Baby Shower Ideas: And the Retail Price of that Rattle is….
Whenever people come to me for baby shower ideas they usually want help with baby shower games. We’ve all been to showers where we got the mixed up words like: “prseaid” and were asked to figure out that it really was “diapers” for a prize. I’m certainly not going to down a game I still play in bed when I can’t sleep, but I think that most of the people who want some help with ideas are looking for something a bit beyond the usual.
For the record my favorite baby shower game ever played at a friend’s shower (and this actually went along with a whole game show baby shower idea) was a version of The Price is Right. This is such an easy game to set up and depend how far you take it (and they took it the whole way) can be a super fun game for a shower or party. For other fun Baby Shower Ideas read a fun article about throwing a Disney Baby Shower.
Baby Shower Ideas
Baby Shower Ideas
To do it right you may want to download the Price is Right theme music to play in the background like my friend’s did—it makes it that much more fun to play. Set up a table that is long enough to have 3-4 people behind it. Hand everyone large sized postcards and a sharpie. The rules are just like the television show. They must guess the price of a baby item without going over it. The closest price wins. Eventually, you can weed down the “contestants” for the big prize. My friends skipped the whole wheel and went straight to the showcase showdown for the final 2-4 participants. By the time we were finished with the game everyone was smiling and laughing, it was an unusual but fun baby shower game.
This is just one (great) idea for baby shower games, but it does give you a starting point to get creative. For example, what game show or board game do you enjoy the most? Take that game and figure out how to apply it to baby shower ideas that will work for your shower.
As always, we’d love if you’d share those baby shower ideas here with the rest of us.
A Disney Baby shower is versatile because the various Disney characters symbolize so many different themes. For a mother who will give birth to multiple babies hold a 101 Dalmations or a Snow White and 7 Dwarfs baby shower. Aladin, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast are just a few Disney stories for a Disney Princess baby shower theme. The Little Mermaid provides wonderful ideas for an ocean themed baby shower. A Little Mermaid party is a great summer baby shower theme.
For a 101 Dalmations theme think black and white decorations! Decorate the party room with black, white and red balloons. Decorate the eating area for your Disney baby shower with white and black polka-dotted tablecloths. Use plain red tableware and napkins, as an accent and tie up your cutlery in the napkin using a black and white dotted ribbon.Use new dog bowls to fill with chips or vegetables and dip, candies, etc.
For a Little Mermaid baby shower use sea shells, tissue paper as sea weed and cut outs of little schools of fish on the wall. Create a pregnant fish or mermaid on the wall. The baby shower centerpieces can be decorative with cut out coral, sea anemones, and shells with a Styrofoam base with glued on sand. You can also use treasure chests and fill them with baby shower treasures of diapers, rattles, onesies and other baby shower items that are helpful for the mommy to be. Have cut out shells that people can write their baby advice for the parents to be on. Place aquatic confetti on the tables and serve pasta shells, sushi rolls and blue punch. For candy, get Swedish fish jellies as well as goldfish for snacks. Play sea related music like “Under the Sea” and “Somewhere Under the Sea” to set the mood along with The Little Mermaid movie playing.
Princess Disney Baby Shower
Many girls grew up with the Disney Princesses: Aurora, Jasmine, Ariel, Snow White and Cinderella. These princesses make an ideal inspiration for a Disney baby shower. For a Disney Princess baby shower theme give each guest a tiara to wear as they arrive. Decorate with plenty of pink. Have a red carpet laid out running along sidewalk to the front door. You could use a magic princess wand and a crown as individual centerpieces for each of the tables that could double as party favors.
Surround mom with baby bling to make her feel special at her baby shower. Baby bling is fast becoming a new favorite baby shower theme at many recent baby showers. How do you create a bling baby shower theme? Adhesive rhinestones and other sparkly plastic gems can be purchased at the craft store and used to decorate vases and flower pots that serve as table decorations. Anything that is brightly colored or glitters and sparkles is a great way to decorate. Colorful candies in jars, strands of inexpensive Mardi Gras beads, tiaras, colorful mylar balloons and confetti…anything shiny is a perfect decoration choice.
Bling Baby Favors
Peel and stick rhinestones can be added to candy tins or most anything to create bling party favors. Add rhinestones to party bags or small bottles of bubbles. Tie colorful ribbons around shimmery lip gloss or glitter pens.
Bling Baby Games
Fill a jar with acrylic diamond vase gems and have guests try to “guess the amount of bling”. Whoever guesses closest to the correct number wins a fun themed prize – such as shimmery body lotion, an oversize diamond shaped crystal paper weight, or a rhinestone-studded compact! Add glitter to standard baby shower bingo cards to upgrade them to your baby bling theme.
The baby bling theme adds sparkle and life to modern baby showers. One family expanded the bling theme to “A Star is Born,” turning the bling baby shower into a sparkling movie event. Let your glamorous imagination go wild with this theme and share with us how it worked for you!
Baby showers are filled with joy and expectations. In order to ensure the most joyful experience will be had by all we offer some baby shower etiquette guidelines for hosts, guests, and parents-to-be.
Baby Shower Etiquette
Who should host a baby shower?
Tradition states that a shower should be hosted by a close friend or distant relative, such as a cousin or an aunt. This rule was originally meant to keep it from looking like the close family was greedy for gifts. These days many families are spread out around the country, so it has become acceptable for a sister, mother-in-law, or even the guest of honor’s mother to host or co-host a shower. The new mother shouldn’t have to host her own baby shower.
Baby Shower Etiquette:
Who should be invited?
It is natural, and often expected, to invite close friends and family members to the baby shower. Have the guest of honor let you know who she wants to have invited. Keep in mind the available space for holding the baby shower and how many guests can be invited.
Baby Shower Etiquette: What about the dad-to-be and male guests?
It’s becoming more and more common to include men — friends, spouses, relatives — on the guest list. It does change the chemistry of the party. You need to decide whether you want that traditional “female-bonding ritual,” with lots of oohing and aahing over adorable baby clothes and exchanging of labor tales, or if it is alright for a more coed experience. Even at a “girl power” party, the expectant dad often makes an appearance toward the end of the shower to thank everyone for the gifts. Office baby showers are often coed and should be planned accordingly.
Baby Shower Etiquette: When should the shower be held?
Showers are typically given four to six weeks before the baby’s due date — late enough so that the pregnancy is well along, but early enough so that the baby is unlikely to arrive before the party day does. Sometimes, for religious, cultural or other reasons, parents-to-be prefer not to receive gifts until after the baby is born (in certain traditions, it’s considered bad luck to acquire baby items beforehand). In that case, you could begin some preliminary planning, but wait until after the baby is born to set a shower date. For parents adopting a child, you might set a date once the child has arrived in their home.
Baby Shower Etiquette: Does it need to have a theme, and must there be games played?
Baby shower games often make the baby shower a fun experience, but games do not have to be played. The hosts should take their cues from the style and tastes of the expectant parent.
Baby Shower Etiquette: Are invitees who can’t attend the shower obliged to give gifts?
No. If they wish, they may send a package to the home of the host, who can have it on hand to be opened at the shower. But they certainly aren’t obliged to do so — a shower invitation is an invitation to a party, not a demand for a gift. It would be perfectly fine for the invitee who can’t make the party to wait until the baby is born, and then send a gift.
Baby Shower Etiquette: When should the guest of honor send thank-you notes?
Usually within two to three weeks after the shower — unless of course the baby’s birth intervenes. In that case, it’s fine to wait until after the hectic postpartum period is over. It’s nice to thank your hosts with a special token, such a bouquet of flowers, a batch of cookies, or a small gift.
Crafted homemade baby shower favors add a special, one of a kind touch to your party. To show appreciation for the guests coming to the baby shower, consider having favors for them to take home as mementos. Homemade baby shower favors are inexpensive to make, and the mom-to-be will surely appreciate that you took the time to make them by hand.
Simple Homemade Baby Shower Favors
Treasure Box Kids Homemade Baby Shower Favors
The most simple baby shower favor can be made by filling inexpensive baby bottles with pastel-colored candies and decorating with a ribbon and label. Fold napkins like diapers, pin and fill with candy for another cute baby shower favor. Fragrant sachets filled with potpourri, organic teas and wrapped with a ribbon make for a unique baby shower favor.
Advanced Homemade Baby Shower Favors
If you are good at folding baby washcloths with colored edges, then you can make whimsical baby shower favors that look like cupcakes or lollipops. Fold the washcloth in half lengthwise; start at one end and roll the washcloth so that it looks like a cinnamon bun. Pull from the center to make a frosted cupcake look and then place in foil cupcake papers. Tie with a ribbon to help hold the shape. For washcloth lollipops, take the rolled washcloth and put it in a lollipop bag or saran wrap. Use a rubber band to secure the bottom of the bag or wrap. Insert a lollipop stick into the bag through the middle of the rubber band until it is touching the washcloth. Take a piece of ribbon and tie tightly around the rubber band.
Inventive mothers are coming up with new baby shower decorating ideas all of the time. Check back often to see more examples of baby shower decorations, like Homemade Baby Shower Favors, and other ideas and gifts.
Giving personalized baby shower gift baskets is a caring and unique way to share in the joy of new motherhood. Baby shower gift baskets can be filled with a wild variety of items or can adhere to a specific theme.
How to make a Baby Shower Gift Baskets
Once you have found a gift basket that you like begin to decorate the basket with pastel colored ribbons. For a baby bath-time basket line the basket with baby bath towels instead of tissue paper. Add baby bath products such as baby shampoo, wash cloths, baby lotion, baby powder, wash cloth puppets, a rubber duckie and so on. A sleep-time baby shower gift basket can be filled with a soft blanket, baby-safe stuffed animals, baby monitor, crib sheets, a soothing music collection, and a musical mobile. A breastfeeding gift basket could include a breast pump, handy meal plans for nursing moms, a nursing cover and a nursing pillow.
Other Baby Shower Gift Baskets Ideas
Another baby shower gift basket idea can be based on baby clothing. No baby can ever have enough clothes. You might offer some starter items that you think the mother would like and that would be comfortable for the baby as well. Vitamins Baby Clothing has several multiple-piece sets that contain matching items that new mothers need. I just went to a baby shower where the parents wanted to be surprised by the baby’s gender. A children’s boutique gift certificate allows the mother to pick up something special once the baby is born…a gift that keeps on giving.
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