1. The guest book
Instead of a standard guest book, welcome family and friends to the baby shower with something a little different. Have them sign a piece of artwork, like this cute owl print from Etsy, or a guest board, with cutouts for each guest to leave their own special note for mum and baby.
2. Burp cloth bouquet
Are you heading to a baby shower and have no idea how to make your present cute and unique? Try getting the new mum something useful, like bibs, towels or burp cloths, and wrapping them up like a bouquet. Roll up the cloths, and using a piece of decorated card, wrapping paper or a plant pot as the bouquet base, place the cloths in the top like blooms. It'll be the best bunch of flowers she's ever received.
3. Bring a book
Make a special note on the back of the invitation asking for books instead of cards. Rather than looking for the perfect, 'you're having a baby' message or fumbling around for a sentimental present, let them help you get baby’s library started early. Whether it’s Dr. Seuss or The Very Hungry Caterpillar, books always have the aw factor. Wanna make it even more spesh? Add a little message on the front page so mum and bump can look back at it in years to come. Pass the tissues already!
4. Watermelon baby basket
Want something edible AND beautiful? Try your hand at carving a watermelon baby basket! Take a watermelon and cut out the top to make a basket. Dig out all the insides and fill the empty space with your favourite fruits. If you want to jazz up your five a day, try decorating the outside with different fruits, like round orange slices for wheels and part of the cut-off watermelon for a handle. A refreshing take on the baby shower gifting experience. don't you think?
5. Ready to pop!
Not sure what food to serve? Try a “Ready to Pop!” bar. Gather every food that consists of the word “pop,” like buttered popcorn, popcorn chicken, cake pops, pop tarts or even popping candy. The theme is fun and cheeky and will be sure to keep your sweet toothed guests happy.
6. Cutie Cookies
Instead of generic, round cookies, try cutting the cookies for your shower into fun shapes. One really cute idea is to shape your cookies like sweet little baby feet. After you’ve baked them, ice the cookies where the sole of the foot and pads of where the little toes would go. Or, to mix things up a bit, cut out your cookies in other shapes, like bottles, duckies, or onesies. Simply adorbs.
7. Preggatinis and Mamaritas
Speaking of refreshments, just because the party is for a new momma doesn’t mean everyone can’t enjoy some homemade non-alcoholic cocktails. Blogs everywhere have gone wild for new “preggatini” and “mamarita” recipes. These mommy-safe cocktails are simple to make and taste so good, you won’t even miss the alcohol! (These mocktails don't have to be complicated. For a "mamarita", try sparkling flavored water with little lime wedges.)
8. Bottle beverages
Forget boring old cups. If you really wanna give this party the gaga touch serve your beverages out of baby bottles. Provide cute striped straws on the side in case your guests don't actually want to drink out of the bottle top.
9. Baby-face cupcakes
There's so many ways to decorate your cupcakes nowadays but why not try icing the tops to look like a baby-face. It really is as cute as it sounds. If you know the gender of your baby, or have a specific colour scheme going on, match up colours so everything comes together perfectly on the day.
10. Decorate a baby grow
Create a craft table with plain white babygrows and baby-safe materials to decorate. Then, throughout the party, your guests can visit the table to create a unique onesie for your little one on the way. Is your bump due in the summer months? Try setting up a drying line outside between two poles or trees, and have guests peg their onesies to the line. All your guests can then see all the cute creations. Ok, who else is welling up?
11. Rubber duckies
What's cuter and sweeter than a rubber duckie? Make sure you buy ducks that will float, and try placing them on top of your punch bowl to add a pop of colour and humour. For chic but fun centrepieces, fill glass bowls with water or clear marbles and place a rubber duck on top. Voilà
12. Mummy-to-be centrepieces
Not sure what should go in the centre of your tables? Try these mummy-to-be centrepieces. Just stick a standard foam sphere onto a rod and add that on top of a decorated pot. Put a cute dress on top of the sphere, tie a bow to keep it in place, and you've got the perfect mini baby bump.
13. Wear your guess
Are you revealing the child’s gender at your baby shower? Make a game out of it. When friends arrive at the party, have them guess what gender they think the child will be. A fun way to do this is to have them wear their guess. Attach lips and moustaches to craft sticks, and let your guests walk around with their guess held up to their faces. When the time comes for the big reveal, those who guessed right get an extra party favour.
14. Don't say "Baby"!
This sweet game lasts all through the baby shower. When your guests arrive, give them each a few nappy pins and warn them: Don't say the word "baby." When someone hears another person say the word "baby," they steal one of their nappy pins. The person at the end of the shower with the most pins wins.
15. Cake pops
Cake pops are certainly the new trend for easy, snackable sweets. To make your pops even cuter, decorate them like little babies and shape any wrapping you have to look like a bib or bonnet. They'll look almost too cute to eat.
15. Baby name race
Another fun game to keep you and your guests entertained is the Baby Name Race. For this game, you can either print out a list online or simply provide pen and paper. Then, guests race to see who can come up with one baby name for each letter of the alphabet first. Again, there’s a special prize in it for the winner at the end. Who knows, if you haven’t already picked out your little one’s name, this game may give you some inspiration.
16. Baby bootie dishes
What better way to welcome the pitter patter of tiny feet than to make your very own baby-themed candy dishes. Place some of your favourite sweeties in baby boots, cots or teddies (the choice is yours) and put them on each table for your guests to snack on. They'll love the sweet touch.
17. Guess the baby's weight
Before the shower, have the mummy-to-be write down what she guesses the baby's weight will be when born. Then, at the shower, have all the guests do the same. Reveal the mother's guess, and whichever guest comes closest wins.
18. Fabulous favours
For all the fabulous gifts you know friends will bring to the baby shower, you have to have some equally fab favours for them to take home. If you know the gender of your baby, buy a cute shade of nail polish accordingly. Rather keep it gender neutral? Try any of your favourite colours (pink and blue aside) and attach a cute tag to each.
19. Notes for baby
Make the new baby’s first year even more special by having your guests write down their notes and best wishes for mum and baby. Either have a special station at the party for friends to write their messages, or leave cards and pens on each table. A great way to cutely store the notes is to place them in a mason jar labelled “Notes for Baby.” Then, either on your child’s first birthday or whenever you feel like it, open the jar and read all the love inside.
20. The big reveal
There are dozens of ways to reveal the gender of a bump at your baby shower, but one of the cutest we’ve seen so far is to have a reveal box full of balloons. Pick out your balloons and fill them with helium. Then, seal up the box and decorate the outside. Then, when the time comes at the party, gather all your guests and open the box. Make sure someone has a camera to snap photos of the balloons flying up, up, and away. So fun and definitely worthy of an Instagram!
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