Congratulations! You’ve been entrusted by the mum-to-be (or perhaps you’ve volunteered) to throw a beautiful baby shower in celebration of her family growing by one.
And you’re probably here because the pressure is building, right? The good news is that organising this special event doesn’t have to be stressful! Granted, a lot of planning goes into making the day a success but you can easily perfect every detail with a baby shower padoq.
You’ll want to make sure you stay true to the expectant mother’s tastes while also keeping the guests entertained from the moment they step through the door. Here’s our handy guide to get you started:
A baby shower is an opportunity to help out a new mum with gifts such as clothes, nappies, toys, and any other essentials that will make new-born life easier. It’s unusual for the mum-to-be to organise her own baby shower as it could come across like she’s asking for these presents directly – that’s why you’ve been made the chief party planner!
Around four to six weeks before birth is a popular time to host a baby shower – late enough so that the pregnancy is well underway, but early enough so that the baby is unlikely to make a surprise appearance!
Firstly, you’ll need to meet up with the mum-to-be over a nice meal or coffee to gather a list of her loved ones that she definitely wants at the shower. You don’t want the disastrous possibility of missing off a particularly sensitive childhood friend, so be sure to list every name carefully before sending out the padoq invite link. Also, the event traditionally involves an all-female guest list, but there’s nothing stopping you from inviting the father and any male friends along!
Hosting the party at home or hiring out a venue? This should be one of your first thoughts when it comes to choosing the baby shower location. It all comes down to preference of course. Celebrating at home will be much more comfortable for the mum-to-be, but if you have a particularly large guest list, then it’s probably best to opt for somewhere that can accommodate the whole group. You could select the guest of honour’s favourite place to dine or surprise her with something quirky!
Top tip: Use Padoq to store a selection of contact details for your favourite locations and any costs involved. This way, the whole group can help you make the final decision with the option to poll!
This is your chance to really shine. Getting the theme spot on with thoughtful details to match will leave the proud mum-to-be speechless. You could create a wonderful scenery based on the baby’s gender, make it personal with bespoke handmade designs, or craft a more sophisticated feel with traditional decorations. Whatever you decide to go for, be sure to stick to the special guest’s tastes.
It’s going to be a long, action-packed gathering, so you’ll definitely need to organise a delicious spread for the attendees. If you’ve already decided on hosting the party at her favourite restaurant, then why not order a magnificent baby shower cake for dessert? On the other hand, a gathering at home provides the perfect opportunity to be creative. Sandwiches, cupcakes, themed food and mocktails, goodie bags…the list goes on! Use Padoq to keep track of the caterers you like the look of alongside those you’ve already contacted.
What’s a celebration without a bunch of party games? Keep everybody entertained with a fun activity for a quick break from all the gift giving! Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
Guess the baby – Have each guest bring along a photo of themselves from when they were a baby. Once you’ve collected each image, shuffle them and lay them out on a table. Provide everybody with a pen and a handful of post-it notes before asking them to guess who is who within a 5 minute time frame! Make sure you remind everybody to bring their photo along with Padoq.
Bobbing for dummies: You’ll need a large tub, water, a pack of dummies, and a leaderboard for this one. The game is simple. Two players take the stand and dunk their heads into the water in search for a dummy. The person with the most at the end wins!
Don’t say baby – When your guests arrive, instantly break the ice by attaching 5 clothes pegs onto them and instruct them not to say the word “baby”. Have everyone keep an ear out and if they catch someone saying “baby”, they have to take one of their pegs. The guest with the most clothes pegs at the end wins.
Feeling more relaxed about organising the baby shower? Download Padoq today and keep all your plans in one place!