If you’ve recently decided to host a baby shower for a friend or loved one, then you’re going to have a lot of planning to do. The more time you dedicate to getting the baby shower just right, the more likely it is that this will be an event your loved one remembers forever.
Since there’s nothing more precious than a new life, it’s often easy to think of themes for your baby shower, particularly with so many gender reveal options here. However, one things that many people overlook, is how they can deliver the right etiquette as a baby shower host.
Here are some top tips to keep in mind if you want to be an amazing host.
1. Be Clear with Invitations
In the past, baby showers were events held by and attended by female friends for the impending mother to be. However, as the world has evolved, we’ve realised that it’s often important to include the father of the baby in the action too. While it’s up to you to decide whether your friend would rather stick to tradition or not, it’s important to be clear.
When sending out invitations, make sure that your attendees know whether it’s just the women that can come to the big day, or if everyone has a place. If you haven’t thought about it yet, consider talking to the new mother to-be about her preferences. Invitations should also include plenty of other information, such as the location of the shower, and the time the party will begin.
2. Help Out with Gifts
If you’re planning on sending out a wish list of gifts that the mother to be wants to help simplify the gift giving experience, then make sure that you do this as early as possible. Although you can always leave your attendees to handle gifts on their own, they will expect you to take charge in giving them directions. This also includes arranging who should be pitching into bigger gifts.
Think about asking your mother-to-be for a list and sending it out to your attendees a couple of months in advance. This will give everyone plenty of time to decide what they want to bring, and what they can afford. Make sure that everyone knows what everyone else is getting, so that there are as few repetitions as possible.
3. Consider The Kids
If you decide to invite both mothers and fathers to an impeding baby shower, then you may other children to think about too. With kids running around, it can be difficult to focus much attention on the mother to be. On the other hand, having children present at the party can also be an excellent way to make any existing siblings in the family feel more comfortable.
If you’re going to have children at the event, make sure that there are activities in place to keep them busy while you’re doing more adult-focused things. There are tons of baby shower party games out there to inspire you like “Guess what’s in the diaper”, or “put the bow on the baby”.
4. Work on The Mother’s Schedule
It’s worth remembering that not all mothers have the option to take their maternity leave before the baby arrives. There are a lot of mums out there who work right until their due date. That means that you need to think carefully about the mum’s schedule and what she needs. Check with dad about the days that your mum-to-be has away from work. You might need to stick to a weekend if you’re dealing with someone who works a typical nine-to-five schedule.
Whatever you do, don’t host a baby shower in your mother-to-be’s office unless you know for a fact that she’s going to be comfortable with it. If your friend only normally gets a few minutes for lunch, then she’s not going to have time to really enjoy the event this way.
5. Relax and Have Fun
Finally, just like planning any party, it’s important to remember that problems can happen in any situation, whether you have the ultimate strategy or not. Try to relax and have as much fun as you can on this incredible day. Your soon-to-be mother will be able to see the amount of effort that you’ve made in making this day incredible for her.
If all else fails, you can at least make sure that you have an amazing gift to give your friend or family member, so that they end the day with a smile.