Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Baby Shower Ideas {By Erin}

Hi Leanne and OTFOU readers, thank you for asking me to write a guest blog. For those who don't remember me, I am Erin, a Mum, a teacher and the owner and designer of Nappy Cakes by Erin in Sydney. People often ask me about baby shower themes, decorations, games and ideas so I thought I would share some helpful information and designs I have created or come across...really it's just a "highlight reel" as there are so many ideas for baby events.

{{ BABY SHOWER THEMES }}
Bring your party together by theming your baby shower - it can help you make decisions about the various elements of the party and it's often fun for guests.
 Here are some THEME ideas:

 BOYS
* Trains, planes and automobiles
 * Jungle safari
 * A'hoy it's a boy (nautical theme)
 * Lil' man
 * Baseball
 * Colour or pattern theme

 UNISEX
* Baa Baa Baby (sheep theme)
 * BaBEE and Mummy to BEE (bumblebee theme)
 * Splish Splash (water and bath theme)
 * Rubber duckie (duck, water and bath theme)
 * Peas in a pod (multiple births theme)
 * Ready to pop (Cake pops, popcorn)
 * Humpty Dumpty or another nursery rhyme theme
 * Bedtime Stories ( Book theme)
 * Baby Q (co-ed baby shower barbeque style)
 * Layette ( clothesline and baby clothes theme)
 * Hollywood theme (a star is born)
 * Colour or pattern theme

 GIRLS
 * Owls
 * Sugar and spice
 * Floral
 * Breakfast at Tiffany's
 * Vintage Rose
 * Tea Party
 * Pampering Mummy
 * Tutu Cuteness
 * Colour or pattern theme

* BABY - Q (co-ed baby shower - that's right both men and women). A good old-fashioned BBQ with all your friends and family. I have even seen some games designed to accommodate the males at the party - which I will share with my CO ED BABY SHOWER post!!
With most of these themes, you can tie it in with invitations, games, gifts, decorations, location, entertainment and food.


Image source: Google - www.adenandanais.com

{{BABY SHOWER PRIZES}}
When hosting a baby shower it is quite common to have a series of games and for the winners and/or runners up to receive a prize. Two of the most popular questions people ask is what kind of prizes do I give and how do I make them look unique?
***Ideas for PRIZES***
* PAMPER HAMPERS - hand lotion, body lotion, soap, bath bombs and/or shower gel). To make these look unique you can gift wrap them in a decorative bucket, basket or box and include thematic decorations and gift tag
 * PEDICURES in a mason jar with thematic labels and gift tag with baby shower details
* STATIONERY SUPPLIES - pens, personalised notepads, mailing stickers and/or diary.
To make these look unique you can assemble them in home made envelopes with stamps and the baby shower details on the front to resemble a parcel ready for postage.
* TERRACOTTA POT & SEEDS with a tag asking the winner/runner up to plant the seeds when they hear the news of the baby's birth.
* CANDLES - with a thematic gift tag and baby shower details
* GIFT CERTIFICATES - Gloria Jeans or a salon in a decorative and thematic envelope with baby shower details
* PHOTO FRAMES- thematic colour with gift tag with baby shower details
* BAKED TREATS - cookies, cupcakes, nougat and/or rocky road in a giftbox that resembles an oven and gift tag with baby shower details

Below is a photo of a pamper hampers and a matching nappy cake centrepiece that Nappy Cakes by Erin designed for a baby shower with the theme BA-BEE to be ( Bumble bee theme). Products in pamper hampers included were hand lotions, bath bombs, loofah balls, bath salts, body wash, scrubbing brush and body shimmer moisturiser.


Image Source: Nappy Cakes by Erin www.nappycakesbyerin.com.au

{{ BABY SHOWER PARTY FAVOURS }}

Baby Shower hosts clamour to find the perfect party favour gifts for their guests. Most people are looking for unique and budget friendly gifts. Here are some ideas:

 * PAMPER HAMPERS - hand lotion, body lotion, soap, bath bombs and/or shower gel). To make these look unique you can gift wrap them in a decorative bucket, basket or box and include thematic decorations and gift tag

* PEDICURES in a mason jar with thematic labels and gift tag with baby shower details

 *BABY SOCKS filled with chocolates that match the theme with a gift tag showing baby sharing baby shower details

 * POT PLANT with a tag saying "Keep this plant and nourish me in honor of the soon-to be baby."

 * DECORATIVE SOAP bar with a rhyme on the label - "We showered (mum's name) in pink and blue. Now this 'shower' gift is especially for you".

 * CUPCAKE in a box that resembles an oven with a decorative tag and baby shower details

 * MINI JARS of honey or jam with a sticker showing baby shower details on the lid.

 * FACEWASHER CUPCAKES - facewasher folded in liners to resemble cupcakes.

 * MINI JARS of jellybeans in the colours of baby shower theme.

Party Favours look great when closely linked to the baby shower theme.


Image Source: Nappy Cakes by Erin www.nappycakesbyerin.com.au

{{ BABY SHOWER GAMES }}

 Every baby shower will be different and the sort of baby shower that you have will dictate the games that you would like to include. It doesn't matter whether your shower is an intimate gathering or a big party baby shower games can be fun. Really!!

 Here are some tips and ideas for you to try:

 Tip #1 - Pick between two-six games, depending on the number of guests and type of party you are hosting.

 Tip #2 - Don't forget the completion of games can take longer with a larger crowd. If you are unsure of the time involved in your chosen game, have a couple of short games prepared as a back up.

 Tip #3 - Choose a selection of games to cater for all of your guests.

 Tip #4 - Have a timetable and a nominated person responsible for running the games

 Tip #5 - If not all your guests know each other, it can be a good idea to run a few icebreaker games. See below for some suggestions.

 ICEBREAKER GAME IDEAS

* NEVER SAY BABY - Each guest is given a dummy on a string to hang around their neck. Anyone who catches another guest saying the word ‘baby’ can remove the offender’s dummy necklace and put it around their own neck.

* BRING A BABY BOOK - Ask each guest to bring their favourite childhood book and share their reason for liking it with the mum to be. Guests can also share how they know the Mum to be.

 GAME IDEAS

* ID-ing Celeb Tots and their parents - magazine pictures and an answer sheet

* BINGO WAS HIS/HER NAME-O - Bingo boards using baby terminology and a pen to cross out the words called out.

* BELLY SIZE - guess the mums to be belly size by using a length of wool.

* BABY GENE LOTTERY - Create a list of different inheritable characteristics that the pending arrival might inherit from either parent. Guests gets a copy and write ‘Dad’ or ‘Mum’ next to each item. The Mum-to-be goes through the list and chooses which parent she hopes each characteristic might come from. The guest whose list matches the mum-to-be’s list closest wins a prize.
 Characteristics can include standard things like eyes, hair, lips, height, bust size, shoe size – and fun things like sporting ability, creativity, charm, memory, work ethic or other qualities.

* DIRTY NAPPIES - Melt a variety of chocolates in a series of nappies to resemble a dirty nappy. Pass these nappies around allowing each guest to record their guess on a piece of paper

* DESIGN A ONESIE/BIB - Set up a clothesline station where guests at their own leisure can design a onesie or bib for the pending arrival. Provide guests with an iron, embellishments, markers, motifs and appliques. Provide guests with a few sample designs to get their creative side flowing.

* PLAYDOUGH BABIES - Provide guest with playdough and a time limit. Guests sculpt a baby using the playdough and the Mum to be decides on the best sculpture.

* SWEET BABY - Give the guests a list of pregnancy/ parenting-related descriptions and ask them to match those descriptions to the most fitting candy name. For example
 Twins = M&Ms
 Triplets = 3 Musketeers
 Epidural = Lifesavers
 Breastfeeding = Milky Way

* PERSONALISED CROSSWORD/FIND-A-WORD -Ask Mum some of the words that spring to mind relating to her pregnancy and expectations of motherhood and use this to create a crossword/find-a-word template. Set a time limit for your guests to complete.

* TOILET PAPER CHATTER - Pass a roll of toilet paper around the room and ask each person to tear off as much or as little as she likes. Once everyone has their piece, announce that for every square of paper a guest has taken, they have to share one piece of baby advice, one parenting anecdote, or one wish for the mother to be.

* BOTTLE BOWLING - using baby bottles set up a 10-pin bowling alley. Use a baby ball to roll and knock of the pins (baby bottles)

* BABY COUNTDOWN TOP 40 - Divide guests into two teams and give each team a pencil and paper. Set a timer and ask guests to write down as many songs with the word "baby" in the title as they can.

* NAME THE NURSERY RHYME - call out a list of clues from a nursery rhyme and guests record the title of the nursery rhyme.

* NAME THE BABY ANIMAL - Give the guests a list of animals and ask them to name the corresponding baby animal. Be sure to include some that are more difficult or exotic animals. Remember to set a time limit.

Remember to set time limits for games and let the Mum to be know when she needs to judge the winner/s of a game. It is always nice to have a small gift for the winners.
Ideas found on Google
{{ BABY SHOWER GIFTS }}
A baby shower is a great time for soon-to-be parents to receive the gifts they need to help them get ready for parenthood.
This are my 10 favourite gift ideas
* BOOK CADDY - books presented in a caddy with each book can having a label inside to allow for guest to write  a special message.
* NAPPY CAKES - made with quality essential baby products in a unique, practical and beautiful design.
* MUMMY & BABY EMERGENCY KIT - including products such as baby panadol, bandaids, baby ear thermometer, teething gels, teething rings, wet ones, tissues, bottle, formula, dummy, baby grooming kit, nappies and nappy cream.
* SLEEP TIGHT LITTLE ONE - gift basket full of all the essentials little ones need for a good sleep - products such as Love to Dream Swaddles, sleepsacks, lullaby music, comforters, dummies, soft toys, bed linen, blankets and Gro clocks.
* PERSONALISED CLOTHING & MANCHESTER GIFTS - appliqu├ęd onesies, towels, blankets, T-shirts, cake smash outfits and  cot sets.
* PRAM CLIP GIFTS  - these pram clip and tie sets are perfect for Mums who take their bubs on walks in the pram. They clip on the pram holding the blanket stopping it from blowing away.
* PHOTOGRAPHY GIFTS - give the Mum to be a voucher for your favourite photographer. They can use this throughout the year to get professional happy snaps.
 * BOOKS for parents - Baby Love by Robin Barker, Annabel Karmel recipe books and Hinkler Baby Record Books are three of my favourite books.
* KEEPSAKES - coin sets for the year bub was born, fingerprinted or personal lockets for Mum, popular dress up costume sets for the dress up box in years to come, educational plateware sets, personalised baby frames.
* EDUCATIONAL TOYS - felt board sets, Leapfrog toys, texture boards, toy rattles etc

 Image Source: Nappy Cakes by Erin www.nappycakesbyerin.com.au

I hope these ideas help you  find some unique and fun ideas for your next baby shower event whether you are a host, a Mum to be or a guest. If you would like some ideas as to where you can order the above mentioned gifts, please send your enquiry to Nappy Cakes by Erin/facebook.
Thanks for having me,
Erin xx
Ideas for PARTY FAVOURS
* PAMPER HAMPERS - hand lotion, body lotion, soap, bath bombs and/or shower gel). To make these look unique you can gift wrap them in a decorative bucket, basket or box and include thematic decorations and gift tag
* PEDICURES in a mason jar with thematic labels and gift tag with baby shower details
*BABY SOCKS filled with chocolates that match the theme with a gift tag showing baby sharing baby shower details
* POT PLANT with a tag saying "Keep this plant and nourish me in honor of the soon-to be baby."
* DECORATIVE SOAP bar with a rhyme on the label - "We showered (mum's name) in pink and blue. Now this 'shower' gift is especially for you".
* CUPCAKE in a box that resembles an oven with a decorative tag and baby shower details
* MINI JARS of honey or jam with a sticker showing baby shower details on the lid.
* FACEWASHER CUPCAKES - facewasher folded in liners to resemble cupcakes. Feel free to inbox me for a quote.
* MINI JARS of jellybeans in the colours of baby shower theme.
Party Favours look great when closely linked to the baby shower theme.

Tip #2 - Don't forget the completion of games can take longer with a larger crowd. If you are unsure of the time involved in your chosen game, have a couple of short games prepared as a back up.

Tip #3 - Choose a selection of games to cater for all of your guests.

Tip #4 - Have a timetable and a nominated person responsible for running the games

Tip #5 - If not all your guests know each other, it can be a good idea to run a few icebreaker games. See below for some suggestions.

ICEBREAKER GAME IDEAS

* NEVER SAY BABY - Each guest is given a dummy on a string to hang around their neck. Anyone who catches another guest saying the word ‘baby’ can remove the offender’s dummy necklace and put it around their own neck.

* BRING A BABY BOOK - Ask each guest to bring their favourite childhood book and share their reason for liking it with the mum to be. Guests can also share how they know the Mum to be.

GAME IDEAS

* ID-ing Celeb Tots and their parents - magazine pictures and an answer sheet

* BINGO WAS HIS/HER NAME-O
Bingo boards using baby terminology and a pen to cross out the words called out.

* BELLY SIZE - guess the mums to be belly size by using a length of wool.Tip #2 - Don't forget the completion of games can take longer with a larger crowd. If you are unsure of the time involved in your chosen game, have a couple of short games prepared as a back up.

Tip #3 - Choose a selection of games to cater for all of your guests.

Tip #4 - Have a timetable and a nominated person responsible for running the games

Tip #5 - If not all your guests know each other, it can be a good idea to run a few icebreaker games. See below for some suggestions.

ICEBREAKER GAME IDEAS

* NEVER SAY BABY - Each guest is given a dummy on a string to hang around their neck. Anyone who catches another guest saying the word ‘baby’ can remove the offender’s dummy necklace and put it around their own neck.

* BRING A BABY BOOK - Ask each guest to bring their favourite childhood book and share their reason for liking it with the mum to be. Guests can also share how they know the Mum to be.

GAME IDEAS

* ID-ing Celeb Tots and their parents - magazine pictures and an answer sheet

* BINGO WAS HIS/HER NAME-O
Bingo boards using baby terminology and a pen to cross out the words called out.

* BELLY SIZE - guess the mums to be belly size by using a length of wool.

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  4. Looks like wonderful ideas to celebrate a happy event and fun time celebrating the new life that is joining our family.

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