How to Plan a Baby Shower?
What comes to mind after hearing the four magical words, 'We're having a baby?' A baby shower, of course. Organising a party with the expectant parents' closest friends and family members is the perfect way of expressing 'Congratulations' or 'We're happy for you' or 'Best wishes'.
The baby shower is usually hosted by a close friend or relative during the last months of the pregnancy. Like any other party, a baby shower requires careful planning to ensure it will go as smoothly as possible and be memorable for everyone. Although there are no rules cast in stone in preparing for a baby shower, there are some helpful tips to follow to help the host organise every aspect of the event.
Decide on the location.
Most baby showers are held at the parent-to-be's house since the expectant mother's health needs to be considered. It is recommended for small, intimate parties, with only the closest friends and family members. Guests also tend to be more comfortable if the party's setting is home.
If the expectant parents love the outdoors, a barbecue party in their garden or a local park may also be an option. Naturally, the weather must be considered - a baby shower does not mean soaking the guests in the rain.
The host may reserve a secluded area in a restaurant or bar for fewer complications. It may be more costly, but at least the decoration, food and drinks, and the post-party cleanup will already be taken care of.
Choose the party's theme.
For easier decoration ideas, a theme may be decided upon. Consider the expectant parents' favourite movies or hangouts. Another option is to decorate the party site by re-creating the place where they had their honeymoons, such as a cruise ship or Paris-inspired cafe.
Since the party will also be a celebration of the future baby, a childish atmosphere may also be considered. Choose cartoon characters, bright colours, and other designs depending on the baby's gender (if known).
Finalise the menu
The party's menu will depend upon the time of the event. In most baby showers, the host serves finger food, pastries and other baked goods for convenience. However, if the event will be held during lunch or dinner time, heavier meals will naturally be served. Alcoholic drinks may also be prepared, depending on the guests' preference.
Design a fun program
Contrary to what most people believe, a baby shower is not only limited to mingling around, gift-giving, eating and drinking. Fun games may also be included, such as charades or those which will bring back the guests' childhood memories. Remember that the main point is to ensure everyone will have a good time, and various games will surely liven up the event.
Create the guest list and send out invitations
Prepare a list of the expectant parents' closest friends and family members. Make sure to seek their approval before sending out invitations to avoid embarrassing mistakes later. Bear in mind that it's the parents' event, not the host's, so their choice of people should matter the most.
Ready-made baby shower invitations are readily available on Amazon in gift shops and craft stores. However, custom invitations may also be used to provide the host's personal touch.
Send out invitations two to four weeks before the party to allow the guests to fix their schedules. Baby shower invitations follow the same format as any other invitation: it indicates the date, time, place, attire preferred, gift registry, if any, and the host's contact numbers for RSVP. To be organised, prepare a final list of attendees a few days before the baby shower.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why have a baby shower?
There are many reasons why people choose to have baby showers. Some of the most popular reasons include:
- To celebrate the upcoming arrival of a new baby
- To allow friends and family to meet the new baby
- To provide practical items for the new baby
- To raise money for the parents to use towards purchasing items for the new baby
Whatever the reason, a baby shower is a great way to celebrate a new child's arrival and bring friends and family together.
What do you do at a baby shower?
A baby shower is a party thrown to celebrate an upcoming birth. At a baby shower, the guests usually bring gifts for the baby. The most common gift is clothing, but other popular gifts include toys and books. The guests will gather in one room at a typical baby shower, and the mother-to-be will open her gifts in another room. There may be games played at a baby shower, and sometimes food is served. But typically, a baby shower is just a party to celebrate the upcoming birth. Browse all Baby Shower Ideas.
Can I plan my baby shower?
Absolutely! A baby shower is a great way to celebrate the pending arrival of a new baby, and it can be as straightforward or as elaborate as you like.
Some things to keep in mind when planning your baby shower:
- invite everyone you want to come, whether they're family, friends, coworkers, or acquaintances
- set a date and time that works for most people, and send out invitations at least two weeks in advance
- choose a venue (your home, a park, a restaurant) and plan the food and drink accordingly
- come up with some games or activities for guests to enjoy
- try to keep the budget in mind - showers can be expensive!
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