So, you are in charge of throwing a baby shower. Congrats! You are honored with a great challenge, and the best part is that your options are endless. There is a lot that goes into creating a dynamite baby shower. Here are 8 tips for creating an unforgettable baby shower the mom-to-be and guests will adore.
1. Choose the Theme to ensure an Unforgettable Baby Shower
The theme of the party depends on a lot of factors so it’s our number 1 tip for creating an unforgettable baby shower. Keep in mind the following factors when choosing a theme:
- Gender of the baby (if known) or opt for a Gender Reveal party
- Time of year
- Indoor vs outdoor venue
- Personal preferences (also have an understanding of what mom wants)
- Mixing food into the theme (here’s one of our favorites)
Themes can be old school with baby animals decor and classic storybooks such as Dr. Seuss. Or go modern with a Gender Reveal party (for instance, ask guests to guess by dressing in either pink or blue and form teams at the party “Team Pink”/”Team Blue”). If the parents-to-be already have a theme for their baby’s room picked out, carry that over in the baby shower.
Or create something practical with a party to supply the parents-to-be with newborn necessities. After all, babies need a lot of stuff! Have them register at a baby store or online. Make note of where they’ve registered on the invitation.
2. Choose a stunning baby shower invitation
Gone are the days of choosing from pre-made selections of invites from your local department store or party supply store. The beauty of technology is that you can create your very own invites at home!
The goal of your invites should radiate the feeling of “I don’t wanna miss this one!” Entice your guests with beautiful fonts, images and, of course, the theme to create excitement.
- Choose eye-catching designs. Check out minted.com for some great personalized styles
- Send out the invite in a timely manner. Two weeks is a good rule of thumb
- Have fun with the RSVP. Ask guests to send the RSVP back with advice for mom or well wishes for the new bundle of joy (you’re likely to see a better response when you ask for something in return).
3. Create a tasty menu
An essential tip for creating an unforgettable baby shower is a tasty menu. Nothing gets a party hopping like delicious food and snacks. Most baby showers include a light dinner, but you do not have to limit yourself. We found a great post on Pinterest that offers a wide variety of ideas, so the options are endless. Remember to ask about any dietary restrictions for the mom-to-be to tailor the food to those preferences.
Some fun variations to consider include:
- Afternoon Tea
- Finger Foods Party
- Outdoor BBQ (great for a co-ed shower)
- Dessert Party
- Old Fashioned Pot Luck (perfect for parties on a budget)
4. Choose the Decorations for a Baby Shower
Once you have the theme picked out, it’s time to get ideas together for decorations. It can be simple, elegant, fun, etc. Make sure mom-to-be is on board with the choice.
When designing the look of the party, you want to pay attention to the details. Be sure to include personalized items like current family pictures, maternity pictures, and ultrasound photos. Other fun things to include with the decorations are baby clothes, DIY tassel garland, diaper cakes, and balloons.
5. Create fun memories
One of the most fun tips for creating an unforgettable baby shower is creating keepsakes that day that the mom or parents can enjoy for years to come. A great keepsake for the mom-to-be is to get the guests involved in creating a memory. This is both a fun activity and can be a nice surprise for the new mom and dad.
The keepsakes should also fit into the theme and decor of the baby’s room so check with the parents-to-be if the keepsake will take up a lot of room in the baby’s room.
6. Pick unique shower favors
Sending each guest home with a small token of appreciation is a great way to say thank you. The thank you will mean even more if you find favors that are unique and have that “ooh-aah” factor. Pick something fun and useful.
Some of our favorite ideas include:
7. Offer games that are actually fun
Traditionally, games are to be played at baby showers. Fortunately, the creativity of such games has vastly improved over the years. You want to consider your guest list and games that they will actually want to participate in. Oh, and don’t forget to have a sweet prize for all game winners.
Here are some great options for baby shower games:
8. Keep your guests comfortable and happy
As host, your focus is ensuring the guests are comfortable and happy. This can become a huge task, but don’t overwhelm yourself or set your expectations too high. Keep the emphasis on the fun and enjoyment of the baby shower itself.
Have back-up plans
Consider having back up plans in the event a game doesn’t work the way you planned. If you’re hosting your party outdoors, be sure you have an indoor area ready to go if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Welcome guests and get them settled
Greet guests as they arrive and show them where to set gifts and grab a drink or snack. Introduce guests to each that might not have met. Also, always keep in mind the temperature and lighting of the venue.
Ask for help
Don’t hesitate to ask guests to pitch in. Maybe you just need an extra set of hands to deliver the hors d’oeuvres or fill the ice in the lemonade glasses. Most people are happy to lend a hand.
Planning for Baby is More than Just the Baby Shower
There is so much to planning for baby, whether it’s your first or fourth! We discovered a great blog post from our friends at Clayton and Clayton that tells how to baby-proof your home from top to bottom to keep baby safe and give you peace of mind. Check it out!
These 8 tips for creating an unforgettable baby shower will make your event planning easy! Baby showers are really a lot of fun to plan and enjoy. Preparing each part for the shower ahead of time requires fine attention to detail and making sure mom-to-be and the guests enjoy the day. After all, you’re celebrating the coming of a new bundle of joy! In the end, you can create a great baby shower that everyone will remember for years to come. And don’t forget the popcorn. We have fruit flavors in pink, blue, yellow and white which creates a colorful display to celebrate the baby boy or girl. But with over sixty flavors to choose from, including vegan and dairy free options, you will find just the right mix of flavors to make your baby shower POP! Shop flavors now!