Ditching the Traditional Baby Shower

A traditional baby shower goes a little like this...simple venue or someone's home, catered food, cake, gifts, baby games. It's a little standard. Ok, it's a lot of standard. We Moms work hard during pregnancy, baking a whole human in our bodies. We need to be showered like our lives depend on it!! Cause once baby comes, that new routine hardly comes with time to take an actual shower. Amirite?! 😅

There are some new trends on the horizon ladies!! I'm finding that the game is changing when it comes to who and how moms-to-be are planning their showers. Let's dig in.

It's usually tradition that someone close to the mom-to-be throws them a baby shower, often leaving new Mom in the dark on what's being planned. Not the case so much anymore. More and more mom-to-bes are coming to me to plan their own baby showers and they don't want your standard shower. They want to be pampered. Yaaasssss!!! 💅🏻 I love this so much. I would much rather plan a mom-to-be soirée that leaves the baby games at home. Let's celebrate the new Mom and her new arrival in style. We're calling these "Baby Bump Soirées." Let me also say that mom-to-bes want their guests to have the best time, like requesting champagne walls and all the best frozen champagne waiters we can find. LOVE IT!! So unselfish of them!

Champagne Wall - Dallas Event Rentals
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Frozen Champagne

 

I'm obsessed with Lin Jerome from Allthingsrefined.com - She blogged about her baby soiree earlier this year. It was held at the Mariposa Room inside Neiman Marcus.

Image Credit: Lin Jerome, AllThingsRefined.com

 

Let's make your baby bump soirée feel more like a girls' night out or a pampered party. Here are some fresh ideas:

  • Mobile Spa - Let's bring the party to you and get a mani/pedi party started! This is an excellent way to pamper new Moms and their guests. Those tired feet need some love too y'all.
  • Cocktail Reception-Styled Event - This theme screams co-ed but can be played either way. Have hors d'oeuvres to pass around, set up a dessert bar and if you want to avoid alcohol; serve “mocktails” instead.
  • Sip & See - Any mom-to-be deserves to be celebrated and pampered, but some new moms are opting to postpone their shower until after the baby is born. At a sip & see, a baby shower and a meet-the-baby celebration are combined into one party.

Another major tip if you are planning this event for the mom-to-be, be sure to involve them. Trust me when I say, they don't want to be surprised! They have a vision of how their special day should be. Include them in the creative parts.

Some other things to consider when planning:

  • Plan to Send out invitations 6 weeks in advance. And yes, I do recommend mailed invites. Not Facebook. I am traditional when it comes to that.
  • Check in with the mom-to-be before planning the event to double check food allergies, theme preferences, and so on.
  • Share registry information with guests.
  • Get an approximate guest count from Mom-to-Be, discuss expectations for venue and food — and stick to that budget.

 

As always, if you need a party planner for your Baby Bump Soirée, send me an email and let's ditch the traditional baby shower setup together!

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