Planning on throwing a baby shower before your little one arrives? Traditionally they’re thrown when you’re around seven months along, so the baby is well on the way, but you’re not so fit to burst you can still enjoy the day! This is likely the last time you get to relax with your friends and family for a while, as once your baby comes along you’re going to be extremely busy. So might as well make the most of it, and celebrate the fact that your baby will soon be here. Here’s how you can put together an awesome shower.
Where Will You Host The Party?
Throwing the party at home is convenient and less expensive, but you also have to worry about setting everything up and cleaning up afterward. Booking an afternoon tea or a party at a venue will, of course, cost more, but a lot of the hard work is done for you. Weigh up the pros and cons and work out which would be the best option for you.
Putting Together a Gift Wishlist
When you’re pregnant, friends will be sure to want to help you out with gifts and treat the new baby. Rather than ending up with lots of repeats of things or items you might not use, why not write a gift list? You could include items at all price points, more luxurious items could be anything from nursery furniture to Fendi for kids baby clothes. Less inexpensive items could be things like bottles, hooded towels, and baby bath products. At least that way people can get an idea of the types of things you like, want and need. People can be iffy about asking for gifts, but if you make it clear to your guests that it’s entirely optional and just for ideas then there’s really no harm!
Balloons, bunting, paper chains and paper pom pom decorations all look really sweet. If you know the gender of your baby it makes sense to decorate using either pink or blue, if not go with a gender neutral color. You can find inexpensive party decorations on sites like eBay, dollar stores, and other bargain stores. You could add vases of flowers to the tables, and if you’re throwing a tea party style event get lots of mismatched china from thrift stores for a really cute look.
Food and Drink
While you, of course, won’t be drinking yourself, you could have some bottles of fizz on ice for your guests, wine or cocktails. Don’t forget to stock up on juices and soft drinks for yourself, other expectant moms and drivers. For food, a buffet style is simple and works well. Finger food like individual desserts, savories, pastries and finger sandwiches. If you’re having the party at a venue that already serves food then this element is already sorted, if not you could either put it together yourself or even hire some caterers depending on the size of the party.
Are you in the process of planning a baby shower, or have you thrown one in the past? What advice do you have for others who are putting one together?