Baby showers are becoming a trend in the UK these days as much as they are in the US and I must admit I am a real sucker for a good baby shower. A very long time ago, when I was an intern I had the opportunity to attend a baby shower thrown by an american couple for my heavily pregnant boss at the time. It was a lot of fun, and since then I started being interested in baby showers.
For the record, baby showers come in many shapes and sizes, there is no such thing as only one way to do it – but the way I will describe below is probably the closest one to the traditional baby shower, my favourite kind of shower.
Rule no 1: The expectant mother should never throw the baby shower for herself! A friend is always recommended to organise this for her.
Rule no 2: Always host the baby shower either at a venue, or at your own house, but NEVER should you host a baby shower at the mother to be’s home – as she should not be left with all the clean-up afterwards. Note: if you cannot avoid this – then ensure a thorough cleaning takes place before you leave. The mother should have nothing else to do but to enjoy this event!
Rule no 3: Make sure to prepare plenty of games to help break the ice and ensure everyone has fun!
Rule no 4: Get the invitation list and gift list from the mother at least a month in advance, so you have plenty of time to invite everyone.
Rule no 5: Ask the participants to contribute financially, if you are going to do it all – or delegate some of the tasks to them – like food, drink, decorations, games etc.
Rule no 6: If you are buying all the food – use somewhere smart like Makro in the UK or Costco in the US – where you can buy in bulk, and you know they have lots of great things. Unless you have time to spend and you can cook and bake it all yourself.
Rule no 7: Make sure the expectant mother arrives a little later than everyone else, and don’t forget to get her a ‘mommy to be’ sach, a badge or a tiara. Anything that makes her feel special!
Rule no 8: For your decorations, always use some kind of theme – this will help you tie in all the loose ends, when making decisions about the food you want to serve, the drinks etc.
Rule no 9: Remember to tell everyone to bring wrap their gifts individually, in as many small pieces as possible. This makes even the showers with less gifts seem like there are lots of gifts for the new mom to open – which lets be honest is all part of the fun, and at the end of it – the whole point of the event.
Rule no 10: Don’t forget to serve non-alcoholic cocktails like for example pink lemonade and hot chocolate, for the mother to be to enjoy, along with her other pregnant friends (it’s highly likely she will have other pregnant friends attend). And get someone to bake a cake!
And most of all – remember to have FUN!