Does someone special to you have a little bundle of joy on the way? If so, a baby shower might be in order. But…there are so many things to consider! Food, gifts, games, invitations and prizes all have to be considered, plus, when planning events, we usually want something truly special. A beautiful shower doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money, but it should reflect the mom-to-be’s personality and tastes. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you nail it!
1. Choose a theme: If the Mom-to-be knows about the shower, she could be a great resource, otherwise, otherwise, sneak a peek at her registry to see if she seems to have chosen a cohesive theme for crib bedding, nursery decor or other baby items. If she has specifically themed bedding or nursery items, you could choose that as your theme. If she has a certain color, try to go with that color and one that will pair nicely with it.
2. Know your Mom-to-be! This might seem obvious, but it is the first step to throwing a shower that she will love. Even if you know her well, remember to always keep her personality in mind. It is easy to see a game you think looks cute and fun, but consider whether or not she will be comfortable with it. For example, I have a tendency to be very embarrassed by doing anything that makes me look ridiculous or silly, like sucking juice out of a baby bottle or something of that nature. Many baby shower games are silly, and some people truly enjoy games like that, but remember that not everyone does. If you do not know the mom-to-be well enough to know if she would be comfortable with a game you choose, ask her or someone who would know her well enough (her sister, best friend, husband, etc…) There are many games/activities that are not embarrassing and would be appropriate for a more reserved person.
3. Considering a co-ed shower? Along with wedding showers, baby showers have hopped on the co-ed train! Often, they are celebrated with Bar-be-ques or cookouts and both mom and dad-to be are there. If it’s still too chilly for a cookout, a Chile bar might be a fun indoor alternative. Make sure Dad-to-be is on board though. If he is, awesome! Remember to make it clear on the invitations that both men and women are invited. Many people automatically think “ladies only” when a baby shower is mentioned, so it is something you may need to specify.
4. Set a budget and stick to it! When planning an event, it is easy to lose track of money. Make a guest list first so that you know many people you will need to provide for. Then figure out what you can afford to feed them. If people volunteer to help out by providing something, great! Don’t expect it though. Allocate a specific portion of your budget for facility rental (if applicable), food, decorating, entertainment, prizes, and games. Here are some ideas for budget-friendly decorating:
-Dollar stores typically have a great selection of disposable table coverings, paper plates and cups, balloons, napkins, etc. They also have small glass vases and candle-holders for table top decorations.
– A few wild flowers arranged with water in a mason jar will always look beautiful, and would go great with any nature/woodland themed event. You can pick them out of your garden or purchase a bouquet from a grocery store and arrange them yourself inexpensively. For a different look, try flower heads in shallow glass bowls- they will float at the top and look beautiful!
-Remember, sometimes less is more. Try to resist the urge to buy all those extra “little things” decide what you want and go for it! Often too much decoration is overwhelming and takes away from the moment. A few thoughtfully placed details are sometimes all you need!
5. Build a love of Reading! Have guests bring and sign a book instead of a card. Children’s books can often be purchased for just a couple of dollars, and it’s a great way to help your Mom-to-be build a library for her little one! You might also want to consider using a favorite Children’s book as a guest book- this will give mom and baby a special guestbook that they will always use that won’t just sit somewhere and collect dust.
Remember, your goal is to provide a fun and relaxing celebration for the mom-to-be! Above all, the celebration should be something she will enjoy that reflects her personality. Enjoy!