A wonderfully fun way to get everyone together to celebrate a baby’s imminent arrival and enjoy the giving of baby gifts with friends and family is to have a baby shower. This US tradition is hitting the UK now but you may feel unsure of where to start if you do want to plan one for a mum-to-be.
Often baby showers have a theme to make them more fun. Some ideas are the traditional nursery theme but another idea is a round the clock shower where each guest has a time of day that they need to buy baby gifts for. For example, if you get 8am you may choose to get some baby clothes.
Another idea is to make the baby shower a mother shower and rather than showering the baby with gifts, shower the mum-to-be with presents instead. You may choose gifts to pamper and relax her such as scented candles, a trip to the local spa or creams and lotions.
Besides gift giving what else happens at a baby shower? This tends to depend on the theme but most showers include a mixture of food and games to keep everyone entertained. Choose your food dependent on the time of day that the baby shower is being held. For afternoon or early evening then finger foods and cakes are very popular. Bear in mind the mum-to-be when choosing food – make sure there are plenty of things on the spread that she can tolerate or has a particular craving for.
Match the games to the guests. If you’re inviting blokes then ‘girly’ games just won’t do. Popular choices are nappy changing competitions and races to drink milk out of a baby bottle!