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Baby Shower Hints, Tips & Advice

  • Try a French Countryside Baby Shower

    You can think of a baby shower as the last hurrah for a mom-to-be. After all, in a matter of months she's going to be knee-deep in dirty diapers and perpetually sleep-deprived. Doesn't the woman deserve one last chance to feel like a pampered queen? For this reason it's important to ensure that her baby shower is a thoroughly enjoyable affair. What better way to relax than to take her to the French countryside? You don't even have to buy a plane ticket. Here are some tips to for throwing an elegant baby shower that she's sure to remember for years to come.

    Make sure to send out baby shower invitations a couple weeks in advance so everyone has time to clear up their schedules. Be sure to throw in a little French into your vocabulary just to really drive home the theme. Though it's not necessary, you and your lady friends can don your best summer dresses and big country hats. With everyone looking fabulous, you're ready to go! Find a CD of traditional French music and play it over the stereo to give everything an authentic vibe. You can even hang round paper lanterns around the room for an added touch.

    This is a great chance to try your hand at French cooking! There's so much delicious cuisine out there that you should have no problem finding stuff for everyone to enjoy. French onion soup is quite easy to make and really hits the spot. You can also pick up a few baguettes and an assortment of cheese for everyone to munch on as presents are being opened. Of course, you'll want to pick up a couple bottles of wine as well.

    As everyone leaves, you can send them home with goodie bags filled with wonderful favors. A personalized baby shower candy jar is sure to do the trick, and your gal pals will happily take the sweet treats inside! You can also hand out personalized baby shower hand lotion, which will help everyone keep their hands baby soft no matter how dry it gets outside. A French countryside baby shower could be just what you've been looking for to make your friend’s milestone a memorable occasion.

  • baby shower tips

    Do baby showers always feel the same to you — same locations, same games and same ideas? Go above and beyond for the special mom-to-be in your life with these perfect baby shower planning tips and creative ideas.
    Wow the mom-to-be with your creativity

    Perfect planning
    1
    Theme

    Pick a theme for the shower. Ideally the theme matches the baby’s room décor, name or colors selected by the parents-to-be.
    2
    Invitations

    Provide as much information as you can on the invites — without being too wordy. Or encourage guests to contact you with any questions about gifts, directions, etc.
    3
    Food and drink

    Take into consideration the pregnant mom’s cravings, food allergies or personal preferences of guests and always make sure you offer lots of water.
    4
    Party favors

    A thank you from the mom and baby is always a nice touch, but you don’t have to go overboard. A wrapped cookie with personalized message will do just fine.
    Tip

    It’s nice to plan a baby shower with multiple people for financial reasons, but try to limit the amount of people involved to avoid potential conflicts.

    Baby shower themes and decor ideas >>
    Location, location

    Think outside the box when it comes to picking a location. A baby shower doesn’t have to take place at a friend or family member's home. Think about where the mom-to-be likes to frequent:

    The pregnant mom’s favorite restaurant.
    A restaurant that serves all the foods she craves.
    A spa that offers pregnancy massages (go in with the guests to treat the mom-to-be!)
    A resort ballroom or reception area.
    A rooftop bar — during the day.

    Baby shower activities

    The popular “decorate a onesie” craft is always good because onesies are a practical gift.

    Tip: Provide guests with stencils to help out the non-artists of the group.

    It’s always nice to leave the mom and baby with something personalized and practical… Here's another creative idea for a baby shower activity.
    Tip: String twine or ribbon across a wall with clothespins nearby. When the guests finish decorating their quilt square, have them hang the squares from the line to display and dry.

    Baby shower quilt

    Enlist the help of a seamstress — or if someone planning or attending the shower can sew, even better!
    If there’s a theme for the quilt, print up an explanation and display it in a simple picture frame next to the craft project.
    Set out a variety of fabric markers and encourage the guests to decorate a quilt square.
    After the baby shower, sew the quilt together.

    Keepsake gifts for baby

    Keepsake gifts are a popular trend for baby showers, especially if the parents skip the baby registry route.

    Book for Baby: Ask the guests to bring a book for the new baby with a personal message written inside.

    Parenting quotes: Compile advice and quotes from party attendees to help comfort, support and make the new parents laugh. Provide the guests with a journal at the shower, but inform them about the idea ahead of time so they have some time to think about what they want to write.
    The finishing touches

    Always think about how you can help the mom-to-be. Create less work and more time for her to relax, enjoy and relish in the love and support from her friends and family.

    Arrange a table complete with envelopes near the exit of the shower. Have guests write their name and address on the envelopes so the mom-to-be can write her thank you cards and send them off. If you really want to be helpful, place stamps on the envelopes, too!

    In addition to helping the mom-to-be get the gifts to her home, offer to stay after the shower to help the parents assemble any baby gifts and dispose of trash or recycle boxes.

  • Baby shower tips

    Do baby showers always feel the same to you — same locations, same games and same ideas? Go above and beyond for the special mom-to-be in your life with these perfect baby shower planning tips and creative ideas.
    Wow the mom-to-be with your creativity

    Perfect planning
    1
    Theme

    Pick a theme for the shower. Ideally the theme matches the baby’s room décor, name or colors selected by the parents-to-be.
    2
    Invitations

    Provide as much information as you can on the invites — without being too wordy. Or encourage guests to contact you with any questions about gifts, directions, etc.
    3
    Food and drink

    Take into consideration the pregnant mom’s cravings, food allergies or personal preferences of guests and always make sure you offer lots of water.
    4
    Party favors

    A thank you from the mom and baby is always a nice touch, but you don’t have to go overboard. A wrapped cookie with personalized message will do just fine.
    Tip

    It’s nice to plan a baby shower with multiple people for financial reasons, but try to limit the amount of people involved to avoid potential conflicts.

    Baby shower themes and decor ideas >>
    Location, location

    Think outside the box when it comes to picking a location. A baby shower doesn’t have to take place at a friend or family member's home. Think about where the mom-to-be likes to frequent:

    The pregnant mom’s favorite restaurant.
    A restaurant that serves all the foods she craves.
    A spa that offers pregnancy massages (go in with the guests to treat the mom-to-be!)
    A resort ballroom or reception area.
    A rooftop bar — during the day.

    Baby shower activities

    The popular “decorate a onesie” craft is always good because onesies are a practical gift.

    Tip: Provide guests with stencils to help out the non-artists of the group.

    It’s always nice to leave the mom and baby with something personalized and practical… Here's another creative idea for a baby shower activity.
    Tip: String twine or ribbon across a wall with clothespins nearby. When the guests finish decorating their quilt square, have them hang the squares from the line to display and dry.

    Baby shower quilt

    Enlist the help of a seamstress — or if someone planning or attending the shower can sew, even better!
    If there’s a theme for the quilt, print up an explanation and display it in a simple picture frame next to the craft project.
    Set out a variety of fabric markers and encourage the guests to decorate a quilt square.
    After the baby shower, sew the quilt together.

    Keepsake gifts for baby

    Keepsake gifts are a popular trend for baby showers, especially if the parents skip the baby registry route.

    Book for Baby: Ask the guests to bring a book for the new baby with a personal message written inside.

    Parenting quotes: Compile advice and quotes from party attendees to help comfort, support and make the new parents laugh. Provide the guests with a journal at the shower, but inform them about the idea ahead of time so they have some time to think about what they want to write.
    The finishing touches

    Always think about how you can help the mom-to-be. Create less work and more time for her to relax, enjoy and relish in the love and support from her friends and family.

    Arrange a table complete with envelopes near the exit of the shower. Have guests write their name and address on the envelopes so the mom-to-be can write her thank you cards and send them off. If you really want to be helpful, place stamps on the envelopes, too!

    In addition to helping the mom-to-be get the gifts to her home, offer to stay after the shower to help the parents assemble any baby gifts and dispose of trash or recycle boxes.

  • Cupcakes fit for the Queen

    Make Mum To Be Queen for the day at her baby shower with these gorgeous cup cakes!

    Ingredients

    Pink-frosted mini cupcakes
    Mini yellow Laffy Taffy bars
    Water
    White frosting

    Sparkling sugar
    Sugar pearls
    Red decorator gel

    Instructions

    To make the crown, place a wrapped mini yellow Laffy Taffy in a cup of warm water for 2 to 3 minutes to soften it. Unwrap it, then flatten it with a rolling pin until it's 1-1/4 by 3-3/4 inches. Use a knife to straighten the strip's edges.

    Queen for a Day Cupcake Step 2 With the tip of a teaspoon, cut five arches along one edge, as shown. Join the ends to form a crown and seal the seam with a few drops of water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to harden slightly.

    Dip the bottom of the crown into white frosting, then into sparkling sugar, and press it into place on a pink-frosted mini cupcake. Apply a small dab of white frosting with a toothpick to each crown point, then press on a sugar pearl. Add red decorator gel jewels around the middle of the crown for a final flourish.

  • Baby Shower Tips

    They’re usually organised by a friend or relative of the mum-to-be and are traditionally held a couple of months before the baby is due.

    You can make the shower as big or low-key as the mum-to-be likes – go with her preferences.

    Baby showers are usually held at home: yours, the mum-to-be’s or at a friend or relative’s – you could have a brunch, lunch or teatime shower or get together with a pizza and DVD for a girls/girls and boys night in. Or if mum-to-be wants to go out, splash out on a posh lunch or tea somewhere special – it could be the last time she gets to go out with her mates for a while.

    Give your shower a different angle by making it an occasion to treat the mum-to-be: all eyes will be on the baby once she or he is born.

    What to do
    Ask the mum-to-be who she’d like to invite, send the invitations and chase the rsvps

    Get in the nibbles and refreshments (check what the mum-to-be wants/can or can’t eat)

    Have a giggle playing party games – see our ideas belowMake it a makeover party

    Ask the mum-to-be what gifts she’d likeDownload some background sounds to the shower

    You could go to town and give out prizes/goodie bags to all the guests. They don’t have to be expensive – you could even fill them with everyone’s favourite sweets: why should kids have all the fun?!

    Baby shower party games
    Memory game: arrange about 15 items – they could be baby related, something to do with the mum-to-be, or random comedy items – on a tray. Everyone has a good look at what’s on the tray before it’s covered up, then has to write down everything they can remember.Guess who: ask each guest to bring a picture/s of themself as a baby along to the shower. Stick them up on a board and get everyone to guess who they think each baby grew up to be.Luck of the draw: make a list of baby-themed, mum-themed or risqué words or phrases that each guest has to draw in a set time for everyone else to guess (like Pictionary).

    Mum-to-be piñata: fill a big piñata (a brightly-coloured papier-mâché or cardboard container) with goodies for the mum-to-be and guests: everyone gets to have a bash – very therapeutic.

    Mum and baby songs: everyone has to think of as many pop songs as they can with the word mum, mama, baby in them, or depending on your mood, extend it to any songs to do with making babies. If someone comes up with a song title no one recognises, they have to sing part of the song for it to count. This could segue nicely into a karaoke session if you have a karaoke DVD.

    A pampering baby shower
    Every girl needs pampering. And once the baby’s born all attention will be on the newborn so indulge the mum-to-be to make up for it by organising a ‘bring your bathrobe’ pamper shower. Depending on your budget, you could splash out on a mobile beautician/manicurist to come and give everyone a treatment. Or club together to buy some beauty treats such as face masks, hand or foot treatments, eyeshadows, blushers, nail varnish or lipsticks that everyone can try. Get in a dvd for everyone to relax and watch or put on the mum-to-be’s favourite tracks as backing music while the face packs etc do their job.

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