When you’re expecting a baby, you spend months preparing for parenthood. Between nursery set up, big shopping hauls and check-ups with the doctor, every day the anticipation builds. Not only is it a busy time for the parents-to-be, but for their supportive loved ones too.
One important item on the baby to-do list is hosting a baby shower. With these baby shower ideas, you can welcome the newest addition of the family with a day that brings no extra stress or nerves – only love.
Early Planning Tips for the Host
As the designated party planner, your goal is to gather the closest family and friends of the parents-to-be to celebrate the birth of their child. When you start planning, a few key decisions should be made first:
- Ladies & Gents? Although most traditional baby showers were for ladies only, the trend now is moving towards co-ed celebrations where both the mother and father are guests of honor.
- Invitations? An invitation sets the tone of the baby shower. Printed baby shower invitations will always be a classic, providing that personal touch.
- Venue? From beaches to restaurants, baby showers are held almost anywhere. If you’re on a budget, beautiful showers can be hosted in the comforts of home.
- Timing? The ideal time to hold the shower is 4-6 weeks before the baby’s due – so the baby doesn’t arrive before the party does.
The Big Gender Reveal
Incorporating a gender reveal party into the baby shower is relatively new, but rising in popularity. For many parents-to-be, the reveal will be their first time finding out the baby’s gender. Surprise guests by ordering a cake with blue or pink colored filling – they’ll find out the gender of the baby when you slice into it. Or fill a box with certain colored balloons that float out during the reveal, adding a magical touch.
A theme will help you focus your party planning ideas accordingly. Here are a few gender reveal themes we love:
- Bows or Bowties
- Touchdowns or Tutus
- Pirates or Mermaids
- Cupcakes or Stud Muffin
- Quarterback or Cheerleader
Baby Shower Gifts for the Parents-to-Be
A registry will give guests a rundown of what the parents need to prepare for baby’s arrival. Baby clothes, booties, blanket sets, booster seats, infant rockers and diapers (of course) will definitely be appreciated by the parents-to-be.
As the host, you can also make the day even more meaningful with surprise photo gifts. Make an adorable mini book of the friendly faces in the new baby’s life – like Nana and Cousin James – to help introduce the baby to their loved ones. Or, work with other guests to collect pictures of the parents leading up to the birth of their child to showcase their journey in a beautiful, full size photo book.
Fun Baby Shower Games for Everyone
Bring your guests closer together with entertaining baby shower games and activities. These five games are a great way to liven up the atmosphere and encourage friendly competition by awarding the winners with prizes.1. Don’t Say Baby
Each guest receives a diaper pin to wear. If they say the word “baby”, they lose their pin to another guest. The person with the most pins at the end wins!2. Guess the Baby Food
Gather jars of baby food and remove the labels from each. Hand out spoons and get your guests to start guessing which flavor they’re sampling.
3. Mommy Daddy Trivia
Separately, ask Mom and Dad to answer twenty questions. Once the answers are recorded, bring them back into the room and let them guess the answer their partner gave to each question.
4. Pin the Baby on the Mommy
Hang a photo enlargement of the mom-to-be standing with her pregnant belly. Blindfold each guest, spin them and see who gets the closest to pinning a picture of a baby to her tummy!
5. Baby Face
Hand out photos of Mom and Dad’s faces. Using scissors, glue and construction paper, guests will cut out traits from each photo and combine it into one to predict the face of the baby.
Party Favors & Thank You Notes
The final items on the agenda are the party favors and thank you cards. Natural soaps, jar candles and sweets are all fitting gestures of thanks. Once the baby shower has passed, send baby thank you cards to express your gratitude. Include those who couldn’t attend, but sent their best wishes and gifts.
Customize one message for the whole set when you order the cards online, or leave some room to handwrite a personalized message for each guest. Acknowledge their presence, how you plan to use their gift, and a heartfelt line of thanks or a special memory.
Now that you’ve thrown a great baby shower, continue to support the parents-to-be as the baby’s due date approaches. The big day will arrive before you know it!