Preparing for a baby is a very exciting time. Friends and family are eager to offer their support and enthusiasm. Hosting a baby shower is one way a close friend might want to express her happiness for you.
Below are some frequently asked questions and my suggestions for a wonderful baby shower.
Who gives the baby shower?
Anyone may offer to give a baby shower. Perhaps the future godmother or a friend from work will offer to host a shower for you. Some feel that it is inappropriate for a family member to host a baby shower, but I disagree. If a friend does not step up to the plate, I think that it is perfectly fine for a family member to host a small gathering to celebrate the pending arrival.
Should the mother-to-be register for the items that she would like?
I think that the baby registries are a great idea because the goal of the shower is to provide the mother with the things that she needs. It also limits the duplicate gifts that require time for exchanges and returns.
How many baby showers are appropriate?
This can be tricky. My suggestion is to carefully go over your guest list and the people that offer to host the event. Maybe a work colleague will host a shower that will include your friends from work and your former roommate could host a gathering of girlfriends.
Should I host a shower for second and third babies?
Absolutely! I have learned that these are now called “sprinkles.” While society used to frown upon showers for additional children, the times have changed. A sprinkle is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the newest addition to a family. Even if the expectant mother has all of the basics, she can surely use some new baby gowns and diapers. Plus, baby equipment seems to improve every year!
Is it appropriate for the father-to-be to attend?
Of course! This is such an exciting time, and the father can feel left out with all of the activities focused on his wife and child. He is an integral part and wants to celebrate his little one. A cookout or casual supper party with couples is a lovely way to include the father. Perhaps opening gifts may be done in private, or the hosts could present the couple with one “group” gift to remember the special occasion.
How can I make it special?
My friend Susan Lott shared a clever idea for the perfect and unique way to make a baby shower special. This party favor is cute and inexpensive. Filled with a sweet or savory, it will delight the expectant mother and her guests.
You will need:
1. Pattern. Just click here.
2. Scrapbook paper
3. Glue (Susan recommends Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
5. Candy, nuts or the treat of your choice
1. Use pattern to cut out the top and bottom of the “shoe” from the scrapbook paper.
2. Match (A) to (A) and glue. Hold until it is secure.
3. Glue strap (B) to dot (B).
4. Fold tabs inside and glue each tab.
5. Glue the bottom of the shoe and secure to tabs. You will need to adjust it until it fits and hold in place for a few moments.
6. Glue the button to the top of the strap.
7. Fill with the treat of your choice.
Celebrating the arrival of a baby is one of the happiest of times, and a baby shower or sprinkle is the perfect way to honor this milestone. Whether hosting a large party or a small gathering of close friends, the expectant parents will cherish this thoughtful gesture.
As always, thanks for reading.
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