This article isn’t what you think. There’s no uniformly perfect way to have a baby shower. Every mama is different; she has her own story and her own style. She has different tastes, beliefs, family and friends.
But, when it comes to planning a baby shower, there IS one thing that ALL great baby showers have in common.
The planning. Here’s how to do it PERFECTLY.
Planning a baby shower: The Venue
The venue is often the make or break of a baby shower. It needs to be in a style that suits the mama’s tastes (a boho mama might feel a teensy bit uncomfortable in a stodgy hotel function room) but that’s also amenable to the needs of others.
A house, apartment or backyard is a reliable choice for a baby shower. There are also options like having a sit down lunch or brunch in a favourite café, a picnic with a great view somewhere or something super hipster like food trucks and milk crates in a parking lot.
Hot tip: Consult with her nearest and dearest. What types of places make her heart happy?
Planning a baby shower: The Menu
Pregnant women are somewhat limited when it comes to food and drink. That doesn’t mean that they have to go hungry at their own parties! Research what your friend’s pregnancy dietary restrictions (and preferences are) and go from there.
Punch is great for a baby shower (let people know if it’s spiked or not!) as are appetisers. It’s rare that you’d be expected to put on a full spread of food but makes sure there’s enough that no one’s feeling peckish.
Planning a baby shower: The Design
The jury’s out when it comes to themes. Some people like ‘em and some loathe ‘em. Cute potential themes for baby showers are:
• Bun in the Oven
• Cabbage Patch
• Dr Suess (or any baby-lit or kid-lit type)
• Fairy Garden
Hot tip: Does mama have a nursery theme ready? Style your baby shower around that to match her décor!
Planning a baby shower: The Festivities
There are a number of baby shower games that you’ve probably played before. Depending on the mum involved, they can be fun or feel outright offensive! (Guess the Girth, anyone?!) Take a look around for some baby shower games based on what your friend ACTUALLY considers fun. She might not want games at all!
Apart from games, you’ll definitely need music. There are a number of great playlist mixes already made on Spotify; try ‘Unwind 90’s’, ‘Baby Shower Playlist’ or just make your own mix!
Planning a baby shower: The Timing
You have no say in the timing of the pregnancy BUT you can have some input on the baby shower timing!
Going too late puts the mama-to-be in dangerous territory – she may be worried about going too soon or very uncomfortable. Not enjoyable. A great rule of thumb is to time your baby shower for around six weeks prior to due date.
In terms of timing on the DAY, consider the season! If it’s summer and you’re in Australia, then mid-morning or in the later afternoon as things are cooling off is ideal. Consider the comfort of the mum at all times and see if you can manage to plan around a venue that has adequate cooling!
Planning the perfect baby shower
There is no guarantee that the day will be perfect – that’s life, after all! But what is perfect is the fact that this lucky mum-to-be (and her soon-to-arrive bub) are surrounded by so much love and affection. It’s going to be a fabulous day and your attention to detail will ensure that mama knows EXACTLY how lucky she is.
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