Prior to planning the baby shower and sending out the invitations, you and the expectant mother should decide if you want the shower to be all women or co-ed. While traditional baby showers are usually a ladies only affair, many couples are now choosing to turn their baby showers into a party for all of their friends. These types of parties are gaining popularity because the father-to-be can participate in the shower without feeling like he’s out of place.
Because a baby shower just isn’t a party without some great snacks, it is important to decide what type of food you want to serve. In order to cut costs, it is common to have light snacks instead of a full meal, and if you have the party after the lunch hour, the snacks will be the perfect thing for your guests. It may be fun to surprise the expectant mother, and serve her favorite snacks. Not only will this make her day a little brighter, but it is a unique twist on the traditional the foods you usually find at a shower. Because pregnancy can sometimes affect the taste buds of the mom-to-be, make sure that you find out what her current favorite foods are and plan the menu accordingly.
If there are other pregnant women at the shower, you want to make sure that they have a comfortable place to sit. The last thing you want to do is have guests who are uncomfortable because that will bring down the mood of the party.
A fun game to play is to have everyone bring a baby picture and let everyone take a chance at correctly matching the baby picture with the adult it belongs to. To make this game even more fun, have prizes for the people who guess correctly.
A fun way twist on giving out party favors is to have a candy “bar” with popular candies where the guests can fill little favor bags to take home. Everyone loves candy, and this will save the host from having to prepare the favors.
Because you want to eliminate any possible awkward moments at the baby shower, it is a good idea to have some soft music playing in the background. This will provide a comforting atmosphere for your guests to feel at ease. And if the conversation starts to lag, your guests won’t feel uncomfortable because there will still be some background noise.
While baby showers are fun, many times they can drag on for what feels like hours. Since your guests were kind enough to take time out of their day, make sure you give the shower an ending time. This will ensure that your guests won’t get worn out and that the host of the party will be able to clear everyone out of their house in a timely manner.
Keep in mind that there is no formula to planning baby shower, and whatever you plan for the mom-to-be will be grateful for your willingness to plan her baby shower.