Baby Shower Ideas for the Guest of Honor
April 17, 2012
The thought of throwing a baby shower on a budget can be an intimidating prospect. But with a little creativity, the right baby shower party supplies, and a little extra work, you’ll be able to throw a fabulous baby shower the guest of honor will love!
The first thing to do is to sit down with the mommy-to-be and hammer out two key details: the guest list and when to have the shower. Traditionally, baby showers happen a couple months before the baby is due so that the nursery is fully stocked before the baby comes home. But, in recent years some couples have begun shunning tradition and waiting until after the baby is born to have the shower, either due to superstition or because they want to use the baby shower as an opportunity to introduce their friends and family to their little miracle!
Once you pick the date it’s time to figure out the guest list. Have the guest of honor bring the names, addresses, and email addresses of friends and family members she wants you to invite. As tempting as it might be to send out email invitations, resist the urge! Personalized baby shower invitations offer a more personal touch that your guests will appreciate in this digital age! And with such a wide selection, you’re sure to find personalized baby shower invitations to match whatever theme you choose. These invitations come preprinted on high-quality cardstock, so you won’t have to spend hours filling out invitations by hand, saving you time and you’re invitations will still have a more personal touch than an email will. Be sure to send the invitations out at least a month in advance so the guests have plenty of notice and if you haven’t received all your RSVPs in time, go ahead and contact the guests by email to get a final head count.
Next you’ll need to pick out a theme for the baby shower. If the mommy-to-be knows whether she’s having a boy or girl, it will be easy and there are plenty of blue and pick baby shower decorations to choose from! If the baby’s sex is going to be a surprise, there are still plenty of fun gender-neutral themes out there! The Coming Soon design is a festive choice. And who doesn’t like Baby Dr. Seuss or Winnie the Pooh & Friends?
If you’re looking for simple and economical decorating ideas, try one of our baby shower decorating kits. We have a pink baby girl kit and blue baby boy kit available, as well as a gender-neutral kit. Each kit contains everything you need to decorate for your baby shower, including baby-themed cutouts, honeycomb balls, baby bottles, paper garland, and a banner. These kits take the worry out of decorating!
Or, if you’d like to be a little more elegant with your decorating, try draping the tables with a basic white tablecloth, then add small fresh flower arrangements or pots of blooming plants as a centerpiece. Pin a cloth diaper around the base of the pot with a large diaper pin in pink or blue and sprinkle some It’s a Boy confetti or It’s a Girl confetti around the pots for a festive yet simple touch.
Although the main focus of a baby shower is watching the guest of honor opening her presents, it’s still fun to have some activities planned for the guests.
- Create baby bingo cards. Each square contains common baby items the guest of honor might receive or items from her registry. The first one to fill in her bingo card wins!
- The pacifier game. String light up pacifiers on necklace-length strings and pass one out to each guest as they arrive. Choose two or three words that are off limits for the party, such as “baby,” “labor,” and “bottle.” Every time someone hears another guest says any of those words, they get to claim that guest’s necklace (and any others she has collected!) Whoever has the most necklaces at the end is the winner!
- Advice for the new mommy. Leave note cards and personalized baby shower message pens at each seat. Have each guest write her most valuable piece of advice for the new mommy. At the end of the baby shower place the note cards in a scrapbook.
To keep the costs down for the baby shower, instead of having it during a meal, have a high tea style shower. You won’t have to serve an entire meal and will only need to serve light snacks, along with a cake. The menu can include mini quiches, a veggie tray, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, tortilla roll ups, and mini pizzas. Having a varied selection of light appetizers will be a much cheaper option than serving a complete meal, plus your guests will enjoy the lighter fare!
So it is entirely possible to throw a baby shower while tightening the purse strings! Your guest of honor will still feel loved and your guests will think you have excellent taste and party planning skills despite your penny-pinching ways.