Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 19:14:03 PM. Baby Shower. By shelby.
Baby Shower Planning Guide - Great Baby Shower Ideas Great baby shower ideas-from cute invitations and easy, shower menus to clever themes and party favors. Baby Shower Etiquette When should the shower be held? A baby shower should be held four to six weeks before the due date, unless the honoree prefers to have it after the child is born (for example, if her religion encourages this or if she has chosen to keep the babys sex a surprise and doesnt want gender-neutral gifts). Who decides who is invited-the guest of honor or the host? Since the host bears the expense of the party, it is up to her to determine the number of guests shes comfortable accommodating. If the shower is not a surprise, the host should give the honoree that figure and ask whom shed like to invite. For a surprise party, the honorees college roommate trumps the hosts book-club buddies (sorry). How many guests are too many? A shower should be an intimate affair, not a gathering of anyone and everyone the honoree has ever known. Limit the guest list to close friends and family. (Hint: It should not come as a surprise to anyone on the guest list that there is a baby on the way!) Keep in mind that if your home can hold only 20 people comfortably, inviting more is doing no one a favor. Should the invitation include registry information? Many shower invitations do, but that can make the shower seem like a bit of a gimme-fest. Better yet, keep registry information off the invitation but feel free to pass it along if guests ask you for it. Or have them contact the honorees family or the honoree directly. If youre close enough to the mom-to-be that youre throwing her a shower, you should try to make an appearance at one of the other showers if your schedule permits. However, if any of these showers requires a train, plane, or lengthy car trip to attend, it is completely acceptable to decline politely, guilt-free. Whether you attend additional showers or not, theres no need to bring or send a second gift, since hosting a shower is like a second gift in and of itself. But if you feel uncomfortable arriving at a shower empty-handed, come with a small token, like a gift certificate for a manicure or a childs storybook. How much should I spend on a gift? As with any gift, how much you spend should have more to do with your relationship with the recipient and what you feel comfortable spending than with an arbitrary, "customary" dollar figure. Traditionally, the family of the mother-to-be takes on the more expensive, utilitarian gift items, like cribs or kitchen appliances, while friends bring gifts that are more creative, personal, and, yes, inexpensive. If youre not a family member of the honoree, a basic rule of thumb is to spend no less than $30 and no more than $50 on a baby-shower gift, bearing in mind what other gifts you plan to purchase. The guest of honor doesnt want a typical ladies-only, afternoon affair. Are there other ways to celebrate? Try opening up the event to husbands and male friends, and ask guests to bring themed personal gifts, like entertainment tickets, items to stock a bar, or, in the case of a baby shower, food to fill the freezer. And remember-theres no rule that says the honoree has to open her gifts at the party. What if the guest of honor starts making other demands about the party? The honoree surely has plenty on her mind and is probably in full-throttle decision-making mode. Try to be patient. If its simply that she must have lilac napkins or her mothers ginger-ale punch, make every attempt to accommodate her. But if she is pushing you, say, to invite more guests than you feel comfortable hosting, then you are within your rights to gently let her know why you cant give her what she wants. Baby Shower Planning Tips When it comes to lifes biggest events, you dont get much bigger than the birth of a baby. And so it follows that the shower leading up to this occasion should be appropriately meaningful. Happily, this does not require slaving over a fantastically elaborate spread. To truly honor these new beginnings (and elicit oohs and aahs from your guests), all you need is a little creative vision and a few personal touches. Choose Fun Invitations Make your baby-shower invitation into a mock library slip for the mom-to-bes "Great Expectations." Write the party details on a vertical index card, stamp the books (er, babys) due date at the bottom, and mail the card in a coin envelope. (Everything to make this invitation is sold at office-supply stores.) Decorations & Setup The Simplest Bouquet Long considered mere filler (and unwanted filler, at that), babys breath is strikingly lovely on its own when gathered in a large, airy bunch. Sold at most florist shops, its inexpensive and neutral enough to work in any setting. Drop a generous handful into a tall ceramic or glass vase. Alternative Seating If you dont have a dozen extra chairs lying around (or room to set them up if you do), provide throw pillows or ottomans for the (younger, more limber) guests to sit on. And, if possible, limit the gift-opening portion of the party to one hour or less. Any longer and all guests can start to get antsy. Double-Duty Decorations To give your shower a garden-party feel, buy small pots of thyme and slip in Popsicle sticks that identify the herb (and, thanks to a play on words, announce the upcoming big day). Bonus: The plants double as party favors. Personalized Favor Idea Block letter stamps turn a stack of blank matchboxes into custom favors. (You can find blank matchboxes and stamps at party-supply websites.) If you wish, make extra for the couple to use at their own parties. And try customizing some paper cocktail napkins, too. Pretty Place Settings For a baby shower, its childs play to turn ho-hum white napkins into little bundles of joy. To make this sweet take on the napkin ring, knot a narrow ribbon around a plastic rattle, then loop the ribbon around the folded napkin and finish it off with a bow. Gifts as Centerpiece Instead of splurging on an elaborate (and probably expensive centerpiece, let the guests gifts do the work. Stack presents on the coffee or buffet table for an instant, eye-pleasing still life of patterned papers and pastel bows. The Activity A successful shower game is easy to play, appeals to all ages, and does not overly embarrass the honoree (or, worse, her mother). Wrap-Up Opening the presents is the easy part. Helping the honoree pack them back up-and doing it quickly and efficiently-is more challenging. Group them: Arrange the gifts in labeled shopping bags or boxes according to type (baby clothes in one, toys in another; linens in one, kitchenware in another). When the honoree arrives home, shell have an easier time unpacking all the loot. Carry them: When a shopping bag is stuffed with presents, it can be difficult to grasp both handles at once. Make it easier to carry the bag by fashioning a sturdy handle out of packing tape. Cut a 16-inch strip of tape and fold it in half lengthwise, adhesive sides in, so that it is still 16 inches long but half as wide (and not sticky to the touch). Thread the strip through the bags handles. Tie the ends of the strip above the handle and seal them together with more tape. This loop is your new handle. Ship them: If the guest of honor lives in another town, have a supply of shipping boxes and labels on hand so the gifts can be sent directly from your house to hers. That way, she wont get stuck with excess-baggage fees on her flight-or a car too full of boxes to fit the people shes traveling with. Stuff them: Dont have an economy-size carton of packing peanuts stashed in your garage? Then use the discarded wrapping and tissue paper from the opened presents to cushion fragile items before the guest of honor lugs them home. (Even if the breakables are nestled safely in individual boxes, stuff extra padding between boxes to safeguard against jostling.)
Throwing a Great Baby Shower A baby shower is a wonderful way for friends and family to show their happiness, celebrate the wonderful news and prepare for the babys arrival. It used to be that a baby shower was thrown for first time mothers-to-be, but I believe every birth is a reason gather and to celebrate. Luckily, baby showers today are proving to be a bit more lenient and it is not uncommon for a family member, such as a sister, to host a baby shower. If the baby shower is not a surprise, be sure to ask the mother-to-be if the daddy-to-be would like to include some of his closest friends to join the celebration. The only drawback for men being a part of the baby shower is that they do not always like to participate in all the activities. Traditionally, a baby shower is intended to help parents get items that they need for their baby, such as baby clothes. It is always a good idea to talk with the mommy-to-be and get her input on the type of shower she would like, if its not a surprise. Planning a baby shower can be easy when you break the event down into simple components. Before any real planning of the shower can begin, you need to decide on a date. Just like any other party, a baby shower requires careful planning to ensure that it will go as smoothly as possible, and be memorable for everyone. Some find that a baby shower in a box is a simple solution for your entire baby shower planning needs. When it comes to favors and decorations for the surprise baby shower, it is always good to choose a theme. It is common for the host to provide baby-themed games during the shower, so you should decide on the theme of the shower early on so that you could incorporate it into the invitations. However, it is totally up to you to decide whether you want the theme to be formal, casual or something in between. If the parents are planning a nursery for the baby, the shower can revolve around the nurserys theme, this is the kind that was thrown for my daughter-in-law and she was thrilled to receive all the little things that completed her nursery. Since the invitations are the first thing guests see and gives them the first impression of what the shower is going to be like take your time and put a little thought in. To insure that everyone has enough time to buy gifts, arrange time off and etc. Invitations should be sent 4-6 weeks prior to the shower. Before any invitations are sent out (or any phone calls or emails made), be sure to run the guest list by the mother-to-be. If you are in a hurry and do not have the time to make the invitations yourself remember that you can order them online and still get them out in plenty of time. If you do have the time however, homemade invitations will provide the guest with a little of the hosts personal touch. Gifts can range from all shapes, sizes and prices. Be sure to find out if the parents have registered for baby shower gifts, so you can include this information in the invitation. Traditionally, baby showers were held for a new mom and practical gifts as well as handmade ones were given to the expectant mother. Today though, many baby shower gifts will largely depend on the type of baby shower that is taking place. Its always good to purchase gifts from the baby shower gift registries for two reasons, one you wont have to stress at all about what to get and two because these are items that the mother has picked out herself and you know they are things she wants or needs. Giving your guests plenty of time to purchase their gifts is another reason invitations should be mailed early. Games are always very popular at baby showers. It is common for the hostess to provide baby-themed games during the shower. A baby shower is one time that the mommy-to-be will be able to actually sit back, relax and especially enjoy the fun baby shower games, have fun with her family and friends and look forward to the arrival of the little one. For the most part, guys usually are not interested in playing traditional "baby shower" games. If you are including games at your shower, be sure to make them "men friendly. Even if they do not play in all the baby shower games, men do enjoy the opportunity to give their regards to the expectant parents. A baby shower is a wonderful occasion to welcome a new life into the world and a new member in the family. A baby shower is more than just a party it is meant to be a celebration so make sure your guest are comfortable, having a great time and are happy to be at your party. The baby shower does not have to be over the top, as long as everyone has a good time and memorable things planned for the party. The most important thing that happens during the baby shower is friendship, love, and excitement of a new little one joining the community of friends and family.
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