Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 04:55:03 AM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
Baby Shower Planning Guide - Great Baby Shower Ideas Great baby shower ideas-from cute invitations and easy, shower menus to clever themes and party favors. Baby Shower Etiquette When should the shower be held? A baby shower should be held four to six weeks before the due date, unless the honoree prefers to have it after the child is born (for example, if her religion encourages this or if she has chosen to keep the babys sex a surprise and doesnt want gender-neutral gifts). Who decides who is invited-the guest of honor or the host? Since the host bears the expense of the party, it is up to her to determine the number of guests shes comfortable accommodating. If the shower is not a surprise, the host should give the honoree that figure and ask whom shed like to invite. For a surprise party, the honorees college roommate trumps the hosts book-club buddies (sorry). How many guests are too many? A shower should be an intimate affair, not a gathering of anyone and everyone the honoree has ever known. Limit the guest list to close friends and family. (Hint: It should not come as a surprise to anyone on the guest list that there is a baby on the way!) Keep in mind that if your home can hold only 20 people comfortably, inviting more is doing no one a favor. Should the invitation include registry information? Many shower invitations do, but that can make the shower seem like a bit of a gimme-fest. Better yet, keep registry information off the invitation but feel free to pass it along if guests ask you for it. Or have them contact the honorees family or the honoree directly. If youre close enough to the mom-to-be that youre throwing her a shower, you should try to make an appearance at one of the other showers if your schedule permits. However, if any of these showers requires a train, plane, or lengthy car trip to attend, it is completely acceptable to decline politely, guilt-free. Whether you attend additional showers or not, theres no need to bring or send a second gift, since hosting a shower is like a second gift in and of itself. But if you feel uncomfortable arriving at a shower empty-handed, come with a small token, like a gift certificate for a manicure or a childs storybook. How much should I spend on a gift? As with any gift, how much you spend should have more to do with your relationship with the recipient and what you feel comfortable spending than with an arbitrary, "customary" dollar figure. Traditionally, the family of the mother-to-be takes on the more expensive, utilitarian gift items, like cribs or kitchen appliances, while friends bring gifts that are more creative, personal, and, yes, inexpensive. If youre not a family member of the honoree, a basic rule of thumb is to spend no less than $30 and no more than $50 on a baby-shower gift, bearing in mind what other gifts you plan to purchase. The guest of honor doesnt want a typical ladies-only, afternoon affair. Are there other ways to celebrate? Try opening up the event to husbands and male friends, and ask guests to bring themed personal gifts, like entertainment tickets, items to stock a bar, or, in the case of a baby shower, food to fill the freezer. And remember-theres no rule that says the honoree has to open her gifts at the party. What if the guest of honor starts making other demands about the party? The honoree surely has plenty on her mind and is probably in full-throttle decision-making mode. Try to be patient. If its simply that she must have lilac napkins or her mothers ginger-ale punch, make every attempt to accommodate her. But if she is pushing you, say, to invite more guests than you feel comfortable hosting, then you are within your rights to gently let her know why you cant give her what she wants. Baby Shower Planning Tips When it comes to lifes biggest events, you dont get much bigger than the birth of a baby. And so it follows that the shower leading up to this occasion should be appropriately meaningful. Happily, this does not require slaving over a fantastically elaborate spread. To truly honor these new beginnings (and elicit oohs and aahs from your guests), all you need is a little creative vision and a few personal touches. Choose Fun Invitations Make your baby-shower invitation into a mock library slip for the mom-to-bes "Great Expectations." Write the party details on a vertical index card, stamp the books (er, babys) due date at the bottom, and mail the card in a coin envelope. (Everything to make this invitation is sold at office-supply stores.) Decorations & Setup The Simplest Bouquet Long considered mere filler (and unwanted filler, at that), babys breath is strikingly lovely on its own when gathered in a large, airy bunch. Sold at most florist shops, its inexpensive and neutral enough to work in any setting. Drop a generous handful into a tall ceramic or glass vase. Alternative Seating If you dont have a dozen extra chairs lying around (or room to set them up if you do), provide throw pillows or ottomans for the (younger, more limber) guests to sit on. And, if possible, limit the gift-opening portion of the party to one hour or less. Any longer and all guests can start to get antsy. Double-Duty Decorations To give your shower a garden-party feel, buy small pots of thyme and slip in Popsicle sticks that identify the herb (and, thanks to a play on words, announce the upcoming big day). Bonus: The plants double as party favors. Personalized Favor Idea Block letter stamps turn a stack of blank matchboxes into custom favors. (You can find blank matchboxes and stamps at party-supply websites.) If you wish, make extra for the couple to use at their own parties. And try customizing some paper cocktail napkins, too. Pretty Place Settings For a baby shower, its childs play to turn ho-hum white napkins into little bundles of joy. To make this sweet take on the napkin ring, knot a narrow ribbon around a plastic rattle, then loop the ribbon around the folded napkin and finish it off with a bow. Gifts as Centerpiece Instead of splurging on an elaborate (and probably expensive centerpiece, let the guests gifts do the work. Stack presents on the coffee or buffet table for an instant, eye-pleasing still life of patterned papers and pastel bows. The Activity A successful shower game is easy to play, appeals to all ages, and does not overly embarrass the honoree (or, worse, her mother). Wrap-Up Opening the presents is the easy part. Helping the honoree pack them back up-and doing it quickly and efficiently-is more challenging. Group them: Arrange the gifts in labeled shopping bags or boxes according to type (baby clothes in one, toys in another; linens in one, kitchenware in another). When the honoree arrives home, shell have an easier time unpacking all the loot. Carry them: When a shopping bag is stuffed with presents, it can be difficult to grasp both handles at once. Make it easier to carry the bag by fashioning a sturdy handle out of packing tape. Cut a 16-inch strip of tape and fold it in half lengthwise, adhesive sides in, so that it is still 16 inches long but half as wide (and not sticky to the touch). Thread the strip through the bags handles. Tie the ends of the strip above the handle and seal them together with more tape. This loop is your new handle. Ship them: If the guest of honor lives in another town, have a supply of shipping boxes and labels on hand so the gifts can be sent directly from your house to hers. That way, she wont get stuck with excess-baggage fees on her flight-or a car too full of boxes to fit the people shes traveling with. Stuff them: Dont have an economy-size carton of packing peanuts stashed in your garage? Then use the discarded wrapping and tissue paper from the opened presents to cushion fragile items before the guest of honor lugs them home. (Even if the breakables are nestled safely in individual boxes, stuff extra padding between boxes to safeguard against jostling.)
Why Hosting a Baby Shower For First Time Parents Is Important - The Benefits Are Huge! For any woman who has been trying to conceive, finding out shes pregnant is the best news! (Of course, second only to the wedding proposal.) Once the wedding is over and the ceremony and celebration time settles down, finding out that you two will be expecting a new baby is an amazing feeling for any couple. First time parents tend to feel slightly overwhelmed and can find it difficult to narrow down all the "new baby equipment" they are going to need when the baby arrives. Making sure expecting parents have all the major necessities can be a tedious task. Writing a list of all the things they will need for the new baby, and then chipping away at the list throughout the months of her pregnancy can help in getting a head start for the stockpile. Baby showers are also an exceptional way to obtain new baby supplies, and it can take a lot of the financial pressure off of new parents.Some of the burden of searching and looking for baby stuff is now passed on to the guest list, which in turn helps to lessen to stress for the expecting new parents. Showers are great fun for the expecting mom and the guests. Themed showers can be based on color (if the gender of the baby is already known, a pink or blue color theme is widely accepted, and very traditional), character themed baby showers (such as the Sesame Street, Power Puff Girls, Dexters Laboratory or the Looney Tunes), or even a "time-of-the-day baby shower theme" (where each guest is asked to bring something the baby would need or use during that time of the day). Baby shower themes can really be anything you want. Have fun with it, and get creative! Baby shower gifts should be useful and unique for the new parents. The idea of having a celebratory shower is so that the parents receive items they need, but also may or may not have purchased themselves. A great idea is to create your own baby gift basket, or go for the laundry basket clothing baby gift basket filled with baby clothes from ages newborn up to toddler sizes. Other homemade gift basket ideas are a mother and baby basket (a gift for the mother is actually a very nice thing to include), monogrammed baby gift baskets, a pampering baby gift basket (for mom and dad also!) a bath time gift basket, or a play time gift basket. You can create a gift basket based around anything, really. Just fill the basket with items that fit the gift basket theme. Dont forget these easy tips for hosting a successful shower: Make sure the shower is between four to six weeks before the baby is due, decide on a theme, make a guest list and send out the invitations 2-3 weeks before the shower, plan for any baby shower games you may want to have, choose the menu (both food and drinks), dont forget favors and prizes, and last but not the least, remember to have fun while you plan it!
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