Are you a first time mama or know someone that is? It’s time to starting thinking about the baby shower! If you’re the mama, all you are in charge of is keeping yourself and the baby healthy! Let whoever is planning the baby shower take care of the worrying and pass this along to them for helpful baby shower details, ideas, and games!
Baby showers once meant awkward small talk, silly games and tiny sandwiches, but times are changing. Today people are now throwing couples showers, sprinkles for second time moms, and diaper parties for dad’s, along with the traditional women’s shower. Talk with the mama-to-be to see what type of baby shower she’d prefer.
Wondering who should throw the baby shower? Anyone the mama would like can throw the baby shower; it could be her BFF, a group of friends/family, a co-worker, her neighbor or sister, sister-in-law, mother, aunt, etc. To sum it up if someone offers to throw a baby shower, it’s more than okay to accept! A group hosting the baby shower makes the planning and budget more manageable and lets more people join in the fun!
Remember to keep the baby shower simple, use what you have to make it fun! To keep it easy on the people throwing the baby shower, make sure to plan ahead, be creative, and enjoy celebrating the new baby and parents! Here’s a list of basic things to think about for throwing a baby shower:
Location – Similar to a wedding shower, a baby shower can be held at someone’s home, Renew Mama Studio, church, restaurant, country club, park, etc.
Invites – Plan to send out the baby shower invites at least six weeks ahead of time. Don’t forget to include registry, directions and contact information. To make it even easier, try using evite.com to send them via email!
Décor/Theme – Themes are great (think tea party, the nursery’s decor, or baby brunch), but if the thought makes you squirm, try simply picking a color or style of food to plan the baby shower around.
Food/Drink – When it comes to the food, keep this in mind happy belly = happy mama! Plan on healthy and fresh options. Depending on the time of the party, bunch is always a great idea! Serve up omelets, pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit, bacon, mimosas, and any other favorite brunch delights!
Dessert – Everyone always looks forward to dessert! Provide a variety of small bites that follow the baby shower theme, such as cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cake, flavored popcorn or any other of the mama-to-be’s favorite sweet treat!
Entertainment – It’s a good idea to plan some kind of activity for the baby shower. Try setting up a mini-spa with manis, pedis and massages. Or if someone from the group can sew, provide each guest with a quilt square and ask them to personalize it, then sew them all together to make a keepsake quilt for the mama-to-be. DIY ABC block craft is a win-win for everyone: it’s a fun activity that doubles as a gift!
Games – Whoever is throwing the baby shower can decide if they want to do games or not, it’s definitely not a requirement. Below are a few quick fun games to consider:
Baby Shower ‘Price is Right’ – Buy 10 to 12 baby items you think the parents-to-be will need. Use blank note cards to write the price of each item on one side, and the item itself on the other. Gather guests together and play it just like the TV show: Each guest must guess the price of the items on the cards, and the person with the highest total—without going over—wins. Best of all, the parents-to-be get to keep the handy baby items used for the game.
Name That (Baby) Tune – Get the old and new tunes going, split the guests into teams and play various songs with the word “baby” in the lyrics or title. Then keep track of the team that names the tune FIRST and they get a point. Whichever team has the most points by the end of song list wins!
This Sucks – Form a circle with your guests and hand everyone a baby bottle filled with water, milk, juice, soda, or beer. On the count of three, participants must suck the bottle dry as quickly as they can. Whoever finishes their bottle first wins!
If you want to do prizes for the baby shower games, keep it simple and go with the theme! If not, the winners pride can be their prize.
Gifts – The best baby shower gift is always the one that is wanted off the registry. It’s also fun to ask each guest to bring a book instead of a card to build the baby’s library!
Favors – No need to go crazy with the baby shower favor, just a small gesture to thank the guests for coming is great! Some ideas are items that go with the theme, nail polish, mini succulents, cookie cutters, cake pops, or any sweet treat!
For the baby shower, if you follow the idea of keep it simple, don’t stress too much, and have fun the baby shower will be great! Ultimately the love, support and company of friends and family are far more important than any gift, theme or dessert to the new parents!
Please feel free to share any other ideas you may have for throwing a baby shower below.