Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 20:38:03 PM. Baby Shower. By admin.
Why Hosting a Baby Shower For First Time Parents Is Important - The Benefits Are Huge! For any woman who has been trying to conceive, finding out shes pregnant is the best news! (Of course, second only to the wedding proposal.) Once the wedding is over and the ceremony and celebration time settles down, finding out that you two will be expecting a new baby is an amazing feeling for any couple. First time parents tend to feel slightly overwhelmed and can find it difficult to narrow down all the "new baby equipment" they are going to need when the baby arrives. Making sure expecting parents have all the major necessities can be a tedious task. Writing a list of all the things they will need for the new baby, and then chipping away at the list throughout the months of her pregnancy can help in getting a head start for the stockpile. Baby showers are also an exceptional way to obtain new baby supplies, and it can take a lot of the financial pressure off of new parents.Some of the burden of searching and looking for baby stuff is now passed on to the guest list, which in turn helps to lessen to stress for the expecting new parents. Showers are great fun for the expecting mom and the guests. Themed showers can be based on color (if the gender of the baby is already known, a pink or blue color theme is widely accepted, and very traditional), character themed baby showers (such as the Sesame Street, Power Puff Girls, Dexters Laboratory or the Looney Tunes), or even a "time-of-the-day baby shower theme" (where each guest is asked to bring something the baby would need or use during that time of the day). Baby shower themes can really be anything you want. Have fun with it, and get creative! Baby shower gifts should be useful and unique for the new parents. The idea of having a celebratory shower is so that the parents receive items they need, but also may or may not have purchased themselves. A great idea is to create your own baby gift basket, or go for the laundry basket clothing baby gift basket filled with baby clothes from ages newborn up to toddler sizes. Other homemade gift basket ideas are a mother and baby basket (a gift for the mother is actually a very nice thing to include), monogrammed baby gift baskets, a pampering baby gift basket (for mom and dad also!) a bath time gift basket, or a play time gift basket. You can create a gift basket based around anything, really. Just fill the basket with items that fit the gift basket theme. Dont forget these easy tips for hosting a successful shower: Make sure the shower is between four to six weeks before the baby is due, decide on a theme, make a guest list and send out the invitations 2-3 weeks before the shower, plan for any baby shower games you may want to have, choose the menu (both food and drinks), dont forget favors and prizes, and last but not the least, remember to have fun while you plan it!
Couples Baby Shower - A Quick Planning Guide Believe it or not, but many husbands would really enjoy going to a Couples Baby Shower with their wife. A baby shower is a fun get-together with friends and family to celebrate a new little baby. Often, the father-to-be would love to be part of that celebration. It helps him get excited about his new son or daughter. And whether he admits it or not, his heart will melt when he opens up a baby shower gift and sees a little pink dress or a little pair of denim overalls. How to Know if You Should Invite the Guys Simply ask the mom-to-be if she wants her husband and his friends to be at the shower. She needs to enjoy the shower first and foremost. So if she doesnt want the men there, then thats the answer. After all, the baby shower is primarily for her. However, if she likes the idea of a coed baby shower, then ask her husband if he would like to go, just to make sure its OK with him. Some guys might feel uncomfortable, which is understandable. But he might be honored by the invite and excited to participate. You never know until you ask! How to Plan a Couples Baby Shower 1. Make up the guest list with both parents. Have them list both her friends and his friends. Hell feel a lot more comfortable with some of his friends there. 2. Decide on a theme that both parents-to-be would enjoy. A general baby theme is always a great choice, or a sports theme, or other hobby of the husbands (cars, cowboy, outdoors, John Deere, etc.) are some fun themes that the dad-to-be might really get into. 3. Make and send out the Couples baby shower invitations. Have the invites match the theme you chose. You could make the invitations in the colors of the dads favorite sports team, or buy some outdoors or cowboy / western paper, or whatever the theme may be. This lets the guys know right from the start that the theme will be something they enjoy. Also, having more than one guy there might make the dad-to-be more comfortable & more enjoyable. Its the whole "strength in numbers" thing. Be sure to mention in the invitations that it is a Couples Baby Shower. 4. Plan the food. This is one of the most (if not the most important) aspects of a Couples baby shower that you can plan. After all, the way to a mans heart (and hence how much he enjoys the baby shower) is through his stomach. Meat is usually a good choice for your coed baby shower food. Definitely have something more hearty than salad and bundt cake. BBQ, casserole, or enchiladas are some good choices. 5. Should you have games at a Couples baby shower? You could do it either way. This is a great question to ask the expectant mom and dad. Often, at a coed baby shower, games are not played. Instead, everyone talks, tells stories and shares parenting advice which makes for a fun, intimate party with friends and family. However, almost always, when the guys actually play the baby shower games, they really get into them. They love competition! So, games or no games, everyone will have a great time. 6. What kind of baby shower favors & prizes are good for a Couples baby shower? Anything Edible! Guys are very predictable, which makes your job as hostess easier! Candy bars, rice krispy treats, beef jerky, cinnamon rolls, etc., inexpensive t-shirts that relate to the theme (sports teams, automobiles, Carhartt, etc.) are fun favors & prizes. Other ideas include: packages of football, baseball, or basketball cards, movie rental gift certificates, pocket-sized outdoor equipment like little flashlights or pocketknives, etc. 7. What kind of gifts are good Couples baby shower gifts? The gifts at a coed baby shower shouldnt be much different than gifts given at a traditional girls baby shower. If this is the only baby shower a mom-to-be will have, then traditional baby shower gifts are a must, because she will still need all the diapers, clothes & burp cloths that she can get. But one or two of the gifts intended for the dad-to-be is a great way to honor and congratulate him. Be sure to have the mom and dad-to-be sit together and take turns opening the baby shower gifts. This really helps him get into the baby excitement. Some other fun ideas for a Couples baby shower: o Have a surprise baby shower for the dad-to-be at his office/work. Call one or two of his coworkers to plan it. He is sure to have friends at work that would love to celebrate & congratulate him on his upcoming son or daughter. o If he is into sports, have the party during a game where everyone can eat & chat during the game and open the gifts afterwards. o Have a cookout BBQ - Any get-together that involves an open flame is definitely a masculine party! It is becoming more and more common to invite the men to baby showers. And, although a coed baby shower is still not quite the "norm" for traditional baby showers, most people find that Couples baby showers are usually among the most fun and memorable types of baby showers.
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