Baby Shower and Party Bags.

When I first heard of baby showers around 10 years or so ago, I had absolutely no idea what this was. Listening to an over excited friend who was frantically trying to arrange a baby shower for a family member and trying to mimic her excitement without her guessing I was completely clueless was somewhat amusing. Enthusiastically I was nodding at all the comments and suggestions that required a nod, and shrugging my shoulders that required a not so sure reaction. Once home, my first job was to find out everything I could about baby showers.

The nappy raffle, ice ice baby, and wrap the mummy were all words I could now associate with this joyous occasion.

Alongside high school proms and Halloween, the baby shower is the latest stateside tradition that we seem to have adopted into our preparation for the birth of a baby.

Did you know that baby showers were originally called Stork Parties? It was during the 1930’s in America that they became popular and are now continuing to boom into even bigger and better occasions than ever before. A gathering of friends and family of the mum-to-be celebrate the upcoming birth. The expectant mum is expected not to lift a finger in any of the preparations. The party usually involves food, a number of hilarious and silly games and many laughs along the way. Guests will shower the expectant mum with plenty of gifts to welcome her new arrival.

A common trend seems to be that the party will be held around the seven to eighth month of pregnancy and although tends to be mainly female-only jollification, men and dads-to-be are increasingly wanting to join the fun.

This occasion focuses on sending the mum-to-be into motherhood whether it be for the first time or not with a full heart (and possibly bladder too) knowing that help and support is only a phone call, message, snap chat or Insta away!

Who Said Goody Bags Are Just For Childrens Parties?

“Do you have any baby shower bags? What kind of thing can I put into a baby shower bag? Where can I find baby shower gifts that are actually useful?” These are all common questions I have been asked a number of times, so I needed to start thinking about this. I was asked about a month ago if I could supply a large number of bags for a baby shower but I still had a few months to plan and prepare the contents.

Despite knowing how long it takes me to source a variety of party bag fillers, request and purchase samples, play, use, smell and feel these products, finally decide my short list and then make that all important choice of what these themed goodies are to be, I thought “This won’t take me long. There surely can’t be too many items to look at”. WRONG. Weeks later I was still procrastinating (which I think I have mastered into a fine art now) and frustratingly unable to make a decision. Until now!

I am so pleased and proud with what I am about to share with you and it truly makes me happy that I am able to support other mums in business achieve their goals too.

Rule number 1 – each product has to be sourced from a mum in business
Rule number 2 – each product had to look great
Rule number 3 – each product had to be useful
Rule number 4 – each product had to be cost effective

All of my standard bags are twist handle paper FSC ® and fully recyclable.

Fuscia pink, baby blue or cream are the bag colour choices for the baby showers. As with all other party bags, a hand designed, personalised and printed tag is attached to each bag. I decided against stickers as that would hinder the recycling of the bag.

The design shows a cute baby elephant holding a balloon with the name of mum-to-be and Thank you for coming to my baby shower. These are available in pink, blue or green.

I have decided on 2 price categories – £5.50 per bag and £7.50 per bag.

 

Here Are My Products For The £5.50 Baby Shower Party Bag:

 

Party Bag Online Baby Shower Party Bag with scented tealight

 

CONTENTS

  • Scented tea light candle in organza pouch with hand designed and printed poem on card tag A little candle for you to light, to flicker, glow & shine bright. As you blow out the flame, make a little wish in my name! Thank you for coming to my mummy’s baby shower. I love a scented tealight and these smell heavenly and will bring a smile to your face as it burns and wafts its scent around you.*
  • Pop tie / hair or wrist elastic printed with gold metallic baby footsteps. I am not often seen without a pop tie around my wrist unless my daughter has decided that she needs to tie her hair back and needs to borrow it! Kind to the hair, doesn’t snap or break and looks pretty on your wrist too.
  • Personalised hand designed and printed poem seed packet with seeds, Plant these seeds And watch them bloom Just like the baby Who will be here soon. What a lovely idea – sprinkle some in a pot and watch them grow and bloom. I love flowers.*
  • 2 Care Cards / Mindset prompts created by a time poor and overwhelmed mum. These are a perfect boost than anyone can benefit from when we need that little pick-me-up. As an example one side shows Believe and on reverse it reads Believe that you can. Whatever that may be today / tomorrow and the day after. You can and you will. You’ve made it through 100% of your days so far and you’ll do it again. Believe that you are strong, capable and more than enough just the way you are. Because it’s true. Beautifully designed, thoughtful and so honest. **

*available in pink, blue or light green to suit theme
** randomly selected from a choice of 50

 

And The £7.50 Baby Shower Party Bag:

 

Party Bag Online Baby Shower Party Bag with scented tealight and handmade Summer Feet Foot Cream

Same as previous bag with the addition of hand made foot cream.

 

CONTENTS

  • Scented tea light candle in organza pouch with hand designed and printed poem on card tag A little candle for you to light, to flicker, glow & shine bright. As you blow out the flame, make a little wish in my name! Thank you for coming to my mummy’s baby shower. I love a scented tealight and these smell heavenly and will bring a smile to your face as it burns and wafts its scent around you.*
  • Pop tie / hair or wrist elastic printed with gold metallic baby footsteps. I am not often seen without a pop tie around my wrist unless my daughter has decided that she needs to tie her hair back and needs to borrow it! Kind to the hair, doesn’t snap or break and looks pretty on your wrist too.
  • Personalised hand designed and printed poem seed packet with seeds, Plant these seeds And watch them bloom Just like the baby Who will be here soon. What a lovely idea – sprinkle some in a pot and watch them grow and bloom. I love flowers.*
  • 2 Care Cards / Mindset prompts created by a time poor and overwhelmed mum. These are a perfect boost than anyone can benefit from when we need that little pick-me-up. As an example one side shows Believe and on reverse it reads Believe that you can. Whatever that may be today / tomorrow and the day after. You can and you will. You’ve made it through 100% of your days so far and you’ll do it again. Believe that you are strong, capable and more than enough just the way you are. Because it’s true. Beautifully designed, thoughtful and so honest. **
  • Hand made Summer Feet foot cream. Made with Lavender, Geranium, Peppermint & Calendula. Aids circulation and great for hard skin on heels. Of course I have tried it, a number of times actually, and it truly makes your feet feel soft, nourished and pampered. Perfect little treat for ladies. The cream comes in a small plastic handbag sized re-usable pot, packaged in recyclable ridged paper box and presented in an organza bag.

*available in pink, blue or light green to suit theme
** randomly selected from a choice of 50

There’s More!

I just love cotton drawstring re-usable bags. I have them at home in my cupboards and drawers for all sorts of clutter that usually would make a mess. Hair accessories, creams, chargers, little keepsakes etc. So, again in keeping with the other upgraded options in the party bag sections, I have the personalised 20 x 24cm white cotton drawstring bag for an additional £4.50 each. Very slightly larger than the paper bag, so all the fillers fit into this bags that not only serves as a luxury goody bag but as a momento of the day.

I have designed and created a transfer that is ironed onto the bag which reads Coming Soon and shows baby footprints. It is personalised with the mum-to-be name and date of baby shower. The colour can be pink, blue or another chosen colour. I also thread the bag with quality ribbon to compliment the colour scheme or pink / blue baby footprints ribbon.

Other cotton bag colours may be available upon request.

Maybe a piece of cake or a cupcake can be wrapped and added to any of these bags, and I am sure any guest would be thrilled to receive a baby shower party bag from Party Bag Online.

As Cyndi Lauper quotes from one of my favourite films of all time “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”

Emma’s Top Tip Alert

Here are some website links if you are organising a baby shower and would like some ideas for games.

https://www.pampers.co.uk/pregnancy/baby-shower/article/baby-shower-games

https://www.facebook.com/hannahsgamesco/