Carley Roney, editor in chief of TheBump.com shared some tips for making your baby shower a charming occasion from the invitations and favors to food, games and gifts.
Custom baby book invitation from Ceci New York, sample keepsake of best parenting tips.
For hosts who want to really go over the top, we love the idea of actually designing a baby shower invitation as though it's a book. This is an invitation that's a play on the children's book "Madeline," and all of the artwork is custom-drawn by Ceci New York. We added text about the upcoming baby shower, and in the back is an insert where guests can actually write their favorite parenting tip for the mom-to-be. Guests bring the inserts to the shower so it can all be put together to make a personalized parenting manual and keepsake.
A huge trend in invitations now is making a video e-vite! The baby shower hosts can just make a video at-home and send it out via email to the guests. Great option for a last-minute invite that needs to go out too; and it's budget-friendly! You just create a little video, do it with a webcam and e-mail it out to your guests.
Candy Baby Socks
Candy baby socks are a cute way to give candies as a baby shower favor. Just buy a bunch of baby socks, fill them up with assorted candies, and tie pairs of socks with a ribbon. Some guests can even send the socks back to the mom-to-be a few weeks later so she can use them.
Take the idea of a baby shower literally and gift guests with umbrellas! Personalize the umbrellas with tags of guest names. They're practical gifts that guests will actually use.
FOOD AND GAMES
Pickles & Ice Cream
Everyone knows there's a saying that moms-to-be crave pickles and ice cream. So play off that idea and set up a pickles and ice cream craving station! We've set up jars of different pickle flavors and paired it with ice cream. Guests can add their own favorite topping to it too.
Milkshakes and Mini Cupcakes
Another huge pregnancy craving is sweets! You can pair mini cupcakes with little "shots" of milkshakes in different flavors.
This is the perfect crafty baby shower game that even non-mommy guests will love too. Just buy packs of little white onesies for future baby, along with fabric markers. Have guests design their own couture onesie for the baby and the mom-to-be gets to pick her favorite! Plus, the baby now has tons of new, custom clothes! Make sure you buy different sized onesies so baby can wear it as he grows.
This is a hilarious game that will get baby shower guests laughing! Give each guest color headshots of the mom- and dad-to-be, and a sheet of paper with the outline of a baby's head. Ask guests to make a one-of-a-kind baby face by cutting out and gluing the eyes, nose, mouth and other features from the parents-to-be photos. Mom-to-be picks her favorite look to determine the winner.
Nursery Rhyme Karaoke
Who doesn't love karaoke?! You can use either a karaoke machine with a nursery rhyme CD or just play some nursery rhymes over an iPod. Break guests into teams and have them sing along with the nursery rhymes, but at certain points of the song, the hosts stop the music and guests have to try to sing out and remember the lyrics. The team that remembers the most lyrics and sings the best, wins!
Babies go through tons of diapers, which means new parents are constantly running out to buy more. Amazon.com has a Subscribe & Save program where you can buy one, two, three or even five months worth of diapers. You get to choose from Pampers, Huggies, Seventh Generation and a variety of different diaper brands. Plus, it's free shipping and you save 15 percent.
Non-Diaper Looking Diaper Bag
No mom-to-be wants to wear a diaper bag that actually looks like one!
New parents are incredibly conscious about what's on and around baby. A basket of eco-friendly goodies is the perfect gift, such as organic teething toys, organic onesies and even organic hooded towels.Source