baby shower-need your opinions please!
I am planning Jayme's baby shower for May. I'm doing it as all her best friends now live out of town, and while they have offered to help, none want to actually plan it....No biggie...I am a good planner!LOL
I have never planned a baby shower before, but have been scouring the 'net for good modern ideas. Here's what I have come up with so far...Was looking for ideas and advice from Jayme's cyber aunties!
Looking to use the local elderly community hall....if I can get it, it will be perfect, doing that this week. Thinking May 20th around 2pm so that I don't run into a Holiday weekend and also avoid Graduations, weddings etc in June. She is due July 14th, by the way.
Due to budget restraints I am serving cake and punch, along with chips and dip and veggie platter with dip. Could use some advice on the punch or drinks.
The theme will be Pooh inspired. I have ordered online some pooh paper for the invites. I haven't done the guest list yet, but roughly thinking 50 people. I am expecting alot from MIL's church to come, as they have known her since she was an infant.
Decorations I am going to do pooh inspired things, balloons, keeping it simple...table decorations mostly I think.
As a party favor, I want to get some unscented votive candles, wrap in pink tulle. I have found a good source online for a reasonable price. Tie with ribbon and maybe a baby favor. Attached will be a card thanking them for coming, and asking them that when they hear of Annabelle's birth, they light the candle and offer good wishes and prayers.
A couple of game ideas....on arrival, each guest will get a blank bingo card. Before gifts are opened, they fill the squares in with different gifts they think Jayme will get. They must be specific, color included. As that gift is opened they cross it off. The first to cross off all on the card wins a door prize. Here is where I am stuck-Doorprizes. I have an embroidery machine, so can do up something, but really need suggestions, and need to keep this low cost.
I have a couple more game ideas, but have to tweak them. Simple and quick, nothing embarrassing. Probably will do the measure a piece of yarn that you think matches Jayme's belly, and have Jayme's belly premeasured to save her everyone touching her belly!LOL I may also do a raffle where you get a ticket for each pack of diapers you bring. I am still debating this one, as I just don't feel right about it. It's asking people to bring an extra gift. Still mulling it over.
So, that's the general idea of it all. We should have a good mix of ages, as MIL is 84!LOL
I would love to hear advice and ideas, what has worked and what hasn't. Please tho, don't criticize me for doing it, I want to make sure she has a nice shower.