Baby showers have been a popular tradition in our society since the baby boomers that followed World War II, in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, it remains a popular tradition that allows friends and families to come together to celebrate the baby’s arrival and the mom-to-be. As with any celebration or party, organizing a baby shower can be very stressful, especially when you want to throw the best baby shower ever. Here are some tips to throwing a shower that truly is the best.
Selecting a Date and Time
Baby showers are typically held midday on a Saturday or Sunday. The date of the shower should fall early in the third trimester, when mom-to-be is near 32 weeks. This way she will be adorably pregnant but still relatively confortable. Also, having the shower at 32 weeks will give the parents-to-be about two months to get any other supplies that they do not get from the shower.
Usually showers last two to four hours, so you want to keep that in the back of your mind when you are picking a date and time. For example, if you know that many of the guests are church attenders, you may consider starting the event at 1PM on Sunday. Also, you do not want to start the party too late because it may start to cut into guest’s dinner plans.
Picking a Theme
Picking a theme is probably one of the hardest and most important tasks when throwing a baby shower because everything else (decorations, food, games, etc.) will revolve around it. You can find many fun and unique baby shower themes on Pinterest for boy, girl, or neutral showers. Popular themes seem to be those that are based on children’s books: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Peter Rabbit, Dr. Suess, and Doctor Who. However, animals, colors, and nautical themes are also very popular. As long as you pick a theme and stick to it, you’ll be all set.
Time to Eat!
The food served at the shower is crucial to the party’s success. First and for most, you need to make sure that you have enough food for all of your guests because no one likes to go hungry. If you planning a midday party, brunch would be your best bet. Once your guests have arrived, I would suggest having crackers, fruit, and cheese trays throughout the room/party hall/ home. Serve these snacks with any beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). This will allow your guests to move around the space and start to converse with one another. After everyone has settled into their seats and the games are over, you can serve any main dishes and/or desserts. This could be finger sandwiches and the shower cake/ cupcakes. Anything that fits your budget that is easy to eat and easy to clean up. Remember, if your theme revolves around colors—you want your food to match too. For example if you are using pink in your theme, make sure the cupcakes have pink frosting and your fruit trays are strawberries (Blue= blue frosting and blueberries).