How to Host a Baby Sprinkle: A Fun Alternative to a Baby Shower
By Marissa Rodriguez
A very good friend of mine is expecting her second baby, a brother for her toddler daughter. It’s such an exciting time in her life, and she wanted to celebrate her baby, but insisted on not having a second baby shower. Her family, however, decided that a party was a must!
Moms who are having their second, third or even more, might feel that having another baby shower is inappropriate. They worry that registering for baby items again and inviting friends to “shower” them with gifts (which is the intent of a baby shower) may seem like a gift grab. After all, they already have baby gear from their first bundle of joy.
A sprinkle is a smaller, less formal get together that invites people to come and celebrate the mom and her next baby, and “sprinkle” her with a small token or small gift if they choose. Instead of strollers, baby seats, and other larger items, guests may choose to give a pack of diapers, a small set of baby wash, or a onesie or two.
I’m glad my friend’s family finally convinced her, because it was a great event! The sprinkle gave my friend an opportunity to see family and friends, she was reminded just how many people care about her, and she went home with some beautiful new items for her son.
Here are some helpful tips for hosting a baby sprinkle for an expecting mom:
- Planning: An informal get together still requires planning. Sprinkles aren’t usually surprises, so get the mom of honor involved. What date works for her? How many people would she like to invite? Sprinkles can be intimate events, so she shouldn’t feel obligated to invite her coworkers or distant cousins.
- Location: A restaurant that will rent out a private dining room, a home, a park, or a neighborhood clubhouse all make great options for a sprinkle spot. Choose a place where the mom and guests will feel comfortable and that fits the mood of the event. For instance, a grand ballroom may feel too formal for a fun get together.
- Invitations: Don’t forget the invitations. In addition to the basic when, where and why, be sure to clarify the spirit of the event for those who aren’t familiar with sprinkles. Specify that there is no registry, and make your position on gifts clear. You may choose to state that gifts are welcome, but not required. Or, ask guests to bring a pack of diapers, for example.
- Food and favors: Guests are likely not expecting a catered feast, so feel-free keep things simple. For a late afternoon party, a dessert table, heavy hors d’oeuvres and plenty of drinks are lovely menu options. You may even choose to host a brunch at a restaurant. Be sure to thank guests for their attendance as you would with any event. Pretty small candy bags, big custom cookies, or cupcakes topped with sprinkles are all great options.
- Decorations: You don’t have to go big, but be sure to go fun. A tablecloth sprinkled with confetti, confetti cake, polka dot wall decorations are light-hearted and cute options.
- Activities: You don’t need to do the endless games of a baby shower, but a fun activity to get guests engaged and talking to one another is always a good idea. Consider activities like asking guests to write down the name of their favorite children’s book, take selfies with the mom-to-be, or share their favorite parenting moments in a book or keepsake poster.
Whatever you do to celebrate the new moms growing family, the most important thing is to make sure she knows how much she is loved and how excited people are for her. If you keep that at the center of your party, you can’t go wrong!