You’ve probably been to multiple baby showers in your life and you know how they can be…a little cheesy. Maybe you remember lame games, strangers attempting to mingle, awkward conversations and finger foods. Now you’re going to host a baby shower, but you’re hoping to dress it up a little bit. You want your guests to have a good time and to leave feeling happy they came. But how?
Select Non-Traditional Settings
Traditionally, baby showers take place in a living room, but this idea is a little bit stale. Take it outside with a backyard baby shower over the grill. Picture it now: Sun shining, chargrilled burgers on buns served up on paper plates, no risk of food spilling on your carpet, and maybe even a coed crowd. A little music, a little soda, a little wine and voila: it’s a perfect sunny afternoon and guests are having a great time.
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Don’t have a backyard? Weather’s terrible? No problem! What about an upscale Mexican food restaurant, where guests can order drinks and get whatever dish they want? The cheerful decor will add a sense of fun and excitement to the baby shower.
Everyone expects cartoon characters or pink ruffles. Why not pick a theme that’s a little more bold and fun? Sites like www.partypail.com have tons of themes to pick from, including wacky themes like tie-dye and baby cow. Pick a theme that makes sense with your setting and also with the mom-to-be’s personality.
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Find creative ways to integrate the theme. There should be theme-related party favors for guests, a cake styled to match the theme and so on. In fact, if at all possible, integrate the food into the theme. For example: Did you pick a jungle motif? Serve fresh tropical fruits, fruit juices in shapely cocktail glasses, salad adorned with hearts of palm, and slow roasted meats, cooked to perfection.
Go easy on the games. Play good music, serve yummy food and let conversations happen naturally. Pick only a few games that strike your fancy. “Baby Charades” game is a good one for an outgoing crowd. It’s just like any game of charades: players split into teams and each team tries to guess a word or phrase being pantomimed by one of their team members. The caveat (and you probably know where this is going): all phrases need to relate to babies.
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iVillage.com’s “Guess How Many” game involves filling up a baby bottle with little pastel colored candies and asking guests to guess the number of candies in the bottle. The person who comes the closest to the actual number of candies in the bottle wins a prize. This is great for a calmer group of attendees.
Remember To Have Fun
A lot of people find planning and hosting a baby shower to be stressful. Remember: Parties should be fun! Don’t forget to kick back and laugh. Be sure to mingle with guests and have a good time. Take lots of pictures: you’re going to want to look back on them in the future.
About the Author
Joanne Mcqueen went to school for event planning, but has found she enjoys observing and writing about parties more than planning and throwing them.