Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 00:30:03 AM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
Facts You Should Know About Baby Shower Etiquette Whether youre hosting a baby shower for the first time or not, chances are youve got some questions regarding the right baby shower etiquette. You want to create a truly special time for the guest of honor without any unintended faux pas. This guide was specially created to help you do exactly that. The real basics • Take the wishes of the mom-to-be into account at every stage. That includes the games, food, invitation list and all other aspects of the baby shower. • You can have baby showers either before or after the baby is born. Generally, theyre held 1 or 2 months before due date. But theyre also held after baby arrives because of medical or other reasons. • These days, it is perfectly OK for a close relative or even the couple themselves to host a shower. Those "rules" about only non-relatives hosting a baby shower are quite dated now. • Before deciding on the kind of baby shower you plan to have -- girls-only or coed, theme or no theme and so on -- consult mom-to-be and find out what she prefers. • Who can be invited? Generally, anyone the mom-to-be feels she should call. Shes the best guide here. • Do you always need to send written baby shower invitations? It is usually the better choice. With a written invitation, guests have all details at their fingertips and need not rely on memory. Plus, you can (and usually should) include directions on how to get there. • At the same time, it is fine to just inform people on the phone. Do tell them well in advance, though. So they have enough time to buy gifts, arrange for a baby sitter, etc. And leave your contact numbers with them so they can reach you easily if they need any clarifications. • Can you hold a surprise shower? Sure. It can be a wonderful feeling for the expectant mother. But do consult someone close to her (mother, sister, etc) to know about her likely preferences in all areas. The devil is in the details Heres additional information on baby shower etiquette thatll help you host a truly great party. • Send out shower invitations at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Send them even earlier for out-of-town guests. Request an RSVP by a date 2 weeks before the baby shower. • If youre having a coed shower, you might turn the guys off if you send frilly baby pink invites full of baby talk. Stick to attractive, stylish invitations. • If youre planning a formal baby shower, avoid totally goofy games. At coed parties (or even at all-girl events), be wary of playing shower games that focus on expectant moms tummy -- she may not be comfortable with them. Check with her about choices of games and ice-breaker activities. • Greet all guests at the door as they walk in, provide them with name tags (if there are many guests) and introduce them to others to get conversations going. • Lots of women have very different food preferences when theyre pregnant as opposed to at other times. So do check with the guest of honor while finalizing the menu -- yes, every single item! She may have some ideas of her own about what baby shower food she prefers. Avoid foods are not recommended during pregnancy. • Its a real hassle for guests to eat a meal balancing their plate on their lap. Good shower etiquette demands that you provide sufficient tables so everyone can enjoy their meals. That way they dont have to worry about whether theyre about to spill food on the floor! • Dont skimp on quantities of food. Sometimes a lot more may get consumed than you had bargained for! Same holds for baby shower favors, drinks, ice, etc -- having a little extra buys you peace of mind. • Register for gifts at only one place. Even if there are reasons like another store being closer to some guests. Else mom-to-be may end up with duplicate gifts she may have to return. And guests will be disappointed if they find that someone else has chosen the same gift they have. • While giving gift suggestions, include items at a variety of price points, not just high-ticket items. And do suggest that guests can get together to purchase higher priced items. • If there are older siblings, make sure they receive a gift each. They may already be feeling somewhat left out with a new baby on the way, so this is a great idea. • Irrespective of whether its a coed baby shower or not, buy a gift specially for dad. He should feel that he was remembered too. • Record who gave each gift. Essential information when the time comes to send thank you cards! Sending thank you cards is essential baby shower etiquette. • Hand gifts to mom-to-be for her to open and take it from her once shes done with it. This will save her the hassle of continually getting up and moving about to pick up gifts. • Sometimes, some guests may need to leave early. Theyll appreciate it if mom-to-be will open presents while everyone is eating. • Start the baby shower on time and keep it fairly short. Dont get bogged down in any one segment like games. Be sensitive to mom-to-bes energy level and any signs of fatigue she may show. End the party if shes beginning to feel run down. Walk guests to the door as they leave and be sure to thank them for coming. • Dont expect perfection. No party ever is perfect. Theres always the unforeseen -- power goes off just as gifts are being opened, you forgot to dust one corner of the room, the pack of baby shower favors you opened just before the party turns out to be a different color than you ordered and so on. You cant control it all. Special situations You might have a friend or relative who just lost a baby, or is infertile despite all treatments. Should you call her for your baby shower? Attending may be a challenge for her. Being confronted with anothers pregnancy may be difficult for her to bear. The rule in such situations is -- ask. Check with her and find out if she is up to attending the baby shower. Dont just send an invitation in the mail. On the other hand, dont presume that she cant come and not call her at all. If shes close to the mom-to-be, she may well want to come. Or at least, she may send her good wishes and a gift. But if she tells you that she cant make it, accept the situation with grace. Never hold it against her in any manner. Even if she said she would come and later backed out. Remember, it is probably one of the most difficult times shes ever had, so be generous and supportive. Once youve understood these simple baby shower etiquette guidelines, youll be far more confident about hosting a baby shower. Have fun, and create a special time that will live on in everyones memories!
A Baby Shower Plan Planning a baby shower is exciting. When you start planning the baby shower you will want to have a list of things to do and buy. You can keep it simple or you can go extravagant. Either way your friend will appreciate all you do. First thing on your list is the theme. At this time it might be a good idea to talk to the mom-to-be about the theme she might like to have. You might want to stay with the same theme that the new parents will be decorating the babys room with. That isnt a necessary thing to do, but if you have a centerpiece, like an adorable diaper cake you would want it to match the newly decorated babys room. Talk to the mom-to-be to get names of co-workers and other distant family members. Youll want to make sure youve got all the names and addresses of the guest list 6-8 weeks before the shower. If this will be a surprise baby shower then you will want to enlist the help of the mom-to-bes family and friends. Will some of the guest be bringing their children? This is a very important step in planning the shower. You will want to know if there are children coming, so you can plan to have someone there to watch them so parents can enjoy the shower. Parents will also appreciate this very much. Next you will want to select the location and time for the shower. Depending on how many guest will be attending youll want to have plenty of room. If you attend church somewhere you can always utilize the fellowship hall. You can also have it in your home or a restaurant. If you choose a restaurant you will want to make sure you make reservations now. Next will be to plan the menu and beverages. Will you be preparing all of the food yourself, or will you be asking others to make some of the food. If you will be asking others to help, now is a good time to call them. Having the food catered is also an option. If so, you will want to reserve the caterer now. Start the baby shower invitations. You will want to have these finished about 5 to 6 weeks before the date of the shower. This may seem a little early, but I can assure you time will go by fast and the date will be upon you. Although the invitations will be finished you wont send them out until about 4 weeks before the date of the baby shower. Be sure to include the date, time, location, and directions. Also youll want to include when and where to RSVP. Decide on Baby Shower Decorations. After you have decided on the decorations and finalized how you want to decorate, buy the decorations. Most party supply stores will have everything you need. Also check online line for some great ideas on decorations and party favors. Purchase your prizes that will be given and also gift bags to put them in. Decide on the games you will be playing and make your list of items needed and directions on how to play the games. You can find a great variety of games on the internet at Baby Stores that specialize in this. If you plan to have a baby diaper cake as a centerpiece you will need to order that about 3-4 weeks before the shower. Diaper cakes come in a variety of sizes from 1 to 3 tier and they can be used as a gift also. They also come in a variety of styles and designs. Also about this time if you are having the shower catered or at a restaurant you will want to call and confirm. And now is also a good time to order an edible cake if you plan to have one. If you have enlisted the help of others let each one know what they are to bring and how much. Next you will want to confirm your guest list. You should have everyones RSVP no later than 1 week before that baby shower date. If you are doing name tags you will want to print these off now also. Make your list for food items that you will need for the baby shower. You should buy your food, beverage and grocery items for the baby shower no later than the day before the baby shower. If you are having the baby shower at a restaurant you will need to talk with them about when would be a good time for decorating. If you are having it at your church fellowship hall then you would want to decorate the day before the baby shower. After decorating, go over your checklist for food and confirm that you have everything you need. On the day of the baby shower arrange your plates and food on the table you have set up for the food items. You can do this about an hour or so before the shower starts. Keep the cold items in the cooler or refrigerator until the last possible minute. Its usually a good idea to have the edible cake on a table separate from the other food items. The day of the baby shower put balloons out on the mailbox and in places where they will be easy to spot for the guest to find their way to the baby shower. You can have some music playing in the background, lullabies, baby songs or just some relaxing music. Have your games prepared and ready to play and the order in which your going to play them. Ok, were almost there. The morning of the baby shower call the mom-to-be and and make sure she is doing well.. Even if the shower is a surprise you can call her and check on her. Make sure youve enlisted someone to pick her up or have the dad-to-be bring her. Set out baby shower favors on tables or display them with the baby cake centerpiece. Go through your checklist one more time. Have all pens, papers and handouts in one place. After you have double checked everything, sit down and relax a minute until guests start arriving. Have a great time. It will be a perfect baby shower and everyone will have a great time.
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