Anyone that’s close to the mom-to-be can throw her a baby shower. It’s not that hard if you have a checklist of essentials you’ll need to make the day a success. Below, we’ve put together a few tips to help you throw the perfect baby shower for that special mom-to-be.
Shower the Mom-to-be with Gifts
The whole idea behind a baby shower is to provide the new parents with things they’ll need to care for their little one. Another reason for the baby shower is to make the mom-to-be feel special and pampered. Having a baby is a big deal, and she’s gone through a lot to get to this point. She deserves it!
Aside from gifts meant for the baby, consider giving gifts that also pamper mom, such as gift hampers full of gourmet foods, skincare products, and aromatherapy items designed to help her relax and rejuvenate.
Baby Shower Favors
No baby shower would be complete without some little take-home treats for the guests. If the party will be packed with office co-workers, fun pencil cups and paperweights are good choices. For stay-at-home moms, magnet picture frames make great favors.
If your party has a theme, try to stick with that as you buy favors. For example, for a musical theme, iTunes gift cards might make a good parting gift as guests leave the event. If you have an aroma diffuser set up to fill the party with fresh scents, then little bottles or organic essential oil will go down a treat with guests.
Include Games and Activities
Your guests will enjoy eating, chatting, and watching the mom-to-be open gifts, but they’ll also expect a few baby shower games and activities while they’re there. You don’t need to come up with anything extravagant. It could be as simple as tie-dying white onesies for the baby or as time-consuming as Baby Shower Charades, but you should have at least one activity planned to up the fun quotient of your event.
Perfect the Menu
One of the main attractions at any party is the food. Guests will expect some sort of spread, so don’t disappoint. Choose the mom’s favorite foods and include any treats she’s been craving during her pregnancy.
If you really want to wow your guests, use the food you serve as décor. Create a rainbow display out of colorful and flavorful fruits, offer an ice cream sundae bar, or a DIY mocktail/cocktail bar. These are just a few of the ideas that go over well, but you can always turn to Google for even more ideas.
Make the Décor Personal with Photos
Everyone loves looking at photos, and a baby shower offers the perfect opportunity for showcasing all types of photos from the mom-to-be’s life. Ask family, friends, and the mom herself (if it’s not a surprise!) for help in acquiring pictures of the future grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends.
It’s also great to include images of the mom-to-be in the various stages of her pregnancy, childhood photos of the mom and dad, and any other pictures that might make sense. You can string them up over the tables, place the framed images on the gift table, or create an image gallery on posterboard – the ideas are endless!
Anyone can throw a baby shower for a mom-to-be, but to make it a success, you need a little know-how and a plan. If you’re in charge of hosting a baby shower for an expectant mother in your life, follow the tips above to throw the perfect baby bash.