Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 23:09:03 PM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
8 Steps To Planning A Baby Shower If you are hosting a baby shower for your best friend or relative then you want to make sure it will fun, memorable, and stress free! The best way to guarantee this is to plan the baby shower online. Creating a website for the baby shower will not only help you stay organized, but it will allow you to share and inform guests about all of the details and allow others to be involved in the planning process. Here are 8 steps to follow to begin planning a successful baby shower: 1. Select date, time and location When to hold the baby shower is up to the expecting mother. It usually occurs 4-6 weeks before the baby is due. Baby showers are usually held on Saturday or Sunday afternoons as this is usually the most convenient time. You need to make sure that the date/time is suitable for those must be there guests such as the future grandmothers, aunts, and G-d mother. Having the shower on the weekend also makes it possible for out-of-town guests to attend. You can select the best possible date and time for the shower by setting up a poll on the shower website. This is the best way to learn the availability of your guests and chose the date/time that accommodates the most amount of people. You should have a general idea of the number of guests that will be attending before selecting the location. Baby showers are usually held at the hostesses home as it is the most intimate option, however you want to make sure there is enough room for your guests to be comfortable. If you decide to have the shower at a restaurant, hotel or another venue, then you should book early to make sure you can reserve it for the date you want. The baby shower website will be able to provide your guests with all of the details of the event, including date, time, and map to location. It will also inform them about any changes or updates. 2. Set a budget Before arranging anything, you first need to establish how much you are willing and able to spend on the baby shower. Your budget will need to consider; invitations, decor, food and drinks, games, supplies and a gift. It is sometimes a good idea to have a co-host to help you with the costs. Having the baby shower at yours or another guests home is the most economical option. The menu and decor will also depend on your budget. 3. Create a guest list Asking the mother-to-be who she wants to invite is the best way to make sure you do not forget about anyone important. Friends, family and co-workers usually make up the guest list. You want to obtain the contact information (address, phone number, email) of invitees as soon as possible to be able to get an estimation on the number of attending guests so you can continue planning. 4. Choose a theme As the host, you can decide whether or not the baby shower will have a theme. Selecting a theme definitely adds to the ambiance of the shower and makes it easier to plan the website and invitation design, food, games and decor. If the expecting mother loves tea, then the shower theme can be a "tea party" whereby different teas will be served in fun and pretty tea cups. "Pampering mom" is another possible theme whereby everyone will receive spa treatments including hair, nails, facials, and massages. If you are having trouble deciding on a theme, you can ask your guests for their input and suggestions on your website message board. Themes arent necessary to plan a fun shower. You can simply choose pink or blue decor (depending if you know the sex of the baby) and can have supplies with pictures of toys and animals on it to add to the baby feel. 5. Invite guests It is so easy to invite guest online to the baby shower by sending out a broadcast email. The invitation should be informative and fun and include the following information: • Date, time, location and theme of the shower • Contact person information (# and email) • A link to the baby shower website • A description of activities that will take place • Explain how to RSVP online and mention RSVP deadline • Include baby registry information With you baby shower website, guests will be able to RSVP online, and should be encouraged to do so by a specified date. This will allow you to always keep track of your guest list, and send out reminders to those who have not responded. 6. Menu The menu will depend on the time of day the shower is being held. If the shower is taking place over a meal time then you are expected to serve various food options. It can be either a sit down meal or a buffet. If the shower is held during an afternoon, then snacks and appetizers are sufficient. If the shower is at someones home, the food can be homemade or catered. If you decide to have the shower at a restaurant or another venue, then you will need to create a special menu in advance. Regardless of the showers location, you want to create a menu that fits within your budget and is consistent with the theme of the baby shower. It is customary to have a cake for the expecting mom at the baby shower. You should decide early if you or another guest will make the cake or it will be ordered from a bakery. The design on the cake should be related to the theme of the shower. In order to make sure your food selection matches the tastes and dietary requirements of your guests, you can ask guests about their preferences and any restrictions on their online RSVP form available on the baby shower website. 7. What games will you play? A fun baby shower includes many silly games and prizes. Games and activities are a great way to get guests acquainted and mingling. They should be simple and easy to explain and set up. You need to plan this in advance to make sure you have all the right supplies. Games and activities should be selected based on the theme and baby related topics, and you want to make sure the mom-to-be can participate and enjoy. You can have any type of baby games such as baby name Scrabble, or pin the pacifier on the baby, a guess who gave it gift opening game. 8. Gift registry You and your guests want to buy the expecting mom something she actually needs and wants. A gift registry can be set up on your baby shower website with details and a direct link to the expecting moms online registry for guests to browse and purchase.
Memorable and Unique Baby Shower Ideas Hosting a baby shower to welcome the pending arrival of someone close to you? Are you tired of playing the same games and seeing the same themes over and over again? Well, luckily these days there are plenty of creative ideas to help you plan something that will make your older relatives say "I wish theyd have done that in my day!" Make Room for Daddy First of all, its no longer necessary to quarantine baby showers to adult women only. Fathers are more involved in the birth and child care of their babies, so why not have the guys there for the fun? Child care isnt just a womans job anymore. In the old days, men werent even allowed in the delivery room. Everything baby-related was "womens business", no wonder why they were excluded from the shower. Today, more baby showers are including the friends and family of the expecting parents, including the guys and kids. Kid-friendly showers are also becoming more popular. Put out a few crafts or coloring books for the kiddies to help entertain them. For the guys, encourage them to bring something for "daddy". Daddy "tool belts" or "kits" are popular. Also, Daddy Diaper Showers are a hit. If the guys in your life want their own party, let them! Have some snacks and games for the guys separately, why not? Have a little game of blindfolded "Pin the Diaper on the Balloon" for a really fun time. You can even wait until after the baby is born and host a "See and Sip". This is much like an open house where couples come and mingle, just like a cocktail party, but bring gifts and see the new baby! Whoooo Wants to be on Your Nursery Wall? If ducks and bears are your thing, fine. But there are some other creatures that are gracing the walls of the nursery these days. Owls are all the rage. And its easy to see why, theyre cute! Owls have made their way to the baby shower scene as well. Everything from the invitations and paper goods to the guest books and favors are now easily found with these guys. Mother Goose A fun and interactive baby shower idea involves each guest bringing the baby a copy of their favorite childhood storybook. This helps mom and dad to build up their soon to be much needed library of bedtime stories. They can also bring a gift associated with the theme of the book like perhaps a stuffed white rabbit for "Alice in Wonderland". Just a Sprinkle Showers arent just for first-time mothers anymore. The second or third (and so on) child is just as important as the first one. Why not celebrate their upcoming arrivals as well? If mom and dad still have everything from the first baby, just host a "Sprinkle" instead of a full-blown "shower". Guests can bring a small gift for the parents or newly needed items for the baby rather than the all out "I need everything" theme from the first child. Sometimes an "already mom" still needs a thing or two. Perhaps its been a while since the last baby came and things were given away or sold. Or maybe this new arrival is a surprise! If mom and dad didnt see this one coming, they might need an extra hand getting things gathered together again. Pink or Blue? The Gender Reveal Shower is one of the hottest new trends in baby showers. There are several ways you can do this, but the most popular way to reveal the gender is inside the cake. The doctor gives a sealed envelope with the babys gender to the hostess of the shower. The hostess tells ONLY the baker who then bakes the inside of the cake pink or blue, depending on the gender. The cake is iced with a different color. Everyone then gathers around the cutting of the shower cake to see what the baby will be! The only trouble with this type of shower is that since your guests wont know what the gender is UNTIL the actual shower, they wont be able to purchase gender-related gifts for you. But its still a sweet notion of shared surprise, nevertheless. Its easy to see why this one is so popular. Reach out and Touch Someone Long distance baby showers are great for those couples who have moved away from their main friend and family base. It may not always be feasible for the couple to travel, especially when theyre expecting! But their nearest and dearest will still want to shower them with baby gifts. Luckily, technology has made this super easy for us now. Online gift registries and e-invites help you pull it all together. Simply ask mom to register for the baby shower online and the guests will know what to buy, the same as for a traditional shower. The guests then mail the packages to the home of the expecting parents. While youll miss one anothers company, the sentiment (and gifts) is still much appreciated. You may want to keep in mind the possibility of friends and family who arent too computer savvy. Mailing them a list of suggested items and a printed invitation explaining the situation is usually a good way to involve these not-so-techy loved ones. You can even mail them a baby shower favor to commemorate the event, the same as you would hand one out in person. A baby shower will be one of the most memorable days of a moms life. As families and traditions change, so do these celebrations. While the tried and true clothespin game (dont say "baby"!) is still fun, you can break the mold and host a baby shower as unique and trendy as the mommy-to-be.
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