by Pam Molnar
When our first baby was born after years of trying, our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers shared our joy. They hosted baby showers, sent flowers to the hospital and gave our daughter countless sentimental gifts after her arrival. Two years later, we were blessed with our second child – another daughter – yet her arrival did not receive the same fanfare the first child got.
As a mother, I did not think my second child’s arrival was any less miraculous, joyful or worthy of celebration. Sadly, no one planned a second shower for us as they thought we had everything we needed (including pink clothes). The gifts our second daughter received just didn’t have the same personal touch that went into the first child’s gift. It seemed unfair to take our younger daughter out in stained hand-me-downs and use blankets and toys that were clearly no longer new, but that’s what happened.
As any seasoned mom will tell you, don’t let your second or third child start life in the shadow of her older sibling. Instead, throw a mini shower, known as a “Sprinkle”, to celebrate her arrival in a special way. Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Before the party:
Have Mom Register – Give the nursery a facelift with new bedding, curtains and lamps. Not only will it make the room look fresh and new, but it will also make the transition easier for the older child to see the new baby in his room. Mom might also like to pick out a double stroller or choose something she wished she had with her first baby. She can also go through her inventory of what baby items she needs to replace the second or third time around.
Sprinkle Party activities:
- Make a Time Capsule – If you did something special for your first baby at your shower, be sure to do something similar at your Sprinkle. Make a time capsule to be opened on her 18th birthday and have everyone bring something to add to it. Include newspapers, fashion magazines or trendy items for a good laugh down the road.
- Mom of Two Survival Tips – A mom with a new baby and a toddler feels overwhelmed and outnumbered. Set up a station at the party with stationary, envelopes and colored pens. Ask the guests to give Mom words of wisdom, survival tips or coupons for free babysitting and a night out.
- Get a Head Start on Scrapbooking – It’s hard to find time to put together a scrapbook for the first baby, but when you have two children, it’s close to impossible. Help Mom out by creating a scrapbook for her. Have the guests select a baby’s first – tooth, solid food, trip to the zoo, or Fourth of July. Each guest will decorate a page, leaving room for Mom to just add the photos later.
- Games! – Keep the guests entertained with simple games like Nursery Rhyme Pictionary, a Watering Can Relay Race or Find the Sprinkle. You can find printable Pictionary game cards online at Etsy. Create a relay race using a watering can to soak a sponge and then squeeze the sponge in a glass to the marked line. Lastly, in Find the Sprinkle, challenge guests to find ten blue (or pink) sprinkles from a multi colored shaker. Pick up the sprinkles with tape wrapped around your fingers and knock off the colors you don’t need.
- Food – Since this is a Sprinkle, let that be your food theme. Add sprinkles to the rim of the glasses when you serve punch or the cups used for fruit salad. Combine them with bowls of Chex Mix or popcorn. And remember, not all sprinkles are candy. You can make colored coarse salt with a few drops of food coloring to use as a topping. Get creative with cheese, chives or other spices to sprinkle on each dish.
- Party favors – Give your guests something to take home and a note from the new baby “Thanks for making my day special. I hope you enjoy watching me grow.” Or, make a Mom’s Night Jar with a mini bottle of wine, a Red Box coupon and fill the rest of the jar with chocolate to enjoy later.