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How to Throw the Perfect Baby Shower

By Kelly Ekardt 2 years ago 1298 Views No comments

Throwing a baby shower is an old tradition that’s gained popularity recently with both mothers and fathers, and can be a great way to celebrate the arrival of a newborn baby and congratulate parents on their new addition to the family. Throwing the perfect baby shower takes some planning, with several things to consider to make it a day that the parents and guests will all enjoy and remember fondly.

From how to organise the shower to knowing what gifts to bring, let’s take a look at what makes the perfect baby shower.

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What to consider before the baby shower

As the person assigned with throwing a baby shower, there are plenty of things to consider in preparation for the party. These might include:

 

  1. Should it be a surprise party?
  2. When should it take place?
  3. How long before the mother’s due date would be a good time to throw the shower?
  4. Who should be invited? Does it make sense to invite guests who live far away?
  5. Who from the parents-to-be’s family should be invited?
  6. Where should it happen? What’s the best location to host the baby shower?

 

Deciding whether to throw a surprise baby shower will depend entirely on how well you know the parents-to-be. If they are people who enjoy surprises, it could be a nice way to do something fun for them to take their minds off any lingering anxiety around the arrival of their newborn baby. However, it could not be a welcome surprise at all, or it could come at an inconvenient time if they have not be consulted beforehand.

Typically, a baby shower is thrown in the final few weeks of pregnancy, and can serve as a welcome distraction to the parents. It can take their minds off all the logistics of preparing for the arrival of the baby with getting all the necessary things like nappies, bottles and newborn baby clothes ready, while also fretting about how they’re going to dress their newborn girl or boy. Make sure that the date you choose doesn’t conflict with any other commitments the parents or important guests might have, like scheduled doctor’s appointments.

Like preparing for any kind of celebration, careful consideration should be taken with regards to who is invited, as interpersonal relationships at times like these can be somewhat delicate. This is definitely an aspect of planning the baby shower that you’re going to want input from the parents on!

Planning the baby shower

Should there be games?

Traditionally, people think of a baby shower as an opportunity to congratulate the soon-to-be parents on their pregnancy, give gifts and play silly games. However, you may decide that games do not make sense for the baby shower you’re throwing. Guests may prefer to spend the time socialising with friends and family, especially if it’s a relatively small group of guests who are invited. In larger groups, games can serve as excellent ice breakers, or a way of making smaller groups within which people can easily get to know each other.

Is a theme a good idea?

Whether or not you plan to have games at the baby shower, having a theme may work to your advantage. A theme can serve to tie together the decorations and activities, and even give guests inspiration on what kinds of gifts to bring besides typical things like newborn baby clothes. Possible themes for a baby shower could take their inspiration from a favourite book, musical, film or television series. More abstract ideas can work, too: seasons, colours or childhood memories all make excellent starting points for choosing a theme for the celebration.

What about food and drinks?

A baby shower without any food or drink wouldn’t be much of a party, so don’t forget to consider what will be served to eat and drink. Regardless of the time of day, you may wish to not serve alcohol at all, so that the mother doesn’t feel left out. Instead, serve mocktails!

Food that can be easily prepared in advance is always a good idea. If you’re throwing a baby shower at brunch, consider making quiche instead of omelettes, for example. Additionally, food that can be eaten with fingers, and easily served without the need for a lot of cutlery or utensils, will make it much easier to clean up afterwards!

Dealing with guests’ gifts

It may be a good idea to set up a registry of gifts for guests with the help of the parents-to-be, so that they don’t end up with all the same kinds of newborn baby clothes as gifts, and none of the other equally useful things they may wish to receive.

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Alternatively — depending on how well the parents know all the guests — it may be appropriate to ask for a monetary contribution from them so that they can buy all their own boys or girls baby clothes as and when they need them. In this case, as the person throwing the baby shower, help to make this possible by getting the necessary bank details to guests, or perhaps even setting up a specific account where contributions can be deposited.

When putting together a gift list with the new parents, make sure to check out the organic baby clothes from Sense Organics for the softest and most comfortable items to dress their newborn baby in!