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Ideas for Planning a Baby Shower
Regardless of culture, location or budget, one of the most glorious celebrations in the world is a baby shower and the chance to welcome a new bouncing baby to the family. The new bundle of joy brings with him or her the opportunity for everyone in the circle of family and friends to anticipate new life, renewal and hope.
If you're asked to host a baby shower for your best friend, sister or cousin, or want to organise one for yourself, where do you start?
- Choose a date not too close to the due date! You don't want any surprises!
- Choose a theme that suits the parents-to-be and their decorating style. Some of our loveliest themes are "Sugar & Spice & All Things Nice" (for a girl), "Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog's Tails" (for a boy), Noah's Ark, Storks, Peas in a Pod (for twins), and of course, anything from Beatrix Potter's adorable stories. There is no sense in creating a theme that doesn't suit the parents or their home. If you plan well, many of the decorations can be re-used in the nursery.
- If you don't want to have a traditional baby shower theme, you could have a spa party where you all relax together with some well deserved pampering, a mocktail party to celebrate the last ‘girls' day out' for a little while to come, or a traditional tea party in the garden with pretty decorations and vintage tea rituals.
- Try to tie in the stationery, decorations, games and catering to the theme. It makes for a much more sensational event for your guest-of-honour. Pink Frosting has some great themed stationery for you to choose from.
- Unless it's a surprise party, discuss the guest list with the mum-to-be. You don't want to leave anyone important out. If it is a surprise, consult widely to ensure you don't miss anyone.
- Think outside the square when locating the event. While showers are traditionally held in the home of the host, you could also hold the event at a restaurant, a park or a day spa.
- As with all invitations, ensure you have all of the important information on the stationery including: who the shower is being given for, location including address, time of the shower, host/hosts name, who to RSVP to and a deadline for RSVP, gift registry information, sex and name of the child (if appropriate). You might wish to give information about dress, the theme of the shower and a
map to the party location.
- When it comes to catering, you have three options: hire a catering company, cater for the event yourself or ask the guests to all bring a dish. All of these options have advantages, depending on your theme and your budget.
- Organise some great non-alcoholic cocktails for the event. You can find some great ideas online.
- The cake is a centrepiece at any baby shower, and should complement your theme. You can either find a professional cake decorator in your local area or try and make one yourself. There are some great cake ideas in The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook and The Australian Women's Weekly Kids Party Cakes books.
- Don't forget games! See Pink Frosting's fabulous suggestions for baby shower games.
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