How to host a Baby Shower
Looking for ideas on how to host a baby shower? Before I had my first baby, I was lucky enough to have two of my closest friends, and future Godparents, host a Baby Shower for me.
I felt so special that they wanted to take the time to host a baby shower for me and to get everyone together to celebrate the impending arrival of our first baby.
They asked me beforehand what I wanted for the event and the only real request I had was that both mine and Mr M’s friends were invited and not just the girls from either side.
Our group of friends is mixed and I didn’t like the idea of some missing out or not being able to celebrate with the boys – they’re still going to be in our baby’s life too after all! Plus Mr M is the Dad – he wanted to be there to celebrate too!
They organised a wonderful BBQ in our garden – I was 8 months pregnant and didn’t want to travel anywhere. They looked after everything – sending out invites, collating responses, answering any questions, organising games – the whole lot.
I was a bit surprised that some of the men invited were not keen – maybe it’s still the norm that it’s a girls-only event in the main? However on the promise of a burger and a beer, along they came anyway and they said afterwards that they were so glad they did.
Here are a few tips on what I think made it a wonderful event:
1. Don’t limit it to Girls Only!
As mentioned above, we invited both men and women. It meant we could celebrate with all of our friends in one place and our friends could invite their partners too.
2. Don’t travel too far
If you’re having the baby shower towards the end of your pregnancy, think about having it close to home. I was 8 months’ pregnant at mine and thought there would be no chance that the baby would arrive soon but she ended up coming just a week or so later!
3. Trust your friends
I’m a bit of a control freak but I had so much on my mind in planning for the baby’s arrival that I relinquished control of the baby shower in full to my friends and they did such an amazing job of organising it. I had the best time there relaxing, socialising and feeling quite spoiled!
4. You don’t have to spend a fortune
Instead of paying for a function room and excessive catering costs, we had the party at our house and provided BBQ food, snacks and drinks. Everyone naturally brings something to a BBQ too so there was no shortage of food or drink at all – everyone was happy!
To keep costs down further, skip the printed invites as emails will suffice. Unless you particularly want a printed invite to keep in a memory box then I personally think they’re an unnecessary expense. Don’t get me wrong, I love to receive a personalised, hand-crafted invite in the post but I wouldn’t think any less of someone sending an email, text or simply asking me in person.
5. Give notice
Provide as much notice to your invitees as possible – you want as many of your friends and loved ones to attend so give them a fair chance to.
6. Play games!
Have a variety of games to play – some of your guests won’t be into competition or potentially embarrassing themselves so my hosts split them into teams instead which meant anyone who didn’t want to play didn’t have to but could still feel part of the event. Others however didn’t need to be asked twice to dunk for dummies :)
7. Finally, have an end time.
Our guests arrived at lunchtime and we told them in advance that it would end at about 3pm. At that time, my hosts started packing away and rounding everyone up which meant I could have a sit down and rest as by then I was exhausted and didn’t have to worry about having to keep entertaining when I’d rather put my swollen pregnant feet up!
You can view my Baby Showers Pinterest board here and if you want to pin to it, send me an email to mim AT lovefrommim DOT com
I’ve only ever been to one baby shower – my own! I just loved it and it was all down to my hosts’ doing such a great job and our wonderful friends who came along. It’s a fabulous event to get together with your friends, have fun and get all of your baby talk done without feeling like you’re boring them silly!
What are your tips for organising a baby shower?
This host was originally published on October 23rd 2015.