How and Why You Should Throw a Non-Traditional Baby Shower
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You’re having a baby! And somewhere between fits of crying as you listen to “Dear Theodosia” from Hamilton on loop and stressing over your 20th youtube tutorial for how to burp your new bundle of joy, you’ll realize things are a little different for you today than it was for your parents. When it comes time to celebrate your new addition, why not throw a baby shower that breaks from some of those old-school traditions and do something that fits you? Don’t worry, if the phrase “non-traditional” conjures frightening images of baby themed spoken word poetry or new parent water ballet, that’s not what we’re referring to (though if that is what you’re going for, we’d love an invite). We just mean ditch the blue frosting and shoving everyone into your tiny living room and go for something that fits more with who you are as modern, unique, parents. Whether you want to know how to throw a baby shower for someone else or for yourself, we have you covered. Here at NOAH’S, we’d love to help you create new family traditions with some ideas for a non-traditional baby shower.
Ask for Unique Gifts
A popular trend right now is themed gifts, such as books. The soon to be parents ask each attendee to bring their favorite children’s book to read to their little one as they grow. The presents are fun and allow for a built-in, chill activity. Encourage guests to skim through the tales throughout the event. Another sweet option for couples looking to spread the love is to ask for gifts for someone else. We love the idea of asking guests to bring care packs filled with socks or blankets for babies in the NICU. Having a baby is hard all around, and helping out your fellow new parents sets a great tone for your new life as a family. For couples looking toward the future, another idea is to ask their guests to contribute to their child’s college fund. Have a Polaroid camera on hand and ask each guest to snap a photo of themselves to put in a photo book with a sweet message and some cash to give to the child when they turn 18 or have guests drop change into a piggy bank as a present at their high school graduation.
Wait Until After the Baby is Born
By waiting a few months after the baby is born to have your shower, you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll actually need. Plus your friends and family will get to meet the bundle of joy if you bring them to the shower with you. This is a great option if you are throwing a baby shower for adopting parents, no matter the age of the child. If they are older, call it a welcome party instead! This would also be perfect if you are throwing a baby shower for foster parents. Welcoming and celebrating a new member of the family is the point, and you can do that at any time. Waiting a little while also gives you an excuse to actually see your friends again. While being a new parent is exciting and wonderful, it does tend to lead to you becoming a bit of a shut-in. Get out of the house while still avoiding the crowds by hosting your event at a private banquet hall like NOAH’S.
Ditch the Terrible Games
We’ve all done that awful game where you’re forced to eat chocolate “poop” from a diaper and thought, “Why on Earth am I doing this?” (and if you haven’t, count yourself lucky.) Stop the horrific game cycle. Our recommendation for how to throw a baby shower that isn’t lame is to steer away from structured games and focus on laid back activities instead. Encourage guests to play a few games of pool in our NOAH’S game room as they munch on snacks or, my personal favorite, play a loop of so-fluffy-I-can-barely-handle-it baby animal videos on one of our smart TVs or projectors for everyone to watch and enjoy.
If you’re looking for an activity, why not try a craft. I had a friend who asked guests to decorate onesies for her little guy. For this, you just need a few onesies of various sizes, fabric paint, tape, stencils, cardboard, and some butcher paper to protect the tables. Use the cardboard to keep the paint from soaking through to the back of the onesie and tape the stencil to the front. Guests can grab a onesie and some paint and go to town on their masterpiece as they chat and munch on snacks.
Make it Co-ed
Leave the girls only signs for childhood clubhouses and invite everyone, it’s a celebration after all! Being excited about a new member of your family has no gender requirement, so we recommend that you throw a baby shower party that is open to everyone. Your brothers, friends, uncles, and whoever else important in your life should be allowed to celebrate as well, just make sure you’ve got the space for everyone. Here at NOAH’S, our small reception rooms would be perfect for a charming shower and have enough room for everyone to join in!
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Take it Easy
You’re preparing for a baby. That is a lot of work. And no matter how easy those perfect moms on the internet make it look, sometimes you just have to accept that things need to be simple. You do not want to be cleaning and decorating your living room. Don’t add in too much work to throw a baby shower for yourself by making everything complicated. Focus on simplicity and keeping things easy. One way to do that is to get out of the house. If you are looking for places to throw a baby shower, consider hosting your event at a venue like NOAH’S. We’ll handle setting up all the tables and chairs as well as cleanup, giving you more time to relax and enjoy. Keep the schedule open and allow people to drop in and wish their congratulations without committing a whole night. This will create a great atmosphere for your guests and will also mean that you don’t have to take the time to plan a structured schedule.
Don’t wait around for someone else to throw a baby shower for you that won’t be what you want. Your welcome celebration should make sense for you and your family, so don’t be afraid to break from tradition. Whether this is your first, or if you are throwing a baby shower for a second child (or third, or fourth), this is your chance to do it your way! If you’re wondering “what’s the best place to throw a baby shower near me?” We’ve got you covered. Here at NOAH’S, would love to be a part of helping you and your loved ones prepare for your new little bundle of joy. Schedule a tour today to learn more about why NOAH’S would be the perfect fit for your family.