Congratulations, you’ve been tasked with throwing a baby shower, now what? Here are 5 easy steps on how to throw a memorable baby shower.
Step 1. Find out if the parents know the gender of their baby. Knowing the gender will help you in deciding the décor, colour palette and the theme of the baby shower. You have the traditional option- pink for a girl, blue for boy and yellow or green for the “We want it to be a surprise!” baby. Frogs, ducks, and owls are a great choice of theme for the gender neutral baby shower.
Step 2. Choose a location, whether you will be holding it at your house or at a favorite restaurant you will want to make sure there is enough parking, seats, food and drink for all your invited guests.
Step 3. Food and drinks or a potluck is always a nice choice for a baby shower. If it’s a family gathering you can ask guests to bring family favorites. Asking the mom to be what she would like to snack on is always appreciated. Having a cake or cupcakes decorated with your theme of choice is a nice addition to the party. Don’t forget about plates, cups, napkins and cutlery. Make sure you have enough drinks for everyone; water, juice, tea, and coffee will keep most guests happy.
Step 4. Invitations, etiquette dictates you should send your invitations out at least 4 weeks before the day of the baby shower, this gives guests ample time to RSVP. You have the choice of paper or email when sending out the invitations. Email can be a great choice because you can add in links to things like the gift registry, potluck organizational web sites and maps for directions to the baby shower location. Whether it will be a paper or electronic invitation, don’t forget to include any special requests you might have for your guests. You may want to ask about any allergies your guests may have.
Step 5. This is where the memorable part comes in, having a guest book poster and asking guests to leave the parents to be with words of encouragement, favorite quotes or helpful advice is truly something that will be treasured. You can also ask each guest to bring a favorite childhood book for the new baby.
Games can also become a memorable part of the baby shower. One fun game is to give each guest 3 clothes pins if one guest hears another say the word “baby” they get to take that person’s clothes pin. The guest with the most clothes pins at the end of the shower receives a gift. Another fun game is to pass around a roll of toilet paper and ask each guest to take off the amount they think would go around the belly of the mother to be, she then goes to each guest to see how correct their guess was.
Having small gifts for the winners of the games is a nice touch as well. Scented candles, coffee, and chocolates make great gifts.
There you have it, how to create a memorable baby shower in 5 easy steps. What are some of the memorable moments you’ve had at a baby shower? Let us know in the comments section.