You’re expecting a baby. You’re physically glowing. There’s nothing more enjoyable than gathering with some friends and making that glorious bump the focus of a celebration (especially before it comes out and the sleepless nights and nappies take over your life!).

Event Stylist and Co.’s Ngaire Hogan says the baby shower is a special time among friends and family. Among the most ‘trendy’ things to do at baby showers these days are announce the baby’s sex and Ngaire’s seen some pretty cool announcements.

“You can have a big box that you can open and release a pile of helium balloons in either pink or blue. Or have an iced cake that, once cut open, reveals pink or blue cake inside. You might even have some helium balloons with pink or blue confetti inside that, once popped, reveal the baby’s sex.”

The biggest trend Ngaire is seeing in baby showers is the unisex party. No longer are baby showers strictly female affairs – they are celebrations including the baby’s father and all his friends too. A barbecue-style event is often chosen here. But don’t think you get out of playing games if the men are present – whatever style your baby shower, silly games are still par for the course.

And while the traditional baby shower is colour themed in either pink or blue, a different approach is always more memorable. Ngaire recalls a recent ‘Mexican fiesta’ baby shower complete with sombreros, a taco station, mimosa station, photo booth and all the trimmings. Cool!

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Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.