Even if you are past the baby stage yourself, it seems like it’s always baby season!
Here’s how you can plan the perfect baby shower for your friends who are expecting a new baby of their own.
This post has been sponsored by Basic Invites all opinions are mine
Best Baby Shower Invites
Step one for a perfect baby shower is going to be the invitations. Take it from some one who has been there, you want to find baby shower invitations that can be edited. This makes it so easy to put a personal touch on the invites without requiring you to be the most creative person in the world.
Basic Invites boasts over 180 color options on their invites so you can be sure to find something that is PERFECT for the theme the new mom is planning for her nursery. You can even pick custom colors for the envelopes!
Basic Invites has so many adorable options from baby animals baby shower invitations to botanical themes, rustic themes and even some modern ones for moms who are always up on all the latest trends! You can also pre-order samples to be sure everything looks exactly like you want it to!
Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51
Since we are living in 2018 and no one has each other’s addresses anymore, one thing that I found really unique and extremely helpful about Basic Invites, was their address capturing service. They give you a custom link to share with your friends and it will automatically capture their addresses. This way you can have the addresses pre-printed by Basic Invites which means you’ll never waste an envelope!
Baby shower food
Food is often the highlight of the baby shower, so you want to make sure that you get it right! Decide first if you are going to have alcoholic drinks available. If you are, make sure you have some virgin options for the mom-to-be, so she doesn’t end up only sipping water at her own party!
Then, dive into Pinterest to find the best snack food ideas for the theme you’ve selected.
The best way to make sure the food stays on theme is to plan a menu and then enlist the help of your fellow part planners. That way, when some one volunteers to bring food, they can choose from a carefully selected list you’ve created instead of showing up with something random that the mom-to-be might not even like. This is also how you avoid having 3 cakes and zero veggies at a party.
Baby shower games
People seem pretty split about whether baby showers should include games or not. These days, it really depends on the type of party you are throwing. Some people love games and can’t wait to participate while others wouldn’t play a game even if you gave them everything they need right at their table.
Start by asking the new mom if she’s interested in having games at the party! She can let you know right away what type of party she’s wanting or if she thinks her guests will participate.
If she isn’t sure, or you are planning a surprise party, then you can always go by the size rule. Bigger parties, are usually more game-friendly. Even if some people opt out of participating you’ll always have enough guests who are willing and excited to play. A smaller party where all the guests know each other probably wouldn’t need games because everyone will be chatting instead.
If this is a party where you are joining together friends from several different groups (work friends, school friends, church friends, family etc) then having a few games ready might be the safe move so that no one feels awkward and you can avoid having things to quiet.
If you’ve decided on games, here’s a list of 45 of the best baby shower games to choose from.
Help out the new mom
One of the most popular things you can do for the new mom at the party is to have a stack of envelopes at the ready for everyone to self-address for their thank-you notes. While this has been helpful in the past, this is one of the things about Basic Invites address feature that I loved most. All their addresses will already be saved, so you can simply give her access to your account and let her order adorable baby announcements or thank you notes from there!
Are you planning a baby shower soon? What ideas do you have to make it the best baby shower ever?