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Your Guide to Planning a Fabulous Baby Sprinkle

If you believe like we do that all babies should be celebrated, you are going to love this 'lighter' version of a traditional shower focused on second-time moms called a Baby Sprinkle. Today's modern party host is putting a new twist on an old tradition and giving friends and family a delightfully fun way to celebrate the uniqueness of a mom's second pregnancy.

The Sweet Baby Boy or Girl is Almost Here!

Whether this is your first time hosting or your seventh, follow these simple tips, and you'll be amazed at just how easy it can be to plan a fabulous Baby Sprinkle shower for that special mom-to-be.

The Theme

We love starting with the theme because, in our opinion, this is where the magic begins. Here are three alternatives to a traditional pink or blue color scheme.

option one:
Go glam with a 'spa' party that focuses on the experienced mom-to-be. Create the mood using a color palette of cool greens, blues and whites. Set up spa stations for manicures, foot massages, facials or makeovers. Not only will mom feel relaxed and beautiful, but so will all of her guests.

option two:
Put a whimsical, modern spin on a teddy bear theme. Be fun and playful by using colors in hot pink and lime green for girls, or aqua blue and chocolate brown for boys. Use different bears to incorporate the theme throughout the party room.

option three:
Tried and true is the classic or vintage baby shower theme such as 'the circus is coming to town.' Use peach, pinks and corals for girls; or orange, sea-foam blues and greens for boys. Vintage animal toys or modern-day stuffed animals help bring the circus theme to life.

The Food

The big thing in baby showers right now is a dessert table with cake pops, mini cupcakes and cookies; a candy table with suckers, marshmallow pops, and little candies; or a sweet table with both candies and desserts. YUM! Whatever theme you choose, bring the colors and designs to your dessert table.

Here's a quick DIY tip.

Take a shoe box and wrap it with paper that matches your theme. Wrap it with ribbon to make it look like a gift. Poke holes big enough to hold cake pops, marshmallow pops or suckers. Not only will this make displaying easier, but it will add some pizzazz to your table.

The Decorations

Here's a clever idea for decorating the room and tables for the shower. Use items found in a baby nursery such as sheets, curtains, lamps and bumpers to make any space and table fun, cozy and festive. For example, if you use a jungle theme, choose sheets and curtains with an animal pattern.

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Use a sheet to cover a food buffet table or gift table. Curtains make a wonderfully whimsical backdrop, and crib bumpers can be used as trim around any table (except the table for guests to sit around, as bumpers tend to be too wide to sit under comfortably). Use stuffed animals, baby blocks and nursery lamps to decorate tables and as centerpieces. Best of all, after the baby shower is over, mom can take the items home to use in the new baby's nursery.

The Gifts

Since a baby sprinkle celebrates the second pregnancy (or third, or seventh), mom-to-be may already have some of the bigger ticket items to pass down. For this reason, many hosts will add a gift theme to the shower invites. For example, diapers & wipes – where guests are encouraged to bring baby diapers in varying sizes. If you choose this gift theme, be sure to let guests know if mom has a brand preference.

Gifts for the baby boy or girl:

Some Baby Sprinkle showers are given because the expectant parents know they are having a child of the opposite sex of their first baby. What they really need is clothes, bibs, blankets etc. for a little baby boy or girl. It's ok to let guests know that gift items are for a specific gender.

Gifts the whole family can use:

Sometimes, what the family really could use is support. Gift ideas that are supportive include: pre-made meals to fill the freezer, a gift card for a cleaning service, or gift cards for dining out.