Today, I take you behind the scenes of a kitten shower hosted by the foster mom at Meet the Fosters LA. Christina G., who I’ve featured on the blog before, fosters kittens for Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles. Christina was kind enough to share her tips and photos on how to host a kitten shower to benefit a rescue organization.
Christina first thought about hosting a kitten shower last year, but she was waiting for the right timing – during kitten season and while fostering a larger group of healthy kittens at the right age for a shower. That perfect timing finally happened with her current set of foster kittens, known affectionately as the Bad Babies Club. (Christina reports that from day one, these kids had a naughty streak!) Officially, they are known as Bougainvillea (male), Buttercup (female) and Bouquet (male).
And now, in her own words, let’s find out what tips Christina has for how to host a kitten shower to benefit a rescue organization!
Christina’s Tips on How to Host a Kitten Shower
Tip 1: Keep It Simple
“My goal was to spend as little as possible and utilize as much of my own supplies as I could, while still making it a fun, cute event that people would have a great time at. My goal was that the donations would outweigh the cost of the shower so that it made sense to actually have the shower in the first place! In my case, we had an amazing turn out in donations, so it was well worth it!”
Tip 2: Utilize Your Resources
“Take friends and family up on their offers to help! One friend bought a few decorations months before in anticipation of me eventually having the kitten shower. Another friend offered to make cupcakes. I borrowed a table and drink dispenser from my mom and another from my friend. I used pillows and blankets from my apartment for the Bad Babies Kitten Lounge. I had jars and canisters for all of the treats as well. So, while I did spend money on some new items, I did save a ton by borrowing or tailoring the event to fit items I already had.”
Tip 3: Keep It Interactive
“I didn’t want everyone in the Kitten Lounge at once, so I wanted to have some interactive activities spread throughout the space. We had a photo booth set up, kitten toy crafts, games and puzzles and a ‘Name a Kitten’ book for guests to come up with as many kitten names as possible so we could pass it on to Best Friends to help them name the over 3,000 kittens per year they rescue! We also had a Polaroid camera so guests could take a few pictures.”
Tip 4: Donations!
“We curated an Amazon Wishlist with items that Best Friends currently needed to help get them through kitten season. I sent the link out with the invites and made sure to send a reminder to guests a few days out. My nieces are Girl Scouts and they asked if they could make something for the shower as a troop. They ended up making simple carrier size blankets and some toys! My mom made rice heating pads as well. Plus, the yarn toys that we made at the shower.”
Tip 5: Utilize Social Media
“By introducing your family and friends to your fosters through social media, you are creating a bond between them and your kittens. Capturing their personalities through your words and pictures creates somewhat of a brand for them. This gets your guests excited to support your cause and come ‘Meet the Fosters’ that they are seeing you raise.”
Behind the Scenes of Christina’s Kitten Shower
While Christina offered excellent tips above, let’s go behind the scenes of the shower to learn some additional valuable information about hosting a kitten shower.
Kitten Safety is Number One Priority
Of course, the top priority at the kitten shower is ensuring the kittens are comfortable and safe. To accomplish this, Christina set up a separate Kitten Lounge area at the shower.
Christina says that the kittens enjoyed themselves in the Kitten Lounge. However, after about 45 minutes, Bougainvillea started to become overwhelmed, so she took him back to her apartment and away from the kitten shower. Later, she ended up bringing the other two back to her apartment as well.
If you’re thinking about throwing a kitten shower, Christina advises not to hesitate to remove the kittens from the shower if they become nervous or scared. She says, “Their happiness and safety is top priority, so you just have to be mindful of their behavior and signs.”
The Treat Table
While the shower is about the kittens, it’s important to keep the humans happy as well. One way to do that is with a treat table! Christina provided snacks and beverages for the kitten shower guests. She kept it simple with a “sweets” theme – including flavored water, sparkling lemonade and cold brew for drinks. A friend made cupcakes and her mom helped out by bringing donuts.
While the kitten shower was Christina’s idea, she welcomed help from others! Christina’s mom came to town for the weekend to assist with last-minute errands. And Carina, the Best Friends Foster Coordinator, helped the entire day of the shower. Christina was thankful to have other family members and friends also help out with set up and tear down. And Christina even had a photographer on hand as well. (Some of Erica Danger’s photos are featured and credited in this post.)
Christina says, “It was really a day full of amazing people helping me make this event successful and I am super grateful!”
Yes, She’d Do It Again!
My last question for Christina was if she’d host another kitten shower – now knowing all that is involved. “Yes, I would love to! I had great feedback from everyone, and we received so many generous donations!”
And judging by the donations, it’s clear that the kitten shower was a success!
Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles
Shortly after the kitten shower, Christina dropped off all of the donations and handmade items, which Best Friends was very excited to receive. They even shared about the donations and kitten shower on their social media.
A big thank you to Christina at Meet the Fosters LA for sharing her tips and photos from the kitten shower. Also, thank you to Erica Danger for her photos as well.
You can follow Christina’s fostering activities on Instagram and Facebook.
You can follow photographer Erica Danger on Instagram or visit ericadanger.com.
So, are you ready to host a kitten shower to benefit a rescue organization?
Bougainvillea, Buttercup and Bouquet will be available for adoption this coming weekend at CatCon in Los Angeles!
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27 thoughts on “How to Host a Kitten Shower to Benefit a Rescue Organization”
I wish I could go to such a cute event.. and I would love to organize one too!!!
What a great idea……………and hopefully not only resulted in a lot of wonderful donations but interest from many in adopting a cat or kitten from their local shelters. YAY!
Hooray for Christina, such a wonderful thing to do and so darn cool!
I’m up for anything that helps the kittens! Great idea!
What a fun event! And those kittens are so cute!
What a wonderful event ! Purrs
That is such a terrific idea! Thanks so much for the info!
Such cute kittens. And such a wonderful and fun way to gather supplies to help raise them. XO
Buttercup… flump! These three are adorable! An awesome idea that worked for all! I thoroughly enjoyed this post. The pictures, the three naughty streak babies, the Girl Scouts making carrier blankets and toys! And best of all the donations that went to Best Friends. A thank you to Christina who fosters so that cats and kittens get a great start to make it to their forever homes!
I’ve been reading a lot about kitten showers lately and think it’s the most brilliant idea ever!
How cute! Tabby’s Place has a Kitten Shower every year, but I haven’t been able to make it there yet. One of these days!
The B’s were certainly the stars! I hadn’t heard of a kitten shower until a few months ago. This got me thinking …
What a wonderful event and such generous attendees..
I will say I am a little envious of that lighting light.. I’m totally going to have to look into that.
So adorably cute kitties and what a fantastic event <3 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞
What an awesome event! I never would have thought of such an idea like this, but it’s really neat. I hope every kitty in need of their forever loving home will find their perfect match ♥
A kitten shower is such a great idea! Who doesn’t love to go and see all of the new kittens? She put together an amazing party for having spent so little. I would go to a party like that! :)
What an awesome idea! Those kittens are just too cute. I SO wish I could adopt a kitten. Sadly my fiance is very allergic to cats. Always the crazy dog lady, I feel like an event like this would work with other adoptable animals as well. How cool.
Aww, a kitty shower, what a neat idea! :-)
What a fantastic idea and so cleverly done in so many ways. I hope they will find homes soon so she can do another one.
What a fun day! I love the selfie wall. A shelter with more cats could rotate different kitties in and out of the lounge so no one gets freaked out.
all 3 kitties are KILLING ME but most especially Bougainvillea … OMG, SO KEWT!!
I wish the Feline Social Club (cat cafe planned for dtLong Beach) read this before their kitten party, esp #3 (which I will pass on to them). They had too many attendees to too few kittens, and NOTHING for anyone without a cat to do. And waaaay too many overprotective volunteers, which also left fewer kittens for interaction. Plus they had too many sessions so most kitties were worn out by the time I got to attend and I worried about health issues from them being handled so much at such young ages (some weren’t 8 wks yet). it was a learning experience for everyone.
I didn’t have the energy for CatCon this year so I look forward to reading your take on it!!
All three were adopted the first day of CatCon! I didn’t get to see them there because I went on Sunday.
Yay & boo!!
This is totally brilliant!!! I want to do do of these!!!! Congratulations on a wonderful event.
Cute kittens are totally magical.
What a fantastic idea! I hope I can do something similar for one our local rescues. Thanks for all the great tips to make it successful for the pets as well as the humans.
I’ve just recently heard of kitten showers, but I think they are a wonderful idea! These are some awesome photos!