This weekend, I have to attend two back to back baby showers. Friends have thrown me a total of six baby showers, I have hosted nearly a dozen myself and have attended close to 100 showers in my lifetime. I thought I’d answer the call and share with Bellyitch readers the 10 most unique ideas I have seen in all of those occasions:
1. 1. Perfectly Matched: At one shower I attended, the mom-to-be dressed in her shower’s color scheme including a diaper tower centerpiece that the host had created. It created a quite cohesive look.
2. 2. Dolls on the line: To save money on shower decorations, have a friend who has gently worn girl or boy clothes string a clothing line across the room and hang them on the line. Pick clothes with the same monochromatic theme to create a classic look.
3. 3. Pennies from Heaven: For a shower game that will also raise money to go into the baby’s first piggy bank, hold a pool to determine the exact date, weight and/or height of the baby. Each entry cost $25 into a small piggy bank and the winner gets bragging rights.
4. 4. Ribbons in the Sky: Though it is a little more expensive, custom made ribbons with the date of the shower and name of the mom (and/or dad to be if it is a coed shower) would add a wonderful memorable and personalized touch. The guests get to keep the ribbon as a memento of the occasion. My best friend made cute personalized buttons for me during a shower she hosted for me in New York where most of my husband’s family lived. You can also make other parts of the shower personalized like the card in the image above from Tiny Prints, an online stationary company that offers customized items like shower invitations.
5. 5. Food for Thought: Color coordinated food/drinks. When I hosted my sister’s shower, the color theme was pink and green in honor of her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated. I offered pink cosmopolitans and green apple martinis. We had water flavored with green cucumber slices and pink salmon and green string bean salad to eat. It all stood out visually and was yummy, if I do say so myself.
6. 6. Tell me Something Good: games have gotten more creative over the years. My all time favorite and most unique I’ve seen was a game where each person wrote down advice to the new mom on slits of paper. Afterwards, the mom read each piece of advice and had to guess which one of her shower guests offered the advice. If she correctly picked that guest, s/he would be eliminated from the competition. The names of those she did not guess are put into a hat and a prize winner is drawn from that pool.
7. 7. Imagine what could be: A very unique invitation I’ve gotten was a photo of a 3-D ultrasound of the mom-to-be’s baby on the cover. It was a delightful thing to see and it really brought to life for me the miracle of birth and what was to come. I was even more excited to attend the shower so I could do the rude thing and rub that belly!
8. 8. Thankful graces: I saw at a friend’s house a small framed photo of the newborn baby inside a card which doubled as a shower thank you card and birth announcement. It was a great way of saving money on thank you cards and birth announcements because most likely some of the same people who attended the shower would be sent a birth announcement anyway. It also saves time and postage. Who has time to address two sets of envelopes when you have barely gotten any sleep staying up with your newborn?
9. 9. Themed shower: Beyond brunches and backyard showers, I’ve co-hosted a shower that was also a pamper party. We hired a nail technician to give the guests pedicures. The co-hosts paid for the mom-to-be’s treatment. Another neat idea would be to have a massage therapist who could do back and shoulder massages or aesthetician to do in home facials. Even the guests appreciated attending this shower!
1 10. Guys and Dolls: Coed shower game – One of the most unique games I’ve seen at a coed shower was a diaper the baby contest where only the male guests could participate. The guys were split up into teams and they had a timed relay to remove one diaper off of a doll, wipe the baby’s bottom and replace it with a fresh diaper. To reduce waste, use cloth diapers that the parents-to-be can take home to use for their baby when s/he arrives or to cut up and re-use as a birth cloth. It’s a great way to get the guys involved during a coed shower.