A woman's baby shower is a very special day. Hopefully, how it shapes up—big or small, fancy or laid back—is something Mom has a say in. There are so many ways to do baby showers, so it's ideal that the guest of honor and the hostess talk ahead of time to get on the same page about preferences, even if the mom-to-be won't have a hand in helping to plan the actual shower.
Aside from the mother-to-be's preferences, it's worth keeping the following in mind when planning a baby shower:
- time of day of the party
- location of the party
- party plans
- your baby shower budget
If this is a shower for someone's second (or third, etc.) child, you may choose to approach this one a bit differently than you did the first baby shower. Overall, good planning will help the event go more smoothly.
- Baby Shower Etiquette
- When Is the Best Time to Have a Baby Shower?
- Common Questions About Baby Showers
Baby Shower Themes
The theme of a baby shower lays the ground work. It can be based on the nursery theme, a topic or storybook, or simply all things baby. Get creative and think personal.
If the mother-to-be uses the holidays as a time to get together, that might be a great time to host a baby shower. It saves on travel time and costs for many guests and ensures a robust party invitation list. Some more seasonal themes include:
- Christmas Baby Shower Ideas
Baby Shower Food
Your menu will depend on when you are holding the shower. If you are holding the baby shower during lunch or dinner, you will be expected to provide a full meal. Brunch baby showers are very popular options.
If the baby shower is at another time of the day or night, most still choose to serve some sort of appetizers and dessert.
Baby Shower Games
Baby shower games have gotten a bad rap. Yes, there are the exceedingly silly and somewhat crazy baby shower games, but these do not have to be the ones that you choose to play.
- Fun Games for Every Baby Shower
- Word Games for Baby Showers
- Co-ed Baby Shower Games
- Favorite Baby Shower Games
- Worst Baby Shower Games
Baby Shower Presents
Ah, the baby gifts! These are the things to ooh and ahh over at the shower. It is certainly fun to shop for and watch the mother open all of these presents. Some people try to choose practical gifts, while others prefer to choose fun gifts that the family may not buy for themselves. Many mothers register during their pregnancy for gifts they'd like to receive. But if you find yourself looking for options, these ideas may help:
- Great Newborn Baby Toys
- 5 Homemade Baby Shower Gift Ideas
- Infant Carriers and Slings
- Small Diaper Bags
- Unique Baby Shower Gifts
- Inexpensive Baby Gifts for Twins
- Baby Shower Gift Wrap That Doubles As a Gift Itself
Alternatives to a Baby Shower
There may be reasons that you do not want to hold a baby shower, but do want to honor the mother and the baby. Celebrating the happy event doesn't need to follow a script. Other ideas include a simple meal without the presents or a blessingway.