The anticipation of a brand new baby is a great reason to celebrate! Plan the perfect party with a gorgeous theme and lots of great gifts for your expectant mama.
Choose a theme:
Have a think about your mama-to-be and the sort of celebration she’d love best. Here are a few ideas to get you started…
- High Tea Party: A ladies afternoon tea is the perfect gathering. And all the hard work is taken away by The High Tea Company. They provide gorgeous china tea sets plus a delicious morning tea selection which you can tailor yourself, and they handle all the setting up so you can focus on all the other details for a gorgeous shower.
- A luxury spa party: Plush robes to relax in at the party, aromatic foot baths, mini manis and pedis, plus baby shower games, photos, a DVD and extra pampering for the mum to be is included. Try http://www.dayspaparties.com.au
- Gender Reveal Parties: Plenty of mums and dad’s to be want to find out the sex of their baby before it’s born. A new and fun way to find out is to host a gender reveal party where the parents to be and guests all find out at once. The gender of the baby is usually ‘revealed’ by the cutting of a cake (which is either blue or pink), or the opening of a box with pink or blue balloons inside.
- Mum and Dad Baby showers: Couples baby showers are becoming more popular and it’s great to be able to include dads in on the event! You could make the event a bbq (which keeps organising the food nice and simple) with all the parents to be’s friends and family invited.
Baby Shower Games:
While it’s not always a must to play games at a baby shower, you might want to select a few fun games to play to help break the ice if guests don’t know each other. Take a look at Belly Belly Baby Shower Games to get you started, the Huggies website, or search Etsy for downloable printable files for games you can play.
Your baby shower checklist – Before you start planning consider:
- How many people you’re going to invite? It’s a good idea to get a list of people to invite from the mama so no one misses out.
- What date have you set aside? (Sometimes babies come early to make sure it’s not too close to the due date!)
- The type of food and drink will be determined by what time of day you’re holding the shower and where the best venue will be.
- If you’re holding the shower at a venue make sure to allow plenty of time for booking. If it’s at a home have you got plenty of seating and room for all the guests?
- Did you get that theme sorted? 🙂
- If you’re busy in the lead up ask a friend to help with the organisation to make things a little easier.
- Remember that pregnant women are careful about the food they eat so as not to endanger their baby. So the following items shouldn’t make it onto the menu: Pâte, Oysters, Raw and smoked fish, Raw eggs, Raw meat, Sprouts, Processed meats, Sushi, Ready-made salads, Soft cheeses, Soft-serve ice-cream.
Here’s what to do before the big day:
- Confirm the guest list with the mum-to-be.
- Send ‘save the date’ emails or invites so everyone has lots of time to reserve the date in their diary.
- Confirm your list of food and drink requirements – go shopping and book in some friends to help on the day if you’re catering the shower yourself.
- Send a baby shower gift guide to guests to give them ideas for a great present.
Have a great baby shower!