Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 03:51:03 AM. 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.
Throwing a Great Baby Shower A baby shower is a wonderful way for friends and family to show their happiness, celebrate the wonderful news and prepare for the babys arrival. It used to be that a baby shower was thrown for first time mothers-to-be, but I believe every birth is a reason gather and to celebrate. Luckily, baby showers today are proving to be a bit more lenient and it is not uncommon for a family member, such as a sister, to host a baby shower. If the baby shower is not a surprise, be sure to ask the mother-to-be if the daddy-to-be would like to include some of his closest friends to join the celebration. The only drawback for men being a part of the baby shower is that they do not always like to participate in all the activities. Traditionally, a baby shower is intended to help parents get items that they need for their baby, such as baby clothes. It is always a good idea to talk with the mommy-to-be and get her input on the type of shower she would like, if its not a surprise. Planning a baby shower can be easy when you break the event down into simple components. Before any real planning of the shower can begin, you need to decide on a date. Just like any other party, a baby shower requires careful planning to ensure that it will go as smoothly as possible, and be memorable for everyone. Some find that a baby shower in a box is a simple solution for your entire baby shower planning needs. When it comes to favors and decorations for the surprise baby shower, it is always good to choose a theme. It is common for the host to provide baby-themed games during the shower, so you should decide on the theme of the shower early on so that you could incorporate it into the invitations. However, it is totally up to you to decide whether you want the theme to be formal, casual or something in between. If the parents are planning a nursery for the baby, the shower can revolve around the nurserys theme, this is the kind that was thrown for my daughter-in-law and she was thrilled to receive all the little things that completed her nursery. Since the invitations are the first thing guests see and gives them the first impression of what the shower is going to be like take your time and put a little thought in. To insure that everyone has enough time to buy gifts, arrange time off and etc. Invitations should be sent 4-6 weeks prior to the shower. Before any invitations are sent out (or any phone calls or emails made), be sure to run the guest list by the mother-to-be. If you are in a hurry and do not have the time to make the invitations yourself remember that you can order them online and still get them out in plenty of time. If you do have the time however, homemade invitations will provide the guest with a little of the hosts personal touch. Gifts can range from all shapes, sizes and prices. Be sure to find out if the parents have registered for baby shower gifts, so you can include this information in the invitation. Traditionally, baby showers were held for a new mom and practical gifts as well as handmade ones were given to the expectant mother. Today though, many baby shower gifts will largely depend on the type of baby shower that is taking place. Its always good to purchase gifts from the baby shower gift registries for two reasons, one you wont have to stress at all about what to get and two because these are items that the mother has picked out herself and you know they are things she wants or needs. Giving your guests plenty of time to purchase their gifts is another reason invitations should be mailed early. Games are always very popular at baby showers. It is common for the hostess to provide baby-themed games during the shower. A baby shower is one time that the mommy-to-be will be able to actually sit back, relax and especially enjoy the fun baby shower games, have fun with her family and friends and look forward to the arrival of the little one. For the most part, guys usually are not interested in playing traditional "baby shower" games. If you are including games at your shower, be sure to make them "men friendly. Even if they do not play in all the baby shower games, men do enjoy the opportunity to give their regards to the expectant parents. A baby shower is a wonderful occasion to welcome a new life into the world and a new member in the family. A baby shower is more than just a party it is meant to be a celebration so make sure your guest are comfortable, having a great time and are happy to be at your party. The baby shower does not have to be over the top, as long as everyone has a good time and memorable things planned for the party. The most important thing that happens during the baby shower is friendship, love, and excitement of a new little one joining the community of friends and family.
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