Whether planning a party for a loved one or counting down to your own new arrival, there are fun ways for mums-to-be to celebrate
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The effervescent Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian and Pippa O’Connor Ormond may have baby shower etiquette down to a tee but you don’t have to go it alone — restaurants, hotels and quaint cafes are now becoming the setting for Instagram-worthy baby showers, offering dedicated party packages for the most stylish soirees.
Then there are the websites that cover everything from decorations to gift ideas. Niamh Scott, owner of babyshower.ie, says: “A shower is a lovely opportunity for expectant mums to catch up with girlfriends and bring family together to celebrate the imminent arrival of a new baby.
“It’s a fun occasion with friends and family, and also has the very practical purpose of letting the mum know she has support at this special time.”
When it comes to organising a friend or family member’s shower, Niamh suggests you should run through the obvious checklist: write a guestlist, send out invites and decide on the food. But what else? Here are some more of her top tips:
Decide upon a theme for your decorations: pink, blue or lemon? Cute lambs and owls are both really popular now.
If the baby shower is happening at home you need to think about what food and drinks you’re going to serve. Will you serve a buffet, one-pot food or afternoon tea? If having wine or champagne, don’t forget to include non-alcoholic options and have plenty of tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Baby showers have traditionally been a time to shower the mum-to-be with gifts. But some mums-to-be prefer just to ask for your presence. If you don’t want to arrive empty-handed, why not bring a little something with you like baby wipes, a pack of nappies or bibs? They will always be appreciated.
Decide what type of games you are going to play at the baby shower. Even if some of the guests don’t know each other, it’s always a great icebreaker to have a few games to get everyone talking.
Check out babyshower.ie for more inspiration