We recently received the following question from reader Whitney:
My husband and I are having our first child this fall, and my mom and mother-in-law really want to throw us a baby shower. I envisioned a tea party with all my aunts and I’m just not feelin’ it. I want my guy friends, my dad and my husband there to celebrate, too! While I recognize how important it is for some people to mark these occasions by giving gifts, I want nothing to do with a registry and I don’t want everyone to feel obligated to buy something.
So my question is: how do I throw an offbeat baby shower where everyone is welcome and no one is obligated to buy anything, especially from corporate babyland? And how do I put that into an invitation?
I thought this would be an AWESOME opportunity to go through our badass baby shower archive and for you guys to share a few tips and tricks you’ve picked up. LET’S DO THIS THING!
Make it colorful
Two of my favorite baby showers we’ve featured involve COLOR: specifically this rainbow-themed fete and this bohemian tie-dye shindig. Both were pretty laid-back and involved friends hanging out in a brightly-decorated backyard:
If you or your guests love piñatas, then the Uteriñata is probably going to rock your world. Yes: it’s a piñata that looks like a uterus:
Another perennial favorite baby shower post is this one about decorating onesies that don’t suck. I mean… what baby wouldn’t love to rock this?
Turning down gifts
We have a handy list of copy ‘n’ paste phrases for turning down baby gifts, such as: “Thank you so much for thinking of us and the new baby! We’re working with pretty limited space, so we’re asking folks to contribute to the baby’s college fund rather than give gifts.”
What do you guys have up your sleeves? It’s been a while since Ariel wrote up 3 lessons for an awesome offbeat baby shower… I can only imagine what you have learned since! If you have photos from your baby shower, send ’em our way!