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Mother, aunty, cousin, sister, in-law, best friend…are you planning a baby shower for someone special?? Here are some useful ideas for a great baby shower.
A baby shower is meant to be a fun-filled gathering where the mummy-to-be is ‘showered’ with gifts and good memories with close family and friends. Casual tea with the girls or a full blown over-the-top catered party is perfectly in order as long as the expectant mum is happy.
Sometimes less is more, as it can all be very overwhelming, especially if you’re a first time mum and you haven’t a clue what to do with the baby monitor or that fancy-looking thermometer, never mind all the blankets, clothes and other baby paraphernalia you’ve received.
First things first, you need to decide on the guest list and your budget. This will give you a good indication of how many people you are expecting to attend and what kind of baby shower you’re planning.
A simple pink or blue party is great if you know the sex of the baby or you can really get carried away with some very exciting themes using various cartoon characters, teddy bears or farm animals to name a few. I’ve even heard of a “Go Green” party where everything was eco-friendly for babies, organic blankets and clothing, BPA-free bottles and teethers, toweling nappies, organic shampoo, other baby products and even planting a tree for your new arrival. Stay away from balloons, streamers and paper plates – not very eco-friendly and rather decorate your venue with lots of flowers, pot plants and anything ‘green’, use cutlery and crockery, gift wrap presents in baby blankets and e-mail invitations to save paper. You’ll be surprised at how creative your guests can be, so do let them know what the theme is.
The best time to have the baby shower is approximately 4 – 8 weeks before the estimated due date. If you leave it till the very end, the expectant mummy may not feel like doing much and you never know when baby will make an appearance.
Your budget and time of day will help determine your menu. You can keep it simple with light snacks or lasagna and salad for lunch is also bound to be a success. Or how about a braai! Invite the men over and get them to help with the food.
Welcoming all the guests is a good ice-breaker and perhaps the expectant mum or host would like to say a few words. Once everyone has had a drink and some food it is a good idea to perhaps play a few games or present a slide show of the expectant mummy and daddy-to-be, include pictures from when they were a baby, their childhood, wedding photos, pregnancy photos etc.
Here are a few suggestions for various games, you don’t have to play them all, pick two or three games which will best suit your crowd.
Games to Play
Chocolate makes an excellent prize for all the winners.
If the mummy-to-be is happy to open her gifts in front of her guests then why not make a game of it. Each guest must bring a photo of themselves as a baby and attach it to the gift. The expectant mummy must guess who the baby is before she can open the present.
The host can write a list of who brought what so that it makes it easier for mummy to write her thank you notes.
Remember that the expectant mummy is probably feeling tired, uncomfortable and can’t remember the last time she saw her feet. Don’t let the party go on too long even if mummy-to-be says she ok, she’s probably being polite.
Take lots of photos to remember this special day before the new little miracle enters the world.
- Lucy Ann Monastursky