Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 23:09:03 PM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
Baby Shower Etiquette - Planning Your 1st Baby Shower Planning your first baby shower can be a challenging experience if not familiar with baby shower etiquette. It used to be that only women were invited to baby showers; however, events like these have evolved with time and now many showers are for men and women. Depending upon whether couples, just men or just women are being invited will help determine other decisions needing to be made for planning a shower. Making a list of everything needing decided upon and done is first. Start with determining who will be invited, where it will be held and when. Speaking to family members can be beneficial in making out a guest list and picking a convenient date and time. Baby Shower Themes There are numerous themes to choose from. While it is not mandatory to have a specific theme, using a specific theme idea helps in choosing the invitations and decorations. Some popular themes are teddy bears, traditional blue or pink, nursery rhymes, rubber duckies, Noahs ark, baby animals, Looney tunes, and scrap-booking or baby books. Of course if having a shower just for women, that opens up other theme ideas like a tea party shower or a makeover shower. Once a theme is decided upon, it is time to shop for invitations and picking from decoration ideas. Decorations normally include a table centerpiece - many showers feature a diaper cake for a centerpiece. Other types of decorations are determined by your theme just as the invitations are. Baby Shower Food Plan your food menu. Are you serving finger foods, snacks, pizza party or perhaps a pot-luck? The baby shower food menu should include items which all guests can enjoy and preferably quick and easy to fix. Remember there are several food items which mothers-to-be should not consume. Baby Shower Game Ideas A fun part of planning is which game ideas to play and of course, choosing the game prizes, gift bags and/or door prizes. Favorite game ideas include the dirty diaper game, diaper bag contents memory game, change the baby blindfolded, make baby names from letters of the parents names and guessing how many pacifiers are in a bowl. Dunking for pacifiers is a shower favorite. Just put water in a baby bath tub with several pacifiers in it. Guests then dunk for pacifiers. Whoever gets the most wins. Baby Shower Party Favors Baby shower party favors take some planning. Are baby shower party favors to be items the guests will give to the expectant parent or to be favors for guests to take home? Are you giving a door prize or gift bags and are they going to be theme oriented or just nice gift items? Last but not least, make a time line to follow. Know when during the shower the games will be played, food will be served and gifts will be opened. Plan on how long the party will last and how to end it comfortably. Once the theme ideas and decoration ideas have been determined, the rest of the planning will fall into place fairly easily with your checklist on hand. Dont be overwhelmed. Proper baby shower etiquette isnt hard and should not deter one from planning and having a great baby shower.
Seven Baby Shower Basics For many couples, the birth of a new baby is an exciting event. The months leading up to delivery can be as much fun as the big day itself, and a baby shower is certainly a highlight of that time. Anyone can host a baby shower for the expectant parents. Showers are often hosted by a sister, mother, grandmother, cousin, friend or even a co-worker of the mom or dad-to-be. If a couple has a particularly large family or social circle, its not unheard of for several showers to be held (one for the family and one for the friends and co-workers, for example). If youre lucky enough to have the opportunity to host a baby shower for a dear friend or relative, youre in for a real treat. You have a truly special part to play in the biggest event of their life. Sure, planning any party takes time and can be a little stressful if youre disorganized. However, follow the seven baby shower basics below and you can rest assured that your baby shower bases are covered. 1. Choose a Date Traditionally, a baby shower is held sometime during the last two months of a pregnancy, though some parents prefer that the shower be held after their baby has actually arrived. Discern their wishes before proceeding with the planning. While baby showers are traditionally held for first children only, some families choose to hold a shower for second children as well, especially if the baby is the opposite sex of its sibling or the children are spaced many years apart. Weekend afternoons are the most popular time for baby showers. However, you may wish to consider evening hours as well. If youre hosting a shower for a co-worker, an evening during the workweek may make it very convenient for others from the office to attend. 2. Select a Venue The majority of baby showers are held at the home of the host. However, if you have a small house, limited seating or just dont relish the idea of playing Suzy-Homemaker, you can hold the baby shower in an alternate venue. Your church (or the church of the parents-to-be) can be an excellent option, as can be a neighborhood clubhouse. If youre throwing a summer baby shower, you could consider a park or botanical garden as well. Take the number of expected guests into account when selecting your venue. 3. Gather the Guest List Chances are good that you do not personally know everyone who should be invited to the shower. Ask the parents-to-be to help make the guest list so you can ensure no one is forgotten. Traditionally, women attend showers. However, modern couples often choose to invite both men and women to the event. Determine if children will be welcome as well. If the expectant parents would like to include the children of their guests, you may want to hire a babysitter to keep them entertained or provide games and activities. 4. Determine a Theme While not all baby showers have a theme, many do. A theme can help guide you in the selection of baby shower invitations, decorations and refreshments. The best place to begin in your search for a theme is with the mom-to-be. Ask her if she has chosen a decorating theme for her nursery, as this could be an excellent shower theme. Ask if she knows the sex of the baby, as that can guide your choices as well. Ask if there is a particular theme she prefers. Sometimes the expectant parents dont want to know the sex of their baby until the big day. If this is the case for your shower, select a gender-neutral theme for the party. Nursery rhymes, farm or zoo animals and the circus are all colorful gender-neutral themes. Avoid blue and pink and decorate instead with yellow and green. You may also want to specify on the baby shower invitation that the party is gender neutral. This will let guests know to bring gifts that will work for a boy or a girl. 5. Design the Baby Shower Invitations Baby shower invitations should be sent at least three weeks in advance. If youre holding the shower during a typically busy party month (such as November or December), send the invitations further in advance. Online retailers offer hundreds of baby shower invitations in economical postcard sizes. Even better, you can start with a baby shower invitation template that suits your theme, and then customize it using their online design software. Youll create a truly unique invitation that guests and the parents-to-be will treasure forever. Essential information that should be printed on every baby shower invitation includes the mom-to-bes name, the date and time of the shower, the location and address of the shower, the name and contact information of the person to whom guests should RSVP, and any gift registry, requested gift items or the baby shower theme. 6. Plan the Games Much of the baby shower time will be spent visiting, watching the expectant parents open their gifts and enjoying refreshments. However, a few games can really add to the fun. Here are a few that require minimal materials and preparation while providing loads of laughs. How big is the Bun in the Oven? Youll need yarn and scissors. Have each guest cut a piece of yarn to the length he or she feels will perfectly wrap once around the mom-to-bes tummy. The guest who cuts his or her yarn the closest wins a prize. Baby is a Four-Letter Word. Youll need four diaper pins for each invited guest. Upon arrival at the shower, give each guest four diaper pins to attach to their collar or blouse. Then instruct them not to say the word "baby" or theyll lose one of their pins to the guest who catches them. The guest with the most pins at the end of the shower wins a prize. The mom-to-be keeps all the diaper pins. Dirty Diapers. Youll need several diapers (cloth or disposable), an assortment of candy bars, paper and pens. Prior to the start of the shower, melt one of each type of candy bar on a separate diaper (the microwave is handy for this). Give each guest a slip of paper on which to write his or her guesses. Pass each diaper around the party. The guest who has the most correct guesses wins a prize. There are no rules as to how one determines the type of candy. Guests can poke, prod, smell or (yuck) even taste the diaper contents prior to guessing. 7. Organize Refreshments Cake, vegetable trays and punch are classic baby shower refreshment offerings. However, its really up to you to determine what youd like to serve at the shower. Choose food that goes with your theme or just select recipes that are easy to prepare and servable at room temperature.
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