This is a guest post of Emily, mum of one from York, England. What I learned from Hosting My First Baby Shower Hey, I’m Emily and last weekend I threw my first baby shower for my sister, Charlotte. Baby Showers are not common in the UK so I was a bit worried people would think it was tacky way to get people to give gifts, but I decided to throw one for my sister any ways. It’s not about gift but a lovely excuse to get the girls together for fun and games. Honestly, I’ve been wanting to throw her a baby shower ever since I found out she was pregnant and couldn’t wait to spoil her (and the little one!). I’ve hosted my fair share of parties, baby showers are a different. I wanted it to feel sweet and thoughtful but not over the top. Here’s what I did: Party Size: I decided to keep things intimate, so my sister opted to have 10 guests. My advice is that over 15 guests would have tipped the baby shower from being sweet into being stressful Décor: I kept it simple with a couple of ‘about to pop’ balloons from poundland for £3. It set the tone for the baby shower and I mixed in regular colored balloons, so it wasn’t too over the top. Table: I kept the table setting simple. A white tablecloth with coloured napkins and some flowers from my garden was all I needed to make the party pop Favours: I really wanted to back pram shaped cookies like I saw on pinterest. I decided that there was no time to bake these from scratch and I didn’t want to spend too much money buying them. Instead, I bought a box of normal cookies, put in paper bags and sealed with baby pram stickers. Food: I ordered a variety of snackable items such as hummus, pita, dolmas olives. I also did some bowls of mixed salads. Dessert: I bought a bunch of sweet treats and arranged them on plates set at different heights. I used coloured paper to create food labels and only brought the desserts out after the food was done. I enjoyed creating the dessert spread the most! Drinks: I made bottles of elderflower fizz and cranberry fix (elderflower / cranberry cordial mixed with sparkling water). I also served Nice canned wine for those who wanted to drink. Games: I bought one pin the nappy on the baby and of course, Mindful Host’s baby shower game. It was an absolute godsend and the only prep I needed to do was to prepare the baby shower pass the parcel game. Top tip: you can assign the person with the brightest personality to be in charge of games, so you can actually participate My biggest learning is to keep things simple. Ignore everything you see on pinterest and interest and remember it’s not about perfect look but about the love the mum-to-be feels from having so many people around her who love her and her rooting for her! Want to write for mindful host? Submit your story here. n.b. Charlotte requested for her photo not to be published. So we have replaced her image with model’s photo.