5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Baby Shower

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An EverydayFamily member recently turned to our community in search of inspiration for hosting a baby shower. She wrote,

I'm kind of bad at planning parties, and my family isn't really around much to help. What should I get and do for planning a baby shower? I only have a few months left in my pregnancy. I'm just in a rush doing everything since I just found out that I was pregnant four weeks ago. First-time mom, never done this before.

First of all, I want to spread congratulations to her and all of the others cultivating new little lives! Baby showers are a meaningful custom to celebrate the arrival of your precious newborn and an occasion to acknowledge the labors in growing a person!

The rules of formal etiquette state that anyone except the expectant couple or their family is responsible for hosting a baby shower. I, personally, am not a traditionalist. Ultimately, this is a time to celebrate new life. Whether it's your grandmother, a friend's uncle's sister, or you who's throwing the shindig doesn't really matter. What matters is having loved ones near to mark an extraordinary moment.

There are lots of places to look for inspiration. You can find suggestions for themes and gifts – and even how to make the coveted diaper cake – from Pampers. Ask fellow moms for what they loved about their shower. 

I'm sure all of you moms out there have many more tips for this mommy-to-be. Please share in the comments! Here are a few of my own tips to for a fabulous shower:

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Set the tone.

It is pivotal to select a theme when you begin party planning. It gives the process direction and cohesion. The easiest way to slip into party-planning anguish is to walk into a party store without a clear direction.

A great starting point, and what we'll focus on today, is a brunch-themed party. This decision has already narrowed a time of day and décor style. 

For simple trimmings, hang a makeshift clothesline across the room and show off the sweet outfits already accumulated for baby. You can also secure a onesie to a pole in the front yard as a flag marking the party spot.

Since this is a morning party, set up the decorations the night before. Assemble tissue flowers and a sign highlighting a food and a gifts table. You can cut out individual letters to form the lyrics “You are My Sunshine.”  Then strand sun-like tissue balls across the walls like streamers.

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Spread the word with personalized E-Invitations.

The company Smilebox gives the option to customize baby shower invites with specific themes, personal photographs, and original messages, and they set it all to music.

There is a myriad of benefits to this form of communication! The host doesn't have to worry about collecting the addresses of every invitee and delivery is instant. You can avoid writer's cramp while helping conserve the environment! And it's free!

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Set up a brunch buffet.

The meal between breakfast and lunch has become a super trendy weekend activity. It also happens to be the perfect time to host a casual party! With just a few uncomplicated hors d’oeuvres, you can create a spread that is appetizing and artful!

Set out a parfait bar with bowls of plain and vanilla yogurt, fresh fruit, granola, and nuts. Your guests will love constructing personal parfaits; it's like an adult sundae! For the savory fans, this crust potato crust quiche paired with bacon-wrapped fingerling potatoes will induce a blissful food coma.

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Have your cake and eat it, too.

For most people, myself not included, eating a chocolate cake at 11:00 a.m. is a bit extreme. Even though I indulge in cake at any time of day, I can appreciate the gluttony involved in such behaviors. Yet, it is tradition for the host to provide a decorated cake, and this is a tradition that I passionately support! 

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This incognito watermelon cake is a charming and appropriate option for early-day dessert. It's light, refreshing, and guaranteed to receive ooohs and ahhhs when you pull it out of the fridge. 

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Keep the party going

Your party-goers will already be dazed by your cheery ambiance and will be bursting from your brunchy goodness. So bring on the baby shower games! They will certainly ignite deep belly laughs and face-numbing smiles! Baby Pictionary is an oldie but a goodie!

You can also make a baby-inspired playlist (“Baby Love” — Dianna Ross & The Supremes, “Ice Ice Baby” — Vanilla Ice, “Baby” — Justin Bieber. You get the idea.) and have your guests serenade your baby bump with their finely tuned voices. This will catch them a bit off guard (in a good way). You can find the karaoke version of most songs on YouTube. Find a link to each of the songs on your list and save it in a document before the party. 

{Related: 5 Non-Traditional Baby Gift and Registry Ideas}

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5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Baby Shower

Marlena Antonucci is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a minor in Environmental Science. She is not quite sure how to define herself just yet, but is ready to exhaust every single opportunity to figure it out. At this point she can proudly say that she’s a late night reader, inventive chef, fanatical crafter, daydreamer, lover of Parisian culture, loyal friend, and devoted partner. She steers her life by her step dad’s famous w ... More

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8 comments

  1. Sammy says:

    loving these tips

  2. Alanna says:

    Very cute classic ideas! I found the article to be very helpful.

  3. Heatherly says:

    Oh I liked all of these ideas….the brunch is a great idea! I’ve got to try the watermelon cake. I would never have thought of this one on my own. It’s beautiful too!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Thankfully my sister-in-law willingly vowed to take charge of all aspects of my baby shower (though I will be checking the guest list twice

  5. Joyce says:

    I am about to be a new mom my self and I have no clue what to do and every thing and I am a little scared my self so I know how it feels when you find out that you are going to be a mom for the first time. It does scary you to death.

  6. I agree with Phammom, The best part of the baby shower is just sitting and talking with friends and family. Sharing stories, learning little tips and tricks.

  7. Phammom says:

    Simple is the key. Very few games, some food, and opening gifts is more then enough.

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