Baby Showers

Baby shower ideas and supplies

Baby showers are a time-honored celebration of motherhood. Traditionally, they are hosted by someone outside of the mother-to-be's immediate family, and offer a fun, relaxing break from the stresses and pressures of pregnancy. A typical shower includes baby shower games, party favors, finger foods and desserts, and baby shower prizes for guests and game participants.

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Baby Shower Etiquette

If you're planning a baby shower, you should know that the typical date falls between one and two months before the baby is due. Conventional baby shower etiquette suggests that the party should not be a surprise, since this can be stressful on the mother-to-be, who may have other commitments to take care of that day.

Men are not typically invited to baby showers, though these rigid rules are becoming increasingly relaxed. Once upon a time, it was also proper to limit a baby shower to a woman's firstborn child, but now it is not uncommon for a woman to be showered multiple times for a single baby, and for each and every baby she has, not just the first.

With increasing numbers of people turning to more health-conscious and vegetarian eating habits, it is also recommended that you carefully plan your baby shower food offerings. When you shop for your baby shower supplies, ensure that you include options for guests who may follow healthy or meat-free diets.

Guests should bring baby shower gifts that are thoughtful and practical, yet inexpensive. When you are invited to a shower, it is also good to RSVP as soon as possible and let the hostess know whether or not you are able to come so that she gets only enough baby shower party favors, food, supplies and prizes for those who will be attending.

Choosing baby shower themes is the domain of the party planner, and it's not always easy to come up with something creative and original. Some popular baby shower themes revolve around the type of party you'll have, such as a tea party or garden party. Others may be centered on your baby shower decorations; teddy bears, outer space, animated characters, baby carriages and storks are all common themes.

More than anything, though, baby showers are about togetherness and camaraderie. Bonding with the mother-to-be is the most important aspect of any successful baby shower.