Favors and Food
Favors can be as simple as candy wrapped up in a napkin that's been folded and sealed to resemble a baby's diaper. Or you can buy inexpensive plastic piggy banks and fill them with treats. Pacifier necklaces made of candy are also popular.
Food may be theme-based. Or, if the mom-to-be has craved beans throughout her pregnancy, make one heaping pot of chili to feed everyone. Check out some very easy recipe ideas offered by members of the ParentsPlace.com community.
For desserts, design a "preggo-cake." Cook one cake in a round pan, and one in a rectangular pan. Place the round cake in front of the rectangular one and frost. With a little fancy knife work, you can carve a yummy depiction of a pregnant woman. Finish with an icing smile drawn on the belly!
As a special surprise, ask each guest to bring a simple frozen dish for the new parents. All guests should include the recipe. The easier to make, the better, because mom and dad will need quick dinner ideas for years to come.
Fabulous Gift Ideas
Here are some ideas for baby shower gifts that are sure to be hits:
- Gift certificate(s) to a local portrait store.
- Clothes for the older baby. Mom and child will get the most use out of outfits for 12 months and older, when baby's growth begins to slow down.
- Have everyone contribute one small package of diapers. Be sure to coordinate sizes to prevent returns. Ask guests to alternate brands so mom can experiment with all kinds.
- Baby-sitting certificates are always welcome. If, after six months, you haven't heard from the new parents, call! They may be reluctant to leave the baby, or hesitant about "cashing in" the certificate.
- A subscription to a parenting magazine.
- The best baby shower gift that Ianthe, a ParentsPlace.com community member received was a three-month housekeeping gift certificate, donated by her co-workers. This allowed her to concentrate on her newborn instead of having to clean house for incoming relatives.
- Gift certificates. No, they aren't the most exciting present in the world, but after a baby shower, mom will enjoy having some money to purchase remaining needs.
And don't forget these two gift don'ts:
- Don't buy a diaper bag unless you know the mom-to-be well. Because she will lug this bag around for the next three years, you'd better make certain that it reflects mom's style.
- Avoid buying a car seat. While this is a generous gift, there are many brands of seats out there, and each one has different features. In addition, some seats don't fit well into smaller cars. If you don't have the exact specifications, forget it.