Baby showers are a fun way to celebrate new mums and dads-to-be – one final big gathering of friends and family before the era of sleepless nights, dirty nappies and spit-up begins. With the strong influence of American culture in the Cayman Islands, baby showers are now a rite of passage and you’ll often spot baby themed gatherings happening when out and about at the weekend.
Where to Start?
A family member, friend or coworker usually hosts a baby shower. Typically, its held during the last two months of pregnancy, but allow a few weeks’ cushion from the due date since you don’t want mum’s waters breaking during the party!
Traditionally only women attend baby showers, but there is no reason it can’t be co-ed. Often dad will at least make an appearance towards the end of the party. Some mums-to-be might even prefer a ‘Meet the Baby Party’ or a ‘Sip & See’ gathering after the baby is born. These are generally more low key affairs and are a great opportunity for friends to meet the new bundle of joy. These types of events tend to happen at least a month after the baby is born.Whether planning a baby shower for your bestie or a family member, here are some great ideas for creating your ultimate baby shower party.
Cayman Baby Registries
Ask mum-to-be if she would like to register for gifts for her baby shower. Baby registries are a great way for mum to receive items for the baby that she actually needs and it makes gift giving easy for friends. Registries are super simple to set up at any of the following stores:
Baby Shower Venues
This is a low cost option but it does means you will need to provide some food and drinks, as well as deal with the post party clean up!
The perfect place to celebrate the arrival of an island baby. Make sure you consider the weather and take measures to protect your guests from the sun. Rent a cabana on the beach to ensure you have plenty of shade.
This is ideal for organising a large group. To avoid any unnecessary stress opt for a set price menu like brunch or afternoon tea and gather money ahead of time to ensure that settling the bill isn’t a hassle. All of the following venues are great spots for a baby shower and offer a brunch or afternoon tea option.
Anchor & Den, Marriott Beach Resort
Every Bloomin’ Thing
Grand Old House
Luca, Caribbean Club
Silver Palm Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton
Pedro St. James
For more information on restaurants in the Cayman Islands please visit Cayman Good Taste.
Food and Drink
If you are hosting the baby shower at home or at the beach then you will need to provide guests with food and drinks.
Cayman has a number of reputable and talented caterers who can provide everything from fine dining options to platters of sandwiches, fruit and cheese.
Don't forget to stock up on some fizz too from Cayman's liquor stores, don't forget about a non alcoholic option for the mum-to-be!
Decorations and Themes
Create an elegant atmosphere with tasteful decorations. From helium balloons and bunting to cake toppers and confetti, Party Mania has a wide selection of baby shower themed decorations.
Flowers are an important part of the decorations at a baby shower and can really help tie a theme together. Cayman has plenty of talented florists who can create centerpieces or hang garlands of flowers around the venue.
Add some extra excitement to the baby shower with a fun theme. Cayman Parent has come up with some top themes which are sure to please mum-to-be.
Alice in Wonderland – Incorporate whimsical decorations with a vintage tone, eat Wonderland-inspired cakes, and fix ‘drink me’ labels to glasses. Request that guests wear hats or facinators to really amp up the theme.
Books – Celebrate mum’s love of literature with a book themed shower. Pick one of mum’s favourite books and pick decorations around that theme. Ask guests to bring a book instead of a card to build up baby’s library and write a personal note inside.
Welcome to the World – Perfect for the globetrotting mum-to-be! Decorate with stylish vintage maps, globes, hanging map mobiles and travel-stamped suitcases. Serve a globe themed cake and circulate a guest book covered in a world map.
Baby Shower Games
Baby Time Capsule
Ask guests to bring a momento of the world today – for example a magazine or newspaper article, a USB key of recent songs, a popular toy in 2022 or a copy of a best-selling book. The capsule can then be sealed and opened on the child’s 18th birthday!
Hand out a small square of card and ask everyone to guess the baby’s weight, date of birth, time of birth and, if it’s not already known, the gender. Mum-to-be will enjoy reading through all of the predictions during the last few days of pregnancy!
Guess the Baby Food
Set out several jars of baby food with the labels removed and have everyone take a taste test to guess the correct flavour!
Guess the Baby Picture
Ask attendees to submit a picture of themselves as a baby and arrange the pictures in a collage. Guests must guess which picture belongs to who. Whoever gets the most correct answers, wins.
Celebrity Mum Trivia
List some celebrity Mums and see who can name all of their kids.
Baby Animal Game
Display images of various baby animals and ask guests to guess the name of the baby animal.
Have guests write personal messages to mum in a baby book.
Wishes for Baby
Print free notecards from the internet and have guests write their wishes for the baby. Mum will have a lovely keepsake to look back on.
Don’t Say Baby
Mum’s the word when it comes to saying ‘baby’! Get this great icebreaker started the moment your guests walk through the door. As you greet each guest, give each a diaper pin to wear on his or her shirt. Once all of your guests have arrived, tell everyone that they can’t say ‘baby’ for the duration of the shower. If anyone hears someone else saying the forbidden word, he or she can steal the rule breaker’s pin. At the end of the game, the person with the most pins wins a gift.
Name the Nursery Rhyme
Write lines from nursery rhymes on index cards (before the party) and have players try to guess the nursery rhyme before passing it on to the next player. Whoever gets the most right in a minute wins!