Novel Baby Shower Ideas
Planning a baby shower? Get creative with these unique shower ideas to get new parents
ready to welcome their little one.
Paint lots of onesies.
Let your guests get creative by making clothes for the baby. Have plain cotton
onesies (snap-crotch undershirts) and fabric paints, brushes, rubber stamps and clean
sponges on hand, and each guest can decorate one (or more!) for Baby to wear. Be sure to buy an assortment of sizes so that Baby has a supply of personalized threads that lasts the whole first year.
Have a tea party.
Forgo the usual “theme shower” in favor of a simply elegant tea, complete with a china tea
set, finger sandwiches and traditional British goodies like scones served with jam and clotted cream. Serve a selection of teas, and give tea packaged in pretty containers as favors. For the right mom-to-be, this would be a lovely “grown-up” choice.
Knit a blankie.
At this version of the old-fashioned quilting bee, each guest knits a 4-inch square, then
they’re all sewn together to make a patchwork blanket for the baby. It’s not necessary for
everyone to know how to knit—as long as there’s at least a couple of guests who know what they’re doing, they can teach the others a simple garter stitch in no time. Hosts should supply the yarn (in a color or colors chosen by the mom-to-be) and needles (for those who don’t have their own set). If you use big needles and thick yarn, it should be easy even for novice knitters. The most experienced knitter should be assigned the job of sewing the squares together.
Build Baby’s library.
For this shower, each guest is asked to bring a beloved children’s book or a tape or CD of
favorite kids’ tunes. This is a great shower for co-workers to hold in the office (it spares everyone from bringing in bulky boxes and keeps the costs down).
Send a message to Baby.
Each partygoer is given a thin piece of cardboard and a thick felt marker and is asked to
write a greeting, a wish or another special message for the baby. The host then takes a
picture of each guest holding up his or her greeting (an instant-print or digital camera, for
immediate results, makes this the most fun). The photos can then be assembled in an album or saved for the baby book. As he grows, the little one will surely get a kick out of seeing familiar faces and receiving the messages sent to him by close family and friends before he was even born.
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