Now that Christmas is over, and we’ve made it past New Years, you can finally take a deep breath and a huge sigh of relief! You made it through the busiest time of the year and you’re still standing (or sitting, or laying…or just flat out OUT of commission). But if you are hosting a baby shower shower in the near future, that sigh of relief will be short lived. So just enjoy it for a second…
Now that it’s time to get back on the horse for the New Year, planning a baby shower in the beginning of the year can actually work to your advantage. Many people may be out of the holiday spirit and totally and completely ready for something else. Sure, they may be partied out and just over the whole social aspect (plus their wallets may be tapped out) but they are begging for a change of scenery. That’s where you come in, as the hostess to the most amazing baby shower for the new year.
If you are hosting a baby shower in January, here are some great ideas and tips that will help to ease the pain for your guests, and really give them something to look forward to after the hustle and bustle is over.
Tips for Hosting a Baby Shower in January
- Make sure you don’t make the baby shower too close to the end of the holidays…give them at least a few weeks to get their own bearings (and recover slightly from the mishap that happened to their bank account and credit cards). Mid to end January is perfect.
- When sending out the invitations, try to incorporate the “holidays are over but we still have reason to celebrate!” message.
- OR….you could just ignore the fact that the holidays are over and just send the invitation to include whatever you want. It is a baby shower, and just because it’s in January doesn’t give it any less importance.
- Get the invitations out two weeks before the event. This gives your guests plenty of time to plan for attending, but not enough time for them to forget about it.
- January tends to be cold and snowy (of course, this greatly depends on where you live). So why not have a winter theme baby shower? Snowy, frosty and glittery all make up for great decorative ideas. Think snow flake and the ideas will really start to pour in.
- If the baby shower is in January, the chances are high the baby is due in either January or February…so ask the guests to bring warm blankets they’ve made for the baby (in addition to a gift, not in lieu of). Yeah, they may grumble at the thought of having to make or do yet another thing that requires their craftiness, but when the baby shower time comes, they’ll be so happy and proud to give their homemade gift to the mother to be, they’ll forget they had to go the extra mile. This makes for a really special gift for the mother, and she will be able to use them all for her little one, for months to come.
- Make sure you have fun games and good food for your guests. If you are going to ask them to attend yet another social gathering, make it worth their while. Try to stay away from the typical “holiday party” food. This will help to differentiate the celebration from the standard parties they may just attend for a month straight.
- You could actually do a New Year theme baby shower and get away with it. People will love the idea that the new year is being celebrated with a new life. Trust me, it will work. And…the chances of new year party supplies being 50-75% off is…well, extremely high. Can you say baby shower on a budget? It’s almost genius.
It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, if a baby is on the way, it’s the time to celebrate! Don’t let the fact that the holiday’s just ended deter you. The people who matter will know this and show up. Make your focus on hosting a great baby shower for the mother-to-be, and the rest will fall into place.
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