Baby showers were invented to celebrate the coming of a bub with gifts for newborn and Mum. They are organised by friends, family, or co-workers of the Mum-to-be. If it’s your job to plan the perfect event to celebrate a Mum you love, here are some tips to make it less stressful for you, and totally amazing for everyone.
Choose The Day
Showers are typically held before the baby is born, but there’s no reason why they can’t be held after. If the Mum is confined to bed rest, or if she’s having a difficult pregnancy, it might be a good idea to wait until bub arrives and shower them both together. Speak to Mum about what dates she would prefer.
Set A Date And Send Out Invites
Get a list of invitees (complete with their addresses) and send out the invitations as soon as possible. Include a list of much-needed gifts for the newborn along with the invitations, like swaddles and bibs. Include a link to a registry where they can choose from gifts that Mum has requested.
Select A Venue
You can either host a party in a home, or hire a venue to host it. Homes are traditional, as they are personal spaces that are private and free. This leaves you more funds to put out an amazing spread. Plus, you can typically decorate just how you like.
Hiring a place that handles set up, catering duties, and clean up can leave you with less stress. It also works well if the guest list is too big for a home. There are plenty of restaurants, hotels, and community halls that can be rented for the occasion.
Plan The Details
If renting a venue, many of the details will be handled for you. If hosting in a home:
• Choose a party theme, such as tropical beach, floral garden, or boho.
• Find decorations that match the theme such as balloons, garlands, and centerpieces.
• Games are a big part of showers, so get Googling to find the ones that are the most fun.
• Food is important, from the sausage rolls to the cake, so create a menu that’s easy to make and serve.
• Plan to pass out favours, such as personalised cookies or candles, to thank your guests for attending.
• Take pictures and videos so Mum can look back and enjoy the moment.
Exhale. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well-done.