Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 17:47:03 PM. Baby Shower. By alek.
Baby Showers Combine Old Traditions and New Styles A baby is one of the most precious gifts one can receive. In anticipation for that long-awaited gift, family and friends are eager to give other gifts to the mother-to-be in preparation for whats ahead. These gifts range from the newborn essentials like diapers and wipes, to adorable outfits and colorful toys. No matter the type of celebration, whether its based on family tradition or whether its simply a casual gathering of friends, there are a number of party etiquette tips to follow. If you make yourself aware of a few baby shower dos and donts, your guests will easily understand whats expected of their presence and what type of shower theyll be attending simply by looking at your baby shower invitations and even baby address labels. From fancy and chic to simple and modern, the style choices are endless, and can often set the tone for the celebration ahead. Party Details Years ago, showers were only thrown for a womans first baby. And often times, the mothers bridesmaid or maid of honor hosted the party. They would send out baby shower invitations and once gathered, all the women would share their own experiences as a mother and prepare the expectant mother for what was to come. There were gifts given and they were often hand-me-downs and family heirlooms. Regardless the gift, the purpose was to provide the mother-to-be with essential baby items for their newborns arrival. Times have certainly changed. Todays focus isnt on the education but instead on the celebration. Anyone can host the shower, from friends to siblings or even in-laws, and many times men can even attend. As with a lot of traditions, baby showers have become more casual and open to new ideas. Though times have altered how we send out thank you cards or give gifts, it doesnt mean that certain traditions cant be respected. Families may have preferences about who should host the party or what type of food is served. In these specific instances, the proper etiquette would be to follow the requested tradition. Baby Shower Invitations and More When it comes to setting the tone and theme for the celebration, its critical to choose baby shower invitations and baby address labels that are representative for the type of party youre throwing. Whether its jungle themed, ABC 123 or even based on nursery rhymes, carry the style through to the thank you cards and baby address labels. Family and friends will appreciate the coordinating style and youll have fun putting it together. If the shower is being held after the birth of the child, photo baby announcements can be used to share the important news and prepare guests for showering the newborn with love. In the same fashion as other types of invitations, baby shower invitations should include the date, time and location. They should be mailed out four to six weeks prior to the shower date. With most of todays showers being gift-giving events, registry information should be included in the baby shower invitations. If youre looking for ideas on where to host the event, plan on either your own home, the expectant mothers home, a restaurant, park or local community center. You can be just as creative with the venue as you are with the baby shower invitations. Final Tips for the Hostess As you prepare to host a fabulous baby shower for your loved one, keep organized on all your responsibilities so the party goes off without any glitches. Expectations as the host include sending baby shower invitations to family and friends, decorating the venue, organizing games or activities and providing food and beverages. It may seem like a large list, but if you set a theme and focus everything around it, your planning will tie together and impress guests. For example, should you choose to have a farm animal themed party, let adorable chickens, cows and pigs playfully make their way onto your baby shower invitations with images and creative wording, the party décor, thank you cards and even some of the games. Other hostess responsibilities include providing guests with party favors, food and entertainment. Have fun by playing interactive games such as word scrambles, rhyming games or even "Name That Tune" with nursery rhymes. Again, tie in your selected theme to make the party come full circle. And when it comes to the food, keep the theme in mind, too. Whether you host a BBQ, serve tea and dessert, or go with an Italian menu, the food can also help tie in the overall look and feel of your party. Hosting a baby shower is both fun and exciting. You get to share the building anticipation for a new baby by sending thoughtful baby shower invitations and hosting a memorable celebration for the mother-to-be. As old traditions combine with modern style, you can make your party be sentimental, stylish and full of memories for family and friends.
Components for Throwing a Great Baby Shower Do you beam with excitement when you think about hosting a baby shower for an expectant friend or relative but then cringe at the thought of all the party planning details that are involved? Not everyone feels they are a natural hostess when it comes to throwing a baby shower party; however, if you put these basic components together, you will not fail and the mom-to-be will be sure to appreciate all your efforts! There is no set way to throw a baby shower. With that in mind, if you account for these key components you will, without a doubt, have thrown a successful baby shower. 1) Location -- This isnt something to sweat about. Ask yourself what resources you have at your disposal. Do you belong to a local church? Are you a member of any organizations that have banquet rooms available to rent? Or, just consider hosting the party at your house or even the mom-to-bes house. Keep the distance within reason if youre not hosting the shower in the home so the expectant mother doesnt have to travel very far. Dont be afraid to ask the expectant mother how she would feel about having the shower in her home (if its not a surprise shower, that is). 2) Decorations -- Most every type of party includes decorations, whether general and colorful or tailored towards a specific theme. If the parents-to-be have chosen not to find out the gender of the baby then your shower decorations will most likely use varied pastels without sticking to mainly pink or blue as with known gender showers. Many stores and sites sell baby shower decorations so youll never be at a loss as to how to transform your location into a decorated baby haven; however, every good baby shower deserves a great centerpiece for the main food or gift table and a baby diaper cake will make a great conversation piece and will serve as a gift for the expectant mom when the shower is over. 3) Food -- Ah, the food. Again, this is not something to sweat about. If youre hosting the shower, I can only assume that you know the expectant mom well enough to know what some of her likes and dislikes are when it comes to food. You can go as simple as finger foods or as lavish as a hot meal. Keep in mind what would work best with the length of time you plan on having the shower. And of course, dont forget the baby shower cake! Whether you make a cake yourself or order one through a local bakery, every baby shower wouldnt be complete without a cake. 4) Games -- It seems to be a long standing tradition to play fun and silly games at a baby shower. There are a multitude of game ideas out there to choose from and some may fit your theme if your shower is centered around one. Keep the number of games limited for time sake and encourage everyone to participate, even the expectant mom. By the time you are done playing games, everyone will be in such a great mood, that the last component will help with winding down the baby shower before everyone goes home. 5) Gifts -- Probably the most important component and main reason people throw a baby shower is to give the expectant mom gifts for the baby and even to her. Shopping for a unique and creative baby gift to give at a baby shower can be stressful for some people. Depending on how many baby showers youve attended before, you may have seen many people give a lot of similar gifts and you want to get a little more creative. Most moms-to-be will have created a baby registry at a local store or two so you can always check out her wish list and try to put a unique spin on some of the things she will need or would like to have for the baby. A great way to do this is with a new baby gift basket that showcases practical and fun items that mom and baby can use together. I assure you that this type of newborn gift will be a hit at a baby shower. Now that you know what you need to consider, I hope you enjoy the planning process for hosting a baby shower and more importantly, the baby shower when it occurs. Best of luck and remember, as long as you combine the components from above, no matter the cost, time, or effort involved in planning a baby shower, the reward is seeing how happy your expectant friend or relative will be knowing how much you care!
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