Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 03:51:03 AM. Baby Shower. By alek.
How to Organize a Baby Shower Although a newborns arrival into the world can be a joyful occasion, it can also bring a lot of stress... not just for the parents, but for family and friends as well. Baby showers are the perfect example. While they are used to celebrate the arrival of a brand new life into the world, they can also be stressful for the person hosting the occasion. If you are planning to throw a baby shower for a friend or a relative, and you are not sure exactly how to start organizing it, this article provides some tips. Best time for a baby shower? The best time to throw a baby shower is on the weekend, preferably mid-morning to late afternoon. Why? Because people work during the week. Also, consider having the baby shower later on in the mother-to-be pregnancy, around 9 weeks before the birth is best. A baby shower can also be held after the birth of the child. This is the best plan if the mother-to-be is having complications with her pregnancy. How many people should I invite? One normally invites anywhere from 10 to 20 people to a baby shower. What one should also take into consideration when inviting people, is whether or not the location of the baby shower can accommodate only a few or a large group of people. How long should a baby shower last? A baby shower generally lasts about two to three hours. That should be enough time for everyone to mingle, the presents to be opened, and food eaten. Also, take into consideration the mother-to-be is more easily exhausted. Who should pay for the baby shower? The host/hostess should pay for the baby shower. A baby shower is perceived as a gift from the host to the bride. It is not unusual or wrong for the host to ask family or close friends to help out monetarily. So, if you need some financial help, dont be shy in asking family and close friends. What is not acceptable is asking the mother-to-be for monetary help. Should I throw a surprise shower? If you are thinking of throwing a surprise shower, you may want to rethink. Surprise showers can cause the host all kinds of problems, namely making sure the mother-to-be arrives at the shower on time. The best plan is to throw a baby shower that the mother-to-be is aware of because she can offer much needed suggestions to the host. Do you need to send out invitations? Yes, one needs to send out invitations for a baby shower. It does not have to involve fancy stationery. One can go to any greeting card store and purchase invitations at a reasonable price. It is also important that you send out the invitations a few weeks in advance, preferably three to four weeks. Can I have games at the baby shower? Games are indeed very popular at baby showers. However, baby showers are primarily about the food, drink (non-alcoholic), presents and conversations. So while having games at a baby shower is fine, do not feel pressured to have them. If you do opt for games at a baby shower, be creative and make sure the games center on the baby and mother-to-be. When should the presents be opened? The presents should be opened after food has been enjoyed and games played, if you decide to have them. Themes In this day and age, a lot of baby showers have themes. There are advantages to a theme orientated baby shower. It can certainly make the shower easier to organize. You can make up your own them theme or use some already established popular baby showers themes, which include: Tea party, which can be fun. Book party, where everyone brings books as gifts for the baby and mother. Diaper party, where the baby shower centers on gifts that deal with the bare necessities like diapers or baby bottles.
Popular Baby Shower Favors and Gifts Baby Shower Favors Baby shower favors are the perfect keepsake for both moms-to-be and baby shower guests. There are literally hundreds of potential baby shower favors. If youre not sure what baby shower favors will work best for an upcoming baby shower, consider purchasing one or more of the most popular types of baby shower favors: Candles. Most women love candles: They can be used to bring a pleasant scent to a room or a home, or they can simply be displayed as attractive decorations, making candles one of the most popular baby shower favors. If youre creative and love trying new things, you can make your own candles. Or, you can choose from an eclectic range of candles at such online shops as Discount Baby Shower Favors. If the mom-to-be is whimsical and fun, opt for the Baby Bottle Candle, an adorable candle in a glass vase and capped with a pink or blue bottle cap. Alternately, if the mom-to-be prefers classic candles, youll find that Calla Lily Gel Candle is simple yet stunning. Soap. Soap is traditionally popular as a baby shower favor. If youve never seen soap used as a baby shower favor, youre likely imagining something boring and simple. Not so. Soap can be a fun and an attractive baby shower gift; the Scented Heart Soap Favor in Gift Box , for example, is heart-shaped soap that comes in a box, complete with a beautiful bow. Frames. Every family, especially those with a newborn, wants to decorate their home with favorite photographs of family members. Traditional baby shower favors, frames remain as one of the top gifts to give to guests of a baby shower. Frames used for baby shower favors are often either blue or pink. But, even if you dont know the gender of the baby, you can still present guests with an attractive frame - like the Leather Frame Keychain in Sheer Organza Bag - that they can keep for years. Baby Shower Gifts Buying baby shower gifts is often a challenge, considering there are some items that are often popular but not practical baby shower gifts. Many agree that purchasing clothes, bottles, or pacifiers is simply not a good idea. Because all newborns are born at different weights and grow rapidly, clothes arent a realistic gift. And, while bottles and pacifiers may seem ideal, babies generally have their own preferences for bottles and pacifiers. Rather than risk giving a baby shower gift that wont or cant be used, opt for a baby shower gift that the parents-to-be and the newborn are certain to love: Bathsets. Every baby needs bathed, making bath sets one of the most popular baby shower gifts. Popular gift sets, like the Finley the Frog Bath Time Gift Set and Tillie the Turtle Bath Time Gift Set, often include a wash cloth, a hooded towel, and terry cloth slippers. A bath set is an affordable, popular baby shower gift that new parents can use again and again. Burping cloths. Every baby needs burped, making burping cloths a perennial favorite baby shower gift. You can generally find burping cloths in all colors, but the most popular are those that are pink and blue. Booster pillow. A booster pillow still stands as one of the most popular baby shower gifts, and some can be used as both a sturdy pillow and a soft toy to cuddle. Some booster pillows, among them Bailey the Bunny Cashmere Soft Booster Pillow, also come with a growth chart, which allow mom and dad to chart their new little ones growth progress.
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