Let’s talk about baby shower ideas! I’ve been to my fair share of baby showers. If I had to guess, I’d say probably around 45 or so? Friends, cousins, co-workers… the list goes on and on. And oh! What joyous occasions they are!!
If you have someone in your life that is about to become a mom, I want to offer you several tips to make the baby shower planning process a bit easier.
Top 10 Tips: Baby Shower Ideas
Keep the Planning Committee Small: The truth is – one person should take the lead and she should delegate responsibility as she sees fit. The mother of the mom-to-be typically pays for the location, but the best friend/godmother is the one that handles all the details. The baby shower planning committee has a lot to do and you don’t want too many people involved!
If there are sisters and cousins and aunts and… hairdressers that want in on the fun, start an email chain! But have one person clearly defined as the “owner” of it all.
Trust me, I’ve been a part of a number of baby shower committees and things start to fall apart when there are too many chefs in the kitchen.
Don’t Forget an RSVP Date On Your Baby Shower Invitations: Give yourself a week or two to firm up the baby shower RSVPs. Be sure to include an RSVP date on the actual invitation. You don’t want people assuming you KNOW they are coming. What? Just my family does that?
And steer clear of “Regrets Only!” You want to hear from everyone. Aunt Ethel too!! BONUS: add an email and a phone number to give the guests two different options when reserving their space.
Tiny Prints has a wide variety of adorable baby shower invitations that will meet the needs of every expecting mom. From cute and cuddly to sophisticated and sleek, there are so many designs to choose from that it might just be a challenge to narrow things down!
Get Creative With The Guest Book: I attended a bridal shower a few months ago and snapped this picture of the bride’s guest book. Isn’t it clever?! All the women put their thumbprint on the tree and signed it.
At the end of the event, the bride’s mother framed it for her daughter to take home and hang in her new home. You can use this idea for a baby shower as well! What a keepsake!!
Have Baby Shower Thank You Card Envelopes Pre-Created: You obviously have the guest address list if you filled the room, right? Print out some labels for the mom-to-be and hand them to her at the end of the party. She will love you forever!!
Ok… she already loves you forever. But she will EXTRA love you forever. 🙂 Tiny Prints offers dozens of styles online for thank you cards. You can either keep with the theme from the invitation or pick something entirely different. Speaking of themes…
Consider Your Baby Shower Theme: Everyone wants to have a theme and that’s all fine and dandy. But don’t get too specific because it might get difficult to manage.
Don’t fall in love with purple pandas and then fall apart when you can’t find enough of them to tie the room together. Be broad, have fun and when all else fails… head to Pinterest.
Clear Wrapping Paper For Gifts: Put a little note in the baby shower invitation requesting that guests use CLEAR wrapping paper when wrapping gifts.
This will save at least an hour of time for guests. Big-ticket items won’t have to be ripped apart. This can also work for baskets too. Trust me, clear wrapping paper equals more time eating and less time waiting.
Baby Shower Bow Lady: It’s completely embarrassing, but it has to happen. Take every bow that is found on a gift and create a headpiece. Or… you can be like my family and make a bikini as well. Wrap your mom-to-be up and completely embarrass her.
Whether it’s a Minute-To-Win-It game you are looking for or something more complex, that board has you covered. And guess what? Tiny Prints has a great section too! Click here to see their selections!!
Rewards Are Fun Too: Throughout the party, be sure to reward guests for getting questions right. Hand out fun little gifts like nail polish, cupcake mix, costume jewelry or anything else you can find for under $5. You can place it all in a grab bag and have them choose their own prize, or you can designate someone to be the official “gift giver”.
The Aftermath: Remember, once the party is over and everyone says their goodbyes there is still one thing left to do. You have to get all those presents back home to the mother-to-be’s house!
Please don’t rush off like the rest of the crowd. Make sure a few friends stay behind, stack up their cars and clear out the restaurant as a team.
What do you think? Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? Would love to hear what fun and creative things you’ve come across throughout the years.
I’ve teamed up with Tiny Prints to help promote their Baby Shower Invitations and Baby Announcement lines. All opinions are my own.
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