There are many ways to have a baby shower - here are a few different ideas for you to use...
For those that may live too far out of town to make it to the baby shower, a great new idea for this millennium is to have a Cyber Shower. Invite your baby shower guests that can be in person and decorate one of your rooms with baby shower decorations. Make sure to have a webcam (which are very inexpensive) and a laptop to make this happen (as well as the guests that will be participating from another location). Play baby shower games and eat just like if you were with the mommy-to-be in person. When it was time to open gifts, you could open them with her looking on which is a cool experience from anywhere in the world! Thanks to Pat for this excellent idea!
Welcome Baby Shower
There are many reasons why some mommy and daddy's to be prefer having a baby shower after the baby is born. Welcome baby showers are becoming more popular where a party is thrown after the mom is out of the hospital and has time to recuperate. Throwing a welcome shower is fun as you will already know what gender the baby is as well as the name.
It is fun to have the baby at the shower (even though most of it for them will be sleeping). It is important to make sure the mommy-to-be is involved as she may be a little tired and stressed at having people over if too soon after the birth. Baby shower gifts can still be given prior to the Welcome shower by mailing them or dropping them off if they are functional and can be used when the baby comes home. Some friends and family like throwing both a baby shower before the baby is born as well as a welcome shower after to make sure they parents have everything they need and to get them the baby supplies they may still be missing in the house.
Father To Be Party
Throwing a baby shower does not only have to be for the women or co-ed. Have the guys get together for a Beer and Diaper party. When the women are having the shower the father-to-be can host a bbq at his house and he can provide the hot dogs and the baby shower guests can bring their own beverages and diapers. It is nice because they usually receive enough diapers to last about 6 months! Thanks to Kim from Vermont for this baby shower planning idea!
Come-'n-Go Baby Shower
This is a great idea if you are having a lot of people or having it at a work party. The come-'n-go baby shower would consist of having the food ready, decorations up and having a baby shower host who opens the party at a certain time and states that everyone should come between the hours you set for the party. People can come visit with the mommy to be, drop off any baby shower present they would like to give (optional) and then eat and go. Usually, baby shower games would not be played and there can be a set time to open baby shower presents (unless the mommy to be wants to open them as they come in prior to the baby shower guests leaving who brought the gifts). The mommy-to-be can also not open the gifts until the party is over and open them with family or the friends that want to be present. In today's day and age, the baby shower Come-'n-go parties are becoming a hit.
Baby shower slide show
A great baby shower idea is to create a slide show of the parents to be, leading up to this great day and the soon-to-be birth. You can include such pictures as:
The soon-to-be parents own baby showers (when they were being born)
Both of the soon-to-be parents as babies (especially funny pictures)
Growing up pictures
Together pictures with your significant other
Pregnancy pictures in different stages
You and your friends
Babies soon to be room
Recent pictures of the mommy-to-be
Place music behind the baby shower slide show including the mommy's favorite bands and artists plus songs that include the word baby in it. You can even throw in some funny Barney, Mr. Rodgers, Disney and Sesame Street music.