Baby showers are such joyous events and what’s a party without a fun favor? Moms-to-be and their hostess friends are getting more and more creative with their giveaways. You can use the favors to form a centerpiece and make them part of the theme and décor before being handed out to all the guests. Or just have a special pink and/or blue exit treat. Make a lasting impression by giving something that will both wow your guests and be used long after the party is over.
When Catalina Szilvagyi of San Diego helped plan her daughter-in-law’s “teddy bear” baby shower, she decorated her home with photos of famous bears like Paddington and Winnie the Pooh, as well as every bear-themed book she could find at the library. They sat next to dozens of stuffed bears, including a large Mardi Gras bear wearing piles of beads. Each guest took a beaded necklace as they arrived. If they said the banned word “sweet” during the party, they had to give their necklace to another guest. The one wearing the most at the party’s end got to take home the Mardi Gras bear. Everyone got a bag of Teddy Grahams and a set of measuring spoons. “I thought the spoons would always bring memories from the shower to mind,” explains Szilvagyi, “as well as the sentiment of the attached note that read: ‘The measure of your kindness sweetens my life.’”
Judith Accilon, a blogger and party designer at Jam Pack Party Rentals DJ Entertainment in Miramar, FL, planned a “bun in the oven” baby shower. She used baking items including mixing bowls, whisks, sacks of flour and sugar, as well as recipe cards artfully displayed as centerpieces. As they left, “guests were handed out items from their tables, although there was some swiping going on” during the party, she says. “Favors are a great way to thank your guests for being part of your celebration.” And they don’t have to break the bank, she adds. “All the items were purchased from our local dollar store, which not only saved money for the mommy-to-be, but created great favors.”
Here are some other ideas:
- Fill baskets with pink and blue nail polish with corresponding signs, “It’s a girl” and “It’s a boy.” See how many guests pick which color for an informal poll on the gender of the baby-to-be.
- Around the holidays give out cute gingerbread “boy” and “girl” cookie cutters for a useful gift.
- Provide small picture frames that say “It’s a???” Later send a photo of the new baby with your thank yous so everyone can fill their frames.
- For foodies, consider “sugar and spice” favors of chocolates paired with hot sauce.
- Who doesn’t love a rubber duck as a souvenir?
- Jars of jam work well. As a nod to the boy/girl theme, have both blueberry and raspberry to cover all your bases. You can add customized labels.
- For a shower where the baby’s gender was unknown, Ritter Hoy of Columbus, Ohio filled mini baby bottles with pink and blue customized M&Ms that said “Baby Hoy,” and tied them with yellow ribbons. “This was the first baby and the anticipation was killing us,” she says. Elenin Hoy arrived on April 4, 2012.
With favors, the sky is the limit. So search the internet for ideas -- Pinterest and Etsy have scores of suggestions -- and let your inner DIY creativity take over. It’s amazing what fun things you’ll come up with.