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. 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. 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 Reply

    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. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. happywawa15 Reply

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

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

  10. Mainy - myrealfairy Reply

    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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Cara Bemrose-williams Reply

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

  14. isis1981uk Reply

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

  15. Rachel Craig Reply

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

  16. Kim Styles Reply

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

  17. amy fidler Reply

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

  18. Angela McDonald Reply

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

  19. 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

  20. Tee simpson Reply

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

  21. Kirsty Hosty Reply

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

  22. Richell Lever Reply

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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. Alison Johnson Reply

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

  26. Sadiyya Maryam Reply

    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.

  27. Adrian Bold Reply

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

  28. Victoria Prince Reply

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

  29. Jayne Kelsall Reply

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

  30. 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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