Gifts, Games & Grub: The Makings of a Successful UK Baby Shower
While it may once have been a predominantly American idea, the humble baby shower is becoming more and more common over in the UK nowadays, too. After all, any excuse for a group of friends to get together and have some fun, right? Any pregnant woman will love to have their close girlfriends and family members around them for an afternoon of TLC and laughter, and that’s what the perfect baby shower is there to do.
Similar to a hen do, it’s often left to a close friend or family member to organise a baby shower for the expectant mum. Sometimes, it’s one big surprise; other times, the mum might know a few snippets of what’s in store – especially if they have helped to form the guest list.
Whatever you decide to include in the baby shower that you’re planning, there are a few ways in which you can make the whole afternoon a huge hit, making the mum-to-be feel incredibly special at the same time.
While presents aren’t a necessity, gift giving is often incorporated into a baby shower just like at a Christmas or birthday party. It’s a perfect time to lavish the mum-to-be with gifts – not just for the baby, but for her as well.
Ask your friend for ideas about what she might like. Many people will already have ideas in their minds, but if you can supply some guidance it may mean less chance of receiving ten nappy cakes and not much else. Perhaps there’s some things on her to-buy list that she hasn’t gotten round to getting, such as a changing bag, steriliser kit or a boldly coloured baby gym. Think about her too – what would she love? Vouchers to spend in her favourite shop? A relaxing massage? Some lovely bath products? Think of ideas that are as unique as she is.
Spice up the afternoon’s events by adding a few games to the mix. There are plenty of awesome and creative ideas online to help make the shower personal and fun. Take a look at the baby shower Pinterest boards for inspiration.
You don’t have to supply much food but sorting out some sort of spread can help keep the rumbles at bay. Baby themed cupcakes, finger sandwiches and bowls of savoury snacks would be ideal. If you fancy handing out glasses of bubbly, remember that the mum-to-be will likely want to stick with a soft drink alternative!
A baby shower can be fun, formal, small or big – build a guest list and start organising it; after all, it’ll likely be the last chance for a girly get-together without a new baby in tow!