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Classic Baby Shower Elements to Consider

Mar 23 2011 - 12:03am

A baby shower is a cornerstone tradition for every soon-to-be-mama: Not only does it celebrate her impending adventure, but it sets her up with advice and tools for finding her way through the early days of motherhood. Planning a party that properly honors mama while reflecting her personality and comfort level can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Any celebration is celebration enough. If you aim to throw an impressive and traditional fete steal inspiration from these standard shower elements.

Send a Paper Invite

Paper invites are few and far between in the time of the evite, but the tradition continues for baby showers and weddings. Whether pink, blue, or any color in between, a card stock invite for a baby shower means loads of sweetness to come!

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Channel a Romantic, Daytime Ambiance

Classic baby showers are typically held on a weekend morning, or right after lunch when the mood is calm and the ambiance is relaxed and romantic.

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Invest in a Decadent Baby Cake

Whether topped with a baby, decorated with flowers, or dressed with coconut creme, a decadent sugary sweet is expected by most guests.

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Serve Up a Tea Party

Take advantage of the mature and sophisticated crowd by hosting a tea party, or low-key but elegant soiree at home.

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Stir a Signature Drink

Guests (save the expectant mama) will want something divine to sip on. Plan a signature cocktail that matches the menu, season, and color scheme.

Make Mini Nibbles

Tiny finger foods are a staple at baby showers. Think fresh, delicious, and oh-so-cute: English tea sandwiches, sliders, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and quiche. Anything that looks too good to eat will be eaten.

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Cupcakes Are Always Cute

Cupcakes have been added to the list of expected baby shower treats — sometimes even in addition to the cake! Without going overboard, cupcakes are a simple to serve option that can be decorated to perfection.

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A Colorful Candy Bar Impresses

Everyone loves a candy bar! They are loaded with too much sugar for a child's party, but mamas and grown-up gals can enjoy the decadence in moderation without bouncing off the walls.

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No Boys Allowed

Classic baby showers don't include boys. The tradition was started as a way for women to share lessons about becoming a mother with the mama-to-be. Modern families have begun inviting the gents, but it's still pretty typical to have all girl affairs.

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Plan Guessing Games and Favors

Guessing games (from guess the baby's sex, weight to birth date) are one of the cornerstones of a traditional baby shower's activities. Similarly, guests will expect a favor (often a sweet treat) to commemorate the day.

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Decorate With DIY Garlands and Balloons

Handmade garlands and balloons are often used to turn a living room into a festive baby celebration.

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Set Darling Decorations

Baby clothes (whether gifts for the baby or heirlooms) also make darling decoration. Hang on a clothesline with clothespins for a classic accent.

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Try Onesie Decoration and Crafts

Onesie decoration is a beloved craft for guests and the future mama, who will be using onesies like they're going out of style as soon as baby is born.

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Make Sure to Get Gifts From a Registry

Mamas should register for the items they need and want to finish off the nursery so they don't get 25 receiving blankets.

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Deliver Practical Gifts and Advice

While a lavish event, a classic baby shower celebrates all things practical for mama and baby, ensuring mom receives plenty of pep talks, advice, and gear for the big day.

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