Jazzing up a party with flower arrangements is a nice idea, but in reality, they're expensive and they wilt after a few days. Our idea: Stock up on affordable, adorable baby shower gifts and let them double as décor. When the fun and games are over, they make great take-home presents for mom guests -- no gift wrap required!
Give the stork a rest and try some sweet songbirds as your party theme instead. We love how they perfectly express mama's "nesting" instincts and also that they're another way to do the very popular woodland forest theme. We've found a few beautiful decor options that look homemade, but since they're actually store-bought they'll save you weekends of work. (We won't tell if you won't!)
Registering for baby is a lot of fun -- all those cute onesies! -- but can be pretty overwhelming, too -- all those different types of bottles! In fact, figuring out what you need, and more importantly what you don’t need, can leave you nearly paralyzed in the store aisle. (Don’t worry, mama -- we’ve been there!) To help, our iVillage moms spilled on the must-have items that helped them through baby’s first months. Here are their picks.
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Buffets are a guest favorite -- easily accessible food and lots of it! -- but making the spread look stylish (and not school cafeteria) can be a challenge. Our go-to trick? Putting selected dishes on a pedestal -- literally. And don’t worry if you don’t have a bunch of extra pillars and cake stands handy -- you can make cool-looking pedestals with stuff you have lying around the house.
Besides oohing and aahing over all the sweet onesies mom-to-be is getting, the best part of a baby shower are the desserts! Which is why we love these cute, contemporary baby shower cookies. They're tasty and fancy-looking enough to double as party favors. (Our mouth is watering just looking at them!) Here are our go-to resources.
A buffet made up of nothing but candy? Sign us up! Besides satisfying our sweet tooth, these sugary spreads can also double as festive, affordable baby shower decor.
Looking for some fabulous new ideas for planning an awesome baby shower? Here's how to do it.