If you fancy hosting a baby shower here are a few simple tips and some great products to make it look amazing and save you some time planning and shopping.
Hosting and invites
Baby showers are typically held around the 7th month of pregnancy and at least a month before the due date, close enough that family and friends are getting excited but not too close that the mum to be is getting tired and there is a risk that the baby might arrive before the baby shower!
Invites should be sent out around 6 weeks before or further in advance if some of the guests already have children and will have to make plans for babysitter.
These Little Cherub invites are cute or you could go digital and design one in an app such as Canva.
As a host it is really thoughtful to print out an invite list with addresses for the mum to be to quickly and easily write to thank guests for any gifts or even give thank you cards ready addressed if it’s a surprise shower as it should not burden the mother to be with any extra jobs at this point in her pregnancy.
In the US it is often considered bad manners for one of the mother to be’s immediate family such as a sister or her own mother to host the party as US baby showers have a stronger focus on gift giving and it could be considered poor taste. In the UK it is far from usual to have a gift registry and there is a reluctance to buy gifts for babies until they are safely delivered so this is less of an issue and a sister or relative is highly likely to be the host.
If guests do want to bring along a small token gift a great idea is to ask each one to bring a children’s book to start a library for the new arrival. This could be something they enjoyed as a child or a best seller, doesn’t need to cost much and will always be an appreciated gift.
Why not get a gift for the new mum instead?
These beautiful biscuits from Honeywell Bakes are bound to be appreciated as a special treat.
An ideal gift for a new mum is also this 'mumma hustle' logo bag from Blue Berry Boo Kids, the perfect size for family days out and carrying all the bits and pieces that seem to come with young children. It’s sure to get years of use.
Plan the shower to be at the host or a family member’s house rather than the guest of honour’s house or consider hiring an area or function room in a local restaurant or hotel.
Typically, baby showers are a light brunch or afternoon tea. Simple finger foods rather than a sit down meal so that everyone is free to move around and chat to the guest of honour and play games. Check on any cravings or aversions that might help you plan the menu.
Much as the other guests might fancy a glass of fizz to toast the baby it is a little unfair on the mum to be, maybe investigate some ‘mocktails’ that could be served to keep things fun but alcohol free!
There are so many suggestions for baby shower games to be found online or on Pinterest and some beautiful activities that the mum to be could keep to look at afterwards as a keepsake of the event. I love these advice cards from Paper and Wool or Intwine and the predictions for baby activity from Rock Paper Stars, they are even downloadable in case you have left it to the last minute!