Planning a Baby Shower
Baby showers are a great way to celebrate the upcoming birth of a child and to give the family gifts to ease their burden of raising a baby. In return, it's important to throw a baby shower party that is fun and memorable. This can be done by providing delicious food to snack on and playing baby shower games with prizes. If this is your first time hosting a baby shower, planning a baby shower can be a confusing ordeal. You have to book the place, invite the guests, order the food and plan baby shower games. However, with a few simple tips you can make this event go smoothly and easier than you might think.
Baby Shower Planning Committee
Begin by getting together an interested committee to work on coming up with baby shower ideas with you. It is likely that friends and family want to get involved in the process, because they care about their loved one and want to see her having a wonderful baby shower party. Get together as a team and discuss strategy. Discuss various locations, as well as prices and space for your number of guests. You should also discuss who is paying for what, or if you are splitting the cost evenly. Use this time to delegate responsibilities to each person. These should include securing a location, sending out invites, being in charge of the food and buying gifts to be used as baby shower gifts.
Baby Shower Games
There are many different baby shower games that have been invented over the years, many of which are available to look at online. However, it is likely that between the few of you planning the party, you will be able to come up with plenty of games to play based on the baby shower ideas from past baby showers you have attended. If you have a large crowd, stick to games that do not require a long time or extensive instructions as this can bore the guests.
Good games to play with larger groups are ones that are done on paper, such as word searches and word scrambles. Nearly everyone can participate in the game where you pass around toilet paper and guess how many squares there are around the pregnant mother. Another game that is ideal for any size of crowd is to have each guest wear a clothespin and if someone crosses their legs, they are allowed to steal the clothespin from that person. The guest with the most clothespins at the end wins a prize.
If you have a smaller, intimate gathering, this is a great opportunity to play games that are a bit more complicated. One idea is to have two people hold a string, place clothespins on it and guests have to name baby items and they remove the clothespins with one hand. The object of the game is to see how many clothespins they can pick off without dropping any. Although baby shower gifts can be expensive, they don't have to be. You can purchase several small items from a dollar store and wrap them in tissue paper, allowing guests to choose which prize they want when they win a game.
Baby Shower Food
To make things easier for you as the coordinator, you will want to choose simple finger foods for the party. Suggestions are pre-cut deli subs, chips and salsa, fresh veggies and ranch dip, and cut up fruit. This way there is not a lot of planning involved and guests are fed delicious food, even on a budget. In order to get an accurate amount of food, you might want to consider having guests RSVP ahead of time, to help you plan accordingly.