Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 02:49:03 AM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
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.
Daddy Showers - Throwing a Baby Shower for a New Dad For years daddies have been left out of the baby shower world. However as daddies are becoming more active in the lives of their babies, they are gradually be included more and more in showers. Over the past 10 years, couples showers have grown in popularity. They bring the new daddies into the celebration. Now men are beginning to take it a step farther with the Daddy Shower, also known as the Dad-tchelore Party. Who can throw a Daddy Shower? A daddy shower is generally thrown by a friend or coworker of the expecting daddy. If the party is for a bunch of daddys buddies, then a good friend may choose to throw a mens only baby shower. Office daddy showers, or daddy showers thrown for men who are no longer in a relationship with their babys mother, are more likely to be co-ed and thus can be thrown by either a man or woman. Who is a Daddy Shower for? A daddy shower can be thrown for any man who is expecting a child soon. It could be for a man who is expecting a new baby. Men who are adopting can also be graced with a Daddy Shower. Why a Daddy Shower? Daddy showers are a way to show support for a man who is about to become a new father. There are many reasons why you might choose throw a shower for a daddy. If the new mommy is having a mommy only baby shower with her girlfriends and female relatives, a daddy shower can be a good way for the men in the family and for the new dads friends to show him their support. A daddy shower is also very appropriate in a workplace. It is a great way to recognize a man who is soon going to be taking on this important new role. It allows co-workers to celebrate with him. While also helping him provide for all of those new baby necessities. Another time when a daddy shower becomes even more important is for the new dad who is no longer with the babys mom. Sometimes, for one reason or another the parents are not involved in a relationship when a new baby is born. In this situation the new dad will need all of the same supplies that the new mom will need. Hell also need all of the support his friends and family can muster. A daddy shower is a great way to make him feel important and supported. What do we do at a Daddy Shower? Most men arent too interested in the traditional baby games. Instead options like have a back yard grilling party, a football party, or even just hanging around talking tend to be more popular with men than a traditional style shower. If games are desired, most men seem to prefer the ones that get everyone laughing. Baby Bottle chugging, taste the baby food, and the dirty diaper game are good game options. Do we need to bring gifts? What kind of gifts should we bring? The situation of the man and instructions for the shower will play a big part in what gift you decide to bring. When the guys get together to celebrate with dad, a lot of times they have no idea what to bring. For that reason, many daddy showers specify right on the invitation that the attendees should bring a pack of diapers. This makes it great for everyone. The daddy gets lots of diapers for the baby, thus saving a bundle. Many men like this because they know what to bring. Also, no matter what size of diapers they bring, they cant go wrong, sooner or later the new parents are bound to need them. Plus, if the new mommy is having a shower, shell end up with many of the things the couple needs. By bringing diapers the guys wont have to worry about doubling up on gifts. If the invitation doesnt specify, its a great idea to bring fun things that the new dad can do with the baby. Daddy diaper tool boxes and tool belts, books for daddy to read to the baby, as well as balls and toys tend to have more appeal for the new daddy than baby clothes. If the new dad will be parenting separately from the new mom, then he will have a need for a lot more baby goodies, and thus gifts like those generally given at baby showers would be much more appropriate. With the ever growing role that new dads are taking in raising their babies, its time that we give them a chance to celebrate and be supported. The time of the daddy shower has definitely come.
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