Very soon, almost anything and everything in your life is going to revolve around your little one. Being a mother is the most precious and blissful thing to ever happen. Thus, a baby shower is an essential form of expressing the delight and contentment in you. Again, planning a party may be frustrating as you need to constantly run around for everything that actually needs to be done and all the struggle with bringing it together. But there are party-planning basics to ensure that the celebration is a success and can help you to keep you focused and least frustrated.
1. Choose a Date
The timing is very much important! You would probably want to have the party at least four to six weeks before your due date, considerably when you are about seven months pregnant. This will ensure that you have plenty of time to organize your gifts after the shower and borrow or buy any necessities for your baby. It will also buy you some time to decorate the venue or look out for catering services for the party. Consult with the guest of honour to select a date and time for her party so that she's probably still pretty comfortable and has the energy to enjoy the party.
2. Send out Invitations
So if you are having a party, you will obviously need to send out invites to your guests about a month before the shower. That way they'll have sufficient time to reserve the date, RSVP and shop for gifts. Even an email invitation is perfectly fine. However, if you are organizing a more formal show, then you should consider sending out paper invites. The answer to the question “Exactly whom to invite?”, best friends and immediate family, co-workers or neighbors, is entirely up to you. However, it is considered wise to invite only those who are closest to you, so everyone truly shares in your happiness instead of feeling obliged to attend the baby shower party.
3. Decide on the Menu and Decor
Two things are the most appreciated at any party, the decor and the food. So, ensure that you pen down these details about two or three weeks before the shower. For the decorations, you can purchase streamers, ceiling decorations and hangings. Essentially, if you are planning on having a grand baby shower, then you can add beauty to the occasion by having balloon columns either at the entrance or near the food table. Finalize the menu, ensuring that it goes well with the guest of honour's tastes. You can also choose to have some desserts and cakes on the food table. If you are craving for some comfort food, try mini sliders, fried chicken and small bowls of salad. You can always hire some of the best caterers in town to get your food menu all set.
4. Party Games
Yes! Fun games for a baby shower definitely exist! Games always enhance the life of the party. So, you should consider organizing games for your baby shower to make it even more radiant. Unlike any other parties, you should take into account that it is a baby shower party and preferably have indoor games. Let them get into a guessing mood with games like “baby items in a bag” where they try to make a guess on what exactly is the item by sticking their hand in a bag with several baby items. You can also have a “diaper dress-up” competition where each team has to use a roll of toilet paper and wrap one of the team members with a mock diaper. This game will definitely bring more laughs and giggles to the party. Another gender-neutral game to have is a quiz. It need not necessarily be a pure GK quiz. It could merely be a pop-up quiz with very friendly questions like “Which is the most spine-chilling horror film you have watched?”. Young or old, all the people out there can totally pull off this activity.
5. Gifts for the Guests
So, if you are planning to have games for your baby shower, you should consider having gifts and prizes for the winners. Gifts for games add to the excitement and festivity of the baby shower. Moreover, it is not necessary to give away gifts only to the winners of the games, but also have spot prizes or simply give take-away gifts to your guests as a token of appreciation for attending the baby shower. You need not have expensive gifts. You can always have gifts like a miniature decorated wine bottle, candy jars or spa products. You can also give away goody bags. This will surely make your guests merry.
The big day is approaching soon. Whether you’re the friend, a relative, or the mom-to-be, you can easily use to above tips to ensure that you have an enjoyable, enthusiastic and joyous baby shower, not only for you to remember but also for your guests. Our baby shower ideas will guarantee that all your guests will have a good time. So, come and get set for celebrating your baby bump!