A baby shower is a special occasion that celebrates the arrival of new life. It is a time for a mother-to-be to receive gifts to care for the new baby as well as advice on parenting. Here are some tips to help plan for a baby shower, plus some gift suggestions for the new mom.
Pick a Date
A baby shower is usually held during the last two months of pregnancy. However, some moms-to-be like to have their new little one be the star of the party. Ask the mom if she prefers a pre or post baby shower
Spread the Word
There are many options to invite guests from an informal phone call to an e-vite. Written invitations are a nice touch and can be a keepsake of the special event. Send invitations at least three weeks in advance to an intimate number of friends and family members. Ask the parents-to-be to look at the guest list so that no one is forgotten.
Choose a Theme
While not necessary, a party theme adds clever and thoughtful touches to make the baby shower memorable. In place of a theme, simple, color co-ordinated decorations and flowers are fine.
Select a Menu
Decide whether to have the party catered, if you will cook or have guests bring a dish. Select a menu where the food is easy to prepare and can be eaten at room temperature — cold pasta salads, mini cheese-and-vegetable tarts, tea sandwiches, hummus, green salads and fresh fruit.
What to Drink
Something bubbly like champagne or sparking juice is appropriate and fun.
Play a Game
While opening gifts is the main event, another activity can break the ice at the party. The game can be tied to the theme, serve as a way to educate the mom-to-be, or simply provide entertainment. Try this game, “Baby Price is Right” fill a basket with everyday baby items and have the guests write down the costs of the items in the basket. The person with the best estimate to the basket’s retail value wins.
Nostalgic- Any item with a history is always a hit. Give a handmade baby book, photo albums or a family tree.
Personalized- Burp cloths with the baby’s initials or items that have the child’s name engraved or embroidered are always welcomed.
Group gift - encourage guests to collaborate and create a grand gift that is greater than its parts. For example, create a nursery library by asking guests to bring copies of their favorite childhood books. Have friends and family bring a quilt patch to a make a unique and special quilt, to be assembled by a professional quilt maker. Check out the parent’s baby registry and get a few folks to pitch in for useful big-ticket present such as a car seat, stroller or breast pump
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