How to Plan the Perfect Baby Shower
There aren’t many celebrations that are more fun than baby showers. Welcoming a new child into the world is an exciting and life-changing experience, and a baby shower provides the friends and relatives of the parents-to-be with an opportunity to share in the excitement. Whether you’re planning a baby shower for yourself or someone you know, it’s important to make sure that all of the details are taken care of well before the party. In today’s post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about planning a baby shower. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the little one on the way, head over to Estella NYC and browse our catalog! We offer a fun and elegant selection of organic children’s clothing and handmade baby toys that will take any baby shower from ordinary to extraordinary.
Choose a Theme
The first detail you’ll want to consider when planning a baby shower is the theme of the party. This detail will be easier to take care of if you’re planning the party for yourself, but you should still think carefully about the decorations and atmosphere you’d like your party to have. If you’re planning a baby shower for someone you know, ask if you can see the new baby’s nursery to get some decorating ideas. If the parents haven’t created a nursery for their child, you can always choose to throw a party using a theme from a children’s book, fun animals, or a whimsical color scheme. You can also visit a local boutique for inspiration if you’re feeling absolutely stuck!
Send Out the Invitations
Now that you’ve chosen a fun theme for the party, you’ll want to pick out invitations that match. You should try to send out your invitations well before the date of the party to ensure that your guests don’t encounter any scheduling conflicts, but you should also be sensitive to the fact that sending out invitations too early can negatively affect your baby shower as well. Try to send out your invitations three or four weeks before the baby shower to ensure that your guests can save the date and that they will have the party on their minds as the date approaches.
Invitations provide your guests with more than just a time and location, they also provide your guests with information about what the parents need as well as any special circumstances that may apply to the party. The parents-to-be may have everything they need to welcome their little one into the world, and they may be hoping to receive luxury baby gifts rather than essential items. However, many parents hope that their baby shower will help them prepare for their child’s arrival, so be sure to ask the parents about the kinds of gifts they’re hoping to receive.
Your invitations should also specify if the parents are hoping to receive gendered gifts or if they would prefer their gifts to be gender-neutral. Many parents prefer to leave the sex of their baby a surprise until the baby is delivered, and others often prefer to avoid gendered themes and clothing altogether. Providing your guests with as much information as possible can help you prevent any awkward or uncomfortable situations from occurring during your baby shower.
Choose a Menu
Now that you’ve chosen a theme and sent out your invitations, it’s time to plan out the menu of your party. Pay careful attention to the theme of your baby shower and try to make sure that at least some of the items align with your theme. The variety of your menu will depend on your budget, but you should try to include hot and cold items as well as appetizers and a main course. One benefit of sending out your invitations well before the date of your party is that you can ask your guests to call or email you with any dietary restrictions they have, and this information can guide you as you plan the party’s menu.
Of course, no celebration is complete without a great cake! Whether you’re ordering a cake from a bakery or you’re baking one yourself, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough for everyone. Cakes are more than just a tasty addition to a party, they also make great centerpieces! Your cake should match the theme of the party and create an eye-catching focal point that your guests notice as they arrive. As we noted above, you may want to have two or three other dessert options just in case your guests have dietary restrictions or don’t enjoy the flavor you’ve chosen.
Choose Your Entertainment
While many of your guests will probably know each other, it’s inevitable that your guests will be meeting new people and perhaps find themselves feeling uncomfortable. Games are always a fun idea, but even something as simple as asking your guests to write down their favorite memory of the mom-to-be can help them break the ice.
Stay tuned for our next post in which we’ll continue to explain how you can plan the perfect baby shower. If you’re still looking for a great baby gift, head over to Estella NYC to browse our amazing catalog! We carry a wide variety of organic children’s clothing and luxury baby gifts that are manufactured using GOTS-certified organic cotton. We’re committed to environmental responsibility and stewardship, and each of our products supports a healthier world. Contact us today with any questions you have about our baby gifts or our manufacturing processes!