Throwing a beautiful baby shower for the mum to be is a fantastic way to mark such an important milestone in her life. Whilst there are many things to consider when planning and hosting a baby shower, it is important to tailor the event around the expectant mum to ensure she feels as special as possible.
Check out our top tips below for quick and easy ways to add personal touches and ensure you create an unforgettable baby shower.
Use baby photo's to decorate your venue
Everyone loves a baby photo and what better way to add a personal touch to the baby shower celebration than by incorporating old photos into your decorations. Baby photos of the expectant parents can be placed onto photo holders in the centre of each of the tables or hung using strings and pegs to create a photo garland. It is guaranteed to be a great talking point at the event and the grandparents to be will love digging out the photos and being included in the planning process.
Instead of photographing or scanning the old photos, there are many apps that are available for iOS and Android that are free/ free trial that will allow you to convert these old photos into high definition digital pictures. If you are after a vintage inspired retro feel, Photobox provides an option to print your pictures as polaroids.
Create a stunning photo backdrop
Create a stunning backdrop at your baby shower to delight the guests and provide a perfect area for photos at the celebration. Our rose gold banner and terrazzo bunting can easily be hung up and will create a polished look in any venue. Use a hashtag for the party to help collate all the beautiful photos that the mum to be will treasure for years to come.
A bespoke menu for the mum to be
A key area that is often overlooked is the food served at a baby shower. Make sure to check that only pregnancy safe foods will be served and for extra brownie points, look to include her favourite dishes and any particular foods that she has been craving throughout her pregnancy.
Show stopping cake
A gorgeous cake is the perfect finishing touch to add to a baby shower. Select a flavour that you know she loves and for an extra special touch it can be decorated to match the babies gender, future surname or even a favourite book the mum to be loved as a child.
Make your own guest book
Create a guest book for guests to sign at the baby shower with lovely messages, words of encouragement and advice. Add in photos of the mum to be’s family and friends to make this a truly beautiful keepsake from the baby shower that she will love.
Alternatively ask the guests to write down a special memory or advice for the expectant mum on coloured paper. This can be rolled into scrolls and placed into a mason jar to create a beautiful memory jar and thoughtful present.
A gorgeous bouquet of flowers
A beautiful bouquet is a great addition to any baby shower and helps to add a pop of colour and complement the existing decor. Choose flowers that you know the mum to be loves or re-create a similar bouquet to the one she had at her wedding.
If you are looking to make the baby shower celebration extra special, there are a whole host of different activities that you can arrange for the baby shower.
If the mum to be loves arts and crafts, you could bring along some baby gro's and fabric markers for each of the guest to decorate. Alternatively there are some other fantastic activities where guests work together to create a baby mobile and also patchwork baby quilt that will no doubt be treasured forever.
If the mum to be loves pampering, you could arrange to visit a spa or ask a mobile therapist to come round and have an afternoon of treatments.
We hear time and time again that the more alternative baby shower gifts are the ones that are the most welcomed. Batch cook the mum to be's favourite dish to go in the freezer, ready for when the bundle of joy arrives - she will be eternally grateful. Alternatively, give the gift of time by volunteering your baby sitting services and help with cleaning and chores, as the first few weeks can be overwhelming for any new parent.
Instead of a card, bring along your favourite childhood book with a personal note inside. This is a great gift that the new parents will love and is a great way to build up the baby's library.
Above all, when planning the baby shower make sure that it is tailored around the mum to be's likes and dislikes, as she is the guest of honour. If she doesn't like to be the centre of attention, create an intimate informal shower with a smaller guest list. Ensure that the expectant mum doesn't lift a finger to ensure that it is a relaxing celebration and she feels pampered.