Who says brides [link other shower story from earlier this month] get to have all the fun? May is also an incredibly popular time to shower expecting parents with some much-needed pampering, and celebrate their soon-to-arrive little ones. So, rather than have your guests open the invite and emit a “not another baby shower” groan, why not incorporate a unique theme that will be truly enjoyable for all in attendance? (Cue the sound of a resounding “yes” you’ll hear from your invitees.)
Color your mom-to-be’s world green with an eco-conscious event centered on all things organic. Elle of Houston-based Provo Couture Events suggests serving organic foods in rattan baskets, and sandwiches wrapped in parchment; color scheme should be khaki and green with hints of yellow, using burlap table covers to complete the look. For gifts, consider an organic registry filled with baby-safe bedding, skincare products, and other green gifts.
Baby-Q: Just for Dads!
Throwing an unconventional baby shower all comes down to three lil’ letters: D-A-D. Get dads into the mix with a barbecue that will give his buddies a fun way to usher him into fatherhood. No registry necessary—Robert Nickell of Daddy Scrubs says gift-giving is as easy as bribing your guests: “Require everyone to bring a case of diapers, and in return, they’ll get a plate of food and free beer,” he advises.
There’s no better way to celebrate your guest of honor’s story. Take the opportunity to be extra-whimsical with food and décor—pigs in a blanket (aka “Three Little Piggies”), twinkling lights or glow-in-the-dark stars (“Twinkle, Twinkle”), etc. And you’ll be in stylish company—event planner Gail Johnson recently used a nursery rhyme-themed photo booth and Mother Goose guestbook at “Real Housewife” Kim Zolciak’s shower. Suggest attendees bring books to start baby’s first library.