As with bridal showers, baby showers today can certainly be
coed, so the father-to-be and his friends can join in the
celebration as well, but it will change the chemistry of the
party so decide what format your mum to be would like, she
might appreciate a chance to hang out with all her girlfriends,
before she has other demands on her precious time.
Setting A Date For The Baby Shower
Generally speaking most mums-to-be appreciate a shower
later in pregnancy, and a party can be a welcome distraction
towards the end. Before setting a date for the party, talk to
guests you really want to be there, they may be able to warn
you about any prior commitments. There’s nothing is worse
than planning a party, sending out invitations, only to ﬁnd that
the most important people can't make it. Alternatively you
could decide to hold a baby shower after the baby is born.
That way guests can bring gifts speciﬁc to your baby's gender.
People generally buy a present for baby once they arrive so if
you didn’t like the idea of a shower and gifts before the baby is
here, then a later shower could be perfect, and with a new-
born baby to fuss over, there’ll be lots to talk about too.
Consider the time too, an afternoon event is possible better
for the expectant mum, that night time, as she could be feeling
tired especially in the later stages of pregnancy.
Where should we hold the baby shower?
Anywhere you can comfortable entertain a group of people
will ﬁt the bill, a home, local restaurant or hired room. Ideally,
the party shouldn’t be at mum’s-to-be, you don’t want her
worrying about cleaning up before everyone arrives or after
they leave. If the mum-to-be would prefer to have the event at
home, then why not ask a few of the invitees if they'll stay
behind to help clear up. What should we do at the baby
There aren’t set guidelines for what happens at a baby
shower, but you may wish to choose a theme to tie everything
together, although it's not necessary. Should you wish to set a
theme it can be simple, from a simple colour choice to an
afternoon tea, the important thing is to consider mum-to-be
after all this is her day, so consider her likes and dislikes and
make sure to pick a theme that will suit her.
You'll probably want to serve some kind of refreshments. You
may prefer to skip alcohol, in support of mum’s abstinence,
but there are some lovely non-alcoholic, fruity cocktail recipes
available, or an afternoon tea would suit.