Like most moms I had a couple (read: 4!) baby showers when I was pregnant with my first child. With child number two, I didn’t have any parties nor did I expect to have any. I did receive a few group gift bags from my work and hubby’s work, and a few gifts from close family and friends but no ‘showers’. Maybe I’m old school, but the very idea of throwing me a shower seemed silly and selfish. It wasn’t like it had been ten years since my last baby. Add to that I was having another girl, so we couldn’t even say we needed ‘boy’ stuff.
With baby number three, I reluctantly let my mother throw me a baby shower. I wanted it small because I still felt it was greedy of me to have one. But, we had recently sold all of our baby things in a yard sale because we weren’t expecting to have another baby any time soon.
By baby number four I think everyone was a little bored with the “look Lisa is having a baby” routine! (That is until they found out we FINALLY had a boy)
Between my first child and my last child I participated and/or hosted more baby shower then even I want to remember. I’d like to share with you ten tips for having a unique baby shower the mom is sure to remember.
- Invite HER friends- Even at a workplace shower, it’s always nice to have her bff there, or maybe a sister. It’s a sweet surprise to walk into the room and have one of your closest buddies there to share it with you. If you can’t get the best friend try for the mom-to-be’s mother!
- Do games that create memories- Make a poem with the babies name, Draw pictures of the ‘baby’ on paper plates on your head, Have everyone sign a mat that can frame the baby’s first picture.
- Theme the gifts- Depending on the size of the party, and the relationship of the guests, you can theme the gifts for added fun: homemade items, gift cards, diaper/wipe parties, or ‘stuff for mom’ !
- Cool, Cool, Cool- Pregnant women, in my experience, tend to be on the warmer side. Make sure the location is air conditioned, or if held in the winter time, make sure the heat isn’t up too high for the mom-to-be.
- Invite hubby!- My favorite shower was the one that included my husband. He spent most of the time standing in the back with the rest of the men but it was nice to have him sit next to me as we opened presents together.
- Cake not required- Remember that pregnancy reeks havoc on your body and your taste buds. While I can’t imagine NOT liking cake, I do have a few friends who don’t care for that dessert. If the mom-to-be is having issues with gestational diabetes then eating cake would be a bad idea. Don’t get caught up on traditional party foods and get what the mom-to-be wants and needs.
- Surprise! – If you’re planning a surprise shower, consider sending her off to get her hair done before the party. It’s an easy way to help her look and feel wonderful before she finds herself in a room of picture-takers.
- Quilt it! – Ask the guests to bring in a quilt square. At the shower the group can take turns stitching the squares together to make a quilt cover! Maybe someone can volunteer to help back and quilt it.
- Blogger mom-to-be? Instead of baby gifts, go online to her blogger world and find her some guest bloggers to write some posts for after the baby arrives!
- For the future – If the mom is pretty set on baby things, plan her a shower that focuses on the future. Include a piggy bank for college funds, bring gifts for an older baby or toddler, and coupons for future free babysitting!
Keeping the party focused on mom is the most important tip I can offer, and that means letting go of what YOU think is the perfect shower and focusing on what she likes, prefers, and plans on doing as a mom.
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