Baby showers can be tricky to organise, especially if you’re arranging a surprise party for a mum-to-be.
So we thought we’d ask the experts at The Crafty Hen for some ideas and inspiration for spring baby showers (and beyond). They help organise fun crafty party workshops for groups to get together and celebrate a special occasion. From baby showers to hen dos, birthdays to team building days, Christmas parties to…. well, any excuse to get crafty is OK with them!
1) What is The Crafty Hen and what do you do?
We offer a wide range of sessions, all available nationwide, where groups can work together to collaborate on a special keepsake for the Mum or Bride To Be to treasure forever. Or individually make things to wear such as stylish jewellery, fascinators, flower crowns and lots more. Discovering a few new skills along the way!
2) Why do you think baby showers are becoming more popular?
Baby showers are a great excuse to gather all your closest friends and family to share in a special experience, really spoil the Mum To Be and show her that everyone is excitedly behind her very step of the way.
3) What are your most asked-for baby shower crafts?
That’s a tricky one! It can really depend on the type of group. Our baby mobile making workshop was a rather popular choice last year. Perfect for adding that finishing touch to Baby’s new bedroom. We work with our groups in the run up to the party to make sure the mobile is completely tailored to match any colour scheme, and even incorporate the parents’ interest and hobbies, so it really is a unique item for the new baby to grow up looking at.
On the other hand our Baby Grow Customisation parties are a good laugh for a more light-hearted baby shower activity. Some groups turn it into a competition to design the best baby grow. Some of the results are hilarious, so it really puts everyone into a good mood. Plus, one thing is for sure; the Mum To Be won’t be short of clothes for the little one for a long time!
4) What suggestions would you have for a springtime baby shower craft?
At the moment, we have lots of interest in our Baby Quilt Making workshop. With every guest contributing, each and every patchwork square is so personal that it’s a beautiful practical keepsake, and family heirloom to pass on down the line!
5) Do guests tend to have any favourite colour themes at this time of year?
With all our parties, we really notice changes in colour schemes throughout the year. For hen parties, the colour schemes really chop and change depending on the season and also what is trending that year (at the moment purple, dusky pink and gold are popular requests). But with baby showers, the colour schemes tend to stick around a little longer and can be quite traditional. There is always the pink for a girl, or blue for a boy. But yellow is a very popular choice for a fun, vibrant and gender-neutral colour scheme, and an ideal colour for a Spring baby too!
6) Have you run any baby shower parties that really stick in your mind as being memorable (for the right reasons!)
They are always memorable for the right reasons! Generally, it’s just lovely to see the themes that groups opt for and discovering what they consider to be important about them, that they want to share with their new baby. From mobiles themed to the seaside town where the Dad grew up, to quilts that set out an impromptu family tree of sorts. It’s great to see everyone come together and get involved on something important to the new parents.
7) What advice would you give to somebody who's organising a baby shower this springtime?
Don’t leave everything till the last minute! Baby showers can be such big celebrations these days. But even co-ordinating a low-key party can be more work that people expect! Getting all the guests around to your home at the same time, along with organising games or group activities to break the ice and make it a memorable experience takes some planning! From our point of view, our workshops can book up in advance too. We usually advise booking with 4+ weeks notice to avoid missing out - we never like to disappoint our Crafty Hens!
Thank you to the Crafty Hen!