Becoming a new mother or father is challenging – no doubt about that.
From figuring out childcare schedules to purchasing supplies, there is a lot to manage. With all of that in mind, sometimes you, as a friend of the expecting parents, can choose to throw a baby shower to help out the parents-to-be.
However, you want to ensure that the celebration is memorable. And so, you need a good selection of baby shower ideas to choose the best one for your friend.
Listed below are a few different types and themes of baby showers outside of the traditional to help inspire you and plan the best one for your expecting friend.
There are plenty of different types of baby showers, but here is a quick look at a few newer, trendy types that go outside the traditional party:
- The Gender Reveal
Apart from the classic baby shower, another fast-growing trend is to throw a gender-reveal party. Typically, this one involves close friends and family to celebrate the discovery of the baby’s gender, or the babies’ genders if there are twins. Obviously, this cannot be much of a surprise party. You need to check with the parents to see which gender the child is, although the parents probably will not protest if you organize the event.
- The Baby Sprinkle Shower
The baby sprinkle shower is named for the smaller number of gifts than are typically given, usually ideal for a second or third time mother. Since she has probably been collecting hand-me-downs for quite some time, she likely will not need many of the first-time-parent essentials. Instead, these parties are to help the mother stock up on the more basic utilities such as baby wipes, baby powder, diapers, and the like.
- The Office Baby Shower
This is the last-mentioned type of baby shower that you could throw. This one is a good choice for when one of your coworkers is having a baby, or the expecting mother’s spouse works at your job. An office event can be held either during the lunch break or after work at a suitable local restaurant.
There are a number of different themes that you can choose from. It is probably a good idea to choose one after you have decided what type of baby shower you would like to throw. After all, some of these require more work than others. Finding out midway through planning that you need to change the theme could end poorly.
So, without further ado, here are further ideas for baby shower themes:
- Fall Baby-Shower
For all those babies expected in October, a Halloween baby shower is perfect. It gives your friends an excuse to dress up in costumes. It also lets you throw in a bit of a harvest season theme if you like as well. If you want to make your own invitations, cutting out a pumpkin or cauldron out of orange or black construction paper works wonders. After that, decorating them is a simple matter.
- Cow Boy Shower
If you live on the Western half of the United States, or if you just really like Westerns, consider a cowboy theme. Invitations are a snap too. Simply use brown pieces of construction paper to cut out cowboy hats. After that, you can either write the information down there or glue white paper onto it and use that for the instructions.
- Classic Rock Shower
The final theme is for families that just cannot get enough of bands like the Beatles, the Eagles, or Journey. You can put on a star-studded affair. Think of the event like exclusive backstage access to meet the star. Then you can model your invitations, decorations, and activities from there.
Putting a Bow on It
Hopefully, these more unique ideas get your creative juices flowing towards planning the perfect baby shower for your friend (or you)!
Getting all of the supplies together can be pretty demanding work, so do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it. There are plenty of online resources that are helpful for things other than baby showers, such as The Mommy’s Coach. As mentioned, being a parent is tough work. However, as you may already know, it is definitely worth your while. Enjoy your baby shower!