Between all the ‘Divas’ here in the office, we’ve attended, planned and hosted our fair share of Baby Showers! Hence, baby chit-chat is a common topic in the office, and our Baby Shower invites, thank you cards and bonbonniere gift tags are some of the most popular products on our entire website!
The popularity of Baby Showers means that we are always talking to real-life customers planning showers for their sisters, friends, daughters, or for themselves. We see first-hand how planning an event for a crowd (big or small) can become stressful as all the little details mount up.
As we’re all self-professed experts in the matter, we decided to get together and compile a list of our Words of Wisdom for a 10 Step Guide on How to Host a Stress-Free Baby Shower.
Please leave your comments at the bottom with more advice to anyone planning a Baby Shower!
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1) Pick a host
Traditionally speaking, if you’re a first-time mum, a girlfriend or semi-distant relation (i.e. cousin) will host your first Baby Shower. Traditional etiquitte indicates that it is felt that if a mum or a sister were to host your first baby shower, they are seen to be soliciting gifts. Personally we find this to be a fairly old-fashioned approach, and don’t see many modern Australian women who worry too much about this etiquitte, as mums and sisters are often so proud to host such a celebration!
The task at hand here is to create a stress-free celebration. Choose someone close to you who understands your style and taste, your values and is organised!! Set your intentions with your family (or anyone who may be offended if they are not asked to host your celebration) that your last few months of pregnancy will be precious times, and you want to organise a celebration which will run smoothly, be uncomplicated, and at the very least – as stress-free as possible!
2) Write a Guest List
With regards to how may people to invite, everyone is different. Intimate high teas with a handful or ladies, or larger luncheons with the as many as you can squeeze into your venue! Traditionally most prefer a women-only event, while it’s becoming incresingly popular to hold co-ed baby showers like Baby-Q’s, which may also include children at your shower!
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3) Pick your theme with the help of Pinterest!
Once you’ve chosen your host/s, it’s time to start talking about how you might envision your celebration to be. Perhaps you’re happy for it all to be a surprise and let your host plan the whole thing! Or maybe you’ve seen some great inspiration and ideas floating around the web that you gave a few ideas of how your own celebration might come together! Either way, what better way than to share ideas together visually through Pinterest.
See some of our fave ideas on our own Pinterest board here.
Once you’ve settled on a general theme, location and appraoch then it’s time to start getting down to the nitty gritty...
4) Set a date at least 4-5 weeks in advance
If you’re having a baby, chances are a huge portion of your friends and family will already be busy mums who have kids and commitments. This means that settling on a date nice and early will erradicate SO much stress for your guests too! So try to pick your date nice and early to avoid disappointing anyone who already has commitments.
It’s fair to say that in most cases, you’ve been aware of your impending arrival for some time, so getting in early with your loved ones is the best way of ensuring that your Baby Shower is not a rushed affair that is too close to your due date!
Traditionally speaking Baby Showers are hosted in the 4-6 weeks prior to your due date. Usually this means that maternity leave will be about to begin, and you’re busy setting up your home for the imminent arrival of your new little life.
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5) Create a gift registry
Get what you actually want and need! Guests love to know what you want, it makes life easier for them, and you can receive what you actually want! A really popular trend is to ask for a book instead of a card. Lots of our customers personalise this sweet little message onto a matching wishing well card:
Books for Baby
A small request and we hope it's not hard,
Please bring a book instead of a card.
It doesn't matter if it's well-loved or brand new,
Either way your book will remind the baby of you.
Write a sweet message on the inside cover
And your words can be cherished over and over.
6) Send out Invitations (at least 3 weeks in advance)
Once you set your guest list has been set you can assume the size that the celebration will be which may define if you choose to do it in a private space, or book a table for High Tea somewhere public.
Be sure to include all the most important information (who the celebration is for, date, time, place) and give your guests a date to RSVP by so that you and the host have time to organise catering, drinks. venue bookings, games etc!)
Being clear with your intentions on your invitations will save you time and hassle answering questions i.e. is it co-ed? Are babies/children allowed? What shall I wear? What gift would you like?
Oh, and did I mention that we have you more than covered when it comes to Baby Shower Invitations!!
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7) Plan your catering with food & drink
Now that you have some RSVPs rolling in, it’s time to lock in your catering. As mentioned High Teas are a stress-free option whereby guests can pay per head, or you can DIY your own High Tea. Will you be offering alcohol, and if so, can guests BYO? Or would a selection of teas and coffee be suffice? Another important consideration is to pre-empt that some of your guests may have food allergies, so best to have options for all.
Sarah Wilson has created a great little blog all about how to host a sugar-free morning tea. Otherwise there’s no shame in creating a pot-luck! Get everyone to chip in and create a truly stress-free celebration with an array of home-made food.
8) Pick some baby games!
Now for the really fun part! Get your hosts or most creative guests to take the reins! There’s so many ways to get all your guests involved with too many adorable ideas! Revisit that Pinterest board you created at the beginning and seek out some games which are achievable & fun for all!
Pinterest & the web is full of resources, here's 25 Baby Shower Game ideas that we loved, as well as 30 Baby shower games that are actually fun!
9) Create simple & sweet bonbonnierres
Matching gift tags add a simple finishing touch to your day. These are affordable, and simple and you can even order them to match your invites or your theme on the day!
10) Pre-order thank you cards
It’s fair to say that once you’ve survived all the hype and excitement of your Baby Shower, you will be releived to think that you were so organised and pre-ordered your Thank You cards before the big day! Now all you need to do is write a personalised note to your guests, and send them out - simple!