Mocktails and gifts for mum are among the experts’ top baby shower suggestions
Organising a baby shower can be stressful as you attempt to coordinate guests, a venue, refreshments, decorations and gifts. To make it easier, we spoke to some top baby brands and asked for their baby shower recommendations.
Margaux Pitarch, marketing assistant at Igloo Kids, which sells designer children’s clothes, shoes, babywear, and toys, believes the venue, refreshments and fun games are key aspects.
‘Try to choose a quiet, private place to enjoy this special event with your closest friends and family,’ she says. ‘That way, everyone will be more relaxed. If you can, decorate the space with pretty flowers, balloons or garlands. We love spring flowers and brightly coloured balloons!
‘Spread some treats out on the table, remember to think about the mum and if she has any food restrictions. It might not be a good idea to have champagne when she can’t drink alcohol, for example! Non-alcoholic, fresh fruit cocktails or elderflower presse are a popular choice.
‘Funny games always go down well! For example, putting a nappy on a doll, blind-tasting baby food and guessing the meaning of popular baby names.’
When it comes to gifts, Margaux says: ‘We are huge fans of soft cotton babygrows from Petit Bateau, Kissy Kissy and Imps & Elfs. Jellycat bunnies are always popular, and of course an Aden and Anais muslin is a must.
‘Don’t forget something for the mum-to-be! We love anything from Burts Bees. Their products use natural ingredients and can be used for the mum and baby.’
Wendy Murray, owner of Little Buttons Boutique, which sells organic and premium quality children’s clothing from a range of leading designers, also shared her top baby shower tips.
‘A theme is always fun,’ she says. ‘If the mum-to-be knows the sex of baby it could be princesses, superheroes or a good unisex one is rainbows. The theme can run through cupcakes, decorations and thank you goody bags for guests to take home.
‘Mocktails are always a hit and mean the mum-to-be isn’t left out if everyone else tucking into bubbly!
‘A gift list is always handy, or request gift vouchers from a certain store to put towards big expenses such as nursery furniture. Whenever I attend a friend’s baby shower I always like to know that I’m buying the parents something that will benefit them and don’t have to worry about buying something they already have.’
Helene Tsouloupas, creative buyer at Oliver Bonas, which sells clothing, accessories and homeware, also recommends mocktails and buying for the mum-to-be, among other ideas.
She says: ‘Baby showers are a rare moment of peace before the delight, and exhaustion, of a newborn. Cake, mocktails, good humour and a gaggle of girlfriends are all essential.
‘For gifts, always choose something slightly more special than the ordinary: a well-designed rattle, a babygrow from the softest cotton or a timeless, beautifully illustrated children’s book. And to really impress, get something for the mummy too. She will definitely deserve it.’
The 9 most useful items for first-time parents
Recent research from online children’s clothing retailer Vertbaudet revealed the nine most useful items for first-time mums and dads.
Practicality topped the list, with 64% choosing a pushchair as the most useful item when they had their first child. But parents didn’t dismiss fashion, with 52% judging baby clothing to be the second most useful item.
During the study, parents also reflected on the most thoughtful gifts they had received when they had their firstborns, from hand-knitted blankets and handmade cradles to a cake made from nappies and a bouquet of flowers made from baby clothes.
Personalised gifts were a favourite for many. Memory boxes, books and with sets to create a mould of the baby’s hand or footprint are treasurable items that families can look back at in the years to come.
Stacey Priestley, ecommerce manager at Vertbaudet, said: ‘It is great to see that parents like such a mixture of items: from a practical pushchair to keeping their little one stylish in baby clothing. Preparing for your first child can be a daunting task, so we hope this list will help parents prioritise what they need to purchase.’
The nine most popular gifts
2. Baby clothing
5. Bumper pack of nappies and baby wipes
6. Soft toys
7. Play activity mat
8. Changing table
The practical details
1. Before setting a date for the shower, talk to the guests you really want to be there as they may be able to warn you of any prior commitments. Most baby showers are female-only affairs, but there’s no reason you can’t invite the dad-to-be and other close male friends and family members.
2. When sending out invitations, add details of the theme or gift list if you’ve set one up.
3. You could ask each guest to bring food or drinks to keep costs down. If you know anyone really creative, ask if they would be willing to make a cake for the big day.
4. Organise some fun games and buy a book so that people can write notes and pieces of advice for the mother and father of the child.
5. If the mum-to-be wants to have the party at home, ask some of the guests to stay behind and clear up so she isn’t lumbered with all the work.
Customised labels make great baby shower gifts!
Stuck on You’s Gelati Multi-use Labels are perfect for sticking on clothing, socks, shoes, containers and more.
They can be stuck directly onto care tags and containers or sewn into clothing. Measuring 50mm by 20mm, theyare washer, dryer, microwave and dishwasher safe.
As they are customised, they make a fantastic baby shower gift, ensuring that all the new baby’s items are safely labelled.
If the parents don’t have a name yet, why not buy a Stuck on You voucher so they can order at their own leisure?
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