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Planning a DIY Baby Shower


What are the 3 steps to planning a successful DIY baby shower for a friend or family member?

1. Theme

    Think about the tone you want to set — cute, fun, pampering or elegant? 

  • Little kid "Let's pretend": princesses, football players, firefighters, superman
  • Nursery items (booties, dummy, rattles)
  • Toys (teddy bears, blocks, trucks, dolls)
  • Icons (storks, giraffes, balloons, baby hand and footprints)
  • Children’s books (The Magic Pudding, The Cat in the Hat)
  • Children’s songs (“The Wheels on the Bus,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)
  • Cartoon or TV characters (Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street, Disney 'Frozen')
  • Colours / Patters (blue, pink, yellow, green, silver, gold, polkadots, stripes)

2. Location

Your home or the expectant mother's home is the perfect place for a baby shower as it's private and intimate, although you may decide to also host the party at your local park, restaurant or community hall. If you are holding the party at home, consider the following:

Front Gate: Hang a bouquet of balloons, flowers or ribbons & bows at the front of your house to inform guests “This is the place!” and sets the stage for a baby shower. 

Foyer / Front Door: Think about where guests will leave their coats when they arrive, and decide in advance where they should drop off their gifts (set up a table in the foyer).

Party Area: Whether it’s your living room, dining room, or backyard entertaining area, you’ll likely need to move furniture around to make space for guests and decorations. Be sure to keep the path to the kitchen clear so that food and beverages can be transported with ease, and leave extra space around refreshment tables, where people tend to cluster. If possible, place food and beverage stations in a few different areas. Granted, this can be difficult with large groups, but it helps to prevent everyone from congregating around a single buffet table.

Don’t forget to think about where your guests will sit by arranging chairs in “conversation clusters”. Give special thought to the expectant mum when throwing a home baby shower as she’ll appreciate a comfortable chair in the middle of the action! Consider decorating her seat with balloons, bows, or ribbons to create a baby shower throne for the mother-to-be.

Restroom: A baby shower is the perfect time to set out guest towels and that fancy soap that’s too nice for every day. Fresh flowers or candles are other special touches your guests will appreciate.

3. Invitations & Decorations

  • select invitations; think about your theme and colour scheme. Check dates and times that mother-to-be is available! Who do you want to invite?
  • wall and ceiling decorations - wall decals, banners, balloons, lanterns
  • table decorations, including centrepieces - balloons, ribbons, flowers, candles
  • tableware (e.g. napkins, plates, cups, punchbowl, cutlery)
  • food and beverages (buffet or sit-down meal, coffee/tea, punch, soft drinks, cake)
  • baby shower favours (favour boxes & bags, soap, games, sweets, cookie cutters, cookery timers)


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