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.
How to Organize a Baby Shower Although a newborns arrival into the world can be a joyful occasion, it can also bring a lot of stress... not just for the parents, but for family and friends as well. Baby showers are the perfect example. While they are used to celebrate the arrival of a brand new life into the world, they can also be stressful for the person hosting the occasion. If you are planning to throw a baby shower for a friend or a relative, and you are not sure exactly how to start organizing it, this article provides some tips. Best time for a baby shower? The best time to throw a baby shower is on the weekend, preferably mid-morning to late afternoon. Why? Because people work during the week. Also, consider having the baby shower later on in the mother-to-be pregnancy, around 9 weeks before the birth is best. A baby shower can also be held after the birth of the child. This is the best plan if the mother-to-be is having complications with her pregnancy. How many people should I invite? One normally invites anywhere from 10 to 20 people to a baby shower. What one should also take into consideration when inviting people, is whether or not the location of the baby shower can accommodate only a few or a large group of people. How long should a baby shower last? A baby shower generally lasts about two to three hours. That should be enough time for everyone to mingle, the presents to be opened, and food eaten. Also, take into consideration the mother-to-be is more easily exhausted. Who should pay for the baby shower? The host/hostess should pay for the baby shower. A baby shower is perceived as a gift from the host to the bride. It is not unusual or wrong for the host to ask family or close friends to help out monetarily. So, if you need some financial help, dont be shy in asking family and close friends. What is not acceptable is asking the mother-to-be for monetary help. Should I throw a surprise shower? If you are thinking of throwing a surprise shower, you may want to rethink. Surprise showers can cause the host all kinds of problems, namely making sure the mother-to-be arrives at the shower on time. The best plan is to throw a baby shower that the mother-to-be is aware of because she can offer much needed suggestions to the host. Do you need to send out invitations? Yes, one needs to send out invitations for a baby shower. It does not have to involve fancy stationery. One can go to any greeting card store and purchase invitations at a reasonable price. It is also important that you send out the invitations a few weeks in advance, preferably three to four weeks. Can I have games at the baby shower? Games are indeed very popular at baby showers. However, baby showers are primarily about the food, drink (non-alcoholic), presents and conversations. So while having games at a baby shower is fine, do not feel pressured to have them. If you do opt for games at a baby shower, be creative and make sure the games center on the baby and mother-to-be. When should the presents be opened? The presents should be opened after food has been enjoyed and games played, if you decide to have them. Themes In this day and age, a lot of baby showers have themes. There are advantages to a theme orientated baby shower. It can certainly make the shower easier to organize. You can make up your own them theme or use some already established popular baby showers themes, which include: Tea party, which can be fun. Book party, where everyone brings books as gifts for the baby and mother. Diaper party, where the baby shower centers on gifts that deal with the bare necessities like diapers or baby bottles.
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