Hello again all! It’s Kari here from Paper Wings. I hope that summer has blessed you with lots of family fun and adventure! As we wrap up Summer-time, I thought I’d share some baby shower tips in case you find yourself hosting one! These 7 hacks can help inspire and take the pressure off any host, veteran or first timer alike.
- Know Your Preggo!
I can NOT stress enough how important it is to know that every new mom-to-be has her own style and personality, and the shower should reflect that. Chances are that even if she says she doesn’t have a preference, she DOES. So, be sure to run ideas past her, or better yet, have her pick her own theme. Sometimes hosts forget who the party is really for, and can get wrapped up in doing things their own way, but remember this is HER day! If she’s a fashionista, try a “clothing only” theme. If she loves music, a “Rock” a bye baby theme, you get the idea. Know your MTB (mom-to-be)!
- Never host a party alone!!!
I have tried this ladies, and let me tell you…… just don’t. The cost and stress is too much for one person. Instead, ask several of MTB’s friends to co-host with you. Give everyone a job, and let them each bring food as well. This way, everyone’s talents can be utilized, and no one will get over-whelmed.
When possible, theme the shower around mommy’s nursery. This way the decor from the shower can be given to her as a gift for her nursery. Not only is this a creative and sentimental gift, it’s also a great way to up-cycle.
- Minimal Special Decor
Instead of going overboard with costly party store decorations, instead focus on a few detailed pieces. For example, I love themed wreaths for showers! I think they give a very warm first impression. Instead of generic clutter, opt for specific, special pieces to create a unique, personal touch.
- Update Your Game Roster
Gone are the days of candy bars in diapers ladies!!!! Please let’s put that one to rest! But seriously, there are some great game ideas out there nowadays! Here are a couple that I personally LOVE (and small prizes for the winners make all the difference!):
- Draw a Baby on Your Head
(exactly as it sounds) Guests are given paper and a pen, and asked to draw a baby face on their head. Mom judges the best portrait.
- Who Knows Momma Best
Make up a questionnaire about MTB, and have guests fill it out. Most correct answers win.
- Match the Baby Pic to the Guest
Have guests send you baby pics of themselves prior to the shower, print them, and put them on a cork board at the party. Then have your guests try to figure out who is who. Most correct matches win!
- Free Decor at any Library!
Books are always great for any theme! If your theme is transportation, get a bunch of books on cars trucks and trains! If your theme is princesses, find books with “Princess” in the title, or ones all about royalty. Books add ambiance, help to give levels and fill empty space. You can also get books just for the colors, all pink or all blue. And you can’t beat free!!!
The showers that are the most memorable are the ones where creativity shines through. Whatever your theme may be, remember to keep an open mind, and try exciting ideas. For example, use your outdoor space creatively, like the amazing women who threw my Alice in Wonderland shower. They hung playing cards and teacups throughout the trees, and the result was truly magical!
I hope these tips will help you be the Hostess with the Mostest the next time you honor a new mom to be. If you liked these ideas, check out more of my tips on www.paperwngs.wordpress.com
If you’re looking for more baby-related posts, look no further! Here are a few more posts on OSSS to help you get organized:
Gifts for Babies (lots of ideas all in one place!)
Click HERE to see the “Motherhood” category of OSSS posts, chock-full of amazing products, advice and inspiration for moms (new and seasoned!).