In some countries, a baby shower is a way to celebrate the pending or recent birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother at a party. Baby showers started in America and like many other things have gradually become popular in Britain. Many of the older generation believe that it is bad luck to have such a gathering before the baby is born however the younger generation seem to be dismissing this myth and taking the opportunity to get a group of friends together for a good old catch up if nothing else.
Our baby shower suggestions are keep it simple and relaxed for everyone. Perhaps think about doing it on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for a couple of hours. Remember however that with the new licensing laws in Scotland many people are now opting not to drink alcohol especially on a Sunday. We suggest having an afternoon tea style gathering with traditional sandwiches, home baking, tea’s and coffee (obviously a wee glass of wine can also be available). This not only keeps the catering simple but also keeps the costs down for anyone organising the event.
Balloons are a very effective way of being able to quickly transform a room and there are now a large variety of baby shower balloons available in stores. Classic bunting and baby banners also help lift a room. We would however suggest keeping the decorations to a minimum.
There are many different games that can be played at a baby shower, pin the dummy on the baby is always a good laugh. Predict the weight, name and date of the baby, guess the size of the bump or why not try some of these ideas below as something a little bit funnier to get the party started.
Give each guest some play dough in a variety of colours. Set a timer for five minutes and ask them to sculpt a baby and perhaps the rest of the family. Then ask the mum to be to judge which one she thinks is the best or funniest.
Delectable dirty nappies
Make sure you number the nappies so you know which one is which. You then ask the guests to guess which bar of chocolate is in each one, they are not however allowed to taste the chocolate.
The group or person who guesses the most correct wins the game.
My waters broke!
Buy a pack of tiny small plastic babies (available online) freeze one for each guest in a cup of water. Once all the guests have arrived give each guest a cup with a baby and the first guest to release the baby from the cup and shouts “my waters have broken” wins the game. This is a great laugh for all your guests.
Pass the Pud
Pass the Christmas pud is a popular family game at Christmas that can be purchased online. Why not use this as a game during the party changing the cards to be parenting \ child themes.
Announce the theme and pass the pud around the guests until it burps. The winner is the last person standing.
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