Tips for moms: Baby shower do’s and don’ts

Expectant moms deserve a celebration- and what better way to celebrate than with a baby shower, from making up the guest list to picking party games your guests are sure to love. Here are some tips for you soon to be moms!

Formal etiquette dictates that a non-relative must throw the shower to avoid having it look as though the family is asking for presents. But of course you can always buck convention. Any relative, a close friend, or particularly close co-worker should feel perfectly okay about planning a baby shower.

Most baby showers are held before the baby is born. Any time after conception is fine, but a shower makes for a welcome diversion toward the end of pregnancy. Besides, it just doesn’t seem real if the expectant mom isn’t sporting a baby belly. I f you decide to schedule the shower after the baby is born, that’s fine too. Then guests can bring gifts specific to the baby’s sex.

If you’re hosting the shower, you may have some ideas about the guest list, but it’s the best to consult with the guests of honor before sending any invitations. That way you avoid leaving out someone important or inviting someone the mom (or dad) really would rather not include.

(image from sanlori.com)

(image from sanlori.com)

For shower invitations, you can buy them from card stores and gifts shops. You can also get good stationery store to print them up for you, or you can do then at home with a laser printer. If the shower has a theme (or if you’re feeling creative), use construction paper or other craft materials to create handmade invitations with suitable designs-from storks and diapers to baby bottles or something that matches your particular decoration scheme. Plan to send invitations out early enough to give the guests at least a couple of weeks’ notice. This allows them enough time to work the shower into their schedules and shop for the perfect gift.

It would be a nice gesture to give favors. No one should come to a party assuming they’ll receive anything except good company and a bit of refreshment. But it’s common-for the host or hostess to give the guests favors and/or prizes for winning games. Opt for items that are cute but are functional-from decorative notepads to scented soaps and bath gels. If many guests are also parents, you could make the favors something like a bib or pacifier.

PARTY THEMES

You may find themes too much work or not your style, but having a theme can make the party seem more organize and actually streamline preparations. If you know that your shower is going to feature baby bottles, for instance, you can look for bottle-shaped invitations and bottles to use for beverages or to fill with candy for game prizes. Even if the theme is as simple as a color scheme (for instance, blue and white if the parents already know it’s boy), it’s a unifying element that can simplify your job.

Many baby shower themes revolve around a particular object, such as diaper, teddy bear, duck, baby bootie, bib, crib, and so on. If you’re using one of these or one of your own, you’ll probably use, name tags, and decorations that feature the main object. The theme can also serve as the inspiration for games, activities, and favors.

A theme may also dictate the kind of gifts the guests choose. For example, you could plan “Around the Clock” or “Firsts” shower to direct the guest in their gift-buying- selections. For the clock shower, each guest is assigned the time of the day. The presents then reflect the time: pajamas for evening, toys for morning or afternoon, a baby monitor for the middle of the night, and so on. Gifts for baby’s firsts could include shoes for his first steps, a teething ring for his first tooth, or a dinner set for his first meal.

That’s it! Hope you’ll find these tips helpful.

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