Maybe you’ve been asked to host a baby shower for a friend or family member or you have volunteered to take on the task. Either way, you need baby shower party ideas to get you on the road to creating a fun experience for everyone. Here are a few things you should consider before getting started.
Do you know the sex of the baby?
If so, there are lots of fun ideas for girls and boys. You may want to create a shower themed around “It’s a Girl” or “It’s a Boy.” There are also themes like butterflies or sports that would be more appropriate for a girl or boy baby.
If you do not know the sex of the baby, it is best to keep the theme more generic and use neutral colors like greens and yellows. If mom and dad have a nursery theme picked out, doing the baby shower with that theme can make it extra special.
Do you know what mom can and cannot eat?
There are several “don’ts” concerning food during pregnancy. There are many things that are simply not safe for mom to eat. Be sure that none of these are on the menu for the baby shower. Many women also have food and smell aversions during pregnancy.
If she can’t stand the sight or smell of cheese now that she’s pregnant, make sure you don’t serve it at the shower. Some women also get gestational diabetes when they are pregnant, making sugary snacks out of the question for her. You don’t have to eliminate them from the menu entirely but make sure that you have plenty of options for mom.
Is it a girls only, couples, or work baby shower?
It is important to consider appropriateness during your planning. While some baby shower party ideas would work for any occasion, some games and themes are better reserved for a girls-only baby shower. If you are hosting it at work, be sure that anything you are planning follows company policies.
If it is a couples shower, look for game ideas that are not going to make the men uncomfortable. You also need to be conscious of whether it is a multi-generational baby shower. There are things that you may consider fine as a game that a member of an older generation would not.
What time of day are you planning?
Many pregnant moms tire early and easily. Try to plan the baby shower around when mom has the most energy. This will vary from woman to woman so be sure to check with mom. Late evening hours are usually best avoided. Some women have morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy.
Check to see if this is the case and if so, plan the shower for when she feels the least nauseous. Keep in mind that morning sickness does not always strike in the morning.
There are many different kinds of baby shower party ideas that can make the experience a special one for mom (and dad). Planning appropriately can help make sure that everyone has fun.