If you’re throwing a baby shower for a loved one, you might be thinking about how to make the day special and stress-free for the mom-to-be. You don’t want the party to be too stuffy and structured. You also don’t want it to be so casual that it’s a bore for everyone.
Well, if you’re looking for a theme that will be fun for all and make the new mommy feel as comfortable as possible, why not try out a slumber party theme? It’s unique. It’s nostalgic. And everyone can don their softest pajamas for an afternoon of luxury.
How Can You Make It Happen?
For starters, you’ll want to lay the groundwork just like you would for any baby shower. Here are a few tasks to complete before you start planning the slumber-party details:
- Get the guest list together. Generally, this going to be a small group of the new mom’s family and friends. Make sure to run the list by the honoree so that she can sign off before you make the invitations.
- Decide on the date, time, and place. Although it’s a slumber party theme, you don’t necessarily have to schedule the shower at night. In fact, the mom-to-be is probably going to want her guests to clear out before the evening so that she can get some rest. As far as the location, this is a shower that is best hosted in a home. After all, if you want the guests to be wearing their coziest clothes, they’ll probably prefer not to be in public.
- Design and send the invites. No matter if you’re going to be mailing or e-inviting, make sure to include the key information: the theme, dress-code, date, time, location, and a link to the gift registry.
Now, the fine tuning
With the basic tasks of the shower planning out of the way, you can focus on making the slumber party theme come to life. This is going to include food, decorations, games, and party favors.
First, the food.
Think back to all the nostalgic slumber party favorites: chocolates, popcorn, root beer floats, and maybe delivery pizza or pigs in a blanket. If you’re going for a totally casual shower, that’s great. These callbacks to your teenage years will be perfect. But, if you want to class things up a bit, here are a few more options:
- Charcuterie board
- Chocolate covered strawberries or caramel apples
- Craft root beer
- Sparkling lemonade
- Make your own gourmet pizza - you can set up an adult-friendly pizza bar with ingredients like arugula, panceta, red onions, pesto, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and green olives.
Again, you have the option here to make things casual or class the party up.
If you opt for the laid-back slumber party, the decorations are going to make comfort the absolute priority. You can clear out the furniture and lay down cushions, pillows, whatever you have that will be great for lounging. Of course, make sure that you have a comfortable option the new mommy too - she probably won’t want to be sitting on the floor, but that’s even better because you can make her comfortable throne to make her feel extra special.
If you don’t think the guests will enjoy this lounge style party, that’s okay. You can still create the comfy ambiance with the tables and chairs that you like along with plenty of blankets and pillows for the decor.
When it comes to color, you should consider a soft, light, inviting color scheme. Perhaps that might be light turquoise, rose gold, and soft gray, or blush pink, beige, and sage green. Flowers are an easy way to make a room look softer, while making the color scheme pop.
Sequins and glitter can make the event even more visual pleasing. You might dip balloons in glitter or use glittery mason jars for the drinks.
Another thing that will soften the look of the room is the lighting. Consider putting up plenty of string lights, and placing a few candles (or non-burning candles if you’re worried about all that bedding around open flame) around the room and on tables.
Of course, you want to incorporate a few decorations that are going to make it clear that this is a baby shower. A few good ideas that will blend well with the slumber party theme are strings of baby socks on clotheslines or baby blankets that can be hung up on the wall.
Activities and games
It wouldn’t be much of a slumber party if there weren’t some fun games, right? And, because everyone is going to be in a relaxed mood, it’s the perfect time to introduce some great baby shower activities.
- Guess that baby. For this activity, you’re going to ask the guests to send their own baby pictures so that you can print them out and put them on a board. Number the pictures and have the guests try to guess who’s who.
- Diaper toss. To make this game, get three to four baskets that you can fix with a diaper. With a marker, label them 1, 2, 3 or 4. Attach these to the wall or a large board. During the game, the guests will win points by tossing ping pong balls or even pacifiers into the diaper baskets.
- Onesie decorations. This is another laid-back activity that will be pleasing to both the guests and mom. Encourage the guests to write funny or helpful advice on the onesies with non-toxic markers or baby-safe fabric paint, and then decorate as they like.
- Don’t forget the gift opening!
Party favors are a wonderful way to thank the guests for coming. Here are a few slumber party themed gifts that the guests are sure to love:
- Slumber party kit. Encourage the guests to keep the slumber party going with nail polish, a face mask, and other relaxing essentials.
- A new pair of pajamas, a robe, or slippers. Often, you can find cheap pajamas in universal sizes that your guests will adore.
Time to start planning your own slumber party baby shower!
This a truly unique theme that everyone will love. The mom-to-be will love the idea of lounging around in comfortable clothes with her closest friends. And who doesn’t love a nostalgic trip to our slumber party days?
Good luck with your baby shower planning!