Personalize Baby T-Shirts
This craft makes a nice surprise gift for the expectant parents. Lay out baby T-shirts or onesies (T-shirts with snaps at the crotch) in different sizes on a table with plenty of fabric paints for guests to use. Have people design a T-shirt for the new arrival in words, pictures, or both. Guests might be reluctant at first to jump in to this artistic endeavor so it's a good idea to have a few painted samples already made. To keep the shirts from bleeding and to make the art surface steadier, slip the T-shirts over a piece of cardboard. To turn this craft into a game, simply have the mother-to-be decide which shirt she likes best and give a prize to the person who made it.
If you or someone you know is willing to complete this project, have guests personalize one square of a quilt instead of doing shirts. The idea is the same, decorating with words, pictures or both. The completed quilt makes a lasting and cherished memory for the expectant parents.
Decorate the Nursery
Consult with the parents-to-be in advance on this one as it is likely they have ideas for the nursery but no time to complete the project. This isn't a day for painting floor to ceiling, but rather a project that focuses on beautifying the room with small touches made by close friends. You could do something as simple as add a border to the room, decorate with stencils or decals, or add glow-in-the-dark stars to the ceiling. This activity works best at small gatherings.
Party Favors and Prizes
Most showers include party favors and prizes, but these don't have to be elaborate or expensive. People don't expect gifts when they go to a shower, so small mementos that cost very little are fine. Here are a few ideas:
- Homemade or store-bought soaps
- Bath salts
- Potpourri sachets
- Homemade cookies, brownies, bread, or other baked goods
- Jellies or jams
- Favor box filled with candy
- A small potted plant or seeds and a pot for planting
- Key chains
- Lottery tickets
- It's a Girl/Boy pencils
- Stationery or note cards
Whether you decide to buy or make your favors, these gifts are just an additional way to make the day feel more special. Something simple, from the heart, is perfect for this occasion.