So the baby is cooking nicely, all the big ‘things’ have been ordered, nursery decorated and now thoughts can turn to the baby shower. Perhaps you are organising your own baby shower or perhaps you’ve been tasked with the job for the newest mum-to-be on the block?
Here at Little Pickles, we’ve put together this short guide to help with planning the perfect baby shower!
First, consider the guest list – is this a girls only event or is dad-to-be included too? Are children invited? If family are on the list, it’s best to clear dates with them first to ensure they can make it – nothing worse than leaving family members out in the cold.
Once you have the guestlist it’s time to decide on the venue – the current trend seems to be hosting at a tearoom and having an afternoon tea style affair – though this does pose the question, does the host pay for all in the party or will guests need to pay for themselves?
Alternatively, if the host has a big enough area in their house that can be a great option – or even a local village hall or community centre.
Will there be a theme for the baby shower?
If the gender is known, go with the obvious – plan the theme around pink or blue, elephants and bunnies are nice, soft animal theme choices too – or if you’re not sure on the sex, then keep it neutral with whites, golds and pastels. You can never go too wrong with greys and yellows in my experience!
For the additional little touches, if you’re a creative type then homemade bunting and pompoms are a lovely touch to warm up the room. Etsy and Not On The High Street are fab for both generic and personalised items. Or if budget is a little stricter, Poundland and Home Bargains have an array of cheap and cheerful bits suited to a shower.
What food is baby shower appropriate?
If you’re not at a catered-for venue, like a café or tearoom, then the best food for a large number of people is a finger food/buffet style. Delicate cut sandwiches, pinwheel wraps, little sausages, pork pies, quiches, carrots, cucumber, peppers and dips and a few bowls of crisps. Be sure to make it all pregnancy friendly.
And don’t forget cake! Throw in cake pops for a splash of gender-related colour, if known.
Another nice touch is to treat guests to mocktails in mason jars with paper straws!
What games are well received at a baby shower?
- Baby bingo – who will be the first to get a nappy pin or baby bottle line?!
- Guess the nappy contents – melted snickers bars or generous smears of marmite make fabulous meconium style nappy contents!
- Guess the baby drink – gather together a number of babies bottles and fill them with various drinks and just like the nappy game, albeit a bit more pleasant, ask your guests to guess the contents.
- Stick the dummy on the baby’s mouth – a bit of a twist on the classic children’s party game of pin the tail on the donkey.
- Guess the date of birth and weight of baby – and if unknown, guess the gender!
- ‘Advice for the parents’ cards – this is always a nice keepsake for parents to look back over in years to come
- Decorate a babygro – arm yourself with a pile of white babygros and fabric markers and set your guests to work on designing
For the games, be sure to get some little prizes together to award the ‘winner’, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy but is a nice touch…if budgets allow.
But most of, remember, that the nicest part of a baby shower is to ensure that the mummy-to-be is able to chat and catch up with all of their loved ones; this will be the last time in a while that they’ll be sitting still, drinking hot tea without a baby puking on their shoulder or a toddler clinging to their legs!
Written by Jess from Prosecco Mum you can find her on all the socials below