10 Terrific Baby Shower Ideas
Throw a Costume Party
Baby showers are a wonderful way to bring family and friends together to honor the expectant mother and to celebrate an upcoming birth, and they've become an inevitable part of the pre-birth activities. To help you throw a baby shower that's memorable and fun, here are 10 baby shower ideas that will take your party from ordinary to extraordinary.
Who says only brides have dibs on Twilight-themed celebrations? If the new parents love vampires, baseball -- or even zombies -- plan the baby shower around a favorite theme and ask guests to come in costume. Follow through on your theme with decorations and food, and you'll have a baby shower people will remember.
Reveal the Baby’s Sex
Add mystery and anticipation to the shower by announcing the baby's sex at the party. At the 20-week ultrasound, ask the technician to write the baby's sex on a slip of paper, then put it in an envelope and seal it without looking. Take the envelope to a bakery and have the baker fill the inside of the cake (or cupcakes) with either pink or blue frosting, depending on what the note says. When dessert is served at the shower, everybody (including mom and dad) will find out at the same moment whether a boy or a girl is on the way.
Start baby off in a life of green living with an eco-friendly baby shower. Instead of flowers and candy, decorate with potted green plants that each party guest can take home. Serve organic foods, healthy juices and herbal beverages. Ask guests to bring gifts made from natural or organic materials such as cotton, wool and wood. Make sure decorations, table accessories, plates, glasses and gift wrap can be reused or recycled.
Bold Color Themes
Pink and blue are so cliché. Add elegance -- or electricity -- to your party by planning the baby shower around a muted or bold color scheme. Choose one or two colors that you can carry through the flowers, table decorations, serving pieces and party favors.
Co-ed Baby Shower
These days, dads are almost as involved in pregnancies as the moms, so how about letting dads in on the baby shower fun? No finger sandwiches here: Plan a barbecue and let the men handle the cooking. Choose party games everyone can enjoy, like trivia games, Pictionary or charades with baby-themed clues.
Look for spas and salons that have private rooms available, where guests can mingle and sip non-alcoholic beverages while indulging in a mani or pedi. Post-pampering, you can all retire to the private room for food, beverages and baby shower gifts. Another idea: Hire a massage therapist to come to your home-based baby shower, and treat Mom and guests to neck and shoulder massages.
Cocktails and Mocktails
Many guests prefer to socialize in the evening, and this is especially true for co-ed parties. Plan your baby shower around an adults-only guest list and invite guests to dress up for your soiree. Whether you host the event in a restaurant or bar, on a terrace or in your home, set the mood with romantic lighting and soft music, and serve a variety of finger foods and exotic drinks. Include mocktails for the mother-to-be and guests who prefer alcohol-free celebrations. Keep in mind that expectant moms get tired easily, so limit the party to just a couple of hours in the early evening.
Who’s That Baby?
In a departure from charades, get your shower guests mingling by asking them to bring a photo of themselves as a baby. Mix up the photos and ask everyone to guess which baby picture belongs to each guest. Chances are there will be lots of laughter and reminiscing about childhood memories. The soon-to-be-born baby will feel right at home.
Baby’s First Book Party
If the expectant parents like to read, chances are that baby will, too. Start building the baby's reading library by asking each guest to bring his or her favorite children's book, and have each tell the group what makes the book special to them. Coordinate with guests ahead of time to make sure there's a mix of new publications and old favorites -- and no duplicates.
Decorate the Baby’s Room
Get guests involved in preparing the baby's room with DIY projects that can be completed in an afternoon. Have some guests paint wood letters, numbers or animal figures to adorn the nursery walls, while others assemble the crib and bookshelves, or repaint old furniture to make it new again. Hang curtains, create baby scrapbooks and decorate picture frames. When everyone's done, the baby's room will be ready.