Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 19:14:03 PM. Baby Shower. By shelby.
A Peep Into Baby Shower History Baby shower history has rather obscure origins about how it all began. Since time immemorial, mankind has been celebrating the creation of a new life in the womb of a woman in one form or the other. Even the people in the Stone Age must have been elated at the prospect of adding another member to their family. Their celebrations, although not very overt, must have been heartfelt. The Origins There is no historical record of the origins of baby shower celebrations but most ancient civilizations had some form of baby shower history. The Roman, Egyptian, Indian and Chinese histories do reveal certain types of celebrations to announce the beginning of pregnancy. These celebrations were in many cases accompanied by a feast where the guests were served sumptuous meals and in return the guests and invited family members would shower handmade gifts on the expectant mother. Probably baby shower history had its origins in these celebrations. Recent Baby Shower Origins Modern baby shower customs have evolved from ancient traditions but the full impact of these customs can be traced to the end of World War II. With the advancement of technology and the evolution of life, social norms and customs have also changed and we have come a long way from the earlier methods of celebrations. Whereas the ancient civilizations were handicapped by the lack of modern amenities and the celebrations were very crude and haphazard, modern baby shower customs have become more organized. Moreover, each country has its own system to celebrate baby shower. Even within a country, different communities are now celebrating baby shower in different ways although the underlying theme remains the same. Essential Difference Baby shower history shows that this practice got a fillip only after World War II. Moreover, there has been a fundamental change in baby shower customs. Whereas earlier baby shower history shows that the celebrations consisted mainly of showering baby shower gifts on the mother and her newborn baby after the baby was born, the trend has now changed and the celebrations are now held about a month or two before the expected birth of the baby. The other major difference is that earlier celebrations were limited to women-only parties where only close female friends and relatives were invited. We have come a long way from there and now all members of the families of both the father and mother and friends are invited, irrespective of the gender. Baby Shower Gifts Although the practice of showering gifts on the mother and her child is nothing new, the way it is done and the types of gifts have changed with time. Moreover, the celebrations have also become more modernized. People from different strata of society celebrate baby shower in different ways and with different levels of expenses. Those who cannot afford to spend much money have low-key celebrations and they also benefit from the various gifts that they receive. These gifts are mostly for the expectant baby in the form of clothing, toys, baby linen, diapers, bibs, bottles and sometimes gold ornaments and silver utensils. Irrespective of baby shower history, the main theme of these celebrations is to express happiness and welcome the impending arrival of a new member to the family, society, nation and world at large.
Baby Shower Decorating Ideas - A Quick Guide Here are some quick baby shower decorating tips that youll love. Tie balloons and crepe paper to a high back chair or throne that the mom-to-be will sit in while she opens her gifts. By doing this you will place the partys attention on the mom-to-be. This will leave a lasting impression on your guests and it looks great in photographs. Plus, it makes the mom-to-be feel really special. This is a baby shower must. String crepe paper across the room in the shower theme colors. Any pastel colors will work for this decoration. Try soft pink, soft blue, yellow, and lime-green. You will be amazed at the amount of color this will bring into the room. If you are having a Mod Mom themed shower, for example, then lime green a purple would be the crepe paper colors that you would use to decorate the house. Decorate the outside of your home. Place a baby shower yard sign in the yard of the house where you are having the party. The yard sign looks like a realtors "for sale" sign and comes with adorable baby shower graphics. Or, place a large banner announcing the baby shower on the garage door. This will put your guests in a party mood as they enter your home. Some of the yard signs that you will find actually have an arrow on them, making it a great tool to use to help your guests find the party. Start at the beginning of your neighborhood and place the baby shower yard signs at all of the turns that your guests will need to make. Its fun for them and gets them into the party before they leave their car! Scatter colorful confetti on the tables at your baby shower. This is a low cost way to add a little flash and color to your party. The baby shower confetti comes in many varieties, colors, and shapes. You can find rubber ducky shapes, baby strollers, umbrella shapes, and even baby faces on party confetti. Your guests will think that this is so cute. If you are lucky enough to have an antique baby buggy or a doll baby buggy you will have a great gift holder. For this adorable idea place the baby carriage near the gift table to hold some of the mom-to-bes gifts. A baby shower always seems more fun when there is a baby buggy at the shower! Plus, it makes for great pictures of all of the gifts. One symbol that makes a baby shower more festive is our old friend the "Stork". The Stork is a fun theme for any baby shower. Try the stork activities such as scratch off baby shower games and matching games. The stork also appears on many name tags and other fun decorations that your guests will love. Arrange colorful helium filled balloons on each table. The easiest way to do this is to locate a party supply store the day of your baby shower and pick up the balloons already inflated and in arrangements. Or, you can buy the balloons prior to the party and go to any store that has helium (grocery stores, party stores) and for a small fee, they can blow the balloons up for you. This small touch will make any baby shower more festive. It is also a fun idea to put balloons on gift tables, hanging in doorways, and anywhere else that needs a little color. Incorporate an open umbrella into your shower decorations. The umbrella fits nicely into any baby shower theme at any time of year. It is best to use colorful umbrellas. Using small umbrellas in your guests drinks will get them the shower mood. Find pink or blue umbrellas to keep to your baby shower theme. Using any of these quick tips will help you to decorate your baby shower for little money. There are hundreds of other ideas that we have seen at baby showers that are just as cute. Remember to keep the decorating simply tasteful and you will be able to set the mood that you want at your baby shower. Have fun decorating!
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