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A Guide to Hosting a Fabulous Baby Shower

Although a lot of our business is based on wedding decoration hire in Manchester, we have seen a lot more requests for baby shower decoration recently.  This comes as no surprise when a recent survey found that two-thirds of mums-to-be in the UK have organised a baby shower as they found them a great way to get tips and advice as they can easily pick the brains of those who already have children. Baby showers are also a great excuse to spend an afternoon with friends eating cake and chilling out! But what do you need to think about when it comes to planning a fun baby shower?

Date and Time

The most important thing to do first consult with the mum-to-be about the best date and time for her party. Traditionally, baby showers tend to be held when the guest of honour is in her 7th month of pregnancy – when she is well into her pregnancy but still comfortable. It also gives her and her partner time to sort their gifts out afterwards and see what they still need to shop for. You should also decide if the mum to be is hosting it alone or if she needs a co-host to help her with the planning and decoration.

Venue Choice

Once you have selected the date and time of the baby shower, you need to get a guest list from the mum-to-be (with contact details as well). For a small list, you can have a great shower in your living room or garden, whereas a larger list will mean you should think about hiring a room in a hotel or a restaurant. Another important question to ask is who is paying for it? It may be that you decide on a surprise shower for a good friend and everyone who attends wants to contribute something.

Invitations

Make sure you send out invitations to all the guests at least six weeks before the date -similar to a wedding. This way they can make sure they are free on the date can send you an RSVP back, so you have numbers, and also shop for a gift.  For an informal shower, you can get away with an email invitation, for a more formal event you may want to order paper invites.

Plan the Decor

A lot of people now are theming their events. You can go with a traditional baby theme of course, or how about going for a garden theme? Our flower wall and balloon/flower arch are really popular choices at the moment and are a simple way to add a touch of glamour to the day.

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Plan the Menu

It is a good idea to have snacks available for guests, and finger food always goes down well. You could go for comfort food to suit the expectant mum’s cravings – such as mini burgers, potato salad and cupcakes. Or keep with the garden theme and have a picnic of sandwiches, crisps and non-alcoholic cocktails.

Don’t Forget Favours

Favours aren’t just for weddings, a parting gift from the baby shower is an excellent way to thank guests for attending, and it doesn’t have to be over the top.  You could hire one of our sweet carts, for example, and not only will this add to the decoration of the event, but guests can go home with their own specially selected bag of goodies.

For more baby shower ideas or to discuss our wedding decoration hire service, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (Tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile), or email us hello@thevenuestylist.com

How to Plan a Baby Shower

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.

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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!

Guest List

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.

Invitations

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.

Refreshments

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 hello@thevenuestylist.com