I love my sister. We get each other. We have the same dreams, same laugh and same humour. So when she sent me a text message one evening in winter asking if I was ready to be an aunty, I was thrilled – despite not feeling the same about babies.
Of course, the aunty thing to do is to throw a baby shower for the little Haribo, which has come under my remit for the end of July. I’m not a baby shower person. I have no idea what babies need and what a baby shower really even is. Can you have booze? Are soft cheese banned? WILL MY CAT TRY AND SLEEP ON THE BABY’S HEAD?
Fortunately, pinterest has helped immensely and with a super crafty mum to help make lots of knickknacks it’s all taking shape. So, what the heck happens at a baby shower? How can you help plan one if your best mate or sister is expecting? And (most importantly) how will you survive if babies are less interesting than watching gender neutral paint dry?
1. Just because the mum-to-be can’t drink doesn’t mean it should be booze-free
Make sure there are juices and teas for those who are also pregnant and driving, of course. But for those who don’t fall into those two categories, then get the bubbles ready! We’re opting for Pimm’s and mojitos for a summery garden party, with Harrods tea just in case the rain decides to show.
2. Get guests involved
My sister’s chosen some typical baby games, but we’ve also planned a few Articulate and Scattergories games for the more competitive among us. Hey, just because it’s about babies doesn’t mean we need to play fair…
3. The gift that keep on giving
With every guest’s RSVP came the dreaded ‘what should I buy?’ Like, I have no idea what’s appropriate here. So I asked my sister what she needed. Let’s be honest, a kid’s needs are basically sleep eat poop cry. So getting elaborate clothes isn’t the best plan. Something simple for mum and baby but practical enough to deal with poop and vomit has been the rule here.
4.Keep food simple
Unless you can hire a caterer it’s far easier to ask guests to bring sweet and savoury dishes. If your guests are hopeless cooks, heading over to a supermarket to grab party food and cakes will do just as well as hiring a caterer. Basically, it’s just a baby-themed afternoon tea party at this stage. With bunting.
5. Give guests a chance to be personal
Let’s be honest, buying a babygrow for a kid it’s very practical, but what can guests bring that will be cherished by the kid? Books. Instead of spending a fiver on a card which will be thrown away or stored in a drawer forever more, we’re asking guests to spend the equivalent on a book with a special message inside. Hell, they can even head to a charity shop if budget is a concern.
Thanks to Asda (and my sister) for the inspiration for the post (check out their tips for anyone in my situation!). Any more ideas for a childfree aunty-to-be?