Spring has sprung and the showers have begun! No, we are not talking about rain, we are referring to to being the perfect time for baby and bridal showers. As with planning any event, it does not have to be stressful. If you are going it on your own without enlisting the help of a professional planner, here are some tips for you.
Set the Date
Not only do you have to take in account your schedule when setting the date, but also the new mommy or bride-to-be and other guests that are essential in this special day. The most typical time of hosting a shower is within the last few months before the new journey begins for your loved one. You do not have to stick to this time frame. A shower can be hosted anytime that the mommy/bride to be desires.
Choose a Theme
When planning a shower, think of the guest of honor. You do not want to choose a theme or style that reflects only your taste as the host, make sure it reflects the honoree. While thinking of the guest of honor, find a theme that is unique and will make the shower a sure hit. While a theme is not necessary it does add interest as well as pulls all of your décor together.
A clever theme, for either baby or bridal, is a saying that everyone knows when it comes to Spring; “April Showers brings May Flowers”. Blooming flowers, umbrellas, gardening and rain boots are just a few simple key elements to help bring this shower together. Filling rain boots with flowers (think spring flowers), can be a creative centerpiece. Other alternatives to the use of rain boots as décor elements would be paper parasol umbrellas, watering cans and mini wheel barrows. Spring is a beautiful time of year and incorporating your everyday items into your shower tastefully will be a sure way to have a memorable shower.
We advise making your invitations customized and personalized. We recommend working with an invitation professional. There are numerous stationery stores that will probably be able to help you. This way you can actual touch and feel the quality of what you are getting. If you don’t have access to a Stationer, there are many great websites that allow you to order custom printed materials.
You could also go the route of making invitations on your own. If you are going to attempt this, try to make them interactive and creative. A fun and different invitation would be to use a deflated balloon instructing guest to inflate the balloon upon receipt. When inflated, printed on the balloon will be the information regarding the shower that will then be able to be read by the invited guest. Who wouldn’t be impressed with this creative idea?! Another fun invite is an origami folded paper fortune teller. Do you remember those from your child hood? You select different flaps to lift which provides a new piece of information. On the outside of the origami piece you could list baby items or items that go along with your shower. On the inside, give details about the shower. That sets the tone for a playful shower.
It is said that today’s moments are tomorrow’s memories. Games are a fun way to re-visit past memories as well as create new ones. Every person has played the same games at showers, whether it be at a baby or bridal shower. It gets tiresome and not as fun after a while. While shower games are completely optional, talk to the guest of honor, get to know the guests that will be coming and determine if they will be appropriate. When planning, remember there may be some people that do not know each other. We suggest some ice breaker activities that would help introduce the guests to each other. You can also offer interactive activity stations so guests can create something for the guest of honor. For example, for a baby shower, the guests could paint t-shirts or onesies for the new baby with safe and washable fabric paint. They can displayed during the shower and the new mommy will get to take them home as additional gifts for her new baby.
We like favors that are either practical or edible. They are the most likely take home items that won’t end up in the trash. For an edible option, set up a candy or dessert station with containers which allow guests to select their favorites and take them home to eat or share. If you are giving something non-edible, make it useful and functional. We suggest items that ladies would want to keep in her car or handbag such as a compact mirror. Just remember it is all in the presentation so make sure it is wrapped beautifully.
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