Because I’m the mom to the cutest little boy (I’m a little bias), I’m always looking for fun party ideas for boys. That’s when I came across Stephanie Keeping and her blog Spaceships and Laserbeams. Stephanie is joining us today to share her tips for planning an awesome baby shower.
Party Planning Tips for a Baby Shower
It’s nearly spring; that’s the traditional season of fresh beginnings, new babies and baby showers! If you are hoping to throw a party for a new mom-to-be, I have suggestions to help. On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, I specialize in parties so I have lots of ideas to help you plan yours. Read on for a brief list of how to plan an awesome baby shower.
One of the first things to decide is the theme for your party. That one decision will help you with all the others. There are tons of options, so to help narrow down choices ask yourself:
- do you want this party to focus on new mama and her interests or on baby and childhood traditions?
- is there a seasonal tie-in that would provide inspiration or color choices?
- do you want a casual, elegant or something-in-between atmosphere?
Once you decide on the theme, there are five main components that need to be considered: invitations, decorations, menu choices, party activities and guest favors.
Although a lot of invitations are casually extended via phone or electronic media, postal delivery is still my first choice; it really ramps up anticipation for your party, especially if it is a cute invite!
Decorations make a significant difference at a baby shower; it’s the most fun part of the process! Whether you make your own unique embellishments, shop local party and hobby stores or download printables from the internet, you’ll find more potentials than you’ll need.
Your theme focus not only helps you decorate, it assists in menu choices, too. Guests appreciate when you make an extra effort to tie everything together. For example, if your theme is “Welcome to the World Baby,” your menu might include recipes from cultures around the globe.
Whether you play games or offer a crafting experience, it’s a good idea to plan an activity that encourages guest interaction. Make sure you have game sheets or crafting materials for everyone and know how to clearly explain what you want them to do.
Finally, thank guests for coming by sending them home with a party favor. Going with our “World” theme, this could be a taste treat like baklava in a small decorated favor box or a brass bell from India or a fan from Japan – you get the idea!
A baby shower is a sweet experience for everyone when you take time to plan for guest comfort and conversation. You’ll be making memories for everyone: enjoy the journey!
What theme would you love to see for a baby shower?
Stephanie Keeping is a wife to Mike, mom to a boy named Sam, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. You can connect with her on Facebook, Google+,