Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 00:30:03 AM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
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.
Memorable and Unique Baby Shower Ideas Hosting a baby shower to welcome the pending arrival of someone close to you? Are you tired of playing the same games and seeing the same themes over and over again? Well, luckily these days there are plenty of creative ideas to help you plan something that will make your older relatives say "I wish theyd have done that in my day!" Make Room for Daddy First of all, its no longer necessary to quarantine baby showers to adult women only. Fathers are more involved in the birth and child care of their babies, so why not have the guys there for the fun? Child care isnt just a womans job anymore. In the old days, men werent even allowed in the delivery room. Everything baby-related was "womens business", no wonder why they were excluded from the shower. Today, more baby showers are including the friends and family of the expecting parents, including the guys and kids. Kid-friendly showers are also becoming more popular. Put out a few crafts or coloring books for the kiddies to help entertain them. For the guys, encourage them to bring something for "daddy". Daddy "tool belts" or "kits" are popular. Also, Daddy Diaper Showers are a hit. If the guys in your life want their own party, let them! Have some snacks and games for the guys separately, why not? Have a little game of blindfolded "Pin the Diaper on the Balloon" for a really fun time. You can even wait until after the baby is born and host a "See and Sip". This is much like an open house where couples come and mingle, just like a cocktail party, but bring gifts and see the new baby! Whoooo Wants to be on Your Nursery Wall? If ducks and bears are your thing, fine. But there are some other creatures that are gracing the walls of the nursery these days. Owls are all the rage. And its easy to see why, theyre cute! Owls have made their way to the baby shower scene as well. Everything from the invitations and paper goods to the guest books and favors are now easily found with these guys. Mother Goose A fun and interactive baby shower idea involves each guest bringing the baby a copy of their favorite childhood storybook. This helps mom and dad to build up their soon to be much needed library of bedtime stories. They can also bring a gift associated with the theme of the book like perhaps a stuffed white rabbit for "Alice in Wonderland". Just a Sprinkle Showers arent just for first-time mothers anymore. The second or third (and so on) child is just as important as the first one. Why not celebrate their upcoming arrivals as well? If mom and dad still have everything from the first baby, just host a "Sprinkle" instead of a full-blown "shower". Guests can bring a small gift for the parents or newly needed items for the baby rather than the all out "I need everything" theme from the first child. Sometimes an "already mom" still needs a thing or two. Perhaps its been a while since the last baby came and things were given away or sold. Or maybe this new arrival is a surprise! If mom and dad didnt see this one coming, they might need an extra hand getting things gathered together again. Pink or Blue? The Gender Reveal Shower is one of the hottest new trends in baby showers. There are several ways you can do this, but the most popular way to reveal the gender is inside the cake. The doctor gives a sealed envelope with the babys gender to the hostess of the shower. The hostess tells ONLY the baker who then bakes the inside of the cake pink or blue, depending on the gender. The cake is iced with a different color. Everyone then gathers around the cutting of the shower cake to see what the baby will be! The only trouble with this type of shower is that since your guests wont know what the gender is UNTIL the actual shower, they wont be able to purchase gender-related gifts for you. But its still a sweet notion of shared surprise, nevertheless. Its easy to see why this one is so popular. Reach out and Touch Someone Long distance baby showers are great for those couples who have moved away from their main friend and family base. It may not always be feasible for the couple to travel, especially when theyre expecting! But their nearest and dearest will still want to shower them with baby gifts. Luckily, technology has made this super easy for us now. Online gift registries and e-invites help you pull it all together. Simply ask mom to register for the baby shower online and the guests will know what to buy, the same as for a traditional shower. The guests then mail the packages to the home of the expecting parents. While youll miss one anothers company, the sentiment (and gifts) is still much appreciated. You may want to keep in mind the possibility of friends and family who arent too computer savvy. Mailing them a list of suggested items and a printed invitation explaining the situation is usually a good way to involve these not-so-techy loved ones. You can even mail them a baby shower favor to commemorate the event, the same as you would hand one out in person. A baby shower will be one of the most memorable days of a moms life. As families and traditions change, so do these celebrations. While the tried and true clothespin game (dont say "baby"!) is still fun, you can break the mold and host a baby shower as unique and trendy as the mommy-to-be.
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