If you’ve been given the task of throwing a baby shower in honour of a good friend, or have taken it upon yourself to plan one as a surprise, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed at where to start right now.
As a traditionally American phenomenon, that’s fairly new to the UK, you may not have even attended a baby shower previously, let alone planned one!
Once you’ve got the guest list and the gift list sorted (if guests ask for suggestions, the cutest baby shoes, baby clothes and essential toiletries are all usually very well received by mums to be. Or why not consider clubbing together to purchase a larger item?) you’ll need to decide upon a theme. Once you’ve chosen a theme, everything else – food, drink, games, decorations – will fall into place. But what to choose?
The trend for afternoon tea is still going strong, and is perfectly suited to a baby shower. It’s also super simple to do, and will look fantastic. You can buy disposable party wear with a vintage floral theme, as well as sweet bunting, paper chains, paper doilies and more, for a perfectly co-ordinated table. Food wise, simply serve dainty sandwiches, scones and cakes with lashings of tea served from proper teapots. If you’re planning on baking some cupcakes yourself, purchase a Vintage Rose Cupcake Set to make it easy!
Throwing a baby shower is a fabulous excuse to go OTT on the cute factor. As well as the obvious pastel pinks and baby blues, a quick search online will throw up some super cute themes that are ideal for unisex showers where the sex of the baby is still a secret. At PartyDelights.co.uk you’ll find rocking horse, turtle, duck, ladybird and bumblebee tableware – and more!
Specialist party websites make it easy to completely co-ordinate every aspect of the shower. For the Mr Turtle theme, for example, you’ll find personalised invites, table confetti, tableware, cupcake making kits, table centrepieces, balloons, decorations and favour bags – and ideas to fill them!
Why not also theme your gift by making a nappy cake in colours that co-ordinate with the theme? You’ll find everything that you need at ASDA – including nappies, baby toiletries, blankets, clothes and cute baby shoes to pop on top – without having to spend a fortune
Alternatively, not all mums to be are keen on the cutesy look. If you’re throwing a shower for a thoroughly modern mum, choose from classy spot and stripe themes, or maybe some trendy animal print with the Wild Safari Range?
Whatever theme you go for, no baby shower is complete without a few games to break the ice and get everyone chatting and having fun. You’ll find cute baby bingo games, baby themed trivia cards and even baby shower piñatas (to fill with posh individually wrapped chocs – Lindt are a good choice!) online.
The aim is to give the mum to be, and your dear friend, a baby shower to remember for all the right reasons, so choose a theme that you think suits her and it’s sure to earn you plenty of friend points for future use!