How to Plan a Baby Shower

Monday, 01 Nov 2010 03:13 PM

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Is a close friend of yours expecting a baby? Are you in charge of planning the baby shower, but are clueless about where to begin? You don’t have to be a professional party planner, or a mother, to be able to plan a successful baby shower.

So what exactly is a baby shower? A baby shower is a party planned for an expectant mother to make her feel loved and supported. It was traditionally held a few weeks before a woman’s delivery. But with changing times, it is now held either just before or after the delivery. Baby showers are also held for women who are adopting a baby. Baby showers are not planned by the mother to be, but by close friends or family members who know her likes and dislikes.
 
Here are some things to consider when planning a baby shower:
 
1.Baby Shower Theme: Having a theme for the party will help you plan the invitations, decorations, and food. Traditional symbols such as the stork, diapers, and strollers can be used as a theme. These symbols represent various meanings like new life, fertility, good luck, spring time, fortune, hope, and new beginnings. It is best to consult the mother to be about a baby shower theme, as she might like something offbeat instead.

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Baby Shower Invites: The baby shower may only include a close group of friends; maybe four to eight guests. If you are inviting family and friends, you might call fifteen to twenty guests. Traditionally, only women were invited. However, the mother to be might want her husband there, along with her other male friends. You can invite guests by e-mail or phone call, and even by posting invitations that are either printed, handmade, or bought commercially. Your invite should include the date, time, venue, and directions to the venue. Make sure you include the when, where, and how (telephone, e-mail, or mail). You will want your guests to respond at least two weeks before the date.

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Baby Shower Games: Since the baby shower usually lasts for about an hour, two to four games are adequate for the guests to get to know each other, as well as get everyone in a party mood.

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Baby Shower Decoration Ideas: These will depend on what you choose as a theme. Streamers and balloons usually get any party going. Add cutouts of the theme to enrich it further.

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas: It is useful if the person planning the party knows in advance what baby paraphernalia the expectant mother has already bought. She can then plan with the guests about what to bring so that there won’t be any duplicate gifts. For the first baby, it is essential to get a crib, stroller, child monitor, and child safety items; the mother will already have these items for her second child. In this case, clothes, diapers, burp cloths, baby lotion, and similar things may be more useful.

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Baby Shower Etiquette: Since baby showers are becoming less traditional, all that is needed is to ensure that the mother to be does not feel stressed and that she is well rested and happy. The right sequence of events will help you get through the party smoothly. The hostess should begin by greeting her guests when they arrive. She should then collectively welcome everyone present and recognize the guest of honor (the mom to be). The mother to be should then be asked to say a few words. This should be followed by everyone introducing themselves and telling how they know the expectant mother (if the group is large and unknown to each other). You can then serve snacks and beverages, play a few baby shower games, serve the main dishes and/or desserts or baby shower cake, open the gifts, chat, and have fun.
 
Armed with the above information, your baby shower is bound to be a success. Start planning for the baby’s first birthday now!

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