Post # 1
One of my close friends is pregnant after a lot of trial and tribulation and I couldn’t be happier for her and her husband. She asked me today if I would cohost a shower with another friend of hers in January/February and I can hardly wait!!! I’m already day dreaming about the DIY invites and other little details I’m going to put together for her. I’m so excited to throw her a beautiful shower, she’s been through so much the past few years trying to conceive, she deserves every ounce of spoiling I can do for her!
Anyone have any suggestions from their baby showers to share? Things you loved or hated? Details that were especially meaningful?
Post # 3
We just had a baby shower for my aunt who just recently had twins, and the baby pool was a BIG hit. I think it was $5 per guess, and people ‘claim’ a date when she is due? The total earnings get split between the winner and the couple.
Also, as corny as it sounds – at my cousins shower, I loved when we all had to say how we were acquainted with the mommy to be. That side of the family has very few female relatives, so my mom and I really didn’t know many people, and it definately helped us feel relaxed with the rest of the group.
Post # 4
I know how you feel!!! One of my closest friends is pregnant aswell so I get to throw her a huge baby shower…I have plenty of ideas and I’ll let you know as I remember them.
The first one is the Baby Pool which is always great! And the second one is a game that is played at the shower called “Baby Bingo”. Everyone is given a sheet with 9 squares on it and you have to write down a different baby item per box (ie: diapers, bottles, sleepers, etc.)…as the new mommy opens the gifts, people cross down what they have on their squares then yells BINGO when the win and might get a little something like a goodie bag 🙂 This was great and everyone loved it at the babyshowers I went too!
Post # 5
Opening of the gifts can go REALLY long. Especially when people put together baskets of stuff and the mom has to open each one individually. Try to find a way to break it up some if you can with games/questions.
Post # 6
One thing that always goes over well is a diaper raffle. Every person that brings a pack of diapers gets entered into a drawing for a gift. DH’s cousin had twins and had a very large baby shower. They did 3 different drawings for this and raffled off restaurant gift cards.
I agree with baby shower bingo or something else to break up the opening of gifts. Be sure to post what you come up with- I’ll need ideas to pass along to the people that are planning mine 🙂
Post # 7
We threw a shower once where they did the diaper raffle too. I thought it was great b/c the mom ended up with tons of diapers so she got to try different kinds to see what she likes (and I won and got a $10 gift card to starbucks!), but you have to make sure the mom isn’t planning on using a certain type of diaper or cloth.
I’m helping to throw another shower. Some of the games we’re thinking of are: match animals with their baby names (it’s a woodlands theme), have people bring their baby pics and guess who is who, put candy that fits the theme in a jar and count how much is in the jar, whoever wins gets the candy, don’t say “baby” clothes pin game.
I like the thing where everyone paints a onsie, but I don’t picture the mom as someone who would like to have tons of random onsies. She’s kind of picky.
My friend just showed me a scrapbook that her mom made her when her daughter was born. She made a page for all of the firsts, “first tooth” “first bath”, etc. That way, she just had to insert the pictures (since she obviously didn’t have time to scrapbook with a baby!) That could make a really nice gift.
Post # 8
Oooh ladies these are all awesome ideas! Thank you SOOOO much! I’m definitely loving them and I’m totally doing that scrapbook! How great is that?!
Post # 9
Speaking of the scrapbook idea- I’ve seen showers (specifically wedding ones but would totally work for baby showers too) where there are scrapbook supplies laid out and each table works together on a couple pages for the scrap book. That’d be a great way to help mom out plus give her memories of her shower as well.
Post # 10
I hosted my sister in law’s baby shower, and we played this candy bar gam. I did it slightly different than how they recommended, I just had the list of clues, read them off one by one, and then gave the candy bar to whoever got it. Made it a real group activity. People LOVED it, it was really funny and afterward several people asked me for the list so they could use it in future showers.
Post # 11
@LpCutiPie: We did that for a bridal shower. It was a lot of fun, and the end result was very cute!
We told everyone to bring their favorite picture with the bride, and if they forgot we had a camera and computer ready to print them out.
Post # 12
I get to throw on on Jan 22! It is for my sister, and we are already halfway planned!!!! I am just to excited to stop. I have missed party planning!
The best (CHEAPEST!) idea we have done so far….I had a candy buffet for my wedding, We are using the same jars (they are all different shapes). Fill them halfway with water and a drop of blue food coloring, then put a little rubber duckie in them (they are cheap and sold in packs) and there are your centerpeices!!!!! Total cost when you already have the bowls $3.99 for 6 tables!
Post # 13
We just had a baby shower thrown for us–a couples’ shower. It was really fun to have the guys there, too!
I loved many aspects of my shower, but the most thoughtful and helpful thing was a sign-up sheet for meals for the month or months after the baby is born. The hostess asked people to sign up for a week (meal to be prepared and delivered anytime during that week), and came with disposable foil containers to hand out, also labeled with the dates. I get overwhelmed thinking about cooking on top of taking care of the little one, so this was a FANTASTIC idea in my book.
Post # 14
I recently went to a shower for a friend who was having a girl – the host had all the guests write a letter to the baby girl to open when she was 16. Then she sealed the box and sent it home with the mom-to-be. I loved this idea, and we all had so much fun coming up with “what I wish I knew at 16” stories.
Post # 15
Just went to my SILs baby shower on Sunday. We played the baby bingo game where you put your piece on the item that she opens as her gifts
The other game was that we had a few minutes to think of as many baby names as we could using the letters in the parents names with no double letters. The parents were Laura and Miles and so for baby names you could do Ira, Mila, Ali, etc. The person with the most names won a Starbucks gift card. That was my favorite game!!
Make sure to have some alcoholic drink (mimosas) if there are going to be women there who are Not TTC/pregnant or younger – I would have been really bored without it! Also, my SIL didnt read every card and the message inside or else the gift opening would have taken FOREVER!
Thats exciting though – decorating, planning all over again!
Post # 16
These are awesome! Thanks again ladies! Soooo many great ideas, I’ll have to print this thread out and get to work!!