Who doesn't love a good book? Not you, and certainly not the guest of honor. Plan a reading themed baby shower where guests are asked to bring their favorite children's book in lieu of a card. Mom will be able to start building baby's collection before they've even arrived! You can even plan the food around favorite nursery rhymes or theme the whole shower around Mom's favorite children's book.
Does Mom live far away from family or friends? Send the baby shower to her by filling a large shipping box with gifts from all those that would attend if the distance was shorter. Ship it to Mom all at once and she'll feel your sentiments wherever she happens to be.
Similar to the "Around the Clock" wedding shower, host an "Alphabet" shower for baby. Assign guests a certain letter of the alphabet, or grouping of letters (A-C, M-O, etc.) depending on the number of people that are invited. The invite should instruct guests to select a gift according to their assigned letter. (B= blanket, bib, bottle).
You can get creative with the food and make each food item relate to a letter. A is for apple tart, B is for bacon wrapped beans, C is for citrus spritzers, etc.
Lastly, you might want to think about making the baby shower all about mom, especially if this is her 2nd, 3rd or 4th baby. Get the girls together and have everyone join Mom for a day at the spa. Of course, the hostesses should cover the cost of Mom's procedures, or have every guest chip in and pay a portion. The latter idea works well if you're gathering a small group of close friends. Make sure to find a spa in your area that offers "prenatal friendly" services!
Let us know how they go!
- The Girls at Itty Bitty Bella