Not everyone wants to find out the sex of the baby before delivery. In fact, more and more parents are waiting until the birth, for a variety of reasons. My sweet friend in our home group decided she and her husband wanted to wait to find out their baby’s gender, so we threw her a gender neutral baby shower.
Co-host. Don’t try to plan a whole shower by yourself and take on the financial responsibility. It can get expensive and is much easier on your wallet (and your sanity) if you divvy out responsibilities.
Plan. What time do you want the shower to be? Any food preferences? Be sure to work out all of the details and stay in communication with the co-hosts. This will keep everything running smoothly.
Decor. Keep decor simple. If you are crafty…DIY your baby shower decor. If you aren’t, look on Etsy to support people who are. Check with the mom-to-be and see if she has a nursery theme she can share. Our mom-to-be sent us this as her inspiration board, so we went with black and white with gold accents. We loved the “Be bold/brave/courageous” signs and went with tribal designs.
Decorate early. If possible, do the bulk of the decorating the day or two before the party. This will insure that you aren’t running around the morning of with too much to do.
Get photos. Ask someone at the shower to take photos so that the mom-to-be. They will thank you, and it will be a great addition to the baby book.
The first thing people see when they walk up is the entryway. Have a sign near/on the door to direct people inside.
This is a great spot to put the sign in book or whatever you choose to use. We had everyone write a sweet note to our mom-to-be and place it in a keepsake box to encourage her during late night feedings and diaper changes.
On the way out the door, guests had a little takeaway too. We just wrapped a couple of pieces of candy for ours.
We kept the decor a neutral palette to go along with what the mom-to-be sent us as her nursery inspiration. Black and white with gold accents. We got the signs/wooden pieces at Hobby Lobby and the paper garlands and pom poms from Target’s party section.
Food + Drink
Since we decided to have an early Sunday shower, we went with a brunch theme. We had a variety of sweet and savory as well as a yogurt bar. Each host divided up the food responsibilities, so one person wouldn’t be stuck making everything.
For drinks, we had a cucumber citrus water and a strawberry punch. The milk bottles added an extra touch.
We picked up a cake from Whole Foods and added macarons and gold animals for decor.
Get guests involved by playing a shower game or two. One of the girls came up with a celebrity couple and their child name matching game. The winner walked away with an adorable shower prize.
Check out my previous post for Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star themed baby shower ideas.
Do you have any baby shower tips? What’s your favorite baby shower theme? Leave me a comment below!