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How to throw the perfect baby shower

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There's nothing like getting together with your friends and family, and a baby shower is the perfect excuse for a party and to catch up with your nearest and dearest before the big day (and hopefully get some seriously cute presents for you and the baby!). Drop some baby bump-sized hints to your friends, mum or sister about hosting a baby shower and keep your fingers crossed...

1. Choose the baby shower invitations

Emails or texts are the easiest option, but getting a pretty invitation in the post is a lovely touch. Larger Tesco stores stock a wide variety of craft items so, if you're feeling creative, make your own.

2. Put a date in the diary for the party

Don't leave it too late to have your baby shower just in case your little one puts in an early appearance. One to two months before the due date is a good guide (and gives time to sort through all your gifts and write your thank you cards).

3. Think about decorations

Cute ways to decorate the room include hanging dummies from balloons, filling baby bottles with jelly babies or pegging baby clothes, tiny socks and nappies along a string across the room, to take down at the end of the party, ready for the mum-to-be.

4. Organise some yummy food and drink

A tea party is perfect for a baby shower – think little sandwiches, crisps, fairy cakes, biscuits and fresh fruit. To make life easy and save money, ask everyone to bring something to eat – and make sure there are soft drinks for mums-to-be and drivers, while other guests could club together and bring a bottle or two of sparkling wine or Champagne to raise a glass to the guest of honour.

5. Games to play

Get the party started with some games. Need some inspiration? Here are a three to get you going.

  • Buy jars of baby food. Cover the label and ask your guests to taste them and guess what flavour each jar is – harder than it sounds!
  • Run sweepstakes to guess the baby's birth date, weight and sex – the winner takes all once the baby arrives!
  • Ask your guests to bring along a photo of themselves as a baby or toddler. As they arrive, pop the pictures into a box. Later on, pass the box around and take turns at guessing who's who.

6. Precious memories

Buy a pretty notebook and ask the guests to write messages or words of wisdom to the mum-to-be. She might not take your advice, but it should make her laugh. For a really thoughtful gift, ask all the guests to buy a copy of their favourite childhood book to start a little library for the new baby.

Ask guests to bring baby or toddler photos of themselves and take turns at guessing who’s who

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