Ideas and Inspiration for Baby Showers
As a company who deal with event decoration, it isn’t just weddings that we deal with. More and more frequently we are being called to help with birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and baby showers. Baby showers are one of our favourite events to help with as no one deserves a party more than an expectant mum! Throwing a fun and fabulous baby shower can be a great opportunity to step away from the troubles of daily life for a bit and make some lovely memories.
As with any other event, a baby shower takes a little planning and preparation, so we have pulled together some of our top tips to help you make your baby shower a roaring success.
Setting the Date
Date and time matter more for this event than any other, because if you set the date too early and the mother to be then has complications it can turn happy memories into sad ones. So, it is better to be on the safe side and pick a date in the third trimester. Remember to also pick a date that is a few weeks before the actual due date in case the baby decides to make an early appearance – because you don’t want the mother-to-be going into labour while she is opening her presents!
It is always best to consult the mother-to-be about who she would like to have at her baby shower unless it is a surprise and then you will just have to do the best you can. A general rule is to invite family and close friends, but the mother-to-be may also want to include work colleagues or fellow mums she has met at her birthing classes. Traditionally, baby showers are ladies only events, but you may want to buck the trend and invite the father-to-be and other male friends as well. Also, keep in mind that the more people you invite, the harder the planning will be, for example, for a party over 15 you will have to consider a larger venue and perhaps hire a professional catering service.
These should be sent out no later than six weeks before the date of the shower, giving guests time to RSVP and shop for a present! Make sure you give clear information on the venue, the date and the time to save on questions later.
Traditionally baby showers are held in the afternoon, and so in recent years’ afternoon tea has become a popular refreshment choice. However, modern lifestyles dictate that this tradition is not necessarily one to be followed, and it is perfectly acceptable to plan the shower for a time of day that suits the mother-to-be more. You should also discuss the refreshments with the mother-to-be and take your cue from her taste and preferences.
Hosting a baby shower is a great way to show a friend just how much they mean to you, but it does take a little planning and hard work. We can help you with all aspects of event decoration, though, and so if you would like to know more about our services, please call us on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org