Planning a Baby Shower

Planning a Baby Shower – I had a baby shower for Monkey which was a great laugh, however it was at mine and so that required a certain amount of pre work. To be honest I couldn’t be bothered with the prep this time round and hadn’t really given a baby shower a second thought. That was until a friend of mine suggested it and convinced me it was a good idea. I don’t really believe in lavish baby showers with expensive gifts. I see it more as away of catching up with your nearest and dearest girl friends before life changes beyond all recognition and you don’t have a chance to catch up again for several weeks or in some cases several months.

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Decide on a Venue:

As I knew I didn’t want it at home my options were:

  • Bribe an unexpecting friend or family member to have the baby shower round their house – since I had left it very last minute this seemed a but unfair
  • Consider a meal out
  • Hire a room or a hall – it wasn’t going to be a big lavish affair so this seemed a bit unnecessary
  • Spa Day – which would normally be the top of my list but they can be expensive and it didn’t seem right to land this on people either
  • Afternoon Tea – ideal as it would be the entertainment as well, you can normally get some pretty good deals and all of the girls I wanted to invite enjoy afternoon tea

Send out your invites:

As everything was last minute I needed up setting up a messaging group on Facebook to invite girl friends and try and work out the best date for us all to get together. This worked adequately although I don’t have any cute invites to stick in Kipper’s pregnancy journal. There are some lovely ones on Pinterest – please see the link to my Baby Shower board below.

I made it very clear in my invites that it was more about getting together than gift giving a

Delegate, delegate, delegate:

As I was still at work when my baby shower dates were fixed I was very lucky to have a couple of friends that took over running the ‘entertainment’ and finding the venue.

Decide on finishing touches:

There are so many great ideas out there if you are planning a shower either your own or for a friend. Check out my pinterest board for some ideas.

My lovely friends had put on a few games to play

  • A couple of quizzes about the names of celebrities babies which I did very badly at and the gestation period for different mammals which was pretty hilarious and the perfect conversation starter over an afternoon tea
  • Name the scan picture, a series of pictures of body parts which you needed to name
  • Pin the sperm on the egg … luckily you don’t need to be very good at this to actually fall pregnant!
  • Guess the item in the box – a series of obvious and not so obvious baby supplies

They had also set out some notes to be completed – words of wisdom, one week, one month and three months in. Which I think is a lovely touch and a great keepsake.

Record the good times & enjoy:

I had a nominated photographer to catch a couple of well timed snaps:

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If you are organising a baby shower soon or an afternoon tea I hope you have a lovely time

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49 Comments

  1. August 31, 2016 / 5:41 am

    I had no idea that baby showers had become a thing in the UK! I remember them from my Canadian childhood but I don’t know anyone in the UK who has had one, until now! Looks like such great fun! #bloggerclubUK

  2. August 31, 2016 / 6:00 am

    I had a baby shower and I love it – it was so thoughtful and special and now one of my best friends is pregnant I really want to plan one for her! Lovely post xx #BloggerClubUK

  3. Lucy At Home
    August 31, 2016 / 7:28 am

    A work colleague organised a Baby Shower for me when I was having my 2nd baby. I’d never even been to one before! But it was so much fun! I’ve entered the competition so that I can throw one for my Sister In Law. #BloggerClubUK

  4. August 31, 2016 / 8:22 am

    These are great ideas! I didn’t have a baby shower. Next time I’m going to make sure I do!! ?

    #BloggerClubUK

  5. August 31, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Some great ideas here. I never officially planned a baby shower but my work colleagues took me out for afternoon tea the first time round and it was the perfect thing! #bloggerclubuk

  6. August 31, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Baby showers still feel a bit strange to me, but any excuse for a good girly catch-up hey? I’d rather celebrate when baby has arrived safely.

  7. August 31, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Nice photos. It looks like an amazing place. Good job! #BloggerClubUK

  8. August 31, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I can never turn down an invite for afternoon tea, this is a fab idea, hopefully when I decide on baby no.2 I can rope someone into organising! #bloggerclubuk

  9. August 31, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Great ideas – some friends threw me one so I’m sure I will have to host one in the future and mine was the only one I’d been too

  10. August 31, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Three children and never been to a baby shower. I’m doing something wrong!

  11. August 31, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    Some great ideas thanks for sharing
    #bloggerclubUK

  12. happywawa15
    August 31, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Lovely pictures! And thanks for the great tips 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  13. Sarah
    September 1, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Ooh great tips. I was too superstitious to do a baby shower, but I love attending other peoples!! Thanks! #bloggerclubuk

  14. Mainy - myrealfairy
    September 1, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    Great ideas and really helpful as it can be a bit daunting putting on a baby shower for someone. We had someone come round and give mini mani pedis to the girls which went down a storm:)
    Mainy x
    #BloggerClubUK

  15. September 1, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I had a bit of a shower and had the girls come over and they each were given a square of fabric to decorate however they wanted. I ended up with all the squares to make a blanket 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  16. Leanne
    September 1, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I had a baby shower with both my girls and I loved it, it was such a giggle and a lovely way to see friends before the baby hibernation period! #bloggerclubuk

  17. Cara Bemrose-williams
    September 2, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    This would be perfect for my sister’s baby shower in the autumn ?

  18. isis1981uk
    September 2, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Great ideas – am stealing some for my sister in law’s baby shower!

  19. Rachel Craig
    September 2, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Wonderful prize, baby showers have become popular in the UK. A delightful way to Celebrate and prepare for baby.

  20. Ruth Harwood
    September 3, 2016 / 8:25 am

    great ideas, thanks xx

  21. Kim Styles
    September 3, 2016 / 8:33 am

    this is great as it is hard to arrange baby showers, and they have to be tailored to specific tastes

  22. Aaron Broad
    September 3, 2016 / 9:29 am

    great idea’s, they sound complicated to plan

  23. amy fidler
    September 3, 2016 / 9:52 am

    ive noticed that they’ve become quite popular over the last few years,this is such a great idea x

  24. Angela McDonald
    September 5, 2016 / 10:19 am

    This has some fantastic ideas and this kit would definitely help a lot with planning!

  25. September 5, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Am doing my 1st ever baby shower for my sister in law and am so excited was good to read good ideas can’t wait

  26. Sophie Marie Cartwright
    September 8, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Some great ideas to bear in mind! Thank you x

  27. Tee simpson
    September 8, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Very informative post. Will be using tips for my sisters baby shower!

  28. September 9, 2016 / 7:25 am

    I’m organising one for me best friend at the moment. We are having afternoon tea. I will be checking out your Pinterest board for some inspiration. #thelist

  29. Kirsty Hosty
    September 9, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Wow this is brilliant! I am planning one for my friend in the next couple of months so this would be super handy

  30. Richell Lever
    September 10, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    What a great set, would love it for my neice that is preggers at the moment!

  31. September 11, 2016 / 9:50 am

    I arranged my own babyshower and decided on something a bit diffrent so did a Mexican themed Fiesta with Nacho’s , Taco’s and virgin Margarita’s . As it was my 2nd i didnt want anything to formal so it was fun to do some daft games and have a dance to some Mexican music #TheList

  32. Susan B
    September 11, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    The photos are lovely! Thanks for the very useful giveaway.

  33. September 11, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    I had a baby sprinkle with Ava it was low key, but I really enjoyed it. It’s definitely nice to do something. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
    Eilidh x

  34. Alison Johnson
    September 11, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    This looks brilliant, perfect for my friend who is pregnant & due in the new year.

  35. September 12, 2016 / 10:24 am

    I’ve never had a baby shower but quite like the sound of one! Maybe this time I should go for it! #picknmix

  36. September 13, 2016 / 12:35 am

    Looks like you had good fun. I have been to one baby shower before. Thank you for the lovely giveaway xxx

  37. Sadiyya Maryam
    September 14, 2016 / 5:46 am

    Sounds like such a wonderful and relaxed baby shower. Many thanks for ruining this lovely giveaway, I would like to win this for my niece who is pregnant.

  38. Adrian Bold
    September 15, 2016 / 1:16 am

    Thanks for the competition – great prize! Good luck everyone.

  39. September 15, 2016 / 3:58 am

    I never had a baby shower but I’m planning one for my friend, this kit is a fab idea

  40. Victoria Prince
    September 15, 2016 / 9:05 am

    What a brilliant idea 🙂 and I love the games you played – what great ideas!

  41. Jayne Kelsall
    September 15, 2016 / 9:58 am

    I would love this for my sister in law who is pregnant with her first .x

  42. September 16, 2016 / 7:14 am

    This is such a great idea and would love for my sister in law

  43. Jodie harvey
    September 16, 2016 / 11:27 am

    lovely ideas <3 entered thank you

  44. Natalie Crossan
    September 16, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    Some great ideas, thank you

  45. September 16, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    amazing! our friend is due in january so this would be great

  46. Pia
    September 16, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I’m a bit bummed out that I never had a single baby shower for my 3 pregnancies so I’m throwing myself into planning one to a very special friend of mine ❤️

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