(Closed) Hosting a baby shower…and in need of ideas!

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Get a hold of the (you tube?) “Girls Nextdoor” episode when Bridget throws Kendra’s baby shower.  They did so many cute games.  It will give you so many ideas!!

Post # 4
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

That is so generous of you!  It is always hard being new to a city.  One thing that has been done at a couple of the showers I have been to/hosted was decorating onesies.  You can buy packs of white cotton onesies in a variety of sizes and use fabric pens, stencils, things like that.  It is fun and she gets a lot of special gifts for the baby.  One thing you can do is talk to her.  Ask her how she feels about games or if she has any ideas of what she wants.

Post # 5
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011


Even if you don’t buy anything they have tons of ideas and tips. I got some things for a pink and brown shower from there…and they also have a checklist on things you need to throw a baby shower =)

Post # 6
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am preparing to host a baby shower for my sister! I have never done this before so have been scouring the internet. I found this site, which has TONS of games:

Baby Shower Games

Post # 7
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

No ideas but I just want to say, it’s totally sweet of you to do this! 🙂

Post # 8
5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Some ideas:


I sooo want to use these links as inspiration for my own shower whenever I start having babies, lol: http://eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-ice-cream-parlour-make-your-own-sundaes-buffet-concept-for-wedding-or-party  AND  http://www.eluckyme.com/home/2009/6/26/cupcake-kebabs.html  AND http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10360764  AND  http://www.hostessblog.com/2009/09/diy-marshmallow-treat-pops/

I just helped throw one for my sister’s little boy that we called “Sweet Celebration” and when I finally upload pictures I’ll post them here to give you more idea. 🙂

Post # 9
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

That is super sweet of you! Here are some ideas that I’ve used or were used at my shower:

1. To decorate the tables all of the people who hosted the shower brought a bottle or two of baby soap, lotion, oil, etc.  They were used to weigh down balloons and in the end I had enough baby supplies to last me months.

2. Use a bit of clothes lines / clothes pins and hang some of the baby outfits that are to be gifts.  It looks super cute and doesn’t cost anything since they were already planned gifts.

3. The dollar stores usually carry little baby decor trinkets that can be sprinkled accross tables.

4. Baby poop game.. some people may think this one is gross but it’s kind of fun.  Melt / smash candy bars in diapers.  Pass them around and people have to figure out what they are.

5. There was another candy bar game at my shower that was like a mad lib.  It was really cute.

6. One of the easiest games is the clothes pin game.  Each person is given 1 or 2 clothes pins.  A key word is determined such as nursery, ultrasound.. etc.. Something that probably everyone will say.  If they do say it they get a clothes pin stolen.  Person with the most clothes pins wins.

7. A lot of people do themed showers.  For my sister’s shower we were going to do a scrapbooking theme.  Each hostess (there were several of us) scrapbooked one or two pages.  Then all of the pages were put together to make a ready to use baby scrapbook for the mommy to fill in as her baby grows.

8. At my shower they passed around little sign in book.  Each person wrote their name and then a bit of advice or a well wish for me.  Then in the back of the book each my hostess wrote the name of each guest and the gift that they brought.  When I went to write thank-yous not only did I have the gift list on hand but their nice words so I could thank them for both at once.  And it made writing thank yous a lot more fun.

9. Gift the mommy to be thank you cards.  Have each guest fill out an envelope with their address and name.  Then use the envelopes to draw a door prize.  After you’re finished give the envelopes to the mommy to be.  This way she has the envelopes for her thank yous already filled out and ready to go.

10. If you have a friend with a baby have her save her old baby food jars.  They can be filled with candy and sat out on the tables as decor / snack/ partry favors.  It is common (around here at least) to fill them with pastel mints (after dinner or butter mints) because they are cheap and easy.  Pastel m&m’s would also be adorable.

Hope some of these help.  Oh.. and I love the decorating the onsie idea listed above.  Very cute for a smaller shower!

Post # 10
363 posts
Helper bee

How sweet of you!  At all of the shower’s I’ve been to, the hostess usually has made a diaper cake.  You can find directions online and decorate with ribbons around each tier and put the little bottles of baby lotions, wash, and powders on it.  A small stuffed animal looks really cute as the topper.  It’s super cute and looks awesome on the gift table.  Just google it and look at all the different pics to get ideas.  Since she’s having a little girl you could have a tea party theme. Little finger sandwiches and cupcakes would be perfect for the food.  I think everyone has already covered all the games I’ve seen.  Don’t forget, as the hostess it’s your job to write down what gifts she gets and who they’re from that way she can add it to the baby book and know what to write in the thank you notes….so be sure to have some pen and paper handy.

Post # 11
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d like to second @mhirni’s decorating onsies suggestion…it’s especially fun at co-ed showers, ’cause the men get into it & it doesn’t feel all that “girly”.  At my friend’s shower we had a room set aside for it…and in the same room, we had one BIG canvas & a BUNCH of mini canvases. Guests came in and made decorations for the baby’s room!  The BIG canvas was a collage of everyone’s contributions – it’s a cool, kinda surreal fantasy pic.  The little canvases are up in the (now) toddler’s play room & has different cartoon characters, landscapes, fantasy scenes…perfect for fostering young imagination. 

Another food idea…have the baby’s name or just “Baby LastName” on cake “baby blocks”: bake a sheet cake or mini loafs, cut the mini loafs in half, on a cookie sheet or cutting board scatter the “blocks”, ice them & decorate the edges like letter blocks, then in the center of each ice one letter of the baby’s name to spell it out.

You can also have a betting pool on the date of the baby’s birth – pin up a calendar with the two weeks before & after the due date.  Guests who want to participate ante up (maybe $1-$5 per date) & write their name in the square of the date they think the baby will be born.  Guests can pick more than one day, as long as they pay for each day they guess.  If more than one guest picks the right date, they split the pot.

You’re so kind to do this!  Hope This Helps & Good Luck!

Post # 12
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

A friend of mine had her shower 2 months ago and her sister had what I considered the cutest idea I’d heard yet!  The invitation had a quick little poem about bringing a childrens book instead of a card and signing and writing a sweet message inside.  She was able to stock up her baby’s bookshelf in one afternoon with the old standbys (Goodnigh Moon) as well as newer suggestions from current moms.  I DEF want to use that idea when I have a baby shower (someday).

Post # 13
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You could make it a baby shower where men are invited, too! Then the couple may actually get to meet more people!

I’ve seen this done with a keg, though, but I’m sure if you offered some spirits for the men they’d all be pretty content to chat or play cards or something like that while the women coo over cute gifts. Maybe her husband will meet a new friend!

Post # 14
1106 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

That is really sweet of you! A decorating idea for you that I really loved was- you get a clothes line and hang it in whatever room you’re having the shower in. You can hang little clothes on the line (that she’ll get to keep). Everyone seems to love that idea and it adds to the decorations! You can also put little tiny rubber duckies (I’m sure they’d have some at a dollar store) in people’s drink cups.

I hope this helps! Let us know how it goes ;]

Post # 15
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i’ve only helped to throw one shower, and she was kind of against games so i only have one suggestion. we had everyone bring diapers of all sizes and did a raffle. you get one raffle ticket for x number of diapers, and then the winners got gift certificates. she ended up with a TON of diapers which was pretty awesome for her.

Post # 16
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just hosted one last month and we were also on a budget. I got all of my decorations from the Dollar Tree (they had cups, plates, silverware, tablecloths, balloons, little plastic favor thingies, a banner for the wall, the works).

The game that people liked the most was the candy bar poop game as mentioned above. I bought seven different kinds of candy bars (also at The Dollar Tree) and then half melted them in diapers and took them out and people had to guess which kind they were. It was a HUGE hit.

The other game they seemed to like the most was the “What Does Mama Want” game. I made up a list of attributes–like eyes, ears, nose, tush, sense of humor, work ethic, etc. Then everyone (including the new mom) filled out the list with whether mom wanted the baby to have her eyes or dad’s eyes, her ears or dad’s ears, etc. Then we compared it to what mom had written and the person who guessed the most like mom won the prize.

For favors, my Fiance made chocolate chip cookies and we wrapped three to a package in some saran wrap and tied it with ribbon (also from The Dollar Tree), and strung some cute little plastic baby pins on them I had bought as favors. Then I curled the ribbons on the ends and it looked really cute.

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