Organising a baby shower is a very important task - with images plastered all over Instagram, friends and family of mums-to-be can feel the pressure to produce a picture perfect shower. However, as much as we all want our parties to look amazing, we have to remember to consider the other aspects of a successful party. You don't want to be so focused on what it looks like that you forget to organise food or drinks!!
If you're struggling to think of where to start with organising a beautiful baby shower for your friend or family member, then read on to see what you need to do...
Picking the date for a baby shower is pretty important! You want to choose a date that is close to the arrival of the new baby, but you also need to make sure that the mama-to-be isn't too far along that she can't get comfy and enjoy the celebrations! You will have to have some flexibility here; things can change throughout a pregnancy and mum may not be feeling up to it, babies also have a tendency to arrive when they want! I once went to a baby shower where the baby was actually there! She'd popped out 5 weeks early so the baby shower became a welcome to the world party!
You may be wondering why I have a section of this blog called 'Venue' considering that it's supposed to be about hosting a baby shower in a garden. However, you still need to work out whose garden you're going to be using. You need to think about:
Location - is it easily accessible for the majority of the guests?
Logistics - is there parking for guests or good public transport?
Size - is there enough space for the guests and entertainment?
Wet-weather/shade protection - consider hiring a gazebo or a stretch tent
Safety - if you're having children at the baby shower think about ponds/swimming pools, is the garden fully enclosed etc?
If the mama-to-be is anything like me, then the food will be the most important part of the day! Make sure that there is plenty of food and drinks for the guests to enjoy, ensuring that there are enough options that are suitable for the new mum. You can have anything from a grazing table, to afternoon tea, to a sit down lunch - think about the practicalities of the garden when you choose. Once you have selected the type of food you like, you will need to liaise with your caterer to establish exactly what they require in order to successfully deliver the service. They will be able to advise you if they need a catering tent, power, crockery etc, or if you will need to hire in additional tables and chairs.
When it comes to the décor for a baby shower there are a few obvious themes; pink for a baby girl, blue for a baby boy or a neutral palette if the gender is unknown. However, you don't have to stick with these colour schemes; you could make the theme totally unique to the mama-to-be, perhaps she is obsessed with Harry Potter? or loves the colour purple? If you're struggling to think of a theme then Beatrix Potter or Winnie the Pooh are lovely, classic themes that can be as subtle or as out there as you like!
Once you've chosen your theme you will want to start bringing together your party décor.
Here are a few things that you may want to consider sourcing to match the theme:
Stationery - invitations, name cards, welcome sign, menus, thank you cards
Linens - table cloths, napkins
Tableware - glassware, crockery, cutlery
Centrepieces - flowers, candles, photos
Backdrops - flower walls, balloon arches, neon signs
Extras - gift bags, favours
This all depends on the style of baby shower that you're arranging; some of you may love the idea of games to break the ice, whereas some of you may cringe at the idea of having to identify the baby food whilst blindfolded! If you've decided you'd rather give the traditional baby shower games a miss, then there are still ways that you can keep the guests entertained:
Have a string quartet or saxophonist playing to create a lovely ambience
Invite guests to decorate a baby grow for the new-born (Sharpies are brilliant for this!)
Ask your guests to paint a piece of pottery to be gifted to the mama-to-be
Compile a book of support/love for the new mum to peek at when she needs a pick me up
Create signature mocktails (or cocktails!) with a mobile bar masterclass
Throwing a baby shower in a garden (season depending!) is a lovely way to celebrate the new mum in a relaxed, familiar environment, where she can kick her shoes off if need be and stroll around in her (albeit very stylish!) slippers! Remember - the focus of the party is celebrating the mama-to-be, showering her with love before she brings a tiny human into this world (aww!).
If you're still unsure about how to throw a baby shower in the garden, then please get in touch via my website as I'd love to help!
Winnie the Pooh biscuits - Made by Ashlee from Bite Me Bakes - www.bitemebakes.co.uk