How to Throw the Perfect Baby Shower
We’ve all been to birthday parties, weddings, and hen-parties/stag do’s. But in recent years -many thanks to the Kardashians- there’s a new popular party in town. Enter, the baby shower. There cannot be any better celebration in this world than the celebration of life! Baby showers should be a beautiful affair and a way of expressing love for a little being that is soon to be born into this world. Now I know that not everyone can afford the event planners of the Hollywood elite, and I also know that not everyone is a natural when it comes to organising events or parties. So to remedy that I’ve put together a “how to” guide on how to host the perfect baby shower that will leave everyone feeling all kinds of broody!
1. The Date
Set the date any time after conception, but be aware that most mums-to-be prefer to have their shower later on in the pregnancy. By then, they should feel confident that the baby is healthy. Along with having a big ol’ belly to show, a later date will be something for the mother-to-be to look forward to as the months of pregnancy pass by.
Above: Baby Shower at Caffe Clifton
Seeing as the mummy-to-be wont be drinking it’s best to host the baby shower in a venue that can accommodate for events in the daytime. Cafes with enough space to host such an event are ideal. A typical baby shower never has more than 25 attendees so as not to overwhelm the mama-to-be. After all, pregnancy is exhausting and the last we want is an overwhelmed mama.
It’s best to choose a theme that is simple and in-keeping with the subject of babies. So why not have a gender reveal theme if the sex is unknown, or keep it blue or pink if the sex is known. A bee or flower theme is a great alternative to anything gender-related, and is also super cute!
4. Food and Drink
Above: Afternoon Tea at Caffe Clifton
When it comes to food and drink, keep it cute with a nice afternoon tea. Think scones, cream, and jam. Think tiny finger sandwiches. Think victoria sponge cake and lemon drizzles. Drinks wise, prosecco is the go-to celebratory drink of choice for those not carrying, and sparkling elderflower makes a great substitute for those wanting a softer option with the same elegance of prosecco.
Above picture: Baby shower at Caffe Clifton
Games are a must, here’s a list of favourites:
- Icky Nappy: Buy a variety of chocolate bars, including plain, nut, honeycomb, or caramel fillings. Melt each one in the microwave and smear it onto a disposable nappy. Give each guest a numbered list to write down which chocolate bar they think is in which nappy.
- Guess the Baby Food: Baby food is not the most appetizing thing in the world, and to some it doesn’t resemble food at all! Choose ten different jars of baby food, each a different flavor, and have the guests guess which one is which. Allow for smelling and tasting, and a lot of surprised faces!
- Diaper Derby: This one is sure to get the engines reving! Divide your guests into teams and hand each team a roll of toilet paper. Each team has three minutes to wrap another member in a mock diaper. The team with the most creatively diapered 'baby' wins. This one is sure to get a chuckle!
Music is an imperative part of any social event. Here’s my top ten songs to get you started on your very own baby shower playlist:
If you're looking for the perfect venue to host a baby shower in the heart of Clifton, please contact Caffe Clifton: