Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 04:55:03 AM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
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.
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.
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