How To Plan A Baby Shower: 101

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Baby showers are one of the most fun parties you will ever plan or go to. However, baby shower planning is also a lot of work, so we’re bringing you some simple tips and tricks to help you make the new mommy’s special day even more wonderful.

First let’s talk about the venue.

Unless the bride already has a place in mind, finding a spot big enough to host a party that is still small enough to be cozy can be a bit of a challenge, and with summer coming up, finding a place with a working air conditioner is a must!

Punch Bowl has a large, comprehensive database of venues for all 50 states. You can customize your search based on the number of people on the guest list and the city in which you live.

Photo by: Little Things Creations

Founded by Matt Douglas and Sean Conta, Punch Bowl provides digital solutions and user friendly products for parties and celebrations. For more information, visit, punchbowl.com.

 

Next we’ll talk about punch.

Finding a good punch recipe is difficult. You have to find one that has just the right amount of tartness and sweetness. If you put in too much soda, the whole thing fizzes up and becomes a big mess. On the other hand, if you don’t put in enough soda, you might as well just be eating sherbert.

We found this recipe for a pretty pink punch from Taste of Home that works perfectly for a girl baby shower.

Photo by: Taste of Home

Taste of Home is an online exchange of recipes. All of the recipes on Taste of Home are created by home cooks, not gourmet chefs, and each recipe is tested in the Taste of Home kitchens. For more information, visit: tasteofhome.com.

 

Ingredients:

3 quarts raspberry sherbet, softened*

6 liters ginger ale, chilled

Directions: 

Just before serving, place sherbet in punch bowl. Add ginger ale; stir until sherbet is almost melted.

Yield: 2 gallons (64 half-cup servings)

*Instead of raspberry sherbert, we used cherry limeade sherbet at one of our own baby showers, and the result was amazing. People kept coming back for more, and several guests asked for the recipe.

The next item on the list – diaper cakes.

Diaper cakes are a ton of fun. They take a bit of time, though, so plan ahead before you start making one.

Photo by: Alli Crafts

 

 

Alli, creator of Alli Crafts loves creating things, especially for her three daughters. She loves to crochet and shares her patterns on her blog. For more information about Alli or her blog, visit: allicrafts.blogspot.com.

 

 

What you’ll need:

Pack of size 1 diapers (approx. 60 diapers)

Rubber bands

Cake plate or cardboard circle

Ribbon

Hot glue gun or tape (hot glue works the best)

Baby bottles or an empty paper towel holder

Decorations for the cake (burp rags, stuffed animals, flowers, toys, etc.)

For a list of photo instructions, visit allicrafts.blogspot.com. Another good option is this step-by-step YouTube tutorial from Cooking and Crafting.

Finally, the very last thing you’ll need is favors for the guests. Here at Nature Favors, we have a great option for favors. Our seeded animal favors complement almost any baby shower theme, and when your guests take them home, they will remember the fun time they had, especially when their gift starts sprouting!

Our seeded favors come in teddy bears, owls, lambs, sheep, rabbits and more!

Photo by: Nature Favors

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