Pregnancy and motherhood are two of the greatest reasons to celebrate. Getting your friends and family together gives you the chance to connect and have fun, so to help you out we’ve put together our top tips on how to plan the perfect baby shower.
5 tips for planning the perfect baby shower
1. Pick the perfect place
The first step in planning the perfect baby shower is deciding on a location. Consider how many people you’re inviting, whether or not there will be children, and what sort of party you want to have.
For a sophisticated high tea, a swanky hotel would be perfect; if you’d prefer a child-friendly environment, consider a large café or park.
For many mums your own backyard will be the best choice to create a comfortable and laidback vibe, while giving you complete control of the catering, decorations and games.
2. Create a memorable theme
A baby shower is a chance to get creative, showcase your personality and create a wonderful setting for a celebration.
Set the expectation with themed invitations and then carry your theme through the decorations, activities and food and drinks. For a whimsical, free-spirited mama, a bohemian chic celebration ticks all the boxes.
Get creative with fresh flowers and greenery, then add a few personal touches – pretty white tablecloths, tiny potted succulents that double as thank you gifts for your guests, handmade garlands and gorgeous vintage serving platters. Consider decorating with handmade items that can be used in the nursery after the party.
3. Be the best dressed
Now is the time to spoil yourself with a beautiful, stylish maternity dress that will make you feel as good as you look.
Be sure to consider how far along you’ll be and chose a baby shower maternity dress that’s both chic and comfortable.
Maive & Bo has a gorgeous range of dreamy maternity dresses that will help you feel cool, confident and most importantly, comfortable. Baby showers are fun and playful, so go for a flowing white maternity dress to match that boho theme.
Maive & Bo’s Aria lace maternity dress in white is perfect for special occasions, with gorgeous lace flutter sleeves, a tulip shaped skirt and an adjustable waist tie.
For a beautifully chic, fitted style, the Luella maternity and nursing dress comes in a flirty floral print perfect for your baby shower. The three-quarter sleeves are ideal for autumn and the side ruching allows for a growing belly, making this a flawless choice for a romantic and feminine look.
Wrap dresses are another wonderful choice for a baby shower, as they can be adjusted as your bump grows.
Maive & Bo’s wrap dresses have been designed to flatter your pregnancy curves and are made with high-quality fabrics in gorgeous prints, to keep you on trend through nursing and long after your baby is born.
4. Food & drink
Minimise the stress by keeping food and drinks simple. Stick to light finger foods and fresh fruit and veggies in all the colours of the rainbow, then add a few sweet treats for a well-deserved indulgence.
A stacked donut cake or a funky donut wall makes an amazing centrepiece and will have all your guests talking.
Or how about a naked cake topped with fresh flowers, beautifully iced sugar cookies, or custom ice pops to add a really special touch on a warm day? Create an elegant drink station that allows your guests to help themselves by filling large glass water dispensers with cold iced water and top with fresh fruits and herbs.
5. Choose fun activities
If you’re a crafty mumma, gather a basket of fresh flowers and let everyone make their own flower crowns. For a wonderfully personalised memento, ask each guest to bring a bead to add to a necklace. Or if you’ve got a competitive spirit, turn to fun games like matching celebrity baby names or baby shower bingo – a small prize will raise the stakes and get people involved. For mums who just want to make memories, consider passing around an instant camera or asking people to write messages of love and support into a beautifully designed keepsake book.
Most importantly, make sure you take the time to relax and have fun!
Maive & Bo is an Australian Maternity and Nursing Wear brand specialising in dresses to make the wearer look and feel amazing. With a goal to encourage women to embrace their changing figure by ‘dressing the bump’, the brand focuses on an offering that is on-trend and feminine, yet affordable and comfortable. To see their full range, go to www.maiveandbo.com.au