Hooray! August is here, and that means many of you might be expecting super soon! About 4 million babies are born every year, and stats show that the biggest month is usually August. Afterwards, the next biggest months are typically July, October, and September. So if you haven’t already thrown a baby shower, you’re probably looking to kick one off very soon.
If we know you guys, it’s most likely your first ever baby shower, which means you could be super stressed about it. Very recently, Mean Girl and Mom-in-waiting Lacey Chabert had a baby shower hosted by Good Carma Studio. It got us thinking about all the planning that went into an event, and all the fun that they had during it.
Now your baby shower probably won’t have a camera or a live studio audience, which means planning it is going to be way easier and way simpler. Plus, we’re here to help out. So read on for some tips on how to get that baby shower juuuust right.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Location, Location, Location
The first thing to figure out is where to actually hold the baby shower. It should be large enough to be roomy, but not so large that parts of the space aren’t even touched. In that sense, it does depend on who RSVP’s to your invite, but it doesn’t hurt to start planning now.
But yeah, where to host it? You could host it at home, but do you really want to clean up that much afterwards? I think not. Besides, you’re about to spend a ton of time at home in the near future. Best to enjoy the shower in a spot that you already love visiting, and it might be a while until you get to go again. Not that home isn’t a great place to celebrate, but maybe reserve it as a last-ditch location.
Do you have any restaurants, cafes, or clubhouses that you love to frequent? Places sometimes do allow parties, so it wouldn’t hurt to ask if you can host a baby shower there. Your fave bar might also work, but you might have to host it during the day instead.
Other great locations include ballrooms and spas. Actually, now that we think about it more, hosting your baby shower at a spa would be magical. Imagine having your party, and then getting group facials right afterwards… You should totally call your nearest spa right now, and make that foot massage party/baby shower happen asap.
Pick a Theme, Any Theme
While a theme isn’t strictly necessary, and you could host a regular baby shower without one… Question is: why wouldn’t you? Having a theme simply ups the ante, and gives the event a pretty substantial boost. At the very least, it’s a talking point for a bunch of your friends and family and a way for everyone you know to find a way to socialize with each other.
In any case, what theme to pick? Well, what do you love? Are you into Pokemon? Go with that! Or are you a movie buff? How about a Star Wars theme? Or a Frozen theme? Or a Star Wars/Frozen hybrid theme, where you dress up as Jedi Elsa? It isn’t a party until everyone breaks out with their toy lightsabers. If you’re a fan of classic literature with strong female protagonists, you could go with a Pride and Prejudice theme. And if you’ve got a macabre sense of humor, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Okay, that last one might be a bit much. But still, tons of choices; the sky’s the limit. You can hop on Pinterest and do a search on baby shower themes. You’ll find a ton of inspiration from the ridiculously cute results. Pick your favorite and run with it. No matter what you go with, you and your guests will surely love it. If not, that’s what Force Persuade is for.
Spreading the Word
Alright, you’ve got a venue and a theme. It’s time to do the invitations – these puppies have to be solid. You can’t just call everyone and ask them to show up. That’s not very special at all. You’ve gotta go big on this one!
Now, you probably shouldn’t go all out and do hand-written invites on imported bohemian invitation cards. But they should look great, convey your baby shower’s theme, and be fun to read. Definitely draft out what you want them to say, and be as funny as possible. For example, if you go with the Jedi Elsa theme, you could include some Force Persuade and Chosen One puns. And if you have any writer or designer friends, be sure to rope them into ask for their help putting your invitations together.
Finally, instead of mailing them out, reach out to your friends and family, go out for some tea or some other event, and hand-deliver the invite. That’s extra super special (also, it’ll be harder for them to say no, bwa-ha-ha!)
The food and drink you plan for your baby shower don’t have to be outrageous. Rather, you don’t have to necessarily go all out. Having a good spread on a buffet table should be all you need. As long as the food tastes great and the drinks are light and bubbly, you’re pretty much set.
Don’t forget to ask your guests about food allergies and special dietary needs – you wouldn’t want anyone getting sick during this special day. In any case, the best food to have here is probably lots of good finger food. It allows every to snack through the day without getting too heavy to party later on.
And speaking of partying… We don’t want to say alcohol is mandatory, but it totally should be. Yeah, you can’t really have any, but your guests will absolutely appreciate it. Alcohol just helps get everyone in a celebratory mood, plus you don’t have to go heavy. Some crisp, cold champagne works wonders for any occasion, especially for celebrating you finally getting your own mini-you.
It’s All Fun and Games…
Food & Drink… Check!
The only other important thing that needs planning are the games and activities. Eating, drinking, and socializing is good, but all parties need that element of fun to help bring it to the next level.
There’s the classic baby photo game, where everyone sends you a photo of themselves as a baby, and during the party, the rest of the guests have to figure out which baby turned out to be who. It’s actually pretty good fun, and is a really good ice breaker.
If your baby shower is Pokemon themed, you could always fire up Pokemon Go (Grandma’s been itching to find a Mewtwo) and have a quick walk around your venue. Chances are, it’s already a Gym, and you guys could literally have a huge match to claim it. It’s a highly social game being played at a very social event. Win-win. Leave a Magikarp to defend, just for fun.
There’s other things you could plan for and play as well – trivia, board games, the Telephone game, yea olde card games, etc. Some of the best social games that exist typically have few or simple rules. Just do a quick search and see if you can find any that match the theme you’ve picked out.