Sunday, 30 June 2013

Tips for planning a baby shower...

According to etiquette, a baby shower should ideally be organised by a close friend of the mum-to-be within the third trimester, and most modern events include a themed venue, nibbles and games as well as the traditional gift-giving.

So as the Duchess of Cambridge prepares for her very own baby shower, with the help of her experienced 'party-organising' family, here's our top tips for presenting your own memorable day....

No 1....Select a venue.
Most hotels and restaurants are very accommodating for such parties, and less obvious venues are rapidly catching salons are the latest popular trend for yummy-mummies-to-be!
Avoid hosting the shower at the expectant mother's home as she may feel compelled to 'look after' her guests...

No 2....Invite your guests.
Check with the mum-to-be for an ideal guest-list and send invites in good time, to allow for replies.
Include a gift wish-list if appropriate. Check here for invitation card ideas.


No 3....Keep decorations simple.
A few simple additions will enhance rather than overpower...try fresh flowers, paper bunting garlands, pom-poms and fairy lights.

No 4....Plan for refreshments.
Whether it be through professional caterers or 'bring-your-own', it's best to stick to light nibbles or buffet treats, for a flexible and relaxed gathering.
If serving alcoholic drinks, always offer non-alcoholic alternatives.

No 5....Offer some entertainment.
Have a few simple baby-related games ready for lulls in the bingo, pin the dummy on the baby and 'don't say baby' are all favourites.
Find baby shower games here.

No 6....Mark the occasion.
Provide disposable cameras, hire a photographer, create a video or let guests record their 'word of wisdom' in a beautiful book.

Have you hosted a baby shower?...What's your top tip?...Let us know!

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