Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 21:59:03 PM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
A Baby Shower Plan Planning a baby shower is exciting. When you start planning the baby shower you will want to have a list of things to do and buy. You can keep it simple or you can go extravagant. Either way your friend will appreciate all you do. First thing on your list is the theme. At this time it might be a good idea to talk to the mom-to-be about the theme she might like to have. You might want to stay with the same theme that the new parents will be decorating the babys room with. That isnt a necessary thing to do, but if you have a centerpiece, like an adorable diaper cake you would want it to match the newly decorated babys room. Talk to the mom-to-be to get names of co-workers and other distant family members. Youll want to make sure youve got all the names and addresses of the guest list 6-8 weeks before the shower. If this will be a surprise baby shower then you will want to enlist the help of the mom-to-bes family and friends. Will some of the guest be bringing their children? This is a very important step in planning the shower. You will want to know if there are children coming, so you can plan to have someone there to watch them so parents can enjoy the shower. Parents will also appreciate this very much. Next you will want to select the location and time for the shower. Depending on how many guest will be attending youll want to have plenty of room. If you attend church somewhere you can always utilize the fellowship hall. You can also have it in your home or a restaurant. If you choose a restaurant you will want to make sure you make reservations now. Next will be to plan the menu and beverages. Will you be preparing all of the food yourself, or will you be asking others to make some of the food. If you will be asking others to help, now is a good time to call them. Having the food catered is also an option. If so, you will want to reserve the caterer now. Start the baby shower invitations. You will want to have these finished about 5 to 6 weeks before the date of the shower. This may seem a little early, but I can assure you time will go by fast and the date will be upon you. Although the invitations will be finished you wont send them out until about 4 weeks before the date of the baby shower. Be sure to include the date, time, location, and directions. Also youll want to include when and where to RSVP. Decide on Baby Shower Decorations. After you have decided on the decorations and finalized how you want to decorate, buy the decorations. Most party supply stores will have everything you need. Also check online line for some great ideas on decorations and party favors. Purchase your prizes that will be given and also gift bags to put them in. Decide on the games you will be playing and make your list of items needed and directions on how to play the games. You can find a great variety of games on the internet at Baby Stores that specialize in this. If you plan to have a baby diaper cake as a centerpiece you will need to order that about 3-4 weeks before the shower. Diaper cakes come in a variety of sizes from 1 to 3 tier and they can be used as a gift also. They also come in a variety of styles and designs. Also about this time if you are having the shower catered or at a restaurant you will want to call and confirm. And now is also a good time to order an edible cake if you plan to have one. If you have enlisted the help of others let each one know what they are to bring and how much. Next you will want to confirm your guest list. You should have everyones RSVP no later than 1 week before that baby shower date. If you are doing name tags you will want to print these off now also. Make your list for food items that you will need for the baby shower. You should buy your food, beverage and grocery items for the baby shower no later than the day before the baby shower. If you are having the baby shower at a restaurant you will need to talk with them about when would be a good time for decorating. If you are having it at your church fellowship hall then you would want to decorate the day before the baby shower. After decorating, go over your checklist for food and confirm that you have everything you need. On the day of the baby shower arrange your plates and food on the table you have set up for the food items. You can do this about an hour or so before the shower starts. Keep the cold items in the cooler or refrigerator until the last possible minute. Its usually a good idea to have the edible cake on a table separate from the other food items. The day of the baby shower put balloons out on the mailbox and in places where they will be easy to spot for the guest to find their way to the baby shower. You can have some music playing in the background, lullabies, baby songs or just some relaxing music. Have your games prepared and ready to play and the order in which your going to play them. Ok, were almost there. The morning of the baby shower call the mom-to-be and and make sure she is doing well.. Even if the shower is a surprise you can call her and check on her. Make sure youve enlisted someone to pick her up or have the dad-to-be bring her. Set out baby shower favors on tables or display them with the baby cake centerpiece. Go through your checklist one more time. Have all pens, papers and handouts in one place. After you have double checked everything, sit down and relax a minute until guests start arriving. Have a great time. It will be a perfect baby shower and everyone will have a great time.
The Appropriate Baby Showers Gifts What is an appropriate baby shower gift? Almost all baby shower gifts are appreciated as long as they are not offensive, embarrassing or insulting to the "mommy-to-be" or hostess. That fact alone should remove much of the anxiety associated with shopping for the appropriate baby shower gift. An appropriate baby shower gift is a gift that is suitable for the particular person and the particular occasion. If you focus on usefulness and avoid offence your chance of finding the appropriate gift is very good. History behind baby shower gifts Some believe the baby shower gift giving goes as far back as the first baby shower. However, it is difficult to find a date when the first baby shower gift was given. Research indicates the "showering" of the "Mommy-to-be has been popular in many countries for hundreds of years. Many sources say the baby shower originated as far back as the late eighteen hundreds. These sources say it received its name from the "showering" of gifts on the mother-to-be. In the beginning, the baby shower was a tea party given for the "Mommy-to-be" and only women would attend. These parties were normally given after the baby was born because pregnant women did not appear in public. The baby shower gift was very practical and handmade: article of clothing, blankets, and food items. Except for the silver given by the grandmother. Originally the baby shower was given for the first baby of the "mommy-to-be." Tradition has changed that to all babies since all are considered a miracles and deserve the same treatment as the first. In recent years baby showers often occur before the baby is born. Because of the new technology the health and gender of the baby is not so much a mystery as before. So, showers are held early in preparation for the new babys arrival without the worry of buying an inappropriate baby shower gift. What makes the baby shower gift appropriate Knowing something about the family and what their needs are in regards to caring for the new arrival as well as their lifestyle will narrow down the search for the appropriate gift. The appropriate baby shower gift is one that will be appreciated, in keeping with the lifestyle of the parent, useful in caring for the baby immediately or in the future. If the parent has a baby shower registry, the choice of a gift can be make easier by simply choosing a gift on the list not purchased yet. Age appropriate is normally a consideration when giving a gift to a child. However, for the baby shower it is appropriate to give gifts to be used at a later age or gift that will covers a wide age range. With toys, we recommend you go with three years old and under to avoid parts small enough for the baby to swallow. Some gifts may fit the lifestyle of the parent more than others. For example: If the parent like hiking you might consider a carriage that is convenient for taking baby on hikes or if the parent is a runner you might consider a jogging stroller. Following these few simple rules will make you a hit at any baby shower. Some things to consider when choosing a baby shower gift At the start only women were invited to baby showers, but today these celebrations can include father, grandfather, and any male family members. Therefore, any one can find themselves shopping for the appropriate baby shower gift. Historically, the grandparent would give a gift of silver as a small amount of inheritance for the child. Some grandparent still give the gift of silver today. Others grandparent have expanded the idea of a inherence to include saving accounts, saving bonds and stock certificates. In some places it is still traditional for the grandmother to make a baby blanket or small quilt for the baby. These are still appropriate baby shower gifts. Most of the times those invited to the baby shower will not be grandparent and will be looking for other appropriate gifts. Understanding the appropriate gift is suitable for the particular person and the particular occasion, is usefulness and does not offend, you will find the following meet the requirement as appropriate baby shower gifts: 1. Any item from the baby shower gift registry not already purchased. You dont have to get the item from the selected store. 2. Disposable Diapers and baby wipes- Diapers are expensive, and babies use them quickly, so new parents always appreciate a gift of diapers. 3. Baby Clothes-Baby clothes in larger sizes will likely be used more. If you dont know the babys gender, a gift certificate is a welcome baby shower gift, allowing the parents to choose an outfit after baby arrives. 4. Books and DVD - Buying Books, DVDs and Music-Help boost babys brainpower by choosing a classic baby book, educational DVD. 5. Baby Toys - You can buy baby toys made for older babies for use later in babys life, but stick with toys for ages 3 and under to avoid the possibility of the baby choaking on the small parts. Your gift can be used for a longer time if its for a wider age range. 6. Lifestyle Gifts for Parents and Babies -- If you want to give a baby shower gift thats out of the ordinary, consider the parents lifestyle. (Ex. Joggers, Bikers). 7. Gift Baskets - Gift baskets make a wonderful keepsake gift and contains many of the essentials necessary for the new bundle of joy. 8. Baby Blankets - Infants quickly become attached to their security baby blankets. It will bring much joy to your baby. 9. Gift Certificates- For busy new parents, gift certificates can make it easy to pick up last-minute items that were forgotten in the preparations for babys arrival. Gift certificates also give parents-to-be a way to purchase a special item that they really wanted but didnt receive at the baby shower. Baby shower gift certificates dont have to be just for baby products, either. New parents might enjoy gift certificates for dinner delivery, movie rentals, house cleaning, massage, day spas or cloth diaper service. (Ex. gift certificates online). Successful baby shower giving Dont offend or embarrass the new mom or the hostess and most any gift will be appreciated. To be thoughtful and give what is needed or what the parent wants most, follow the guidelines in this article. Selecting what the parent will appreciate and need is the secret to successful baby shower giving.
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