Here is a guide to planning an amazing baby shower, for when you don’t know where to start! Baby showers are so much fun, they are one of the only time a bunch of women (and sometimes men!) come together to share all their birth and baby stories and pass on all their helpful wisdom! Arranging a baby shower, like a hen party is such a fun task with endless possibilities but they can also be stressful! Hopefully this guide will help to put your thoughts in order.
First things first!
Is the baby shower a surprise? If so, its best to work with your friend’s partner and/or mother I think so they can help facilitate the set up and those logistics will help you plan whether it will be at home or in a venue, depending on when access will be possible as to not rouse suspicion! I love surprises, and I think a surprise baby shower is really thoughtful and takes and pre-shower nerves away from your friend who probably has enough tired / uncomfortable / general stress to be worrying about it!
Work with the family and close friends OR the main lady if not a surprise to get a guest list sorted out. Best to get a mention of who MUST be invited, to save any award family situations or friends who might feel left out.
Date, time and location!
This can be a nightmare task if it is left very late in the day, finding that there are NO dates when the mother in law, school friend and work colleague can all make it.
- Doodle is a fantastic way to organise any event, you can put in a selection of dates (the more variety the better!) and send a link out to all guests via email and everybody can see what days are working and which aren’t so popular
- Starting a Whatsapp group of Facebook group is also a great idea, this way everyone can easily access the location details and you can easily get what you need from everyone, such as photos for games, sharing gift list information etc!
Brunch or afternoon tea work well. Best to dodge the evening as the main lady won’t be drinking and will probably be knackered! I think afternoon works really well as it helps keep costs down on the catering too, you do not need to worry about catering lunch for everyone on top!
Tea rooms that cater for afternoon tea will be great venues. Once you know party size, negotiate a deal! You could always offer the option of planning it for at their quieter time in the day, they will be very happy to accommodate you, and no washing up, yay!
The Mother / mother in laws house – Mums usually love an excuse to fuss, especially where bumps are involved, so they make great hosts… clear some space, grab some spare chairs and set the place up!
The expectant Mothers house – great if they are involved in the organising, BUT it leaves the mummy to be feeling uncomfortable putting her feet up with a house full, and no one feels comfortable letting everyone else do it all and clean up in their own home.
Your house! If you have room, this is great, especially as a surprise, you can get things ready over a week!
THEME & DECORATIONS
Check out my Themes Pinterest board for further inspiration! Bunting is always lovely to see, if someone is handy with the sewing machine it is really simple to knock up (sorry, pun!) some baby bunting, which can be kept as a nursery decoration afterwards! You can also make it from tissue paper (think pom poms), feathers, card or pegging socks to a line. Ebay, Etsy and Not on the High Street are good starting points!
Other really sweet themes include Beatrix Potter, Alice in Wonderland, (afternoon tea!), glittery, colourful (think unicorns and rainbows!), woodland, little yellow ducks, flowers, elephants, the list goes on and on!
Baby Shower Gift Ideas
I have been to baby showers where everyone just does their own thing, those where the organisers compile a baby list, buy the bits then ask for contributions and those where the expectant mama has put together their own list of bits they need. I think all work well and it is totally down to personality! Having some kind of guide / list will mean there might be less crossover with gifts, but I think it best to allow people the opportunity to do their own thing if they have something they would like to buy!
It is a really good idea to be mindful of everybody’s budget, and mention that no one should feel obliged, if anyone if having a hard month and feel they can’t afford to contribute, you don’t want them to feel they might not be welcome to come along anyway.
Either way, it is good to include lots of useful and practical items. The best things I was given at my baby shower were the things I would never have known about / bought for myself before the baby was born, I could grab thing and use or try them in the middle of the night, or months down the line when I was desperate!
A really useful thing to do as organiser and friend, as the gifts are opened is make a list of who bought what! Remembering everything when you are on the is tough for sending thank you’s afterwards!
BABY SHOWER GAMES
The best bit! There are so many different games to play; check out my Pinterest board of other games lots of great ideas! Picking the right games will totally depend on your audience!! There are ice breaking, funny games which are great to get the party started and little competition games which are good for allowing everyone a good natter and allowing you time to bring out the food / prep other things. My favourite game is crafting what you think the baby will look like out of Plasticine, it always brings hilarious results! Find some printable game sheets on our Pinterest Board. I think about 3/4 games is best as you will need to allow time for eating and present opening too.
THE ALL IMPORTANT CAKE
We don’t eat enough cake. FACT. This is another great excuse! Having a cake made can set you back £50+ so it’s a great idea to see if any guests/friends/family enjoy a spot of baking! Cupcakes are a great idea and there are even games based around the sex of the baby by using pink or blue food colouring. Take a look at our cake inspiration Pinterest board for more beautiful cakes.