Is a family member or a close friend expecting a baby? If so, one of the nicest things that you can do for them is plan and throw them a baby shower. This lovely little event is a wonderful way in which to bring their nearest and dearest together to celebrate the impending birth of the baby, as well as to ensure that she gets everything that she needs before the big day, such as nappies, baby clothes, and other care essentials.
Are you up to the task? Here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions regarding baby shower planning to help you along.
Can men also come to the baby shower?
Baby showers are traditionally for the mum-to-be’s female friends and relatives. However, whether or not you stick to traditions is completely up to you. Nowadays, many people opt to combine the baby shower with a ‘nappy barbecue’ or a ‘diaper party’ where the women spend most of the time indoors, and the men fire up the barbecue outdoors. Alternatively, invite everyone regardless of gender and have a big, collective celebration.
Where should a baby shower be held?
It depends on your budget and on how many people you intend to invite. If the event is going to be on the smaller side or you are hoping to keep costs to a minimum, you can host the baby shower in your (or another friend or family member’s) garden. If you want to have a larger gathering or you are keen to make it extra special, you can find a lovely, comfortable venue that fits your chosen theme and preferences. Some people prefer indoor venues, such as a restaurant or a café, while others may decide to take the celebrations outdoors and perhaps enjoy a picnic under the trees.
Can there be alcohol at a baby shower?
Once again, your party – your choice! If you want to keep the vibe understated, you might prefer to stick to tea and coffee, but if you want everyone to have an excellent time and perhaps stay a bit longer, now is the time to find the best bartending service Denver has to offer. In fact, some bartending companies even specialize in bartending for baby showers! Bartenders can do more than just alcoholic drinks, and it could be the perfect way to ensure that everyone has refreshments throughout the event without you needing to run around checking.
When is the best time for the baby shower?
Usually, the baby shower is thrown when the mum-to-be is in her third trimester – often one or two months before her due date. It is also recommended to hold the event over the weekend to maximise the chances of all guests on the guestlist being able to make an appearance. Be sure to send out the invitations at least four weeks before the shower is set to take place.
Who pays for the baby shower?
The person planning and/or hosting the baby shower is usually the individual who settles the costs. In some cases, you may split the cost between a few family members and/or close friends. Unless she is planning it herself, it is rare for the mother-to-be to pay for the event.
Now that you know how to get started, you’ll have much of what you need to throw a memorable baby shower for your loved one. Good luck!