Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 03:51:03 AM. Baby Shower. By alek.
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.)
A Delicious Baby Shower Food Planning Guide Try to imagine a baby shower without the baby shower food. It wouldnt be nearly as enjoyable, would it? The guests might start to get hungry, thirsty, even grouchy! To be sure, the baby shower food is an essential element for a successful baby shower. It is a tasty touch that everyone enjoys! With such importance placed on the menu, it would be wise for you to plan your baby shower food carefully. Here are 6 considerations that you should make when planning your baby shower menu: 1. How many people are coming? If many people are coming (15 or more), it would be a LOT of work to plan an entire meal for everyone. Rather, fingerfood, beverages, and appetizers would be perfect. Sandwiches and soups might be a good idea. But if you only have a small group coming (less than 10), then a full meal might not be too much work. It all depends on how much effort you want to put into the baby shower menu. 2. What time of day is the baby shower? You want your food and menu to reflect the respective time of day. For example, if you have a baby shower in the afternoon, a light lunch would be more appropriate than breakfast food. 3. What is the baby shower theme? Making food to match your theme adds an extra touch to your baby shower that really emphasizes your theme, adds to the atmosphere, and impresses everyone who sees it. This is a party! Food should be fun! 4. What type of people are coming to the shower? When I say "type" I mean: are your guests more the "BBQ chicken and potato salad" type or "Shrimp platter with vinaigrette salad wraps" type? Know your guests and choose the baby shower menu accordingly. 5. How much time do you have? Most likely, you dont have much spare time. So, simple is best. Simple doesnt mean plain or boring, it just means choosing baby shower menu items that are easy and fast to prepare. There are many great recipes for simple yet delicious appetizers, snacks, and beverages. Make as many or as few as you think will satiate your guests. 6. Is anyone going to help you prepare the baby shower food? If there is one area that you are going to ask help for, I would suggest that this be the one! Assigning several other friends or family members of the expectant mother to prepare food will save you a LOT of time and work. Not that preparing baby shower food is hard, it isnt. Its just that you, as the hostess, have so many other things to plan for. So having a few people each bringing one or two baby shower menu items will save you a lot of work. Plus, you wont have to be running around the day of the shower making sure that the food is ready. You can take comfort in the fact that the party food is taken care of and you can focus on finishing everything else! There are several types of food that can be served at a baby shower: appetizers, beverages, salads & sandwiches, a full meal, and/or desserts. Your baby shower menu could consist of any combination of those types of baby shower food. A typical baby shower menu includes at least 3 foods and 1 beverage. For example, you could serve chicken salad sandwiches, a vegetable tray with dip, chocolate turtle brownies, and pink baby shower punch. This type of menu would please your guests, and yet wouldnt be too much work to prepare (and wouldnt be too expensive either!). Every baby shower is different, thus, every baby shower menu is different, as well. Just remember the 6 baby shower food planning tips above, and you are sure to plan both a successful and a DELICIOUS baby shower!
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