Baby showers, predominantly an American tradition where the mum-to-be is literally ‘showered’ with gifts for her unborn baby, are growing in popularity in the UK.
What is a baby shower?
A baby shower is traditionally a gathering of the new parent’s close friends and family to celebrate the impending arrival of baby. It is also a massive help towards the huge costs of a newborn as baby shower guests usually come armed with array of baby gifts.
When’s the best time to throw a baby shower in pregnancy?
The ideal time to have your baby shower or host one for a friend or family member is around the 7th or 8th month of the pregnancy
How to organise it?
1. Choose the baby shower invitations
Emails or texts are the easiest option, but getting a pretty invitation in the post is a lovely touch. Larger Tesco stores stock a wide variety of craft items so, if you’re feeling creative, make your own.
2. Think about decorations
Cute ways to decorate the room include hanging dummies from balloons, filling baby bottles with jelly babies or pegging baby clothes, tiny socks and nappies along a string across the room, to take down at the end of the party, ready for the mum-to-be.
3. Organise some yummy food and drink
A tea party is perfect for a baby shower – think little sandwiches, crisps, fairy cakes, biscuits and fresh fruit. To make life easy and save money, ask everyone to bring something to eat – and make sure there are soft drinks for mums-to-be and drivers, while other guests could club together and bring a bottle or two of sparkling wine or champagne to raise a glass to the guest of honour.
4. Games to play
Games are a welcomed addition to a baby shower. Amid all the girl talk and the eating and drinking, a few games will add more party spirit to your baby shower.