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.

https://uk.pinterest.com/mudpiefridays/baby-shower-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. 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 ❤️

  2. Holly Walker

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

  3. petalrose91

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

  4. Jayne Kelsall

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

  5. Victoria Prince

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

  6. kelandab22

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

  7. Adrian Bold

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

  8. Sadiyya Maryam

    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.

  9. allaboutme731

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

  10. crummymummy1

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

  11. Alison Johnson

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

  12. Mummy and Monkeys

    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

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

  14. The UnNatural Mother

    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

  15. Richell Lever

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

  16. Kirsty Hosty

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

  17. Life Love and Dirty Dishes

    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

  18. Tee simpson

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

  19. Sophie Marie Cartwright

    Some great ideas to bear in mind! Thank you x

  20. keri2016

    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

  21. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    What a lovely kit – it would definitely take the stress out of planning it!

  22. Angela McDonald

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

  23. amy fidler

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

  24. Aaron Broad

    great idea’s, they sound complicated to plan

  25. Kim Styles

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

  26. Rachel Craig

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

  27. isis1981uk

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

  28. Cara Bemrose-williams

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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. Mainy - myrealfairy

    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

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

  33. happywawa15

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

  34. topsyturvytribe

    Some great ideas thanks for sharing
    #bloggerclubUK

  35. Clare Bailey

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

  36. Wandermust mummy

    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

  37. blabbermama

    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

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

  39. 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.

  40. The Mum Reviews

    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

  41. Cathryn - Little Paper Swans

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

    #BloggerClubUK

  42. Lucy At Home

    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

  43. beautybabyandme

    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

  44. Elizabeth

    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

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