Spring is in the air, flowers are in bloom and baby showers are flooding the mailbox. After attending and hosting our fair share of showers over the years, we thought we’d share some advice for seasoned and novice entertainers alike. Take note of how you can throw a successful party to celebrate a new arrival.
Do: Consult the mom-to-be. The new mom might not be into surprises, so ask her how she’d like to celebrate the special day before moving forward with any party preparations. From picking a date to determining the guest list, allow her to be a part of the planning process and listen to her requests. Not only will this ensure a fun experience for everyone involved, but also it will help make your role as hostess a little easier.
Don’t: Wait until the last-minute to send out invitations. Traditionally, invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks before a shower. Try to abide by this rule as best you can, given that social calendars fill up fast during the spring and summer months. However, if you don’t have the luxuries of time (or you’re a procrastinator like we sometimes tend to be) try emailing save-the-dates or invitations. And not having to pay for postage will minimize party costs. Cha-ching!
Do: Substitute fine china for sophisticated disposable tableware. The last thing you want to think about after hosting a shower is a sink full of dirty dishes. Try using a line of products that offers the total solution for your shower needs, including a variety of plate and glass sizes, and a container of cutlery. Chinet® Cut Crystal®makes entertaining easy with utensils that complement one another and will earn compliments from shower-goers. All the dishes can be tossed once guests are done eating keeping post-shower cleanup to a minimum. Plus, all Cut Crystal products are recyclable—leaving you to only feel guilty about that second piece of ombre-layer cake.
Don’t: Keep yourself confined to the kitchen all day preparing food. Whether you’re serving a full meal or light appetizers, identify which dishes can be made in advance or require little-to-no prep the day of the shower. Casseroles are always a good option as all the prep work is done ahead of time. Find more of our go-to recipes for showers, here, to help with your planning.
If your culinary skills aren’t up for the task, of cooking for a crowd, don’t be afraid to opt for store-bought or catered dishes. (Your secret is safe with us). This will help alleviate unnecessary stress and allow you to enjoy the day.
Do: Provide a signature drink. Just because you’re not serving alcohol, doesn’t mean the beverages have to be boring. Pop a bottle of sparkling juice and toast to the new party of three. For a personal touch, try turning the mom-to-be’s favorite drink into a mocktail and serve it in a monogramed cup complete with fruit garnish. Check out our drink recipes for more ideas, here.
Don’t: Choose a game that will embarrass the mom-to-be. Guessing the circumference of her stomach is not only humiliating for the guest of honor, but also awkward for attendees. And don’t even get us started on the melted-chocolate-in-the-diaper game. Instead, plan an activity that will create a sentimental (and practical!) keepsake for the future child. Ask guests to decorate blank wooden blocks with letters of the alphabet to famous children’s quotes. This is a great memento for the new mom, especially if she’s skipped the registry route.
Do: Remember to thank guests as they leave. As a hostess, it’s your responsibility to thank everyone for making the new mom’s day extra special. In lieu of party favors, consider giving a donation to the hospital where the baby is being born or a cause the new mom supports. Using a Chinet® Classic White™ Square Dessert Plate and easel, create a sign announcing a donation is being made on behalf of the shower. Get instructions to the craft, here.
And, if you had help in planning the party do send out personalized notes to those people. A little thank you goes a long way.