Yes. Baby showers are a thing. What started out as a typical American party for moms-to-be (‘echt iets amerikaans’), is now rapidly gaining ground in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe too. Because well let’s face it, it doesn’t really matter where you are in the world, every mom-to-be loves to be showered with a little bit of attention. Even if it’s just for one day.
But, baby showers can be tricky: they can get tacky and cheesy very quickly. Too much exaggerated pink & blue baby decor and diaper smelling games and you’ll have your guests running in the other direction. So if you are planning someone’s baby shower, or if you have a little one on the way yourself and are just daydreaming about your babyshower, keep on reading for some perfect details and ideas for throwing a baby shower that the mommy-to-be and all her friends will truly enjoy!
Celebrate in style. Always.
2 ‘CREATE-YOUR-OWN-MOBILE’ BAR
Instead of letting your guests write in a traditional guest book, have everyone write their wishes for the baby on wooden animals. Hang them from string and a wooden frame for a beautiful and personalized baby wooden mobile.
3 MULTIFUNCTIONAL DECOR
Choose decorations that can also be used as beautiful keepsakes in the baby’s nursery. After the cake has been devoured, this gorgeous ‘Hello World’ cake topper can be framed and hung on the wall. Buy less, buy better right?
4 BEAUTIFUL NOTES
Have friends & family write their wishes on pretty notecards, then add them to a personalized book for your mommy-to-be. Have the new mommy open one each night in the first few weeks with her baby. I bet it’s very comforting for her to know that others have been there too!
5 VINTAGE TOY DISPLAYS
Vintage toys like trucks, wagons, chests and doll houses all make for beautiful display center pieces that fit right in with the baby shower theme.
6 GUESS THE DUE DATE
Guessing the baby’s due date is fun and chances are, someone will get it right! Throw in a small prize for the winner!
Give your guests a unique baby shower #hashtag and have them share all their cute pictures on social media!
8 BABY POP QUIZ
If you’re having a brunch or high tea, it’s nice to provide a conversation starter for your guests. A non-cheesy, funny, lighthearted baby pop quiz will usually break the ice!
9 ANIMALS TAKING OVER DESSERT
The little plastic animals that you can find at any do-it-yourself craft store are the perfect accessories to spice up your dessert table.
10 CLOTHING LINE
Have the mom-to-be hang all the baby clothes from a line as she opens her gifts. Perfect garlands!
11 WHEN I GO GROW UP…
Have family and friends guess what your baby will grow up to be. Give them a cocktail or two and let their imagination run wild!
12 POLAROID IT
Start your baby story at the baby shower by having family and friends take polaroids and print them out right then and there.
13 BUILDING BLOCKS BAR
Have blank building blocks for your guests to decorate for the little baby.
14 SPECIALTY COCKTAIL
Who says non-alcoholic cocktails have to be boring? Dress up a simple lemonade with colorful edible flowers.