Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 20:38:03 PM. Baby Shower. By admin.
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.
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.
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