A baby shower is a time to celebrate new life, catch up with friends and share advice on parenting. Check out our ideas and tips on everything from invitations to décor, and food to activities! The mum-to-be is sure to love everything you’ve planned for her.
Set The Date
When it comes to baby showers, timing is everything, so we have three words for you: early third trimester – with an emphasis on early. The guest of honor should feel comfortable, rather than worrying about going into labor.
Hostess With The Mostest
Anyone from a family member to a colleague can host the shower. Tradition once suggested that the mother or sister of the mother-to-be shouldn’t host, but etiquette has relaxed in recent years. Once the host has been chosen decide if the father-to-be and his friends will be welcome at the celebration. Then, all that’s left is to send out invitations, which should arrive three to four weeks in advance.
Food For Thought
The time of day will certainly help pare down your options. It’s also important to consider whether you want a sit-down feast or a more relaxed buffet. Would you prefer easy-to-handle finger foods so guests can mingle, or would you rather they stay seated and get served? Shower horror stories tend to centre on pretty-yet-tasteless food, so stick to delicious, full-bodied options, which will set the right tone for an event celebrating the start of a rich, full life.
Our top tip? Keep last-minute stress to a minimum by choosing foods that are easy to prep in advance and can be served at room temperature. Think cheese tarts, blinis and miniature salads.
Serve In Style
Almost as important as the menu choice is the way you choose to serve it. After all, an appealing spread includes more than just the food you’re serving. Up your game by presenting appetizers and sandwiches on a cake platter like our Pastel Green Cake Stand or Kufic Cake stand.
When it comes to dishing out desserts or sweet treats like macarons or meringues, why not arrange them in one of our sleek plexi boxes so guests can help themselves – try Tarateesh’s Multipurpose Box or our Jali Blue Catchall if a little boy is expected!
Mix And Match
Add interest and depth to the table by mixing and matching serving pieces from various collections. Work with different heights, shapes, colours, and designs. We love to combine the vibrant and intricately decorated Misty grey Kufic Salad plates with the more minimal, geometric-inspired Askhaal Arabic Coffee Cup.
Add some height by filling Silsal’s Ghida Vase with lavender or tulips and add colour and texture with some fresh fruits. At Silsal, we love the vibrancy of green apples and lemons, which add a pop of colour to muted tables.
A theme, although not necessary, can bring a wonderful sense of festivity to the occasion. Ingenuity and thoughtful touches can make the party all the more memorable. At Silsal, you can customise our Signature Acrylic Boxes with a word or name in the colour of your choice, making it the perfect addition to any theme.
If you opt to forgo a theme, keep decor bright and add some fresh flowers, which suit a celebration of birth perfectly. Remember to keep decorations to a minimum: all attention will be focused on the belly of the mother-to-be anyway.
Stuck for a theme – why not have an all-white shower? The colour signifies innocence, and purity – perfect for a baby. Creating a white theme is super simple. Fill the living room or dining room with white balloons and streamers. Ask guests to bring their gifts wrapped in snowy hues. Glass like our Ghida Juice Glassware and Kufic Tumblers work well with the white porcelain Ghida Embossed Mug. White dishes and serveware complete the theme. The only centrepiece needed is a pretty white cake and a candy bar where guests can nibble on sweets and later take home their favourites.
If an all-white theme isn’t for you, why not throw a tea party? Decorate tables with cherry blossom branches and teapots, and use a low coffee table for tea service. Use a mix of our Ghida’s Turquoise Istikanah, Lavender Mug and some Double Walled Kufic Cups to add variety, and serve cakes and macarons in Ghida’s Flat Container.
Let The Games Begin
Although gift opening is always the main event, games and other activities can liven up the gathering. They can serve as a way to educate the mum-to-be, or simply provide entertainment. Try this activity: pass around a ball of string and a pair of scissors and ask guests to cut off a length of string that they think fits perfectly around the mother-to-be’s bump. Once everyone has a piece of string, invite each to try their luck measuring the guest of honor’s belly. Whoever’s string comes closest to being a perfect measurement wins.