Pink Baby Shower Invitations

Creative Baby Showers

The Open House

Just remember that an open house style format means that people will come and go as they are able.

You get way more personal time with your guests instead of everyone vying for your time at once. I see your concerns though. With an open house, I see it as open, meaning anyone can come. But you typically see people stay for a shorter period of time with an open house, and I would be surprised if you had everyone there at once. What does your mom think of it? I think she should be the person you listen to the most because she's throwing it.

I think it's a fantastic idea though, and if I was doing a shower this time around I would definitely steal it. But my guest list would be closer to 30 and I personally have enough space to do it.

Revolutionary War Baby Shower

Get some hoop rolling going for the kids and adults! This was a past-time of kids way back in the day. Get some fun accessories and set up an area for pictures:

  • three cornered hats
  • fake muskets
  • lanterns
  • red coats
  • vests
  • scrolls

Instead of a guestbook, have a parchment like paper and have everyone sign at the bottom (like signing the declaration), you could print the declaration at the top, or make your own.

Many baby shower games are silly but you could have a trivia portion (with prizes) or at least some fun facts printed out. Or just leave trivia cards on tables for people to play with/ look at while eating.

I've seen team building exercises where people construct a flag with one person blindfolded and two people directing the construction. Use the revolutionary flag!

Have everyone sign a star or a stripe with well wishes for the baby, and construct a flag (would be cute if they were fabric and you had then sewed together).

Make some beanbags that look like tea bags or cannon balls and have a bean bag toss (corn hole) type game.

Have food with a theme - tea, macaroni salad (Jefferson brought back macaroni from France to introduce to the colonies), cherry pie (for Washington), etc

Second Showers

These are great for fun themed shower that might not be mother's first.

The way I've seen it work is that the second baby shower is an excuse for people to buy you cutesy gendered stuff, but also have more fun than the first time around.

If your second baby is a girl, then you get a bunch of floofy pink clothes and toys. If it's a boy, a bunch of blue clothes and boy-themed toys.

People don't generally register for or buy big ticket items like car seats because, yes, you can reuse them despite the gender difference between the babies.

Sip-N-Sees. Well. It's A Great Idea

I think this is a great idea, and it's one that some cultures have "built in" to their baby-related social customs.

The 100th Day parties is sort of a "coming out" party for the baby, and it used to be a celebration of baby surviving the neonatal period. We make it into a birthday party of sorts, with lots of friends, food, treats, cake, etc.

Some people bring small gifts, but we advertise it such that most do not bring anything. It's ultimately a celebration of the baby's birth and health, so it's nice to keep it simple and fun. This can be great for people who want to wait for the gender. It their idea is to wait until the baby was born because they chose to not find out the gender of the baby before birth, but I think your idea is similar and would work!

A sip-and-see is great since it give you the option to host a normal celebration.

You may have heard about them before and not even realized it. Some people call them a baby meet and greet. If you have ever been invited to one you know how they work. Everyone is able to see the baby and play with her and the mother gets a little break for the afternoon as everyone wants to hold the baby, change her and feed her. Expect the mother to share her birth story with you and just a little finger food. Some people might bring gifts but no-one should fell obligated.

If you are like me you are definitely leaning towards a meet-the-baby BBQ instead of a baby shower with cheesy games.

Cutting The Cost

When I see first time planners they all tend to make the same mistakes, over and over again.

These are just a couple of questions that should be answered before you move forward.

  • Why on earth does it have to be at a restaurant? Why can you not do it at someone's house to save on costs?
  • Why do you need multiple showers? Can you not invite all guests to one shower? (If there are too many people, I can see why you'd need to host it at a restaurant, but I don't understand why you would need three showers.)
  • Your sister should give you a guest list and contact info for those people, that way you do not decide who to invite.
  • If your sister's friends seem to think it has to be adorable because they are event planners, let them host it and pay for it. Or ask them for cheap and cute ideas that you can afford.
  • For favors, there are a million ideas out there; bath bombs, nail polish, alcohol, etc. Depends on your theme and the feel you're going for.

First off restaurant showers are way more expensive. Generally the host is expected to pay the entire restaurant tab. I have never been at a shower where the bill was split among guests. This is why events are usually hosted at someone's house or a hall where food can be made. One can save by having the shower in the early afternoon (1ish) and just serving some appetizers and cake. Showers are usually at someone's house and the hosts provide light food and drinks. It can even just be cake and punch as long as it's not directly over a meal time.

And no, she can just invite people she is personally close too. There's no rule that says XYZ has to be invited.

Why are you having 2 showers? This is something that young hostesses tend to over due. A shower is a shower. You have one of them and then you call your work done. Could you imagine going through all of through work of planning two guest lists? It is almost all that we can do to plan and invite one set of guests. Organizing two parties is trial by fire at best. The chance that one of them will be a success is low when you heap another one on the side.

  • No, I don't think you have to invite her friends' moms if your sister is not close with any of them. I actually think that's very nice to invite Janice's mother if they are close.
  • Yes, invite Valerie's sisters. If they don't come, that's on them. And you don't want to hurt their feelings if your sister is close to them.
  • So now your sister is having 3 showers? See this is where I'm confused in the first place. Why can't you have all family and friends together? If you are looking to cut costs, you could consider renting a Legion Hall or Fire Hall and bringing outside food (like hoagie trays, pasta salad, etc.) Plus if you do this, chances are people will offer to bring food.
  • You will probably want to do favors, but imo avoid junk items that nobody really wants or has use for...you could do little candy bags with something like little M&Ms with your sister's due date on them, a small candle in little pink or blue bags with a hand-lettered (or computer printed-out) tag with your sister's name and due date, etc. Pintrest is prob your best bet for this type of idea.
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