Planning a baby shower? Here’s your ultimate guide.
If there’s an expectant mum in your life and she’s chosen you to host the baby shower, it may seem an exciting – but daunting – task. But planning a baby shower can be extremely fun and rewarding, and the games, gifts and decorations you choose will create a happy, long-lasting memory for you, your girlfriends and the mum-to-be.
Here’s our ultimate guide to planning a baby shower, including baby shower invitations, decorations and games.
Baby shower invitations
For the best chance at getting all the mum-to-be’s loved ones there on the day, send the invitations out six to eight weeks before the baby shower. That will give guests plenty of time to save the date, RSVP, shop for gifts and find a babysitter if needed.
For a casual affair, sending email baby shower invitations is perfectly appropriate. If you’re envisioning a more formal event, go for paper invitations, and have fun with it – the arrival of a baby is a joyful occasion, so let it shine through when the paper comes out of the envelope.
Baby shower decorations
When you’re planning a baby shower, try to nail down the decorations at least three weeks before the event. Here’s how we’d approach baby shower decorations:
- Buy your non-perishable decorations, such as balloons, bunting, ribbons, napkins and table cloths, first 3-4 weeks out from the event.
- Plan and settle on a menu so you can plan to buy non-perishables 3-4 weeks out as well, such as canned goods and baking ingredients.
- The day before the shower, purchase any fruit and vegetables you need, so you have plenty of time to prepare them on the morning of the shower (if you’re not hiring a caterer).
- Buy flowers on the day of the shower.
Baby shower games
The games are the funnest part of any baby shower. To run baby shower games successfully, create an agenda a few days before the event so you’ll know what to get organised and when. Structure will ensure you worry less about organising on the day, and more about participating!
Here are some popular baby shower games:
- Name that tune: prepare a playlist of songs including ‘babe’ and ‘baby’. Play them for 10 seconds each, and have guests write down the name and artist of the tune.
- DIY baby blocks: Get 5cm x 5cm wooden blocks and buy paints and various craft supplies, and have guests decorate their own for the baby. It’ll double as a loving and thoughtful gift for the baby!
- Baby food game: Buy a range of baby food and put them into unlabelled cups or jars. Have guests blind taste them and guess the ingredients.
So, if you’re planning a baby shower, there’s no need to freak out! Start planning early, create an agenda and get everyone laughing with some games, and you’ll have created not only an event, but a beautiful memory for your friends and the guest of honour, the lucky mum-to-be.
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