Over the last few years, baby showers have become an increasingly popular way to prepare for the arrival of your little one. Though not necessary, they are a great excuse to spend a day getting together with friends and family. We’ve put together some simple steps to hopefully help make planning your own shower as easy and fun as possible!
Your theme can be something as simple as a single colour or something more specific or personal to you. We’ve chosen ‘Spring’ as our theme, using fresh botanical elements to create an elegant, celebratory display. We created a mood board by printing out some our favourite found inspiration and arranging it on a spare piece of card. Pinterest is also perfect for this, and we’ve collected some beautiful pins and ideas over on our own ‘Baby Shower’ board.
Your invitations don’t need to be fancy – unless you want them to be of course! Make your own by stamping cute details and filling out all the information your guests will need to know – time, place and when to RSVP. Etsy is a great place to start if you don’t want to make your own invites. There are plenty of affordable options and we’ve selected just a few of our Spring-themed favourites.
For lots of expectant parents, this might seem like it’s going to be a lot of work – but it really doesn’t have to be! Look for the simplest recipes possible to make things a lot quicker and simpler for you. BBC Good Food is full of easy and delicious recipes, and they even have a baby shower edit. Perhaps each of guests could bring a dish so that there’s plenty for everyone to share? Or you could even buy your food ready-made – ssh, we won’t tell!
These are entirely optional and you definitely don’t need them, but we saw this idea on Pinterest from ‘Inspired By This’ blog, and just had to share it! Each guest would receive an adorable mini succulent to take home and grow. There’s something so sweet about the idea of all your friends and family nurturing their own little plant, just as you are growing your baby. They also provide a lovely, take-home memory of the day that you all spent together celebrating baby’s imminent arrival. Other ideas include tasty hand-tied bags of sweets, tea bags or sweet-smelling soaps to name but a few.
Baby showers are the perfect opportunity to keep your decorating as manageable as possible by centring your display around a single table. And once your food and party favours are sorted, this is almost done! Arrange over a pretty tablecloth or scattering of confetti. This is also a great place for guests to leave any gifts. To add interest from above, we created these super simple hand-made tissue paper pom-poms. Balloons are another fun option arranged in an arch over your table, or standing to attention around the room.
Now that you’ve worked so hard to organise and create your baby shower, the final step is to enjoy it! For a fun baby shower activity that all your guests can partake in, we used the Fingerprint Art with the adorable little lamb character to match our Spring theme, arranging our brand new ink pads alongside this. Each guest can add their own fingerprint to create a wonderful bunch of balloons. This piece of keepsake nursery art can be treasured for years to come.
Credit for images in this post go to:
Invitation (top left) from STNstationery
Invitation (top right) from Make Me Digital Studio
Invitation (bottom right) by Forever Your Baby
Invitation (bottom left) by Line Design Arts
Party favours from ‘Inspired By This’ blog
Menu inspiration and recipes from BBC Good Food