decorations, party favours and gifts you'll want to consider.
Here are some helpful tips for planning a baby shower:
1. Preparation is key
If you're approaching the task of throwing a baby shower with trepidation, don't worry—that's normal! By planning ahead and thinking through the little details, you can make sure that your party runs smoothly and everyone has a great time.
If this is your first experience planning an event like this, start by making a list of everything that needs to be done:
- Date of the baby shower confirmed
- Send out invitations and verify numbers
- Book the venue for the shower
- Plan the menu for the event (and perhaps even order food in advance)
Agree on a theme
Themes are great because they can be used to decorate the venue and can also be used for the games and food. Some popular themes are:
- Favourite childhood books, such as Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit
- Safari baby shower
- Botanical baby shower
- Teddy bear's picnic
- Pamper party baby shower
- Colour themes – gold and cream, rainbow pastel shades
- Bohemian baby shower
Gender Reveal Parties
Gender reveal parties have soared in popularity over the past few years and are a great way to share, whether it’s a boy or girl, with family and friends. Some great gender reveal party ideas include packing a box with pink or blue balloons, cutting into a cake to reveal the gender, and even pinatas and confetti poppers. With so many options available, a gender reveal party makes a great theme.
The guest list and invitations
The guest list is perhaps the most important element of your baby shower. Check in advance that immediate family and close friends can attend the shower before setting the date.
Make a list of guests you would like to invite, then figure out how many guests there should be in total. Ensure invitations are sent in plenty of time and that you follow up on responses so that you know how many people are coming.
It's a great idea for the parents to think about what they still need before their baby arrives and to make a list. The baby shower organiser can create the list, or it could be held online at a retailer, like a wedding list. Guests can then choose something from the list. This means that the parents will receive gifts that they like and need.
Sock Ons has an extensive range of baby products in a rainbow of colours that make beautiful gifts, such as Dribble Ons bibs and Sock Ons multipacks, an essential for every parent.
Play some games
Games are a must at any baby shower. They're a great way to break the ice and get everyone to mingle while also giving guests a chance to show off their skills and win some fun prizes. You can play games like "pin the diaper on the baby" or "guess how many diapers there are in this bin." Biscuit or cupcake decorating is also a fun activity, and the guests can each take home their creations.
If you're looking for an inexpensive and easy activity, get each guest to write down what they think is the funniest thing about having kids, or the funniest thing they did as a child, then read all of them aloud during dessert!
So there you have it, our best tips for throwing a baby shower. Don't forget to plan early and make the day about having fun and celebrating the new mum-to-be.