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How to Throw a Better Baby Shower: Five Tips!

June 1, 2012

Honestly, how many times have you heaved a sigh of resignation upon receiving an invitation to a baby shower? Baby showers get a bad rap, and deservedly so! The bizarre games, the endless opening of gifts, and the lack of real food are common complaints. Whether you’re throwing a shower for a friend or your own shower is approaching, these tips will inject your shower with a dose of fun and festivity!

  1. A well-fed guest is a happy guest. Baby showers tend to fall at odd times during the day, when a meal isn’t exactly necessary or appropriate. But that doesn’t mean you should limit your offerings to a few mini-cupcakes. Serve a variety of finger foods, and a lot of them, to keep your guests from fleeing your party with hunger pangs.
  1. Ditch the games. OK, one or two games can be fun. But we have never heard anyone mention that they enjoy the “Candy Bar in the Diaper” game or the “Baby Food Taste Test”. Your guests are grown-ups and are mainly interested in conversation and relaxation. Keep the games informal or in the background, like a drawing for a prize. Or try a conversational, question-and-answer game that allows guests to get to know one another.
  1. Don’t hold guests hostage during the opening of gifts. Depending on how many guests you’ve invited, the gift opening portion of the celebration can go on a bit long. Consider passing around glasses of a custom-made cocktail and encouraging conversation to flow, so that the fun continues while presents are acknowledged.
  1. Fathers-to-be deserve a party, too! We’ve recently been to a couple of co-ed baby showers, and the vibe has been refreshing and fun! There’s no reason why the expectant father should be barred from the festivities, and your guests may appreciate being able to bring their spouses to a party, and mingling with other couples.
  1. Register for gifts at varying price points. While family and close friends may want to splurge on big ticket items like cribs, strollers, and car seats, there may be a few guests who will appreciate the opportunity to purchase a useful gift that doesn’t compromise their bank accounts. Register for small items like infant toys and books.

These suggestions may earn your shower a rare distinction as a fun event for both guests and the mom-to-be! Have you been to a shower recently that you enjoyed? What made it fun for you?

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Rachael permalink
    June 6, 2012 7:07 pm

    Going to one on Sunday…I’ll let you know. Ha.

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