Planning a baby shower is a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. With all the cute things on the market specifically designed to make baby showers a fun and memorable event for everyone in attendance, especially the expecting mother, you can put together a grand event everyone will be talking about for years. The only downside is that you’ll probably become the go-to girl when there’s a shower to be planned, but if you enjoy throwing and hosting parties, what’s the fuss?
There are a number of reasons to have baby shower favors. Shower favors make great prizes for baby shower game winners, or a fun thank you to everyone who attended the party. Favors are also cute keepsakes everyone at the party can take home with them in memory of the get-together. If you’re crafty, making your own baby shower favors is a snap. On the other hand, if you’re not so crafty there are a wide variety of pre-made favors on the market you can even have personalized for the mother-to-be and everyone else attending the party.
Online shops like Her Baby Shower, Bama Babies and Birthdays and Beau Coup have great options for pre-designed favors. With everything from personalized candy jars and pacifier-shaped key chains to baby bottle-shaped candles and bath and body accessories, they may be slightly more expensive than do-it-yourself favors, but they’ll definitely have everyone at the party gushing. Personalizing the favors with event details is also a great idea, especially for the mother. She’ll have an adorable party favor commemorating the day that she can add to her keepsakes and share with her child later.
Handmade favors are just as fun as the nifty little trinkets you might find in stores. Filling small, plastic baby bottles with novelty candies is a simple and inexpensive craft. You can personalize them with handmade tags tied around the bottle with pastel ribbon. You might also want to make baby-sock rose place holders. Folding socks into delicate little roses is relatively easy, and everyone will marvel at your craftiness.
Relaxation is a valuable commodity for new parents and busy women, so consider putting together mixed gift bags with inexpensive bath and body products, like bath salts and candles. Try to make each one personal so every guest who came to the shower knows how much their gift, support and attendance is appreciated.
It’s important that you give yourself enough time before the shower to order favors if you’re planning to buy them. Ordering at the last minute could leave you in a lurch if the retailer is out of stock or your delivery shows up late. Even if you’re planning to hand-craft your own shower favors, you’ll still want to make time to get them ready before the party. There’s nothing more stressful than rushing around at the last minute trying to get favors ready. Shop ahead of time for any supplies you might need, and set aside a day or two to sit down and put the favors together. You may even want to call in some of your girlfriends and make a crafty afternoon of it.
Handing out baby shower favors to game winners and guests is a great way to say thank you to everyone who came to honor the mother-to-be. Whether you have a guest list of ten or fifty, everyone will appreciate a little keepsake they can take home after the party.