I’m no professional, but my sister has a handful of kids and makes a pretty pregnant lady [very sweet and kiss ass of you, keep it going :)] – so why not have an excuse to throw a party?
Baby showers can be tricky – they walk that fine line between being for kids and for adults because, typically, the guests span the spectrum. Between my sister and my friends’ showers, here are the trends that I think work, and those that don’t from a guest & hosts perspective.
Bring a book instead of a card
This is a trend that I have seen time and time again, and it is a winner. For the guest, it reminds you to get a card (and secure something off of that registry). For the host (and the mom-to-be), it provides books that the kid will be using for years to come and if you get a cute bookshelf it also is built in decor for the shower.
Co-ed or not?
I have attended both – and I personally lean co-ed. From a guest’s perspective, especially one without kids, it provides me with people who are on the same playing field. Also, the dad-to-be deserves to be celebrated as well! As a host, more people means more work – so I get it – but it will pay off. [it’s nice to celebrate with both parents, I enjoyed my co-ed shower!]
Make your own bar
I understand that not everyone may want to drink at a baby shower – but there are probably a cohort who do. I think “make your own” mimosa or bloody mary bars are perfect – let people serve themselves. As a host – that’s one less item for you to worry about.
Snacks vs Lunch
If there is ever alcohol, you need substantial food. I understand that a full lunch buffet may not be in the cards, but don’t settle for less than heavy hors d’oeuvres [yes! feed people so they soak up the alcohol and don’t make the preggo miserable and the solo sober lady…]. Think pigs in a blanket, finger sandwiches, etc. Popcorn and chips is not enough.
Play all of the games
Do something creative – newer games not old school. Emoji pictionary, or even crafts – painting blocks or onesies etc. These keep people on their toes and also breaks the ice if your guests don’t know each other. Not to mention, gives the new parents a keepsake that is actually usable.
Themes are super cute – and always a huge part of decorations, however, as a host – keep it simple! The guests won’t notice if a giant balloon arch isn’t there – but you will hate it when you have to take it down. Instead, focus on usable decorations like a diaper cake or a baby sock bouquet. They double as gifts and are thematic on their own. [ask the mom to be the nursery theme, stick with that to help tie it all together too]
Send me home
No idea why this is a thing – but I have received about 100 of these over the years. The guests usually don’t eat them (or they don’t taste the greatest) and end up in the trash – so don’t waste your money.
To the same tune, be mindful of what your guests would actually keep & use. Some of the best baby shower gifts I have gotten have been shot glasses, little body washes or lipsticks! Don’t invest unless you would use it yourself. Remember, though the guests all love the new family, they probably don’t need a koozie with the baby’s name on it.. maybe I should speak for myself. [I support you.]
What was the best shower you ever went to? What set it apart?