Planning a baby shower - baby shower activities
Planning a baby shower party can be a daunting experience especially if you have never organised one before but the key to any successful party is to be organised and to also remember that parties are meant to be fun!
There are some simple ingredients that are needed for any baby shower party:
- Nibbles & refreshments
- Baby shower cake (optional)
- Party theme (optional)
Once a date, time and venue have been set then invitations have to be arranged. If they are dazzling & attention grabbing then the fun can start as soon as invited guests open their invitation. Some people like to organise baby shower parties with a particular theme which is reflected through the invitations, decorations, food and games.
Some theme ideas could be:
Colour party (ask the mum-to-be what colour choices she prefers). You could base the party around the particular colours the mum-to-be likes for baby and then carry the colour theme right through from the invitations, decorations, to the food & cake. Guests can then also purchase gifts in that colour range.
Zodiac Party - have a baby shower party based on the child's zodiac sign.
Nursery Rhymes or lullaby's baby shower party.
Baby's room party.
I.O.U party - instead of buying gifts why not ask each guest to give the mum-to-be an I.O.U. such as a baby sitting or house work voucher, making dinner I.O.U. or ironing/washing voucher. As any mum knows, these types of gestures and favours are invaluable when you have a newborn and really appreciated!
Once a theme has been decided then its time to buy or make the invitations and send them to your guests. Remember to send them out at least 3-4 weeks before the party date. Most baby shower parties are commonly held on the weekend, commencing just after lunch/early afternoon.
Decorations can be as simple as balloons and crepe paper or you can have fun making decorations such as collecting baby pictures of the invited guests and parents-to-be and placing them into simple paper frames. You can even use these to play 'guess who the baby is' as a baby shower party game. Don't forget that if you need assistance preparing the baby shower party just enlist the help of family and friends.
People have the most difficulty with planning the baby shower party games. Plan simple party games like a nappy changing competition, guess the number of jellybeans in the baby's bottle, or design a trivia game like matching famous celebrities with a list of their children's names. If you're stuck for ideas use the Internet as a resource or ask friends/family.
Decide in what order you would like the baby shower party to run. Generally most people set aside a table for nibbles and drinks and another table to place gifts on as guests arrive. When everyone is present, start the baby shower party games and then allow guests time to eat, drink and mingle. After that, it's time to open the gifts. Remember to keep a gift registry as the mum-to-be opens her lovely presents.