Baby showers are a traditional way to celebrate the arrival of a new baby, but they do much more than that. Follow these simple tips for hosting a baby shower and you’ll make hosting a fabulous party look effortless.
They help the new parents prepare for the upcoming addition to their family. Let’s face it – babies are expensive! If you or someone you know is expecting a baby, they should most certainly have a baby shower.
This article is intended to give you some general tips on how to host a successful baby shower.
5 Simple Tips for Hosting a Baby Shower
Send out Invitation
Make sure you mail the invitations out at least two weeks before the scheduled time. Why? You want to make sure the guests you have invited have plenty of time to plan for attendance, but that they don’t receive the invitations too far in advance that they completely forget about it and don’t attend. Two weeks is the perfect time frame for invitations to ensure you have the most people attending. Remember, the shower is ultimately for the new parents to bring home as many baby supplies (gifts) as they can.
You can have the shower anywhere, the only requirement is making sure there is enough room for the guest list. You don’t want to have 30-40 people attending, only to have to squeeze them all into a tiny living room with no room for the guests to sit. Plan accordingly. If needed, a party room can and should be rented. If the weather permits, consider having the shower outside on a patio. You’ll need to make sure you have enough chairs for the guests to sit still, but being outside tends to feel a little less claustrophobic.
Healthy Foods for the Party
Food is an absolute must, however a full meal is not. Appetizers and finger foods are perfect for a shower. You can plan the menu based on the theme you selected. For example, if you have a cowboy themed shower (side note – you can choose any theme you wish) you can plan the menu around southwest food. Drinks can be kept to a minimum as well. Lemonade, iced tea and coffee are all great options.
The cake is a great place to showcase the theme. You can order fancy cakes from a bakery, or make your own. Pull apart cupcakes are a great way to make it unique.
Games will Keep Party Flowing
Play games at the shower! Or at the very minimum plan for some sort of activities. This helps to make the guests feel more comfortable, but it also keeps the shower moving and not run into that “lull” that can sometimes happen at these types of events. If you play games, make sure you get prizes for the winners.
Contrary to popular belief, baby showers can be fun! With these 5 tips, you’ll be well on your way to hosting a successful baby shower for that special mother to be.