When you’re getting ready to welcome a new life into the world, it’s an exciting time, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a heartwarming baby shower. Gathering family and friends together to shower the expecting mother with love and blessings is a cherished, time-honored ritual. Thoughtful planning is the key to making this occasion truly special.
Selecting the Date and Venue
While traditionally families have these celebrations before the baby’s born, some contemporary parents opt to wait for the little one’s arrival. Whichever you choose, consider the parents’ preferences and schedule to make sure it’s convenient. The weekend is often ideal. Once you’ve chosen a day and time, it’s time to find a venue. This could be a family member’s home, or if you want to fully relax, a rented party space may be the perfect setting.
Guest List and Invitations
It’s time to send out invitations, but first, you have to decide who to invite. This can be one of the hardest parts of this process. What do you do if Great Aunt Milly doesn’t get along with Cousin Claire? One solution is to have two small showers instead of one big one. Another is to carefully plan seating arrangements so those two never have to have a conversation.
With your guest list finalized, find or make invitations to match the shower’s theme (more on themes in the next section). Don’t forget to include all the important details such as the date, time, location, RSVP information, and any special instructions.
Themed Decorations Activities
A well-chosen theme elevates the baby shower, making it even more memorable. One that’s become increasingly popular is the gender reveal baby shower where the parents announce if they’re having a boy or a girl. They might do this by bringing a tray filled with blue or pink iced cupcakes, or maybe they pop a balloon filled with blue or pink confetti. No matter what theme you choose, you can have fun decorating with aligning elements such as colorful banners and elegant centerpieces.
Activities and Games
Guests often enjoy participating in activities and playing games. Here’s a fun one to try; take a doll and have everyone take turns trying to change its diaper while they’re blindfolded. Other entertaining ideas include having contests to guess the baby’s birth date and decorating onesies. All of these are bound to add to your celebration’s fun-filled atmosphere.
Food and Beverages
Food is always a highlight of any party, and a baby shower is no exception. As you’re planning a menu remember your guests are likely to want to wander around chatting. Include a variety of easy-to-eat appetizers, finger foods, and desserts to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Don’t forget to take dietary considerations into account and offer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options for guests with specific preferences or restrictions. And since the soon-to-be-mom won’t be able to drink alcohol, serving refreshing beverages like mocktails or fruit-infused water will keep everyone hydrated and happy.
Gifts and Favors
Gift-giving is a favorite part of a baby shower, and suggesting practical and sentimental gift ideas can help guests. If the soon-to-be parents are registered with a particular store or website, include that information when you send out the invitations. From essential baby items to sentimental keepsakes, there are many thoughtful gifts to choose from. As the host, consider expressing gratitude to your guests with small party favors, like personalized candles and pink or blue bath bombs they can take home to remember this special day.
Hiring a photographer to capture the occasion or setting up a photo booth with props can make for lovely mementos. You can also ask guests to take pictures with their phones and share their memories on a designated social media platform or in a shared online album. This allows everyone to relive the joyous celebration.
A Beloved Baby Shower
Planning the perfect baby shower requires thoughtful consideration of the mother-to-be’s wishes, a few creative touches, and a lot of love. By carefully selecting the date and venue, sending charming invitations, and infusing the celebration with joy, you’ll ensure a cherished experience for all involved. Remember, a successful baby shower is about welcoming a new arrival and celebrating the journey of parenthood by creating lasting memories to be treasured forever.
If you’re looking for an idyllic baby shower venue, Union Mills Public House is here for you. We offer formal seating for up to 200 guests, and our location on Carroll Creek in Frederick, MD, has a stunning view. For more information, reach out today.