Special thanks to Pampers for making this post, and the Baby Sprinkle, possible. All opinions are my own.
Historically, baby showers have only been thrown for a first baby, with the purpose of showering the new parents-to-be with the gear and supplies they’ll need when baby arrives. In my humble opinion, every baby deserves a celebration, so the recent trend of throwing a baby sprinkle for is one that I heartily endorse. A baby sprinkle is a toned down version of a baby shower– a baby shower lite, if you will– where you sprinkle the mom-to-be with the necessities, and is a great way to celebrate the mom-to-be that is expecting her second or seventh baby! I recently received an opportunity to host a Pampers Firsts party, and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to throw a baby sprinkle for a friend that is expecting baby #4, while #3 is in first grade. After all, what better way to sprinkle a mom-to-be with love than with a bunch of Pampers Swaddlers, right? I love Pampers products and used them exclusively with my oldest two. We cloth diapered for the first 18 months with Little Miss, but when she turned into a super soaker, we switched to Pampers. I thought I’d share with you how to throw a baby sprinkle!
1. Determine your budget. This may seem like a no-brainer, but determining your budget first will really help you throw a great sprinkle without breaking the budget. You’ll enjoy the process so much more if you’re not stressing over whether or not you’re breaking the bank!
2. Select the date and time. Ask the mom-to-be to come up with a few dates and times that she is available for her party, keeping in mind that since she has older children, her availability may be affected by school schedules and extracurricular activities, not to mention her work schedule if she’s employed.
3. Make the guest list. Since a baby sprinkle is meant to be a more intimate gathering of friends and family, the guest list is likely to be smaller and ten to twenty guests is a great number to aim for. Once you have a head count, you’ll be able to determine how many invitations you need to make (or order) and how much food you’ll need, and how big your venue should be.
4. Select your venue. Of course, you’ll need to know where your having the sprinkle before you can make (or order) invitations. Your home is a great place to host a sprinkle, to keep it relaxed and intimate. Of course, the church lobby or the local rec center will work, too.
5. Select a theme or color palette. Finally, before making or ordering your invitations, settle on a theme. Whether you choose to go with the sprinkle theme (which is super cute), a character theme, or just use the colors of the nursery-to-be, you’ll want the decor to match, so knowing your theme (or color scheme) is a good idea. Decorations for a sprinkle can be kept simple, with just streamers and balloons. Of course, you can be more elaborate and use paper lanterns, themed centerpieces, or flowers as well. We used Pampers colors for our party.
6. Send the invitations. Remember to allow plenty of time for the guests to RSVP, and to calculate the cost of postage into your budget if you’re mailing the invitations. Since a baby sprinkle is less formal, an invitation by email or Facebook event is perfectly acceptable. Be sure to include any special instructions on the invitations. For example, you might ask guests to bring a pack of diapers or diaper wipes, or a new book, for baby.
7. Decide your menu. Keep in mind that finger foods are often easy to prepare and easy on the budget. If you’re serving something like finger sandwiches or pizza, figure 1.5- 2 servings per person, so you don’t run out. Best to have left overs than hungry guests.
8. Plan your event agenda. Determine the order of the event. Plan to start your first activity or serve food about twenty minutes after the start of the party, and then create a fun flow that keeps guests entertained and engaged.
9. HAVE FUN! Throwing a sprinkle is a privilege, not a chore. Be sure to have fun with it.
For the baby sprinkle I threw, I kept it pretty simple. I created a cute display with packs of Pamper’s Swaddlers in various sizes– did you know that in addition to be the #1 choice of hospitals in North America, Pampers Swaddlers go up to size 6, offer up to 12 hours of overnight protection, and have a color changing wetness indicator?– and Pamper’s Sensitive Wipes to complete the decor. I did simple packets of chocolate drops for favors, and printed labels that said “Thanks for sprinkling baby x with love” and used the Pampers heart on them. We enjoyed a light lunch of chicken salad sandwiches, mixed fruit, veggies and pita chips with hummus, and chocolate dipped pretzels.
Before opening gifts, we watched the Pampers Firsts video together.
I confess, I teared up.
It was a great get together, and my friend went home with a huge box of diapers and wipes, swaddle blankets, a diaper bag, and some seriously cute clothes for the new baby. Not to mention the honkin huge basket of books her Mom got for the baby.
Now you can create and share your own journey of Firsts at pampersfirsts.com.
Pampers has developed a micro-site that will allow you to upload images of your baby from your computer or pick from your Facebook gallery and create a :15 second video to share out with friends on Twitter or Facebook. The video will highlight the baby photos and all their first milestone moments.
Learn more about Pampers Swaddlers by visiting the Pampers Swaddlers Website. While you’re there, you can fill out a fill out a quick review of Pampers Swaddlers diapers and tell Pampers your thoughts. The fact that the Pampers Swaddlers now come in size 6 is because of customer feedback!
Who would you throw a baby sprinkle for?