Hosting a baby shower to welcome the pending arrival of someone close to you? Are you tired of playing the same games and seeing the same themes over and over again? Well, luckily these days there are plenty of creative ideas to help you plan something that will make your older relatives say "I wish they had done that in my day!"
Make Room for Daddy
First of all, it's no longer necessary to quarantine baby showers to adult women only. Fathers are more involved in the birth and child care of their babies, so why not have the guys there for the fun? Child care is not just a woman's job anymore. In the old days, men were not even allowed in the delivery room. Everything baby-related was "women's business", no wonder why they were excluded from the shower.
Today, more baby showers are including the friends and family of the expecting parents, including the guys and kids. Kid-friendly showers are also becoming more popular. Put out a few crafts or coloring books for the kiddies to help entertain them. For the guys, encourage them to bring something for "daddy". Daddy "tool belts" or "kits" are popular. Also, Daddy Diaper Showers are a hit.
If the guys in your life want their own party, let them! Have some snacks and games for the guys separately, why not? Have a little game of blindfolded "Pin the Diaper on the Balloon" for a really fun time.
You can even wait until after the baby is born and host a "See and Sip". This is much like an open house where couples come and mingle, just like a cocktail party, but bringing gifts and see the new baby!
Whoooo Wants to be on Your Nursery Wall?
If ducks and bears are your thing, fine. But there are some other creatures that are gracing the walls of the nursery these days. Owls are all the rage. And it's easy to see why, they're cute! Owls have made their way to the baby shower scene as well. Everything from the invitations and paper goods to the guest books and favors are now easily found with these guys.
A fun and interactive baby shower idea involves each guest bringing the baby a copy of their favorite childhood storybook. This helps mom and dad to build up their soon to be much needed library of bedtime stories. They can also bring a gift associated with the theme of the book like a stuffed white rabbit for "Alice in Wonderland".
Just a Sprinkle
Showers are not just for first-time mothers anymore. The second or third third (and so on) child is just as important as the first one. Why not celebrate their upcoming arrivals as well? If mom and dad still have everything from the first baby, just host a "Sprinkle" instead of a full-blown "shower". Guests can bring a small gift for the parents or newly needed items for the baby rather than the all out "I need everything" theme from the first child.
Sometimes an "already mom" still needs a thing or two. Perhaps it's been a while since the last baby came and things were given away or sold. Or maybe this new arrival is a surprise! If mom and dad did not see this one coming, they might need an extra hand getting things collected together again.
Pink or Blue?
The Gender Reveal Shower is one of the hottest new trends in baby showers. There are several ways you can do this, but the most popular way to reveal the gender is inside the cake. The doctor gives a sealed envelope with the baby's gender to the hostess of the shower. The hostess tells ONLY the baker who then bakes the inside of the cake pink or blue, depending on the gender. The cake is iced with a different color. Everyone then gathers around the cutting of the shower cake to see what the baby will be!
The only trouble with this type of shower is that since your guests will not know what the gender is UNTIL the actual shower, they will not be able to purchase gender-related gifts for you. But it's still a sweet notice of shared surprise, suddenheless. It's easy to see why this one is so popular.
Reach out and Touch Someone
Long distance baby showers are great for those couples who have moved away from their main friend and family base. It may not always be feasible for the couple to travel, especially when they're expecting! But their closest and dearest will still want to shower them with baby gifts.
Luckily, technology has made this super easy for us now. Online gift registries and e-invoices help you pull it all together. Simply ask mom to register for the baby shower online and the guests will know what to buy, the same as for a traditional shower. The guests then mail the packages to the home of the expecting parents. While you'll miss one another's company, the sentiment (and gifts) is still much appreciated.
You may want to keep in mind the potential of friends and family who are not too computer savvy. Mailing them a list of recommended items and a printed invitation explaining the situation is usually a good way to involve these not-so-techy loved ones. You can even mail them a baby shower favor to commemorate the event, the same as you would hand one out in person.
A baby shower will be one of the most memorable days of a mom's life. As families and traditions change, so do these celebrations. While the tried and true clothespin game (do not say "baby"!) Is still fun, you can break the mold and host a baby shower as unique and trendy as the mommy-to-be.