Who doesn’t love a baby shower? It’s a great way for everyone to get together and share in the excitement of the arrival of such a precious bundle of joy and just how cute are those teeny tiny baby clothes.
Here are some tips for organising a memorable shower.
When to Have the Baby Shower?
The best time to have the shower is around 6-8 weeks before the due date. Too close to the due date and most mamas won’t want to be partying. Remember to send out invitations about 4-6 weeks prior to give guests enough notice.
Where to Hold the Shower?
Traditionally, baby showers are celebrated at home. For those with a large number of guests, then a local park might be more appropriate with everyone bringing a picnic dish. For a more intimate gathering, perhaps hire a private room at your favourite restaurant or indulge in a pamper spa session.
Baby Shower Themes
If you know the gender, then it’s hard to go past a cute pink or adorable blue theme.
Decorations for Pink Theme Baby Shower
Saturate with colour for an ultra-feminine style with flowers and fairy lights and rose gold flourishes. Balloons, bunting and paper lanterns add to the fun and festivities.
Try a DIY floral wall, a bunting of pink onesies, or a hula hoop wrapped in foliage makes a cute backdrop.
A rustic boho garden party won’t be forgotten. Decorate with floral blooms and dreamcatchers and canopies.
It’s a Boy - Blue Baby Shower Theme
The Tiffany’s colours of aqua and white make for a striking and stylish colour scheme whilst a beach or sailor theme is perfect for summer.
Spots, stripes or gingham always make for a visually exciting and still chic theme for a baby shower and are easy to match with existing party decorations.
Future cowboys need a desert theme replete with cacti. You can decorate the table with mini potted cactus plants which are then ideal as the party favour to take home.
Gender Neutral Baby Shower
Why not get a little adventurous and go with a jungle or circus theme, including cute little images of animals.
Celestial themes with stars and clouds and unicorns are popular. Another idea is to base the theme on your favourite nursery rhyme or children’s book.
Rather than neutral tones, go all out with a rainbow theme or try a colourful Cinco De Mayo fiesta theme with a piñata.
Baby Shower Cake
If you’re baking the cake yourself then it’s best to test out the recipe beforehand.
Here are some of our favourites
Our Top Baby Shower Games
Celebrity Baby Names – Do you know the names of the celebrity’s offspring
Baby Bingo – just like bingo but with baby words
Guess the Baby Photo – ask guests to bring a baby photo of themselves. Pin these up on a board and have everyone try to guess who each one is
Ten Pin Bottles – bowling but with baby bottles
How many Jelly Babies – fill a jar with jelly babies and guess how many
Baby on Board – think scrabble but only baby related words allowed, or monopoly with pregnancy stages instead of streets
Alternatively you could have a yoga session, set up a photo booth, a baby onesie decorating station, make your own floral crown craft, or scatter around some colouring books and pencils.
Guest book – ask guests to record their best parenting advice or how they met the mama- and papa-to-be, or simply any anecdote they would like to share.
Wishes for baby – have cardboard cut outs of different flowers or animals (something that matches your theme) where guests can leave their name and wishes for baby. These can then be collated into a beautiful journal.
Baby Shower Gift
Most mamas-to-be will have a gift registry though they might simply ask everyone to chip in for a big ticket item like a pram.
Baby clothes and toys are always welcome, as are nappy bags and gifts to pamper a new mum. One of the most popular items to gift is a baby journal. These allow you record every precious memory of baby growing up.
Baby Shower Favours
Mini potted plants – these can double as the table centrepiece or as name tags which your guest can take home
Candles – ask your guests to light the candle when they hear news of baby’s birth
Bath soaps or salt – from one shower to another
Baby Shower Card
Proper etiquette means you should send guests a thank you card about 2-3 weeks after the baby shower thanking them for attending and making it a wonderful day.