Planning the Perfect Baby Shower

It’s always exciting to hear when a friend or relative is expecting a baby. Nursery decorating, buying cute outfits and choosing a name are a few of the fun things the family looks forward to. A baby shower is a big event and the ideal time to celebrate new life and share advice on parenting. If you’re thinking of throwing a baby shower, then here are a few hacks that will make this occasion Stork worthy.

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Who Can Host a Baby Shower

Normally a baby shower is hosted by a relative of one of the parents-to-be, but a friend can also offer their home for this function. This was to avoid the appearance that the family was only seeking to collect gifts. Times have changed and today family, close friends or even co-workers can throw a baby shower. As Martha Levinson said, it’s okay to remember the importance of traditions, just don’t give them power over you.

Choose a Date and Time

Although baby showers can be held anytime, they’re normally done in the third trimester, about a month or two before the due date. First, you need to consult the parent-to-be when setting a date for the party. If your schedules don’t jive, then it will be in vain to plan a party and send out invitations when the most important people cannot attend. Consideration might need to be given to those who have to travel from out of town. Plus, you don’t have to run the show yourself; let the grandmas have some say as well.

Make a Guest List & Invitations

Get a list of names with phone numbers and email addresses from the mom-to-be’s closest family members and friends of people they think should be invited to the baby shower. You have the option of sending paper invitations or paperless evites to guests. You may find a design that either fits or will influence your theme.

Choosing a Theme

Choosing a theme for a baby shower can be simple or complicated, reflective on your approach. You can get inspirational ideas off the web, from magazines, or from the family members, so don’t panic. You can choose a nursery decor with pacifiers, bottles, etc., nursery rhymes, nature with baby animals, a specific color or realm of colors, green or eco-friendly, family heritage, circus, fairy kingdom, the beach, and the list goes on. Once you choose your theme, go shopping for decorations, disposable tableware, party favors and goody bags.

Refreshments & Games

We’re all on a budget, so consider asking guests to bring their favorite finger foods, potluck dish, or dessert. If you have a theme, the foods should reflect it. Keep it simple, yet tastefully elegant.

Games are a lot of fun at a baby shower. There are a plethora of games on the web to choose from – like guessing the baby’s name, baby bingo, nursery rhyme trivia, name that baby tune, baby food game, and many others. Have paper, pencils and other supplies ready to play these games.

Choosing the Perfect Baby Gift

New moms need everything, so it’s common now for them to register at a specific store for baby items they require. This makes a lot of sense and avoids duplicate gifts. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a gift from another source. I love Cariloha; they make organic bamboo clothing and accessories for women, men, and babies.

Bambo Plush Baby Blanket
Cariloha Plush Blankets

Blankets are ideal baby gifts, and you can never have enough of them. Cariloha’s baby blankets are luxuriously plush, silky, soft, and pleasant to the touch. Featuring ultra-soft plushness on one side and their signature viscose-from-bamboo fleece on the other, this blanket will keep baby snuggly warm and comfortable during nap or bedtime.

The naturally thermal-regulating properties will keep baby at the right temperature year around. The eco-friendly bamboo fibers do not irritate the skin so they are naturally hypoallergenic. Bamboo is also more absorbent than cotton and helps wick moisture away from the skin. These blankets are lightweight, durable, flexible and easy to look after. They’re decorated with a lovely satin trim that gives them the perfect finished look.

Bamboo Receiving Blanket

Receiving blankets are a staple in a baby’s world. These lightweight cloths are used for a variety of functions; substitute for a changing mat, a burp cloth, cover a nursing mother, shade while baby sleeps, napping cover, provide a clean surface for baby to lay upon, and many more uses. You cannot go wrong giving receiving blankets as a baby shower gift.

The Cariloha bamboo receiving blankets incredibly soft fabric is gentle and soothing for babies. It features two layers of interlock for extra comfort with an adorable paisley pattern on one side with a solid coordinating color on the other. These comfy blankets are trimmed with a rib binding in a matching color for a clean finish. It’s made from 70% Bamboo Viscose / 30% Organic Cotton and is the just the right size measuring 33″ x 30″. I also want to mention that the stitching is impeccably straight and flawless.

I love how well both these blankets wear. You can wash them over and over and they remain soft and retain their color and shape. If you’re looking for soft, fuzzy and cozy blankets, then check out Cariloha’s options. My family loves these blankets.

Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions express are my own, yours may differ.