Baby showers are known for their cucumber sandwiches and those silly hats made out of gift bows. Between these and the gift-opening ceremony, showers have become mundane and predictable. Give your next baby shower a unique twist with these one-of-a-kind ideas:
Toss the typical baby shower invites and replace them with a specialty invite designed just for you. Make copies of one of your ultrasound pictures (preferably one that is a clear profile of baby) and add your party information on the flip side. Besides being super original, this will give your guests a sweet keepsake of your little bun.
Clearly the theme is baby, but ditch the pink, blue or soft gender neutrals like pale yellow and green. While that is all very nice and appropriate, you had interests before your little bun came along, and they should be incorporated into the theme. Choose something you have always loved like bumble bees, sailing or even your favorite story book as a child. Go with something that is special to you and center your party’s theme on it.
The food has the potential to make or break any party. Most showers happen around lunch time, so the food can be light snacks as opposed to a full-course dinner. When considering what food to have at your shower, refer back to your theme. If you chose the ever-popular story book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, you could include crescent rolls, cupcakes with the red, blue and yellow colors of the book and star-shaped sugar cookies.
Your guests will arrive ready to find safety pins in bowls of rice, guess your belly size in toilet paper squares and place bets on gender and birth weight. There is nothing wrong with the classics, but consider a modern twist by having a baby relay race. Start by having three or four life-sized baby dolls with three stations to follow. Each station represents one part of caring for a baby.
The game goes like this: The contestants will race to see who can change the baby, feed the baby (timed for 15 seconds) and clothe the baby. The winner receives a prize of your choosing, like a gift card. Your guests will be entertained and you will get some practice.
One sweet way to remember your special day is to have your guests write you a note as they enter or leave the party. This note can be advice, experience or simply additional congratulations. For an added useful touch, you can have your guests write the note on a diaper so that you can read each one as you are changing baby in the future.
After enjoying a beautiful shower that is completely you, send your guests home with a sweet treat wrapped in a design of your choice with your due date and baby’s name on it. Personalized candy bars are inexpensive as well as a crowd-pleaser. You can design them to be unique to fit your theme. Websites like Party Pail provide low-cost, high-quality options for favors.