Nothing says “home party” better than the smell of grilled food and the sound of loved ones celebrating some happy occasion.
And what is a happier occasion than a new addition to your family? It’s time to start looking for some cookout baby shower ideas because you may not get to do one of these too soon after the baby comes.
Take advantage of the great weather and the wonderful reason to celebrate with these cookout baby shower ideas:
- Never lose sight of what it really is.
You are a peach to want to make everyone feel included and to do something fun and different than a traditional baby shower, but don’t let anyone lose sight of the fact that this is still a baby shower!
You will be attending it while being very much pregnant. This means that your cookout baby shower should be alcohol-free free to keep things rated PG and for everyone to sympathize with the mother-to-be. Also, you get to veto any food or beverage that makes you nauseates you. Lay down these rules at the very beginning.
- Get as creative as you want, but keep it “baby.”
If you want to have a theme you can go for rustic, ’50s, Mother Earth, or whatever you may think of, but you still need to keep things baby-oriented. Your friends must still bring baby shower gifts as you will need all the great Baby stuff you can get. Also, you and Baby are the center of attention. Savor the moment and enjoy your cookout baby shower!
You can see in this picture yellow pots, an ornate picture frame, little jars, white vases, swirl pops, baking cups, a white cake stand and a watering can.
- Prepare the designated gift drop off area.
Just lay down a blanket or set up a table and you will no longer have to trip over the bags lying all over the house. Place the blanket or the table anywhere. One pointer would be not to put the gifts too close to the barbecue. You risk having the blankets and other textile gifts – and there usually are a lot of these – catch the barbecue smell.
- Go wild on the red checkered pattern, one of the most popular of cookout baby shower ideas.
You might not get another shot to play with this pattern and make everything homey (even to the point of cheesy). It’s your party…you can do what you want to! Farm-like décor goes well with good food. You can also prepare lemonade and fresh fruit-based desserts.
- Pack up on fruit, vegetables, and bottled water.
These must be plenty as they are refreshing and hydrating. It may be hot and running around greeting everyone can get you dehydrated. Also, there may be people not into meat so make sure you adapt your cookout baby shower ideas to all of your guests’ dietary needs. Pasta salads are also a good idea. They fill the tummy without being too difficult to digest. They also keep well and are easy to make. Flavored lemonades are also fun. Add different types of fruit to make them more appetizing.
- Prepare your spot at the party and stick to it.
You know you do not feel comfortable standing for long nor sitting on certain chairs so make sure you have a comfortable spot set up for you. Do not opt for going inside to rest every now and then or struggling on uncomfortable chairs. This is about YOU, Momma! Your comfort is the top priority.
- Make sure you make shade.
You cannot risk spending the day in the scorching sun. If you do not have shade in your backyard, you can improvise something very pretty with colorful umbrellas. Surely you will not be the only one who appreciates the effort.
Doing a barbecue for the baby shower is a new and different idea. It is something the entire family and group of friends can enjoy and you will love to share your bliss. Make sure you keep in mind these few pieces of advice which will keep you comfortable at your own party. Also, feel free to find new and creative cookout baby shower ideas.
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