Good evening friends,
This afternoon I spent a lovely couple of hours with work friends celebrating our friends surprise baby shower. I’ve been to quite a few and hosted a couple myself, so why not have a chat about it and share some tips.
Make a budget, and stick to it.
There’s no need to break the bank. Although pinterest and instagram are wonderful sources for ideas, not everything has to be picture perfect.
If it’s not in your budget then don’t worry about it.
The idea of the baby shower is to celebrate the mum and baby. Show them that you love and care for them with your presence and the effort you’ve put in, not the amount you’ve spent.
Poundland and Ebay are your friends! You can often pick up decorations, games, plates, cutlery etc from poundland and stores similar. Or if you prefer, look on Amazon to see if you can buy in bulk. This can make it quick, easy and have everything delivered in one go. And if you see something you like but can’t afford to buy, dont be afraid to make it yourself!
If you’re throwing a surprise baby shower, make sure you find out who to invite. Make a list and then triple check it with loved ones close to the mum to be. This may include friends, old friends, new friends, work colleagues, neighbour’s.
Also which family members, as not everyone is that close, aunties, cousins, etc. You dont want to throw a shower and then the mum to be to recieve a message from a friend who’s upset that they weren’t invited.
Stalks, alphabet blocks, babies, Disney, cartoon characters, or a traditional pink or blue
Food and drinks
It goes without saying that it’s wise to check if anyone has any allergies or dietary needs, and also, make sure the mum to be isn’t having an inversions to food. Last thing you want is a poorly pregnant lady!
Catering for a group can get expensive quickly, so why not ask everyone to bring a dish?
- Sausage rolls
- Cheese and crackers
- chips and dips
- Shlur and fizzy drinks etc
I held a baby shower for a friend a few years ago and we decided on a ‘Afternoon Tea’ theme.
We planned months in advance to cut down the cost. Home made scones, with individual jams were a win, with crust less cream cheese and salmon sandwiches, and other delights.
There doesn’t always have to be a cake, but, 1, who doesn’t love cake? And 2, it’s a nice centerpiece for the table.
Either buy one, or if youd like to bake one, go for a traditional style cake or google ‘baby shower cake’ for thousands of ideas. Some sweet, some funny, and some wildly inappropriate! (Google at your own risk!)
A few I’ve made –
Chocolate sponge with vanilla
Victoria Sponge with jam and butter icing, Winnie The Pooh themed (with real honey in the ‘hunny pot’)
It all really depends on the mum to be. I think it’s a lovely idea, but not everyone is big on games. Here’s a few incase you’re tempted.
- Measure mummy’s tummy (each guest has to guess the measurement of the mum to be’s tummy)
- Baby food game (treat your guests to a variety of baby foods to try, to guess what they are eating)
- Pin the dummy on the baby (as you would with a tail on a donkey)
- Whos the Baby? (Each guest brings a picture of themselves as a baby and you have to match it to the adult)
Gifts really depend on the person.
If guest’s are happy to, then you could ask for a collection towards a gift voucher, which may help to buy a crib, cot, pram etc.
A hamper is always a lovely gift which you can again, ask guests to buy gifts for ahead of time. A useful box, some tissue paper and a bow, and you’re all set!
Baby clothes are essential. Whether you buy for a new born, a nice outfit for a different season or special occasion, it’ll all is appreciated.
A few banners, food signs on the table and photo props are nice finishing touches.
I also bought mini gift boxes, and filled them with personalised love hearts. They weren’t the cheapest, but they were a lovely thought, and everyone enjoyed them.
Have you got any tips for a baby shower? And are you attending one this spring?