Did you know as many as half of all UK mums-to-be plan a baby shower? The trend kicked off in the USA, now it’s well and truly bedded in over here, too. Traditionally an event where women shared their pregnancy and childbirth wisdom with female friends and family, today’s baby showers are less earnest, more about having a great time with your best friends.
Plenty of women invite their male gay friends too, adding an extra dimension to the proceedings! So how do you plan a baby shower? Read on to find out.
Baby shower timing and more – The basics
It’s your celebration, so you can actually do it any way you like. Most people tend to arrange theirs during the final trimester of the pregnancy, often around five weeks before the due date. And you don’t have to stick to just one shower. Let’s face it, you deserve to party!
Some people hold a shower for colleagues at work, one for friends, and a third exclusively for family. And most of the time the mum-to-be just sits back and enjoys the fun, which is organised by someone else – a close friend or a relative.
It makes sense to send out the invitations in good time, maybe six weeks beforehand, and make sure you include an RSVP so you know how many people to cater for.
Would you like a themed baby shower?
A theme makes life easier as well as firing your imagination. The simplest baby shower theme of all is a colour theme – rose gold and pale pink are hugely popular at the moment, a gorgeous classy combination everyone loves. Flowery themes work beautifully, too.
It depends on the mum to be and what she’ll like best. Silvery tones or vivid rainbow colours, English roses or tropical butterflies, a seasonal approach, they all work really well.
Once you’ve chosen your theme it’s easy to find fabulous food, drinks, and decorations to match. Themed banners and balloons, paper cups and napkins, baby bunting, party booth props, cupcake toppers, table covers and table decorations, cake fountains and even mini smoke cannons filled with glitter. They all make beautiful baby shower memories.
Baby shower fun and games
You might want to break the ice with a few games and activities. Maybe hang a collection of beautiful gender reveal balloons filled with confetti, designed to give your guests a lovely surprise. Perhaps hand out gorgeous baby shower badges, sashes or pretty rosettes.
There are brilliant baby shower prediction box games to enjoy, milestone cards and baby shower advice cards to fill in, tassel garlands to hang and baby bump games to enjoy. Plus rose gold baby shower piñatas to break open, filled with sweets or chocolates.
Beautiful baby shower food
A theme makes the food side of things simple as well, but the time of day also matters. Is it the perfect time of day for a traditional English tea party? If it’s early evening, you might want to break out the fizz, including alcohol-free bubbly for the mum-to-be.
A buffet is a great way to provide a choice of lots of little foodie treats. You might simply want to buy or bake a stunner of a cake, iced in pink with a rose gold collar and flowers scattered over the top.
Fairy cakes or cup cakes are always a fab idea, as is traditional picnic food – tiny sandwiches with the crusts cut off, posh patisserie and so on. You might even make it a baby shower barbecue if it’s a summer day, a pancake party, or a picnic with pretty tablecloths, matching paper cups and plates.
Finger foods are ideal, tasty little mouthfuls of quiche and flan, tiny tea sandwiches, freshly-cut fruit, and miniature cupcakes, tapas, salads and dips. As long as it’s a treat…
Stunningly pretty baby shower decor
Table confetti and baby girl or boy bunting, gorgeous balloon arches in silver and gold, glass sweetie jars crammed with jellybeans, they’re all classic baby shower decorations. There are lots of pretty baby shower photo booth props available, great for inspiring memorable selfies, photos and videos. You can buy stylish baby shower guest books for your loved ones and friends to write messages in.
And if you’re handy with craft materials you can create your own unique party balloons, simply by splattering ready-blown up balloons with colourful glitter glue. You can embellish balloons with colourful feathers and paper flowers, and scatter paper rose petals over the table.
You can even decorate your baby shower party food. Tiny little coloured flags, cake toppers and cake decorations, curly ribbons, table confetti, lovely printed paper plates with cups and napkins to match. Oh, and don’t forget the flowers. Fresh-cut flowers are a massive treat at any time of year, whether gathered from the garden or hedgerows, or bought from a florist.
Make your baby shower memorable
Keepsakes are big news for baby showers. You might want to make guest goodie bags for them to take away and keep.
You might decide to pick the best photos and have them printed on mugs for your guests to remember the event by, or make a big, beautiful baby shower photo album to share with your child when they get older.
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