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Published October 30th 2014
As easy as ABC
So you've been asked to host a baby shower for a family member or friend. You'll need invitations, decorations, food and games. But where do you even start? My suggestion is to start with a theme that ties everything in together, and one that I have recently used is a Children's Book theme.
Baby Shower invitation
Everyone has a favourite book from their childhood, whether it is a classic such as Bambi, a LIttle Golden Book, or the Very Hungry Caterpillar. To help the new Mum build her own library of favourites it is a clever idea to ask guests to bring their favourite book from childhood to donate instead of a greeting card. To arrange this we included a note inside the invitation which read "Instead of a greeting card please write your inscription & wishes in your favourite children's book so we can help stock baby's library".
A search of the internet will provide you with hundreds of baby shower game ideas. You can incorporate the theme by adding a couple of games which relate to books or book characters. Examples I used include:
Nursery Rhyme Trivia - answering nursery rhyme trivia questions such as "Where did the old lady with too many children live? Answer - In a shoe
Name the children's book characters- Print pictures of children's book characters and stick them to a board / poster. Ask guests to write down the names of the characters. To cater for different aged guests, add some older characters and some more recent ones.
Baby Names Race - this game is lots of fun. You can do a Boys or a Girls Names race (if the Mum to be knows the sex of the baby) or both. Ask guests to write a name starting with each letter of the alphabet. It sounds easy but, trust me when I say, it becomes very tricky when you get to the letters Q, X, Y and Z! To tie in with the theme you could even ask that it be a book characters name. As a bonus , at the end of the shower, the Mum to be will now have a fantastic list of names to choose from.
If you are having prizes for the game winners I would suggest keeping them simple and something anyone can use - nail polish, candles and oil diffusers worked well for us. We just added little gift tags.
Another great activity is a Photo Booth. It is lots of fun and a great ice breaker for guests that may not know each other. For our baby shower we chose a Dr Seuss themed photo booth. We used simple paper chains hung from a railing for the back drop but you could also use a sheet, or streamers or a poster. Then you can buy or make your own props. I found a great website with all of the Dr Seuss props available to print at home. Then we just laminated and added a chopstick for the handle.
I made up the Nursery Rhyme Trivia Game questions myself. The book you can see in the photos is a Little Golden Book called "A Little Golden Mother Goose" If you want to leave an email address I can send you some of the trivia questions I used.