How To Host The Best Baby Shower in 2019: Get Party Ideas For Decor, Food, Games, Cheap Party Favors & More!
Did you volunteer or get selected to host a baby shower this year? Or maybe you are the soon-to-be parent looking for party ideas for your little miracle?
Whichever the case, you want the event to be special and memorable. After all, this can be a once in a lifetime moment!
Let's go over some great ways to ensure your baby shower is the best it can be.
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What Kind Of Baby Shower Theme Should I Have At The Party?
Choosing the baby shower theme is one of the most fun parts of the hosting process! Once you know if the baby is a boy or a girl, you can start narrowing down your options. And of course if the baby's gender is unknown at this point, there are tons of great choices for a gender neutral theme.
As you will soon see below, you don't have to be limited to blue for boys and pink for girls. Just be sure to get on the same page with the baby's parents early enough to go over the options and details.
Here are some awesome baby shower themes to celebrate the new bundle of joy!
Boy Themed Baby Shower Ideas
Hosting a baby shower for a bouncing baby boy is a blast! There are so many fantastic ideas ranging from trucks, tractors, trains, sports, etc. And yes, some can involve the color blue.
Here are some fun boy themed baby shower ideas!
Girl Themed Party Ideas
Do you have the honor of hosting a shower for a baby girl? I'm not sure who will have more fun decorating, you or the mom-to-be!
Check out these awesome girl themed party ideas to make your shower the best in 2019.
Gender Neutral Theme For A Baby Shower
Are the parents-to-be waiting until the baby is born to find out the gender? Or maybe the preferred theme is something that's not pink, blue, princesses or trucks?
In either case, no problem! There are plenty of gender neutral baby shower themes that will be a perfect fit for your party. Let's take a look at some of my favorite options.
Appropriate Locations To Host A Baby Shower
Often times, choosing the location for the baby shower is one of the hardest decisions you'll make during this process. You want to find a venue that's large enough for everyone, but not too big to lose the cozy atmosphere. And hosting it at home means more prep work and cleanup.
Here are some practical locations to host a baby shower. Definitely call around in advance for pricing and availability.
- Church Meeting Room
- Hotel Conference Room
- Community Center
- Golf Course Clubhouse
- Restaurant Private Room
- Tea Room
- Outdoors at a Park
Do I Buy Or Make Baby Shower Invitations?
Once you have the location finalized, you can get the baby shower invitations created and sent out. There are many great companies online who do a great job with baby shower invites and announcements, such as Shutterfly.
Be sure to shop around to get the best price. Many places online offer promotions, coupons and discounts! Especially free shipping!
Also, take advantage of technology and create a Facebook event for this special day. It's a fast way to get an approximate head count as people can accept or decline with a click.
When Should I Send Out Invites For A Baby Shower?
To give guests plenty of advanced notice, baby shower invitations should be sent out four to six weeks before the baby shower. Since it is likely that some guests will have to travel, the extra time to setup accommodations will be appreciated.
This will also give guests plenty of time to buy a gift so make sure to have the registry information included on the invite.
Best Baby Shower Food Ideas To Serve At A Party
Now that we have the formalities out of the way, it's time to get to the "meat and potatoes" of the party. The food of course!
Appetizers and light brunches are very popular choices at baby showers. Think easy to eat finger foods for the convenience of your guests.
Also keep in mind the layout of the food table. Make sure to have some room on the table to put plates down and also keep the food flow going on both sides of the table. This will prevent congestion if you have a larger group. Try to limit foods that will require cutting as this slows the line.
Consider putting the beverages at a different station than the food. This is also an important area to leave some space for the ability to set a plate down to get a beverage.
Appetizers/Brunch Foods: Pasta and Lettuce Salads, Assorted Fruit, Tortilla Pinwheels, Veggies and Dip, Chips with Salsa or Guacamole, Taco Dip, Sub Sandwiches, Meatballs with BBQ Sauce, Crab Dip, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Vegetable Pizza. Deli meats, cheeses and buns are also a great option for a build-your-own sandwich station.
Cute Baby Shower Cakes & Other Sweet Treat Ideas
When you think of baby showers, you think of the sweet desserts. Well, at least I do! Most likely a good percentage of your sweet treats will be themed out in designs of your choosing. Or you could opt for a dessert pot luck in which your guests all bring a little something along to share.
Mini desserts are a great way for guests to sample more variety. Plus you can go back for seconds, or fourths, and nobody is going to say anything! Here are some delicious treat ideas for your baby shower!
Desserts: Baby Shower Themed Cake, Decorated Cupcakes, Fruit Pizza, Lemon Tarts, Cake Pops, Fruit Dip, Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups, Oreo Cheesecake Bites, Brownies, Caramel Chocolate Trifle.
Refreshing Baby Shower Drinks
Baby showers are fun events to showcase creativity. Your party's drink choices can be as innovative as you desire because the possibilities are almost endless.
Typically, baby showers don't have alcoholic drinks because, well, the mom-to-be can't have alcohol. However, this trend is changing and more baby showers these days will serve alcoholic drinks. This decision should be totally up to mom of course!
Beverages: Punch, Sweet Tea, Lemonade Iced Tea, Coffee, Soda, Bottles of Water, Mimosas, etc. If there are small children attending the party, juice boxes go over well!
Fun Baby Shower Party Games Everyone Will Want To Play
Baby showers are notorious for their fun and entertaining games. Nothing lightens the mood better than creating some laughs and smiles from your guests!
It's important to choose games that are not overly complicated and time consuming. This is not a setting for that! You want games which are easy to follow and don't require your full attention. Let's be real, there will most likely be a lot of chit-chat going on while the games are being played. Here are some fun ideas for baby shower party games!
- Baby Shower Name That Tune
- Blindfolded Diaper Changing on a Doll Game
- What's in Your Purse?
- Baby Shower Bingo
- Dirty Diaper Candy Game
- Guess the Baby Food
- Don't Say Baby
- Decorate with helium balloons. It's a great way to fill small spaces and each child can go home with one. Buy and have them filled at your local dollar store and you can get a lot for your money!
- Trivia Game About the Mom-To-Be
Baby Shower Party Prizes and Cheap Party Favors For Guests
It's always a great idea to give your guests some prizes and party favors for attending. After all, you appreciate their company, and their thoughtful gifts!
The prizes and party favors don't have to break the bank. And they should be something useful so they don't get thrown away when the guests arrive home. That would just be a waste of money and your time and effort.
Here are some fun baby shower party favors!
- Bath soaps
- Gift certificates to a coffee shop
- Candies in a Jar
- Pedicure/Manicure Gift Set
- Photo Frame
- Scented Candles
- Homemade soaps
- Decorated cookies
Last But Not Least: How To Decorate And Where Do I Get Supplies For A Classy Baby Shower Party?
If you are creative and have the time, you can craft your own baby shower decorations. It's a great way to put your skills to work! You can also save on cost by using any decorations a friend may have from a past shower. It's always a great idea to save money when you can!
If you prefer purchasing decorations and supplies, stores like Party City, Target, Walmart and dollar stores are great places to go. Also Amazon has plenty of supplies if you'd rather shop online - and are in a rush, you can get many of these items in 2 days with Prime shipping!
A nice banner, a few balloons and some table toppers are a great way to keep decorating for a baby shower fairly simple. When I had a baby shower, my favorite table toppers were all things I got to use, or keep. Such as a pyramid of diapers nicely stacked in the shape of a cake like this one on Pinterest. Mine was decorated with baby booties and girly hair ties. Even though I ended up having boys!
BONUS! Turn Cheap Dollar Tree Items Into Perfect Baby Shower Decor Ideas
If you are like me, you have totes all around your house for baby showers, kid parties, over-the-hill celebrations, etc. Over time, things can get kind of beat up, or just don't last. A Dollar Store is a GREAT way to get all of your baby shower decoration supplies for cheap y'all! I could watch YouTube videos like this one below all day long how to make crafty, pretty things that just add a nice touch at parties. ENJOY!
How To Host A Classy Baby Shower Party In 6 Easy Steps!
- Collaborate with the expected parent-to-be and grandparents and decide what kind of theme you should have for the baby shower: boy, girl, gender neutral?
- Find an appropriate location. Consider the parent's personal schedules.
- Send out invitations when the expecting mother is around 5-6 months and have the shower when the mother is around 6-7 months along.
- Serve an appropriate food for the time of day of the baby shower. If morning, consider breakfast foods and a sweet treat with orange juice. Or light finger foods in the afternoon with cake and punch.
- Play fun, engaging games you can easily find Pinterest to keep the guests entertained. Give simple door prizes and party favors.
- Re-use party supplies from other friends and family members, or go to your local Dollar Store!
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