There’s nothing quite as fun as a baby shower. It’s a chance to get the girls together and celebrate your new baby, or your friend’s if you are planning it for someone else. Anyone who has arranged a baby shower knows it takes some time and effort to get it just right. To help you do so we’ve put together some top tips on creating a memorable shower. From dealing with any minor disasters (like knowing how to remove ketchup from clothes) to suggestions on what baby-themed games you could play, here’s our guide to a memorable shower.

Tasty treats

Any self-respecting party needs great party food, and of course, if it’s a baby shower it’s worth making things baby-themed. You could make stork cookies, or perhaps decorate biscuits with the baby’s due date. If you’re opting for a cake there are lots of different baby-linked ideas for decorating, one great option is to make baby block squares with sponge and icing. On the savory front be sure to provide tasty snacks like chips and dips. As pale and pastel coloured clothes are a popular choice for a baby shower, you may want to make sure you’re stocked up on napkins, and knowing how to remove ketchup from clothes could come in handy too, in case of a small crisis; find out how to do so here – things always get spilled at a good party.

Decorate the space

To really get the right atmosphere going, you’ll also want to put some effort into the decorations. As with catering, there are endless options, so it’s worth going online to get some ideas and inspiration. If the baby’s gender has been revealed, you can choose to go for a girly or boyish theme. Alternatively, go traditional and fill the house with bunting and balloons of whatever colors. This could be a chance to get creative and artistic; anything to make you or the mum-to-be feel special!

It’s all fun and games

In terms of party activities, it’s worth having some games up your sleeve. One great baby-themed game is to ask everyone to bring a picture of themselves as an infant. Stick the pictures on a board for everyone to see and then get people to guess who is who. You’ll be surprised at how similar people look to their littler selves! For even more laughs, you could get a selection of different baby foods, and serving small amounts in bowls, get each guest to guess what each food is – the person with the highest number of correct guesses wins!

Keep track of gifts

Finally, one important tip for a great baby shower is to make sure everyone is organized about gifts. From the givers’ side, this means coordinating with other people to ensure your pregnant friend doesn’t receive 20 versions of the same thing. For the receiver, it could be helpful to keep a list of who gave what to make things easier when it comes to sending out thank you notes.

A baby shower can be great fun! With a bit of planning and forethought, you will have a lively afternoon to celebrate this very exciting event.

For the bio: ‘This post was written in collaboration with Katherine Mosquera and Naomi Hassan from Mavens of London. Naomi has written for various food, lifestyle. and parenting blogs, and continues to work alongside Mavens of London to create immersive articles and blog content. Katherine has written and edited a range of articles from home and lifestyle, to food and fashion, and is currently a content creator and editor at Mavens of London.’