Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 01:41:03 AM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
Decorating a Baby Shower There are numerous baby decorations, table centerpieces and baby shower supplies you can use for decorating a baby shower event. With so many baby shower accessories to choose from, you can create any theme, color scheme or presentation for your shower event imaginable. Balloons One of the most common decorations is balloons. You can tie a balloon with pink or blue ribbon on each of the chairs of the reception table or use just one in the center of the table. You can find balloons in a variety shapes, sizes and colors. Popular styles are the Its A Boy in blue or the Its a Girl in pink in the latex style of balloons. They also come with ponies, baby feet, Noahs Ark and many nursery rhyme characters which would reflect on your baby shower event. Maybe youre having a Prince or Princess themed baby shower; there are balloons that are shaped as a princess or prince crown. Another idea using balloons as baby accessories are pre made gifts which you have a mini balloon, maybe some coordinated candy inside a ceramic such as a baby bootie, choo choo train, or even a ABC block container . These can also be used as your table centerpieces, then, draw names at the end of your baby shower and give them away as a favor. The container can be used after to plant flowers or greenery for the babys room. Party Streamers Another baby accessory used for showers is streamers. These have been used for many years for just about any event and are still popular today for decorating and a traditional decoration. You should color coordinated them with your theme, or another idea is to use a couple of colors and twist them together such as pink and purple or blue and yellow. You can also use cutouts of baby bottles, pacifiers, diapers or even themed such as yellow rubber ducks across the wall or the reception hall. Party Supplies Dont forget about the baby shower supplies like the paper plates, napkins and tableware. You can go to your local party store and find all of these accessories to match your shower theme and colors. You can find the baby shower party supplies all in a kit containing the accessories needed so you wont have to hunt down all the individual baby shower items. The baby shower kits contain the paper plates for the dinner and the dessert, paper cups, napkins, tableware, balloons, streamers and even the table centerpiece with enough supplies for partys up to 16 and 32 guests. With so many cute designs and baby themes, they will serve as decorations as well as for your shower supplies. Candle Favors Heres a unique idea, use baby food jars and put votive candles inside, then tie a ribbon with a bow on each and place them around the shower hall for decorations. Or, paint the baby jars in the color or colors that will match your shower. Instead of putting a candle inside the jar, put candy in them instead. Candles are often used for decorations at baby showers and even for baby favors for the guests. You can find candle favors in many styles and colors which will match shower decorations. Theres candles in shapes of lolly pops, baby bottles, pinwheels, teddy bear rocking horses and even themes such as Bun in the Oven. Unique Shower Decorations Hang an umbrella from the ceiling underneath a shower table. Fill it with balloons and tie curly ribbon to dangle down as small streamers or tie small favors to hang down such as baby pacifiers, bottles or even baby toys and rattles will work also. Diaper cakes are a nice compliment to a baby shower as a table centerpiece. Stuff them with baby accessories which the mom will be able to use after the baby is born. Fill with baby lotions and shampoos, baby oil, baby bottles, pacifiers, rattles or any baby essential you can think of. Of course with the baby diaper cake, the mom to be will have extra diapers. Baby sock bouquets is another decoration idea that you can easily make and use as decorations for each table and you can even make a baby sock corsage for the mom to wear. After the shower, now the mom will have socks for the new baby as well. As a co-owner of Kims Gifts, The website [http://www.kimsgiftbaskets.com] We provide unique ideas and coordinate baby showers and bridal showers and weddings. You can also find unique baby shower favors [http://www.kimsgiftbaskets.com/babyshower.html] perfect for decorations and keepsakes for that special event. For the perfect baby comes the perfect baby shower!
Seven Baby Shower Basics For many couples, the birth of a new baby is an exciting event. The months leading up to delivery can be as much fun as the big day itself, and a baby shower is certainly a highlight of that time. Anyone can host a baby shower for the expectant parents. Showers are often hosted by a sister, mother, grandmother, cousin, friend or even a co-worker of the mom or dad-to-be. If a couple has a particularly large family or social circle, its not unheard of for several showers to be held (one for the family and one for the friends and co-workers, for example). If youre lucky enough to have the opportunity to host a baby shower for a dear friend or relative, youre in for a real treat. You have a truly special part to play in the biggest event of their life. Sure, planning any party takes time and can be a little stressful if youre disorganized. However, follow the seven baby shower basics below and you can rest assured that your baby shower bases are covered. 1. Choose a Date Traditionally, a baby shower is held sometime during the last two months of a pregnancy, though some parents prefer that the shower be held after their baby has actually arrived. Discern their wishes before proceeding with the planning. While baby showers are traditionally held for first children only, some families choose to hold a shower for second children as well, especially if the baby is the opposite sex of its sibling or the children are spaced many years apart. Weekend afternoons are the most popular time for baby showers. However, you may wish to consider evening hours as well. If youre hosting a shower for a co-worker, an evening during the workweek may make it very convenient for others from the office to attend. 2. Select a Venue The majority of baby showers are held at the home of the host. However, if you have a small house, limited seating or just dont relish the idea of playing Suzy-Homemaker, you can hold the baby shower in an alternate venue. Your church (or the church of the parents-to-be) can be an excellent option, as can be a neighborhood clubhouse. If youre throwing a summer baby shower, you could consider a park or botanical garden as well. Take the number of expected guests into account when selecting your venue. 3. Gather the Guest List Chances are good that you do not personally know everyone who should be invited to the shower. Ask the parents-to-be to help make the guest list so you can ensure no one is forgotten. Traditionally, women attend showers. However, modern couples often choose to invite both men and women to the event. Determine if children will be welcome as well. If the expectant parents would like to include the children of their guests, you may want to hire a babysitter to keep them entertained or provide games and activities. 4. Determine a Theme While not all baby showers have a theme, many do. A theme can help guide you in the selection of baby shower invitations, decorations and refreshments. The best place to begin in your search for a theme is with the mom-to-be. Ask her if she has chosen a decorating theme for her nursery, as this could be an excellent shower theme. Ask if she knows the sex of the baby, as that can guide your choices as well. Ask if there is a particular theme she prefers. Sometimes the expectant parents dont want to know the sex of their baby until the big day. If this is the case for your shower, select a gender-neutral theme for the party. Nursery rhymes, farm or zoo animals and the circus are all colorful gender-neutral themes. Avoid blue and pink and decorate instead with yellow and green. You may also want to specify on the baby shower invitation that the party is gender neutral. This will let guests know to bring gifts that will work for a boy or a girl. 5. Design the Baby Shower Invitations Baby shower invitations should be sent at least three weeks in advance. If youre holding the shower during a typically busy party month (such as November or December), send the invitations further in advance. Online retailers offer hundreds of baby shower invitations in economical postcard sizes. Even better, you can start with a baby shower invitation template that suits your theme, and then customize it using their online design software. Youll create a truly unique invitation that guests and the parents-to-be will treasure forever. Essential information that should be printed on every baby shower invitation includes the mom-to-bes name, the date and time of the shower, the location and address of the shower, the name and contact information of the person to whom guests should RSVP, and any gift registry, requested gift items or the baby shower theme. 6. Plan the Games Much of the baby shower time will be spent visiting, watching the expectant parents open their gifts and enjoying refreshments. However, a few games can really add to the fun. Here are a few that require minimal materials and preparation while providing loads of laughs. How big is the Bun in the Oven? Youll need yarn and scissors. Have each guest cut a piece of yarn to the length he or she feels will perfectly wrap once around the mom-to-bes tummy. The guest who cuts his or her yarn the closest wins a prize. Baby is a Four-Letter Word. Youll need four diaper pins for each invited guest. Upon arrival at the shower, give each guest four diaper pins to attach to their collar or blouse. Then instruct them not to say the word "baby" or theyll lose one of their pins to the guest who catches them. The guest with the most pins at the end of the shower wins a prize. The mom-to-be keeps all the diaper pins. Dirty Diapers. Youll need several diapers (cloth or disposable), an assortment of candy bars, paper and pens. Prior to the start of the shower, melt one of each type of candy bar on a separate diaper (the microwave is handy for this). Give each guest a slip of paper on which to write his or her guesses. Pass each diaper around the party. The guest who has the most correct guesses wins a prize. There are no rules as to how one determines the type of candy. Guests can poke, prod, smell or (yuck) even taste the diaper contents prior to guessing. 7. Organize Refreshments Cake, vegetable trays and punch are classic baby shower refreshment offerings. However, its really up to you to determine what youd like to serve at the shower. Choose food that goes with your theme or just select recipes that are easy to prepare and servable at room temperature.
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