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Inspiration For An "Around the Clock" Baby Shower

Being a mama is a 'round the clock job, so why not throw a baby shower to keep with the theme?

I am quickly realizing that there are a million little things that babies need.  Things I would’ve never even thought about.  Blankets, bottles, binkies, booger suckers…the list goes on…and on…and on…

This is where baby showers come in.  People love to buy baby gifts and it definitely helps to take the burden off of new parents when they don’t have to buy every single gadget in existence themselves.  But, one thing I’ve noticed at baby showers is that most people want to buy the cutesy gifts.  Everyone wants to buy onesies and cute little baby shoes, but what about the nitty gritty – the practical gifts?

Well, I recently learned of a new kind of baby shower to help solve this problem.  It’s called and “Around the Clock” shower and basically when guests receive their shower invites they are assigned to a particular time of day and they can choose an item related to said time.  If you get 8:00 a.m. or “meal time” you might buy bottles and a drying rack or little spoons and bowls, bibs, etc… If you’re assigned to 8:00 p.m. or “bed time” you might decide to buy pajamas, blankets, binkies, etc… Make sense?

I thought this was pretty clever, since I know I always struggle with knowing what to get new parents anyway.  If this shower sounds like it might be up your alley, I rounded up some ideas and inspiration to get you started with planning for your “Around the Clock” baby shower!  Read more after the jump …


  • Assign Times 1 of 7
    Assign Times
    First things first, you'll need to figure out times to assign guests. You can either go the route of assigning a specific time (i.e. 8:00 a.m.) OR you can be a little more specific (which guest may appreciate) and assign them with an activity (i.e. meal time, story time, bed time, bath time, play time, etc...).
  • DIY Clock Invitations 2 of 7
    DIY Clock Invitations
    Once you've got the times assigned, it's time to send out invitations. These ones from Pottery Barn Kids are a DIY project and you can download the template for free.
  • Or…just order them! 3 of 7
    Or...just order them!
    If you're not the DIY type, you can always just order your invites. These ones from Cards By Michelle are sweet and simple.
  • Go Big or Go Home! 4 of 7
    Go Big or Go Home!
    I love a good party theme, so while you're at it you might as well make your postage themed with these little bird stamps from Zazzle.
  • A Clock Theme Tablescape 5 of 7
    A Clock Theme Tablescape
    You can take an inspiration cue from this pretty shower created by Pottery Barn Kids when coming up with decor. Clocks, numbers and hour glasses offer a pretty and playful take on this theme.
  • Menu Ideas 6 of 7
    Menu Ideas
    You can extend your "time of day" theme to your menu like Dawn at "Not Just a Mommy" did here by having foods for "tea time", "midnight snacks" and any thing else you can think of.
  • Tick Tock Cookies 7 of 7
    Tick Tock Cookies
    Clock-faced cookies are cute, but if you're baking challenged like myself, you can always order these ones online from Andrea's Goodies.

 

Image/Information Sources:

#1: Numbers by {Lauren Hartmann}

#2: Clock invitation DIY/download via {Pottery Barn Kids}

#3: Around the Clock invitation via {Cards By Michelle}

#4: Around the Clock customized postage via {Zazzle}

#5: Around the Clock themed shower ideas via {Pottery Barn Kids}

#6: Around the Clock food ideas via {Dawn @ Not Just a Mommy}

#7: Clock Cookies via {Andrea’s Goodies}

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