Planning a baby shower for a friend or family member is an exciting opportunity. Although nerve-wracking for the event planner, few celebrations are happier than a baby shower. Forget thinking that baby showers are stressful, they’re supposed to be a memorable celebration for the mom-to-be. With a little help, you’ll be able to put together something creative and special. Here are a few tips for planning a baby shower:
- Pick a date in advance
Usually, a baby shower is held one or two months before the due date of the baby’s arrival. If the mom-to-be prefers to have it after the baby has arrived, it is up to her. However, when you start planning a baby shower, look at the most practical date and time options to cater for guests. Most guests who are mothers themselves will probably only be able to do weekends or evenings because of their own work and family commitments. Make sure you plan ahead and choose a date in advance to ensure everyone can attend.
- Consider the ideal location
The location you choose for the baby shower needs to to be convenient for your guests, and it needs to be in a comfortable environment that is fitting for the nature of the event. It also needs to be big enough for the activities you’ll be putting together. If you have a beautiful backyard, that would be an ideal location, but if you’re looking for something more intimate, then you should consider a restaurant. Depending on the number of guests you plan on having, make sure you have comfortable seating.
- Choose a theme to make planning easier
Having a theme will make the planning process easier. This does not mean that you need to have a dress-up themed baby shower, but it will help you set a colour scheme for the day. If the parents of the baby have announced the gender, you could use those colours to inspire your decor and activities. Most modern baby showers take on the minimalist look, with light and subtle colours, while others go according to a specific movie or character theme. It all depends on the personality of the mom-to-be.
- Map out any dietary restrictions
Before you can plan the food menu, you’ll need to request any dietary requirements from the mom-to-be and from the guests. For example, pregnant women often avoid certain meats, especially over lunchtime, so be sure to raise these questions before you go ahead and plan your menu. Take this opportunity to also engage with the expectant mother about the food she wants you to provide. She might be able to give you a few healthy suggestions that are easy to prepare and suitable for any diet.
- Plan a menu for the baby shower
The idea of a baby shower menu is to provide finger foods and decorated snacks for your guests. This can be anything from flavoured popcorn to cupcakes, fruit salad, vegetable platters, canapes, cheese platters, crisps and dip, cocktail sandwiches and more. You could split the food tables up into savoury and sweet (here is a list of the best dessert recipes to consider) giving your guests the best of both worlds.
The type of food you order or prepare yourself will depend on the time of the event and the season. For example, brunch baby showers will have lighter snacks than dinner baby showers would.
- Be creative with your decorations
Some of the decorations could be gifts for the special mom-to-be, incorporating cute little toys or baby items that will assist in the beginning stages of the baby’s life. For example, use bibs that are attached to a string as a banner option for the table. Baby clothing can also be attached to chairs with ribbon and balloons. It’s these small creative ideas that will make an impact, without having to spend additional money on decorations that might end up in the bin. Something extra special is creating posters or banners with the baby’s name on them, with quotes and baby tips. Keep it light-hearted, fun and adorable.
- Distribute the gift registry in advance
Who could forget about the baby gifts? Speak to the mother of the baby for a broad list of items that she would be interested in receiving. Many guests like to purchase practical gifts while others prefer fun gifts. But it all comes down to the things the mother needs or wants, so make sure your gift list is related to her needs.
- Make the most of the memories
At the end of the day, a baby shower is supposed to be exciting and fun. The games you choose need to be simple and easy enough for everyone to take part in, including the mom. In the meantime, while everyone is sending around their gifts and snacking on the delicious treats, you can send around a beautifully designed guest book where everyone can leave their well wishes and photos. If you don’t have someone to take photos for you, make use of a Polaroid camera to take instant photos for the guestbook. After all, this is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience, so try to plan accordingly to make it memorable.