So, you’ve volunteered to (or been roped into!) organise a baby shower for your sister, best friend, workmate, cousin and you don’t know the first place to start. Well here’s some quick baby shower tips to get you headed in the right direction!
Any baby shower I have ever been to is either at the shower organiser’s or the mum-to-be’s house. It’s usually the easiest and cheapest option, but there are some other places you can go if you want something a bit different. You can try a local park (especially if it has one of those lovely big rotundas) or you can hire a community hall (costs usually aren’t huge and they have a kitchenette to heat food and make drinks). If you don’t mind spending a little bit of money (or you can even ask guests to put some money in) then you can hire a private room at a restaurant, café or tearoom for something a bit schmancy like a classy ladies’ high tea!
There’s really no set rule as to when a baby shower should be held (the obvious main rule is that it’s held before the baby’s born!!) – generally most showers are held sometime in the mum-to-be’s third trimester. Many people also argue that baby showers should only be necessary for the first baby, but really, I think it’s up to the individual. Any excuse to have a party is OK in my book!
The “What?” question covers lots of things – what do we buy, what games do we play, what food and drinks should we serve?
When I had my baby showers I remember receiving some awesome gifts – a whole bunch of my workmates chipped in and gave me a big washing basket full of things like baby singlets, dummies, a pack of newborn nappies, wipes, washers, nappy rash cream, teething rings, nipple cream, breast pads……basically all the stuff that I hadn’t even thought of buying myself at that stage. It was a lifesaver and possibly the best present I received. I also remember getting some baby books and a couple of vouchers from places like Bra’s n Things and a beauty salon. I think the best gifts you can give to a mum-to-be are practical ones and pampering ones. Click here for more gift ideas!
The catering for the party really depends upon the venue – if you have it at someone’s house then keep it simple – finger food and cool drinks are the best (and maybe some mocktails). It can be the same if you are at a park or community hall – ask the guests to bring a plate of food so that keeps the costs down. Check out some of our recipes on the website for ideas!
As for games, well there are millions! Way too many to list here, so look out for my Baby Shower Games post.
If you have any other suggestions for Baby Shower or would like to share your Baby Shower experiences with us feel free to comment!