Baby Showers the New Craze within the UK
Baby showers have been a tradition in the USA for a long time now and are growing in popularity here, too.
What better excuse is there for getting a group of friends together than to celebrate a new life?
Plus, the mum-to-be get lots of lovely presents for her and her baby, great!
Here a few tips and hints on organising a baby shower! They don’t have to be a big expense, just be creative and most of all have fun!
Who organises it?
The only person that shouldn’t be involved with the organisation is the expectant mother.
The entire day should be fun with no stress involved! for her. Friends, family or work colleagues are the usual organisers of the shower.
When should it happen?
The best time to hold a baby shower is some time within the last trimester.
You can surprise the mum to be or perhaps trey the easier option of telling her what you are planning so that she has something to look forward to in those last few weeks.
Where can we hold the shower?
You need to consider the location before deciding on how many people to invite. Ideally, the party shouldn’t be held at the mum-to-be’s house. It’s not fair for her to have to worry about cleaning the place before and after guests come.
You could always try your local clubs and pubs for a room free of charge of course!
Who to invite?
If the shower is not a secret kept from the mother always ask who she would like to have on the guest list. Remember to ask for names and addresses of close friends that you might not know, such as workmates, or friends.
While a baby shower is often a ‘girls only’ affair, partners can come along, too, and it can be a nice way for the dad-to-be to feel involved.
How much to spend?
If you don’t want to pay for the whole thing yourself, the best way to cover the cost is to ask each guest to chip in.
When working out how much it might add up to, remember to consider the following in your budget:
- Baby shower gift for the mum to be.
- Food, paper plates, cups, plastic knives and forks.
- Going home ‘goody bags’.
- Invitations and stamps.
- Prizes for games.
- Venue rental.
- Baby Shower Decorations.
You can reduce the overall costs of the day, for example creating your own invitations on your computer and emailing it to the guests.
You could also hold the shower at your house to save money on catering and a venue.
Playing games on the day with baby scratch cards and baby bingo can contribute towards the cost if you were to charge a small fee per game.
Choosing a theme
Baby showers usually have some sort of baby theme to get everyone in the mood. You can either buy decorations or make your own. Popular themes include:
Teddy bear’s tea party. Get hold of as many teddies as you can and make sure each guest brings one, too! As presents, they could bring teddy bear-related books. The cake could be in the shape of a teddy bear. You get the general idea!
Use toys connected to nursery rhymes and arrange them around the areas where the shower will take place.
This could be shoes (There was an old lady), a spider (Little Miss Muffet), a bucket (Jack & Jill’s pail), and toy boats (Row row row your boat). Ask your guests if they can guess how many nursery rhymes there are.
Ask each guest to bring a book that meant something to them as a child. It’s a great way for mum to start up her child’s library.
You could even ask your guests to bring books for decoration around the room. The cake could be in the shape of a fairytale book.
It’s also really nice to ask guests to write a poem, ditty, limerick or rhyme about the mum-to-be and her baby.
Buy a book to stick them all into and it will be a keepsake she can pass on to her child when she grows up.
Alternatively, ask everyone to sign a book with a few words of ‘wisdom’ to pass on to the prospective mum. She might not take your advice, but it could give her a few laughs!
It may be difficult for attendees to know what gifts to bring, especially if they are not parents themselves. Have a list prepared by the mum-to-be, or try some of these ideas.
- Dressing gown for when the baby’s screaming the house down during the early hours of the morning
- Magazine subscription, so she can have a quick read when she’s feeding
- A frozen meal that can be defrosted when needed once the baby’s born
- Pedicure kit, for when she can reach her toes again!
- Pamper kits
- Mother and baby accessories that are funky
- Bathroom kit, including first toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo
- Classic books, such as Winnie the Pooh
- Nursery rhyme CDs
- Soft, cuddly toy
- Party food
Ask everyone to bring a dish of nibbles
Home-made snacks are ideal, but guests who are working, have young families, or both, may prefer to make a financial contribution or bring shop-bought snacks, such as mini-sausage rolls, ready-made sandwiches, crisps, quiche, juice and so on. Make sure it’s all safe for her to eat.
Party games and prizes
You could all sit around and chat about how painful labour is for a couple of hours, but the mum-to-be in the room may prefer it if you play a few light-hearted games instead! These could include:
Guess the celeb. Cut out some photos of celebs and their bump, covering their face and get everyone to guess who’s who.
With words such as baby, nappy, labour, birth and so on hidden among the letters.
Guess the name. If mum-to-be is willing, have a list of 20 boys and 20 girls names and promise a prize to whoever guesses the name correctly once the baby’s born.
Pin the dummy on the baby
Make a cut-out cartoon drawing of a baby, pin it to the wall and make cardboard dummies for each contestant. Blindfold them and ask them to pin the dummy on the babies face. The closest to the mouth is the winner!
Guess the weight and sex. Design a chart with weight, sex, name and date of birth across the top. Down the left-hand side insert the names of people who are attending the shower and ask them to predict the titles.
Baby scratch cards
You can buy these online for a very small amount. Scratch off the babies and win prizes.
It’s nice to give a small goody bag as guests leave as a way of saying thank you for coming and for any presents given.
A small token is all that is needed, such as sugared almonds in a little tulle bag, a scented candle or chocolates.
Anything they, especially mums, might not indulge in and buy for themselves is always a winner!