Oh Baby!

Trends & tips for throwing the perfect baby shower



With a three month old baby, this months column is near and dear! I couldn’t have been more joyous to finally attend my own shower last November. Gone are the days of boring banquet rooms, silly games & shunning the male species. Fast forward to 2013 and the world of baby showers is broad and beautiful.

When planning a baby shower, I often advise clients to keep it personal. Too often, a meaningful friend or relative invites as many people as possible (wedding list minus the men!) and ends up with some complex party and too many activities. Remember, the mother-to-be is pregnant and likely just wants to be fed and off her feet. She doesn’t want to be bombarded. She just wants to see you before her time is zapped by her little bundle. 

Baby Shower Tips

Less is More

I truly believe a baby shower should be intimate to some degree. While having a lot of guests might increase your chances of receiving that posh stroller you've been eyeing, there are many benefits to keeping the crowd small. For instance, you could choose a more unique space to hold the shower and have the opportunity to really enjoy the company of each of your guests. If you keep the guest list light, you won't be too wiped out post-shower — and that's important considering you may already be pretty exhausted just from being pregnant.

Speak Up

Often, someone else takes the reigns in planning, saving you a lot of work and stress. However, please heed wishes. Last year we worked with a nice but nervous mother in planning her daughter’s shower. Her daughter wanted a small luncheon, lots of pink, and a candy buffet. Her mother didn’t feel her daughter should decorate overtly in pink or offer candy as a favor. The differing opinions resulted in an unnecessary battle over the amount of pink. The mother-to-be was a busy lawyer and just wanted to spend her shower catching up with old friends. Moral of the story: you have a vision of what your baby shower should look like, and you will be unhappy if someone else's taste gets in the way of your ideal shower. Don't be afraid to tell the planner exactly what you're envisioning.

Streamline

Try to keep the shower to three hours max and think twice before you plan a post-shower soiree. Personally, I just wanted to sleep after my shower, but had to force myself awake entertaining a houseful of guests. If you want games, choose one or two.   

Be the Planner

When I moved at six months pregnant, I had no family or close friends in the area. I knew I wanted a small shower within minutes from home. For me, it was easier to do much of the planning myself and involve others in the smaller details, like the favors. You can take the reigns and execute your vision if you feel it necessary. After all, your shower is a celebration of your impending baby. Don't be afraid to be in charge!


My daughter, Avery

Baby Shower Trends

Embrace the Manly

Don’t shun the men! More and more couples are planning showers together. Smile when he asks if he can have a beer filled baby bottle. He’ll be busy post baby as well!   

Game Changer

Who really wants to play “Guess How Wide Around?" If you want a game or activity, be creative. We recently did an “Advice Bar” where each guest wrote down her best motherly advice which was read aloud during lunch. Some of the advice was funny and some serious, but it was fun to listen to different perspectives.

The "Sprinkle"

There always seems to be a debate about whether a second or third-time mom should have a baby shower. The "sprinkle" is more casual than a shower and gifts are vastly scaled down. Be it an open house champagne brunch, “Sip & See,” or a small manicure party for your friends, a Sprinkle is a great compromise! 

The Reveal

Some moms-to-be prefer not to reveal the sex of the baby until the shower day. Unique reveal ideas include pink or blue filled cupcakes or treats, or a surprise signature pink or blue “mocktail." A hot trend now is having Mom and Dad learn their baby's sex the day of the shower. Parents ask their doctor to write the baby's sex on a piece of paper they give to the baker, who then makes a cake that's neutral on the outside and either pink or blue on the inside. Guests make predictions before the reveal, and then when Mom and Dad cut into the cake, they find out if they're having a boy or girl!

Themes

We LOVE a themed shower. Hot themes include: vintage animals (think: owls, woodland creatures), vintage candy shoppe, nursery color theme, character themes (especially nostalgic characters like Dr. Seuss), and eco-friendly showers. Recently "royal" themed showers are popping up now that Princess Kate is expecting!

Go Gourmet

Shower the expectant parents-to-be with gourmet dinners and treats they can freeze. If I only knew, I would have filled my freezer ten times over.

Other

Cash registries, signature mocktails, small bites, movie night, knitting party, spa day, and intimate tea party are just some of the different kinds of baby showers I've seen. Pick one that's right for you and plan away!


Michele SinacorePrior to starting michele sinacore events {mse}, Michele Solomon-Sinacore worked for over 11 years in Corporate Sponsorship Marketing & Events for some of the largest brands in Sports, Entertainment & Media. mse offers customized event services that include full planning, month-of event coordination & event consulting. Michele creates top-notch events always with an eye for fresh style and an aim for clients to enjoy (vs work) at their events.

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