Baby showers are hugely popular in America and the UK. They are becoming more and more on trend here in Ireland also, where the mother-to-be is showered with gifts.
It gives her a chance to get dressed up and meet her friends before the baby arrives and have some fun.
So here are my top tips for hosting a baby shower.
Who Hosts The Baby Shower?
Girlfriends, sisters, work colleagues it doesn’t really matter who hosts the party.
Traditionally they are a ladies only affair held to celebrate the new arrival and to impart advice and wisdom to the mother-to-be.
Where Should The Baby Shower Be?
The baby shower can be in the hostesses home or in a restaurant or hotel, so long as it is not in the home of the mother-to-be.
With so many venues to choose from you can have afternoon tea, or book in for a late lunch, either way it should be a relaxing time.
When Should The Baby Shower Be Held?
Co-ordinate dates with the mother-to-be, baby showers are normally held in the last trimester of the pregnancy.
However since there are also are a lot of doctor appointments, five to six weeks prior to the baby’s arrival is a good time – the mother is also not too exhausted at this time.
What Are The Essentials For A Baby Shower?
Invitations – check with the mother-to-be that you have invited everyone that should be there.
Baby shower party supplies – balloons, napkins, confetti, banners and decoration. If you are hosting it in your home you can also have plates & cups.
You can mix in themes with block colours, little baby pink and baby blue.
Baby shower favours – these are gifts for your guest to take home, candles, soaps, notebooks, cookies, mini cupcakes the list is endless.
Suggested gifts:- nappy cakes are very popular as they are stacked full of necessities for mother & baby.
Also post pregnancy gifts for the mother-to-be are also very popular.
If buying for the baby remember how quickly s/he will grow so buy for older than the first six months.
Consider too what season that will be, there is no point in buying a summer dress for a 6mth old that will fit them in December.
Food And Drink
Finger food and canapés are ideal at an event like this. Do your research on what food is recommended for pregnancy and what should be avoided.
Shellfish & cream cheese are a definite no-no. Again check with the mother-to-be. You can also get lovely cupcake cases with cake toppers in baby shower themes.
Some non alcoholic bubbly drinks would be a lovely treat to mark the occasion.