Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 21:59:03 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.
Sprinkle Baby Shower Ideas A sprinkle baby shower is a great alternative theme for your party. When a mother already has a child, family and friends shower the mom to be with gifts. Though a sprinkle shower is not exactly like an original shower, it can still be a blessing for the family. A first time mother having a baby shower can greatly benefit from it, because she is new to motherhood and may need some help getting started. Mothers having a second, third, or fourth child can also benefit from a baby shower, but may only need certain gifts since she can repurpose many things she got for her first baby. If possible, a great idea would be to make the party a surprise. Like any other event, planning ahead of time is important so that the event can run smoothly. Choosing a theme for the sprinkle shower can be fun and helps keep things organized. Following are some sprinkle baby shower sayings that you can use on the invitations, banners, and all around your event: Sprinkles with Love Shower of Blessings Showers of Love Sprinkles of Joy Sprinkle Blessings One way of making the sprinkle baby shower entertaining is to have a sprinkle baby shower talent show or mini concert. You can invite family and friends to use their talents such as singing, dancing, mime, poetry readings, playing an instrument and even acting etc. Another way of entertaining is having game shows like The Price Is Right and Lets Make A Deal. Choose the game that you feel would be a perfect match for your loved ones. The theme decorations are a creative way to make a wonderful environment at your baby shower. Place colorful balloons around the room and sprinkle confetti on tables. Use a nylon string to hang glittery paper stars from the ceiling. Its good to choose a color scheme of three colors. For a boy you can use blue, yellow, and white as your base colors. For a girl you can use pink, yellow and white. Hang streamers from the ceiling and above the windows. Use paper cutouts for wall decorations. As for gifts, here are a few ideas that are sure to make the mommy happy. Make a gift basket with baby food, formula, pacifiers, bibs, bottles, teethers, and especially diapers in it. As for clothes, if the baby is the same sex as the previous baby, the mommy wont need a whole lot more clothing items. Its always good to find out what she needs in order to buy really useful things for her. Its never a fun task to trade gifts that werent useful. Here are a few baby clothing ideas: baby shirts, pants, baby boots, overalls, or dresses. If you dont know whether the baby is a boy or a girl, buy neutral outfits. Other cute ideas for gifts are baby storybooks, musical CDs for babies, or a mobile. If you chose to do this alternative shower, I suggest that you make a list of ideas that you would like to have in it. Use this list to help you organize your tasks and check them off as you go. Most of all dont forget to have fun!
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