What Is a Baby Sprinkle?
What Is a Baby Sprinkle?
February 1, 2021

What Is a Baby Sprinkle?

What Is a Baby Sprinkle?

You probably know what a baby shower is all about, but have you heard of a baby sprinkle? If you’re expecting your second or third (or more!) baby, you might have some leftover gear from your first kiddo. Or maybe you’re planning to take care of all your baby gear needs on your own. You might even just not like the idea of having a huge party when you’re super pregnant, finalizing an adoption process or caring for an already-born little one.

If you can relate to any of those scenarios, you might consider having a baby sprinkle rather than a baby shower. A baby sprinkle still involves guests and gifts and maybe refreshments, but they’re in much smaller amounts than with a traditional shower.

What’s the Difference Between a Baby Shower and a Baby Sprinkle

What’s the diff? While a baby shower is usually thrown for a first baby, a baby sprinkle typically celebrates a family’s second (or more) child, has fewer guests, presents and overall to-do and doesn’t last as long as a baby shower. Think of it in terms of rain: a sprinkle of rain has less rainfall and doesn’t last as long as a rain shower.

Baby Sprinkle Party Planning Ideas

Even though a baby sprinkle is meant to be smaller than a full-size baby shower, you’ll still want to do some planning. Guests will need an invitation in advance, and while you don’t necessarily need to plan games or have tons of food, some expecting parents still like to have the opportunity to tie the whole party together with a fun theme.

Who Should I Invite to a Baby Sprinkle?

Since a baby shower is often more about stocking up on much-needed gifts and supplies, the guest list is going to be a bit bigger. The average number of guests at a baby shower is around 20, and those guests can include a wider variety, from the expecting parents’ closest friends to coworkers to great aunts.

Baby sprinkle guests, on the other hand, are usually limited to only the closest family and friends, since the focus isn’t so much on getting new gear as it is getting support. Save room for around 10, and include people like parents, siblings, and three best friends of the past 15 years. Whoever the expecting parent(s) feel closest to.

Who Hosts a Baby Sprinkle?

Just like with a traditional baby shower, the expecting parents having a smaller party can either host it themselves or have a close friend or family member host. If you do ask someone else to host, make sure they know you want your party to be on a smaller scale, since not everyone is familiar with the term “baby sprinkle.” (Or just send them this article!)

What Are Some Themes and Decorations for a Baby Sprinkle?

Themes aren’t just for larger parties. Why skip out on a theme for a baby sprinkle when there are so many different (adorable) baby-friendly themes out there? From the traditional themes like baby animals and nursery rhymes to more trendy options like boho floral and baby-que (like a baby barbeque, get it?), there are endless ways to decorate for a sprinkle.

And, of course, we can’t resist mentioning the most obvious theme: sprinkles! If you’re embracing the sprinkle/shower metaphor, decor centered around little rain clouds or even literal sprinklers has the full potential of being cute.

Or if you’re thinking of sprinkles of the candy or dessert variety, there are plenty of options there too. For food, any kind of dessert topped with sprinkles is super simple to do. For decorations, you can easily create “sprinkle” balloons by putting confetti in clear plastic balloons, fill flower vases with sprinkles, or cover the wall with paper polka dots.

But if you’re not the all-out-party-theme type, no worries! You can totally have a small, intimate baby sprinkle without committing to a particular theme. Make it as grand or as simple as you like—whether that means Instagram-worthy snack spreads and decor or just a few balloons and some homemade cookies—the whole point of a sprinkle is that it’s just you and your closest peeps getting together to celebrate your newest addition.

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Do You Play Games at a Baby Sprinkle?

Baby sprinkles aren’t meant to last as long as traditional baby showers. While guests will be at a baby shower typically around two to three (or up to four) hours, most baby sprinkles end after about an hour and a half to two hours. That hour and a half or so is usually filled up with chatting, eating, opening a few gifts and just enjoying the company of your guests, so that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for the games you’d normally play at a full-size shower.

If you do want to include games at your sprinkle, go for something that can be played over the course of the entire party. Games like “Don’t Say Baby” (where the winner is the guest who goes the longest without saying the word “baby”) or “Parenting Advice” (guests fill out individual cards with their best advice for the expecting parents) don’t take much planning or time commitment. Or you can set aside 10 to 15 minutes for one quick paper-and-pencil game like Baby Pictionary or Word Scramble.

Is Food Served at a Baby Sprinkle?

You’ve probably seen those Pinterest-inspired baby shower meal spreads that include everything from charcuterie boards to fondue pots to decadent desserts. Never fear; you don’t need to do all that for a baby sprinkle. With so few guests (and so little time), a full meal probably isn’t on your agenda. A few light snacks or small desserts are perfect for a sprinkle-sized party—just be sure to let your guests know not to expect a full meal so they don’t arrive super hungry.

Or maybe you like the idea of planning the entire party around a meal, in which case a baby sprinkle brunch would be totally doable. Some sparkling drinks, a light quiche, tea sandwiches and fruit tarts are perfect for enjoying with your closest friends as you open a few gifts and swap parenting stories and advice.

Do You Give Gifts at a Baby Sprinkle?

Here’s another way baby sprinkles differ greatly from baby showers: you’re not going to get a mountain of gifts. Especially if this isn’t your first baby (and even more so if your first baby was born pretty recently), you probably already have most of the items you’d typically receive at a baby shower. Stroller, crib, car seat, play gym, clothes, carrier—what else could your guests possibly get you that you don’t already have?

No matter what baby gear you already have, you’re probably still going to get gifts to celebrate your new addition. And there may be a few gifts you do need, like diapers and wipes or a new car seat to replace your old, expired one.

Whatever you need to stock up on, focus your sprinkle on those supplies. Diaper showers are incredibly practical and easy on your guests too. What could be simpler than picking up a pack of diapers?

Or what about meals? Have your friends stock the freezer with healthy homemade meals that your new family can eat when you’re too exhausted to cook (which, trust us, you will be sometimes). Instead of fueling up on fast food or TV dinners, you can enjoy the home cooking of your family and friends.

Another popular baby sprinkle gift is something personalized or monogrammed for the new baby. For more gift ideas, check out our Second Baby Sample Registry: it features products you might not have gotten or even thought of for your first baby, stockpiles of basic essentials and even some great sibling gifts.

How Can I Have a Virtual Baby Sprinkle?

Whether you’re celebrating a new family addition during a global pandemic or you’ve got family and friends all over the globe who can’t celebrate with you in person, it’s totally possible to have a party virtually. Just like a larger baby shower can be thrown over screens and chatrooms, so can a smaller baby sprinkle!

For a full breakdown of how to throw a virtual baby shower or sprinkle—from festive Zoom backgrounds and gift logistics to the best video services and virtual party games—check out our articles on taking your celebration to the internet.

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