Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 01:41:03 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!
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.
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