Planning an amazing baby shower may feel overwhelming at times. Besides wanting to honor the mom-to-be, you don’t necessarily want to host a shower that feels like it’s a repeat of previous parties.
No worries, amazing shower host: It’s definitely possible to organize a baby shower that’s clever, creative, and enjoyable. Here are six creative and fun baby shower themes to consider:
1. Opt for Outside
You’ve probably been to your fair share of indoor baby showers, where everyone sits politely in a circle in the living room playing games and eating appetizers. For moms-to-be that are outdoorsy, by all means, take the festivities outside. You can set up games like badminton, Frisbee golf, or even a water balloon toss, as well as grill burgers, kebabs, or whatever the guest of honor is currently craving. For hosts with limited space, see about reserving a ramada and grill at a nearby park.
2. Plan an ‘About-to-Pop’ Party
The mom-to-be will probably have a pretty good-sized baby bump by the time the baby shower takes place. To celebrate the occasion, an “about-to-pop” theme would be perfect. Snack ideas include cake pops that you can make or order from a local bakery, bottles of soda pop in a variety of flavors, and a popcorn bar with buttered, cheese, and caramel varieties.
3. Make it a Girls’ Night Out
Who says baby showers have to be held during the day? Go unique and fun by planning a girls’ night out that involves dinner at one of the mom-to-be’s favorite restaurants and whatever else would be enjoyable for her and her guests, like a concert, sporting event, museum, or maybe some dancing or karaoke. Best of all? You can still shower the guest of honor with diaper pails, onesies, and adorable mobiles at the restaurant ahead of time before heading to your second activity.
4. Include the Dudes
Yes, baby showers are traditionally for women only, but if you and the mom-to-be are fine with it, why not invite the guys? Guests can bring a plus-one if they’d like and the dad-to-be can also invite some of his closest buddies. For food, think deli trays with meats and cheeses and rolls, big plates of cut-up fruits and veggies, chips and dips, and an ice cream bar. Beverages can include whatever the parents-to-be like, as well as “baby-sized” bottles of beer, soda, and iced tea. For games, go with activities that couples can do together, like a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood or a “Care for the Baby” game that involves toting around a water balloon for the duration of the party.
5. Pamper-the-Mama Party
Growing a new human is hard work, and the mom-to-be definitely deserves some pampering. You could start the shower at a local nail salon where everyone gets manicures and/or pedicures. Make sure to call ahead to see if they offer a maternity package that’s perfect for the guest of honor. Afterward, head to a local café for lunch and gifts or to a restaurant for cheesecake and other desserts.
6. Include Details on Your Invitations
Once you decide on the theme for the baby shower, include any pertinent details in the baby shower invitations. With countless options to choose from online, make sure to pick out a design that includes ample space for instructions in addition to the usual time and location. For instance, you can clarify men are welcome, that you’ll be heading to a concert, and/or that it’s an outdoor party so bring a light jacket if it gets windy.
Have a Wonderful Party!
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with the canape and corny game route for baby showers, it must be reassuring to know there are plenty of other more creative options from which to choose. Confer with the mom-to-be to see what she’s up for and would enjoy and go from there. Whatever you plan will definitely be a success.