Are you planning someone (yourself) a baby shower, and need a little help on how to pull everything together?
If I had to plan a baby shower myself, I would cry every night because A) pregnancy hormones, and B) I wouldn’t even know where to start.
Luckily for me, my dear friend Natasha from Polished Avenue stepped in and hosted a beautiful shower for me last month.
I still cried, but because of how grateful and honored I feel. So I have to share with you the Polished Avenue Ultimate Guide to a successful baby shower. This is how Natasha pulled it all together.
1. Pick a theme
Will this be a shower for a baby girl, or a baby boy? Twins? Unknown gender? Do you know if the mama has a specific theme she would love? For a girl, some theme suggestions are princess theme, garden/floral theme. And the color palette could be pink, purple, polka dots, leopard print etc. For a boy, it could be car theme, pirate theme. How about mustache, bow ties? And the colors could be blue, green, navy.
For me, Natasha knows me well. I’m having a baby girl, and I’m a girly girl myself. She called me ahead and confirmed that I would be okay with a floral/garden theme. The shower turned out perfectly, just like what I had imagined. Very cute and feminine, without being overly done with pink.
Once you have a theme, pick out a restaurant or a place to host the event. A lot of the time, you can do it at someone’s house too. But if you’re going to a public place, keep in mind how their decor aesthetic could affect your theme and color palette.
2. Decor items
Almost every baby shower has decor items. These include banner, board/sign, wall hangings, theme items (for my garden theme, you can see these items would be the flowers on the long table). Also decorative cups, plates, napkins, party hats, party poppers, confetti etc. You don’t have to get every item that I just listed. Get what you find that is appropriate for the theme you’re going for and for your budget.
For my garden theme, Natasha collaborated with Manofatto shop to arrange the most beautiful florals I’ve ever seen. Which we got asked about by many of the restaurant goers who passed by.
Natasha also worked with Swoozies to set up a banner and paper floral fans to go on the wall. What I love is not only how all these pieces go together, but also they scream fun, pretty, baby and girly. Just exactly what I wanted!
3. Food and drinks
Will this be a lunch/dinner event? For mine, Natasha and I wanted it to be a fun and intimate brunch with the girls. So we chose to have a sit down type of event with food and (non-alcoholic) drinks served. But even if your event is not a sit down type, make sure to have drinks, and appetizers or snacks. The mama to be will appreciate small bites within her arm’s reach. And if you could find sweets, that would be a great bonus.
Make sure the food or snacks are preggo friendly. To help you out, preggers can’t eat sushi, raw food (no underdone steak, no runny eggs), no seafood (we can eat certain types of sea food, BUT generally the smell makes us queasy. And if you pick a fish that contains mercury, that’s harmful for the baby. So let’s just say no seafood to be on the safe side).
4. Activities or games
This is optional. But games could be a great idea for a baby shower. Think of easy things you could do for a round table and don’t require too much moving around. Guess the belly measurement, guess the baby’s name or if the mom doesn’t want to reveal it, guess the initial. Those were the two games we played. They are easy to set up and easy to play. Just plan a couple of small gifts for the winners.
Also, other fun activities that look good in photos include throwing confetti and party poppers. Natasha got these poppers from Swoozies as well and we went outside to pop them and take fun photos. It’s a fun activity to do with friends and it sure makes everyone giggle.
Yes, this is one of those events that needs to be documented and go in the family album. You can ask the guests to take photos with their smart phones. You can even ask them to bring their good cameras if they have any. If you have the budget, hiring a professional photographer for a couple hours is even better.
Having a professional really helps. Obviously high quality pictures for the album is a guarantee. But also, everyone can be in a photo at the same time, you get candid shots while activities are going on, and you won’t have to worry about editing photos later.
I got so lucky that Natasha found Kristiina Craven to photograph the baby shower for us. She’s great at taking photos for events and I love the candid shots she captured for us in the moments. If you are having any event in Denver, make sure you check out her portfolio.
And last item on the guide: have fun and enjoy celebrating the mama to be! It is such a beautiful and exciting time. I hope this Polished Avenue ultimate guide to a baby shower helps you on where to get started planning and hosting one. Just like any event, be sure to start the planning early!
I’d also like to dedicate this post to say my tremendous thanks to:
Natasha for planning this fabulous baby shower for me (check out her version of the post here).
Manofatto for the beautiful floral arrangements.
Swoozies for the adorable party decor, banner and party favors.
Kristiina for the stunning photos. And
All these amazing ladies whom I know from the world of blogging. Not only did they spend their Sunday morning to attend the event but also for the love and presents they’ve shared with me and baby L. Woodside.