Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 17:47:03 PM. Baby Shower. By alek.
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.
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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