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Things You should know when planning a baby shower party

Baby shower party have their origin in ancient time and like most modern things, the way and manner in which they are planned and celebrated have changed with time.

Here are somethings that you should bear in mind when planning a baby shower party today.

1. Know the culture of the would be parents.
Because baby showers are steeped in tradition and customs, it is important to have a good idea of what is culturally acceptable by the would be parents and what is not.

People do not necessarily throw away their culture because they live in modern times.

Knowing the cultural limitations, makes the celebration more memorable and worthwhile.

2. Know the needs of the parents to be
It is pointless giving gifts that recipients can not use.

Would be parents need things for the new baby and are probably stretched to their limits.

It would be only worth their while if the gifts they get help to alleviate this burden.

Where the gender of the baby is known in advance, give gifts that are gender appropriate.

3. Know the best time to schedule your shower
As the hostess, it behooves you to know when to schedule the baby shower party for maximum benefit and impact.

Do not schedule your shower too early or too late.

Expecting couples need all the financial help they can get.

Scheduling a shower too late may mean that the couple had already bought all the things they need for the baby.

4. Know the physical needs of the expecting mother
Pregnancy puts enormous physical challenges and demand on the expecting mother, especially if it is their first pregnancy.

It is a good idea to locate the shower closer to home to avoid putting additional strain on an already over challenged mother to be.

5. Know who is on your guest list
The success and failure of a baby-shower party to a certain extent depends on the attendance.

How responsive is your list.

Did you consult the couple when compiling your guest list.

Remember this is their baby shower not your.

You are only a vessel in the actualization of this event.

6. Know your refreshment plan
Preparing for and feeding even the smallest group of people can quickly turn into a nightmare if no adequate plans are made for that.

Set up a plan about what to serve and how to serve it and work your plan.

Make room for emergencies that may arise.

7. Know your plan for entertainment
What is your plan for entertainment?

Do you have games that your guests can play?

Board games and puzzles make for easy and entertaining party games that your guests can play.

You might want to organize some kind of poetry reading, depending on the mix of your guests.

You can have guests come with their own poems written for the occasion to share with others.

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Best themes for Baby Shower Party

It is always an immense joy to have someone added to your family, especially if it is a cute little baby.

How else would you celebrate the joy of having one?

Plan the most fun and unique baby shower you’ll ever have.

Preparing for a baby shower should be fun and exciting.

You can be as creative as you want.

Go simple or go real extravagant.

As long as you will make your party special and unforgettable, you can go ahead and experiment on the different party themes you can have.

You can go traditional or get a little creative and make your baby shower party a lot more unique.

You can spice up the party with different themes that can either be serious, adorable or humorous.

Below are some popular themes ideas that would definitely be a hit in any baby showers.

Fairy tale Themes
There are thousand of fairy-tale characters that have been a tradition throughout baby shower parties.

Cinderella and Snow White are the most common ones for girl.

Peter Pan is the most suitable character for boys.

This kind of theme can be made interesting with colorful decorations and creates a fantasy- like atmosphere.

Baby bottles theme
You can have a baby bottle as your centerpiece in this particular theme.

Use them as cute containers for game prizes.

You can make fun of them too by using baby bottles as cups or mugs.

Teddy bear theme
Everyone loves these cuddly teddies.

They are perfect for decorations. You don’t have to buy teddy bears though to fill up the room.

Old but presentable ones will do.

It would be memorable to have the guest of honor’s favorite teddy as a centerpiece.

Diaper theme
Begin with sending cute diaper cut- out invitation.

Guests should bring their own diaper gifts with a particular size.

This way, you can save on diapers even up to three months!

Nursery rhyme theme
It’s a good idea to make nursery rhymes as theme for your party.

You can make use of famous character like Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, or the famous Mother Goose.

Pictures could be nice as decorations but it would really look nice if you have some kind of a replica.

You can also add on some of the line to your invitations.

Themes for twins
Remember the famous Noah’s ark story?

All animals are paired in two’s when lodging the ark.

It’s the perfect theme for expectant mothers of twins.

Don’t forget to note in your invitation that you will be having twins, this way; guests will have to bring two gifts of either the same kind or two different ones.

Color themes
The usual color themes for girls are pink and blue for the boys.

These are simple themes that can be just as fun as other themes.

Decorate your venue with your chosen color theme.

In putting up colored ribbons, intertwine them with a white ribbon too.

This would give the room an elegant look.

If you are unsure whether your baby would be a boy or a girl, settle for neutral colors like green or yellow.

Having a theme in your baby shower can add a little more coordination in the things you need to prepare.

A theme would dictate which kind of food you need to prepare, the look of the invitations and how you would decorate your chosen venue.

With a theme, you would have to be groping in the dark on how you would create that wonderful baby shower.

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Nine Gift Ideas For A Baby Shower Event

You are bound to know someone who is having a baby shortly, if you aren’t having one yourself and need help with a gift ideas for that baby shower.

Pregnant women equal shopping time.

Here are nine gift ideas that any mother will most certainly be appreciative of.

The baby shower gift ideas are great for those who are shopping or for mom’s to put on their gift registry.

1. Diapers, diapers and more diapers.

That is quite a bland gift idea but a very much needed gift.

I don’t know any mom who will complain about having too many diapers with a newborn at home.

To make diapers snazzy you have to dress it up a bit.

You can find diaper cakes in lots of gift sites.

Some come with as many as 150 diapers, plus booties, bibs and tons of other essentials for baby, but all in the shape of an all so cute cake.

2. Layettes, blankets, socks and burp cloths.

Chances are they are going to get tons of these.

However, these gifts tend to come in newborn or 3 months sizes which after a few weeks probably won’t serve its purpose anymore.

Making this a great gift is if you buy them in larger sizes. After a few months, mom still has brand new gifts for the baby to enjoy.

3. Pamper products for Mom.

The last few weeks of pregnancy are very uncomfortable and can be hard on Mom.

Let Mom have the star treatment as well. Once the baby is born, Mom’s 15 minutes of fame are over.

4. Savings Bonds.

A savings bond is a great way to help invest in the child’s future.

While everyone is thinking of now you are thinking ahead.

It may also help jump start parents to jump start on baby’s future if they haven’t already.

5. Gift Certificates.

You can never go wrong with a gift certificate.

Mom and Dad get to choose what they want and you gave them that satisfaction.

The obvious choice for a gift certificate would where the registry is set up.

If they do not have a registry set up, good choices could include their favorite supermarket (formula, diapers) or baby store.

Another gift certificate idea could be a check card gift certificate.

It works like a credit card and can be used anywhere.

Tip: I don’t suggest buying clothing unless the parents-to-be suggested so.

Chances are they have already gone shopping and couldn’t resist those tiny adorable outfits and it is best to find out before you spend out!.

Even if you are not attending the baby shower (for example if you are a male family member or friend) it is still a good idea to pick up at least a small gift for the baby.

The new mom may have made a list of some general things that the baby will need, and if she has a list like this, you can check it out.

However, frequently you will have to pick a gift without a list.

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So here are some pretty ‘safe bets’ as far as baby shower gifts go.

I got a few more gift ideas when I was in a Target store looking for a gift idea.

I asked several parents who had babies with them in their shopping cart what sort of gifts would be good for a new baby and here are some of the answers that I got.

These baby gift ideas are very easy to find and very reasonable at a store like Target.

For $50 you can get a whole assortment of goodies but keep in mind the tip above on buying baby clothing.

6. Clothing:

All babies need clothing, and they grow very fast! If you have ever shopped for baby clothes you may be amazed to see that there are several different sizes of clothes needed for the baby just during the first year!

There is 0-1 month, 3 to 6 months, 6 to 9 months and on and on!

Therefore, there are plenty of types of clothing that will be needed in plenty of different sizes.

Just remember to keep in mind how old the baby currently is, because baby clothing sizes change rapidly, and you would not want to buy a gift that is already too small by the time you present it to the parents!

7. Teething toys:

All babies ‘teeth’ and will need little chew toys of sorts.

These may become dirty quickly and it is probably smart to replace them often, so a number of these teething toys may be useful.

You might find ones with rattles or bells. Just make sure it is not big enough for a baby to swallow.

8. Stuffed animals:

A cute stuffed animal may make a nice gift.

The softest kind available may be liked the most for snugly comfort.

Additionally, some of these stuffed animals may have sounds built in.

You may want one that makes sounds, or you may want an old fashioned one without noise.

A good example is Winnie-The-Pooh or Eyeore.

9. Baby books:

It is great to read to young children and really helps there little minds grow.

While a very young baby won’t be able to understand stories yet, parents are always looking to build a nice little library of quality books to read to their children.

There you have 9 simple baby shower gift ideas!

Hopefully you will be able to find a nice gift or even a shopping bag full of little gifts to bring the baby and the parents enjoyment.

 

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Baby Shower Is A Time for Celebration For Everyone

A Baby Shower Really Is A Time for Celebration

Celebrating the upcoming arrival with a baby shower is exciting but at the same time, it’s often a situation in which both parents can feel much anxiety.

These feelings of anxiety are especially strong for first-time parents.

There is so much to know and so many different items are needed to provide proper infant care.

The idea of the baby shower came about as both a special time for family and friends to be together before the baby’s arrival and also to help relieve the financial burden on parents-to-be by supplying them with many of the new gadgets, furnishings and accessories they’ll need once their baby arrives.

And even though today most people prefer to break out of the ‘traditional’ mold, when it comes to a baby shower, these events for the most part still adhere to traditional guidelines.

Probably one of the biggest changes to the baby shower format is that they’re no longer exclusively for women.

Plenty of men make it onto today’s baby shower guest list and those who are invited don’t come grudgingly.

While they might not play in all the baby shower games, men do enjoy the opportunity to give their regards to the expectant mother- and father-to-be.

In some cultures however, a baby shower is considered a sign of bad luck.

If there’s a chance the expectant mother might feel this way, be sure to check with her before proceeding with the baby shower.

In some parts of the world the baby shower is actually held after the baby is born.

This makes sense since a baby shower is a celebration of the baby and guests enjoy actually seeing the one who is being celebrated.

It’s also easier to select gender-appropriate colors and gifts and should the gift need engraving, guests have all the delivery details they need.

Having the baby shower after the baby’s birth does make sense, but it’s a very busy time for new parents.

Plus, many of the baby items the expectant parent(s) need are needed as soon as the baby arrives home.

That’s why scheduling the baby shower before the baby’s birth is the more common option.

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The baby shower itself is traditional and for the most part, every shower involves the same activities.

Guest lists and invitations need to be created and mailed.

The shower location needs to be decorated.

Guests expect to be entertained so food, drink and games need to be coordinated.

Because it’s a special occasion, there might even be a photographer and/or video, musician and other special talent participating in the festivities.

A baby shower can be a big to-do with lots of little details to coordinate and every detail is going to cost money.

That’s why it’s highly advisable for whoever is hosting the shower to put together (and stick to) a workable budget.

Pulling off a successful special event like a baby shower doesn’t take special talent, it takes a well-thought out plan that includes a timeline and a budget.

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