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Personalized, one-of-a-kind baby shower tips

Baby showers are an exciting celebration of family, friends and new life. Although hosting a shower can be an incredible experience, it often takes quite a lot of work to pull off. Choosing a theme for your shower can make the process easier by limiting the selection, as there are an overwhelming number of decorations, foods, games and favors available to keep guests entertained. A DIY shower is one of the easiest themes for a host on a budget and can look very expensive and chic with some planning.

Invitations
Put guests in the do-it-yourself mood by sending out a handmade invitation surprise instead of traditional paper invites. Show off your creativity and set up the food preparation for your party by sending a glass spice jar containing a different ingredient to each of the guests. Hosts can use personalized stickers on the outside of the jars to display the actual party details and should include a recipe that uses the ingredient given with a note asking for a savory or sweet dish to be brought to the shower.

Decorations
The main entertainment on the day of the party should center on crafting projects that guests can do alongside the mother-to-be, so several stations will need to be set up. Teaching party attendees to knit a small baby blanket is a fun and easy way to entertain a room while the conversation is flowing. Hosts can also get the guests of a shower involved in decorating the nursery by having them create unique art pieces using square canvas, glitter, paints and stencils.

Food
The main foods for the party should already be prepared by the guests pot-luck style, so the host should go out of her way to make the homemade items served extra special. There is nothing better than creating your own cupcakes, and a DIY baking station should be set up to give women a chance to decorate their own (previously baked) cakes to take home. Stock up on several different colors of frosting, piping bags, fancy cupcake wrappers and mini-gable boxes for easy to-go containers. You can even host a contest at the end of the party by displaying finished projects on individual cupcake stands.