I enjoy baby showers. They are a wonderful opportunity to catch up with the parents before their new little one arrives. I also quite like how the trend has shifted to hosting an event that is inclusive of both the Mother and Father to be. A BBQ is a popular option due to the simplicity of organising it, especially if you delegate and have others on hand to help out.

Drinks Station Photo by Carlie Stanley
Drinks Station
Photo by Carlie Stanley

I recently attended a Baby Shower BBQ for my wonderful friends Maria & Paul. They used colours as their theme – yellow was the primary colour with the occasional touch of orange and bright pink. It was the perfect example of less is more when it came to decorating.

Nappy Messages & Book Signing Photo by Carlie Stanley
Nappy Messages & Book Signing
Photo by Carlie Stanley

There were a few activities and games held to keep guests busy and involved. Activity sheets were passed around during the afternoon – a Word Unscramble, Alphabet Name Game and Suggest & Guess sheets – that people could fill out at their own pace. There was also nappies set up for guests to write messages on for Maria & Paul to read during those late night nappy changes. A Left/Right Game was played (where a story is read out and you pass the prize either left or right) which got the majority of guests involved.  A Bottle Sculling game was played for those willing to get involved. Participants had to drink a baby bottle of lemonade which was harder then it looked.

Fruit Baby Carriage made by Maria Photo by Carlie Stanley
Fruit Baby Carriage made by Maria
Photo by Carlie Stanley

The schedule of the day was fairly easy going with plenty of time allowed for mingling with guests. During the arrival time there were platters of food, dip & chips and fruit (in the form of a beautiful baby carriage) for guests to snack on. Guests could be social or work on an activity sheet. A BBQ and salads were served and games were then played before dessert. Activity sheets were also used during and after dessert. Guests then left at their own leisure and the party eventually came to an end.

Cupcakes Photo by Carlie Stanley
Cupcakes
Photo by Carlie Stanley

Maria & Paul did a brilliant job at hosting their Baby Shower BBQ.

Have you attended or hosted a baby shower? Let me know what you did in the comments!

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