Throwing a baby shower for a loved one (or yourself) ? Baby showers are exciting to plan and attend. It’s a great way to show how much you love the baby-to-be before they even enter the world. To make your baby shower a success, we’re sharing our top tips on how to organize the perfect baby shower.
Start with the Logistics
There are a few things to consider when planning a baby shower. The first step — decide who and where to host it. In some cases, the mother-to-be will host the shower, but it can also be hosted by a friend or family member.
Once the host is chosen, they need to decide on a date, time, and location for the shower. If you’re on a budget, hosting the shower at someone’s home is perfect acceptable. It adds a layer of personalization and coziness to the occasion. Or, if you have more money to spend, consider renting a small event center or restaurant party room.
Design and Send Invitations
The next step is to send out invitations. It’s best to send them out about four weeks before the shower so that guests have enough time to RSVP.
When choosing an invitation, consider the theme of the baby shower. You can buy pre-made baby shower-themed invitations and fill them out by hand. Or you can custom print invitations to match a specific theme.
Prep the Food
Talk to the mama-to-be to find out her favorite foods and what baby has been craving. Light foods, such as fruits, finger sandwiches, crackers, and cakes are common options.
Also, you’ll need to bring all the accessories to go with your spread. Plates, cups, spoons, serving utensils, napkins — having everything you need on hand makes your shower flow seamlessly.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to styling a shower, but we’ve gathered a few of our favorite ideas to get you started.
One popular trend is using soft and pastel colors to create a dreamy and feminine atmosphere. Pale pink, powder blue and light yellow can all be used in various combinations to achieve this look. Add pops of color with accessories, such as flowers, balloons or streamers, or by incorporating cheerful patterns into your decorations.
Another option is to go with a more modern vibe by using bright colors and bold prints. This can be a great choice if the mom-to-be doesn’t plan for their baby to fit into traditional gender stereotypes.
Add decor to the shower entryway, the food and gift tables, and common areas where attendees will gather.
Plan Some Games
There’s an endless number of baby shower games to play. Spread the laughter and make memories with a few of these tried-and-true games:
Dough Baby: This game is best for a more casual baby shower. Guests compete to see who can create the cutest (or funniest, most realistic, etc.) baby out of colored play dough. It’s a great chance to get creative and engage the senses.
Guess the Gender: This game is perfect for guests that ask lots of questions — they’ll get all their answers and then some! Guests take turns guessing the baby’s gender and other questions (such as nursery colors and themes, food cravings, etc.) and earn points for each correct guess. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins a prize!
Diaper Derby: This race is always a hit with guests of all ages. Have guests race to put on a diaper on a baby doll as quickly as possible — bonus points if they can do it using one hand only!
Hand Out Shower Favors
When throwing a baby shower party, one of the details that often gets overlooked is what kind of favors to give to guests. Though it may seem like a small gesture, party favors are a nice way to thank guests for coming and to send them off with a little memento from the day. If you’re stuck on ideas for what kinds of favors to give out, here are a few suggestions:
Personalized candles or soap – A simple and elegant favor, personalized candles or soap can be customized with the name and date of the baby shower.
Magnets or keychains – These are perfect for guests who want something small and practical that they can use everyday.
Customized cookies or candies – These make sweet and tasty party favors that guests will love.
Use attractive gift boxes or bags for candy and other small items for a more elegant look and feel.
Start Planning the Perfect Baby Shower!
Planning a baby shower can be such a rewarding experience — for mom, baby, and all of their loved ones. Use this time to capture all the sweet gestures of love leading up to baby’s big arrival!