If you are hosting a baby shower for
a friend or family member, you can be sure that she is already very
appreciative of the enormous task you are undertaking. The act of
taking on invitations, guests, reunion space, decorations, food,
and activities, is already an act of love. But, you can make your
contribution to the mom-to-be’s new life even more thoughtful
and memorable by making homemade baby shower favors. If you decide
on this option, you can, and should, scour craft stores and talk
to friends to get ideas – but we have a few for you right
First, whether homemade or store-bought, favors should look as attractive
as possible. Whether you have made candy, baked cookies mixed your
own lotion, personalized some toys, or woven your own potholders,
make the presentation of these items as cute and fun as possible.
You may want to purchase ribbons, scissors, a hole-puncher, sparkles,
stickers, favor bags, etc. Try to give both the gift itself, and
its wrapping, a special, personalized touch.
Besides the ideas mentioned above – sweet treats, toys, or
knitted goods – another creative and extremely useful idea
is to include a beautifully-written card with the mom-to-be’s
or your own favorite recipe. If you like, you can even make a whole
booklet. Of course, these recipes should be family-friendly –
ingredients that are not too costly, instructions that are not too
complicated, and an overall short preparation time. This kind of
homemade baby shower favor will be a hit with both the new mom and
Another creative and unusual favor is homemade bookmarks. You can
use any number of materials and designs, from delicate and pastel
to bold and striped. Alternatively, you can choose colors and patterns
which complement the theme of your party, and even print the names
of the soon-to-arrive baby and parents, the date of the event, and
a little saying. This is also a fun favor if children are going
to participate in the festivities – you can choose animal
prints or other entertaining images.
For the winners of games, consider making up “certificates
of achievement,” using your word processor’s templates.
Replace the background or other images with baby-themed clipart,
and change the wording to reflect the game that was played. You
can make these sweet, silly, or humorous. Be sure to take photos
when you award these certificates, shaking hands with the recipient.
Again, if there are going to be children present at the shower,
and you have planned kids-only games (highly recommended), these
make nice little prizes for them to take home.
A homemade baby shower favor, whatever it is, should reflect the
love and esteem you have for the mom-to-be. Think about what you
already do well - whether it is baking, knitting, painting, or just
working on the computer – and you will easily come up with
creative and special ideas to make your shower a success.