If you are planning a baby shower, you might want to read this…
I recently read some interesting survey results about the increase in baby showers, which have been popular in the US for a long time. I personally did not have one, although have attended a friends, so thought that I would ask my lovely Facebook fans for their baby shower ideas, plans and thoughts. In a nutshell, a baby shower seems to be all about tea and cake, girlie gossip and fun ahead of the babies arrival. What’s not to like?
I have put together a Pinterest board of ideas for those of you planning a baby shower. You can see it here…
Baby Shower Cakes– cakes were an overwhelming theme for every baby shower. There are some amazing creations, some with babies faces on, rattles, dummies etc and lots of blue and pink. Cupcakes are pretty easy to make (says she who is not a master baker by any means) and if you wanted to go for something simple, you could easily ice blue and pink cupcakes with a simple sprinkling of something nice on top. Mmmm…
Baby Shower Food- You don’t need to have food, tea and cake is good enough but lots of people seem to go with the tea party/afternoon tea type theme and have little sandwiches and various cakes. Tea is a popular drink, although some had had alcohol free cocktails or a glass of fizz (not for the mama to be though!)
Baby Shower Location– It seems that most baby showers take place at home or in the garden if it is sunny, although a few people have hired a hall or had afternoon tea at a hotel.
Baby Shower Decorations– you can have balloons, flowers, bunting, tiny babygro’s on a washing line, the list is endless. A nice idea is to have fabric bunting that can then be used again either as a nursery decoration or for future birthday parties. I have just had some gorgeous fabric bunting made in my Babasac prints, hearts, stars and apples. I had planned to take it to Baby Shows rather than have it on the website but email me if you would like details. I may offer it as a package with one of the bundles (Mamascarf, Babasac and Snoodie) as it would be perfect for baby showers. There was also a mention of nappy cakes as decorations, this doubles up as a gift too. I thought that the little pink and blue pine cones looked really cute as table decorations.
Baby Shower Gifts- Gifts ranged from practical and small to big and extravagant. I guess it depends upon the individual but assuming that it is for a first baby, the opportunities are endless. I liked the story about the husband who passed on a list of everything they needed for the new baby and friends and family bought the entire list! I bet she was one happy mama! There is also a question of whether to give a present at the birth and the baby shower. I did for the one I attended but not everyone likes to, or opts for a small gift for the shower and a bigger one for the birth. I have also heard stories of friends clubbing together to buy one big item.
Baby Shower Games-Now games aren’t for everybody but here are some of the ones that were mentioned…Guess the sex/weight/date of the baby, pin the safety pin on the babies nappy, Pass the parcel (each layer had a sweet in it with a card and a pen and we had to write little messages of wisdom/promises to babysit etc for the new parents). Not for the faint hearted one lady had a spot the sperm game (I did not ask any more!), pass the dummy using only a straw, guess the poop -which consisted of nappies smeared with different chocolate. If games aren’t your thing, how about a good gossip and some advice sharing or funny baby stories.
Other nice ideas…each bringing a book for the baby and writing a message in each one. A notebook where each guest writes a message to the new mum to be. A book filled with personalised baby advice from the guests. Take a camera so you can get some nice photographs of all of the guests. Thank you gifts or favours for the guests.
I’d love to hear your experiences or your baby shower plans, please feel free to comment below.