Would love some advice about an upcoming baby shower I am co-hosting. First off, I do not have children and thus, I have never had a shower thrown for me. I have been to a few of them over the years, so I get the general idea - food/drink, some activities, gift opening. This is the first one I've ever hosted/co-hosted.
To start, it's a bit unconventional. This is for a close friend who is already 44 and has 3 children (one in college!). The baby was a surprise, and she is really happy. It is her first boy! We're also having the shower at her house - we tried to choose a venue and she offered, she has a great house on a lake with great space to entertain. So, we'll be setting up at her house, with her there! It's also an evening shower, beginning at 7 PM.
She likes activities/games, but nothing super hokey. Anyone have suggestions on some "passive" games as well as some group activities? I saw one on Pinterest that is passive that I like, you all start off with 5 clothes pins on your clothes and each time you hear someone say the word, "baby" you steal on of their pins. The person with the most at the end of the shower wins a prize. I'd love some suggestions like that - things we can do throughout the shower, and then also some other short and FUN activities. Have you ever done any that you remember were very fun (not too long)?
Since it's an evening shower, I'm guessing we should plan to have more food? I was going to speak to the 2 other ladies co-hosting to discuss budget. I just have no idea what that should be - decorations would be a minimum, I was thinking some gorgeous flowers that she could keep after the shower. Maybe some well-placed balloons or something?
What else do I need to think about or plan for? I want to make it fun, I want people to mingle and chat and really just have an enjoyable evening, as I know this is what our friend would want. She loves to entertain!
ANY advice is greatly appreciated!!!