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Planning Fun Baby Showers

Nov 4, 2007
It's your turn to plan the baby shower but you want to make it a fun shower that the guests will enjoy. Where do you start?

Let's get the basics out of the way first:

1. Decide on a location
2. Time of year is it and what time of the day will you hold the shower
3. Decide what to serve the guests (coincides with time of day)
4. Create the guest list

That takes care of the basics that have to be done for every party and event. You've already decided that you don't want your guests just sitting around while the baby shower gifts are opened. Face it, that's fun for the mom-to-be but after 10 or 20 presents have been opened the Oohs and Ahs start to slow down considerably. So how do you incorporate fun into your baby shower?

A great way to get the party rolling is by having a themed baby shower. There are so many fun themes to choose from that will make decorating a baby shower a breeze. If you already know that the baby is a boy or girl, then choosing a theme is a snap. You can have a nautical themed baby shower for a boy decorated in red, white and blue. Carry this theme forward with red, white, and blue snacks and drinks such as a fruit plate with strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. For those that can drink, serve white wine and for those that cannot a fun red fruit punch. Bring your guests into the theme by asking them to also wear something red, white or blue. Set up your tables in a round fashion so that everyone can see mom to be when she opens up her gifts. Round tables also encourage interaction between the guest tables which will keep the fun level up.

A relaxing Victorian Tea Party is an afternoon baby shower theme that can be considered on the calm side but still plenty of fun. Ask guests to dress up a bit. Decorate the party with calming pastels. Serve a variety of teas and bakery items such as sugar cookies, cupcakes, pies and other items. Now what woman do you know doesn't like to have a relaxing afternoon chatting with other women while munching on goodies that she normally wouldn't eat? Incorporate old fashion baby shower games and give each guest a baby shower favor that will remind them of this day. A great favor would be "Baby is Brewing" teapot favor.

Have you noticed how many baby showers are now attended by both men and women? Men, whether they like it or not are now just as much included in the baby arrival as women are. So take advantage of this by hosting your own couple baby shower. Match the baby shower theme with baby shower favors that either a man or woman would like for example personalized baby mint tins are neutral enough for the men and might just end up in the glove box of their car for emergencies.

The best couple baby shower idea is a backyard or beach barbecue. You can keep the men busy manning the grill and when the men are busy, the women are happy. Great party favors would be flip flop candles or the thanks for hanging out place card holder that does double duty as a photo frame after the shower.

Are you having your baby shower in the cooler months when it's just not practical to go outside, an indoor sports theme shower is a fantastic idea that again will let the men feel right at home. You don't want the men feeling out of place at an event typically for women and typically decorated more on the girly side.

When you incorporate a theme into a baby shower, it makes not only the planning easier, but also your guests will have that much more fun.
About the Author
Denise Sanger is the owner of http://buyweddingfavorsonline.com which features a diverse catalog of party favors including baby shower favors and decorations.
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