Planning the perfect baby shower!
Updated: Oct 28, 2020
According to tradition, baby showers should be hosted by a friend or relative. Baby showers are typically held 1-2 months before the baby's due date so that it is late enough that the pregnancy is well along, but likely early enough to avoid an untimely arrival. The mother to be usually doesn’t get too involved in the planning, after all, she’s the special guest.
Choosing a date!
Saturday's and Sunday's are the most popular days for hosting baby showers. Weekdays are ideal for office baby showers, and weeknights can also work if the mother to be would prefer to keep her weekends free. Check the calendar for special events that might conflict with your date, and make sure the mother to be's closest friends and family members are free on your chosen date.
The guest list!
Close friends and family members should be at the top of the guest list. After that, only choose guests who would gladly celebrate the mother-to-be and buy her a gift.
It is becoming increasingly common to include men on the guest list. But inviting men does change the chemistry of the party. You'll need to decide whether you want the traditional girly day with lots of oohing and aahing over adorable baby clothes and exchanging of labor tales, or whether you're looking for a more co-ed experience.
Decide on a location!
This could be the mother to be's home, a restaurant or cafe, a party venue, an outdoors venue or the office.
There are lots of inspiring decoration ideas for you to consider when planning the baby shower. Pinterest is always good for finding inspiration. Usually, the food table is the centre of attention in terms of decorations. Our afternoon tea caddy's make the perfect ready made decor for your table, just add to the table by choosing matching table cloths, cutlery, serving platters, and hang signage, streamers, balloons, or banners near the food table.
Do baby showers need games and a theme?
No. There's no rule stating that everyone must play games. Some of the most memorable baby showers have unique, non-traditional themes! My advice would be to ask the mother to be what she would enjoy and take it from there.
Should you provide food and drink for your guests?
Absolutely! We recommend making things easy for yourself and ordering something in. Our Baby Shower Afternoon Tea's are the perfect choice for your baby shower.
We will deliver our personalised baby shower afternoon tea to your home or event, we currently deliver throughout the Fylde Coast in Lancashire but can offer delivery further afield for larger orders such as baby showers.
Each of our Afternoon tea will come with a 3 tier cake stand and will include cute little personalised baby biscuits, an assortment of homemade pink and blue French macaroons in addition to our dainty sandwiches and selection of cakes.
There's also no washing up afterwards as our cake stands and boxes are fully recyclable.
Don’t forget drinks! We can provide bottles of prosecco or champagne with our afternoon tea but we also recommend having a selection of soft drinks such as home-made lemonade, tea, coffee or non alcoholic cocktails.
Should the guest of honour send thank you cards?
Yes and usually within two to three weeks after the shower, unless, of course, the baby's birth intervenes. In that case, it's fine to wait until after the you are settled with the baby. It's nice to thank the organiser with a special gift, too. A bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine would make a great gift for the baby shower hostess!