If the mommy-to-be already has one or more children, this kind of shower is the perfect way to include the expected baby’s older siblings in the fun. It’s easy for children to feel left out amid the preparations for the new arrival, so attending a party where everyone is congratulating him or her for getting a new brother or sister is a wonderful way to make them feel like part of the experience.
In addition to inviting the expectant mother’s friends and family, allow the sibling-to-be to invite his or her friends, too; hopefully some of the guest of honor’s friends will be the parents of some of your child’s friends, or the guest list might get out of hand.
Plan the event as if you were planning a children’s birthday party, which is exactly what baby shower is, if you think about it. Include games, prizes and activities that children of all ages will enjoy, and limit the party to only two hours. A backyard is the perfect place to host the party, but a park would work well, too.
By keeping the baby shower theme focused on the kids, you’ll wind up saving a lot of money. The food you serve will be less expensive in nature—kids don’t like fancy food very much! They really don’t expect more than cake, ice cream and drinks. You can serve a platter of veggies, fruit and cheese for the grown-ups and provide coffee while the kids are eating their cake.
What makes this party really unique is the way the gift-giving goes. Instead of bringing gifts for the baby, the children bring presents for the younger sibling. After all, he or she is the one being honored! The gifts shouldn’t be elaborate or fancy, just small things, like a book or a stuffed animal. The adult guests are free to give small gifts to the expectant mother, but she will probably already have everything she needs for a second (or third!) baby. Not all new mothers will feel this way, so make sure your guest of honor is on board with the idea before you plan the party.
The baby shower decorations for this party should be fun and child-friendly, like our “Lil’ Lady Bug Baby Shower” line of theme decorations. An adorable pink or lavender ladybug with curling antennae and polka dots smiles from a background of blue skies and flowers. In addition to coordinating baby shower plates, napkins, cups, tablecovers and invitations, the Lil’ Lady Bug Baby Shower line includes a wide selection of party favors the kids will love: stickers, magnets, coloring books, pinwheels and loot bags for candy.