Nowadays parents-to-be will find any number of reasons to throw a party. Gone are the days of just a simple baby shower luncheon with tea cakes and decaf coffee to celebrate the mom-to-be. Today’s parents have a number of different ways to celebrate this amazing time in their lives, leading up to the birth of their little one and beyond. Here are some conventional and unconventional party ideas we came across.
The Pregnancy Reveal. This is a party designed to announce your pregnancy to friends and family in a big way. No longer is it just a phone call to say, “guess what!”
The Gender Reveal. News is out that you’re having a baby, but another party idea that’s very hot right now is a get together to announce the gender of the baby. And when we say “announce” we mean everything from color schemes, custom cakes, and more, all that revolve around pink or blue. Think pinatas, balloons, or even pink or blue smoke bombs. Anything goes as long as it doesn't ruin the element of surprise for guests or even the parents-to-be.
Anything goes as long as it doesn't ruin the element of surprise for guests or even the parents-to-be.
The Baby Shower. This age-old party is designed to help get moms (and nowadays dads, too) prepared for the baby’s arrival. Women-only brunches or over-the-top co-ed themed parties - anything goes. But this is a chance to shower the guest(s) of honor with baby gifts, blessings (and helpful advice), and more.
The Babymoon. Remember your Honeymoon? Well this is similar, a getaway with you and your hubby before the baby arrives. It’s a chance to eat, sleep, and relax before your nights are filled with shushing and your days are filled with diaper changes.
The Hatchlorette. Remember your Bachelorette party? This is a party for expecting moms and their girlfriends. Truth be told, when the baby arrives, you won’t have a lot of time to yourself or with your friends, so this is a party celebrating friendships and that much-needed girl time.
The Sip & See. Ok, so now the baby arrives, and everyone wants to see him/her, right? Visitors are often overwhelming for new parents, so consider hosting a Sip & See party so visitors can come meet the new baby at once. This way parents can also schedule the party when they’re showered and ready, and when the baby is awake or perhaps less fussy.
The Half Birthday. The first 6 months are often the hardest, so why not celebrate this milestone with a half birthday party?! Serve only half of cake, don’t forget an adorable picture, and consider this a great way to reconnect with the friends you haven’t seen in, well, 6 months.
The First Birthday. Ok, this is a big one. Not to be missed. Baby’s first birthday. Now your baby is walking or toddling, eating solid foods, and will happily dig into his/her birthday cake with their hands. As a parent, you’ve likely regained control, you’re sleeping better, and maybe starting to feel like your old self again! Time to celebrate!
As a parent, you’ve likely regained control, you’re sleeping better, and maybe starting to feel like your old self again! Time to celebrate!
The Baby Sprinkle. And just when you’re feeling like your old self again, baby no. 2 is on the way, and it’s time to start all over again. Celebrate baby no. 2, 3, or 4 with a simpler party called a Baby Sprinkle Shower; is a low-key party intended to celebrate the birth of a second, third, etc. child. These are especially helpful if you’ve tossed your old baby stuff or your baby is a different gender from your previous baby.
The Diaper Party. This hysterical party idea is all about the dads, who may or may not be feeling left out of all this baby hype. It’s a get together for the guys with craft beers, scotch, and the only gift that’s given are diapers.
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