Hostess of the Shower?
Anyone can plan the shower -- family members, friends and/or
co-workers. A mommy-to-be can have many showers but it is
wise to consult her or her mother (if it is a surprise) so
that the themes can all be different -- this also avoids duplication
of gift items.
Before the Baby or After the Baby is Born?
For first-time mothers, showers before the baby arrives are
great fun for her to look forward to in the last month of
her pregnancy -- and she and the daddy can play and dream
with all the gifts while awaiting their bundle of joy. Mothers
having their second or more children, sprinkles can be held
before or after the baby is born. The up side of holding the
shower after the baby's birth is that gifts can be chosen
by the sex of the baby.
Who Pays for the Shower?
The person that plans and invites the guests pays and it is
usually considered her gift. Often times, several people will
get together and share the expenses. Potlucks are not only
fun but budget-saving, as well.
Who Should be Invited?
Traditionally, anyone invited that was invited to the wedding
can be invited to baby showers. The best idea is to consult
with the new mommy and daddy. Avoid inviting the same people
to more than one shower, although some people want to attend
several. Best to invite by groups, for example, co-workers,
church, etc. The mothers and grandmothers of the mommy and
daddy should be invited to all of the showers but it is up
to them to decide which ones they will attend.
When Should the Shower Be Held?
Four to six weeks before the baby's birth -- or -- four weeks
after the baby is born.
Does the Shower Have to be Held on a Weekend?
The shower can be held any day of the week and at any time
of the day that is convenient for the mommy and the invited
guests. It can be a brunch, lunch, dinner or just cake and
punch. It can be casual, formal or better yet -- a fun baby
Is It Acceptable to Serve Cake and
Punch Instead of a Meal?
Cake and Punch is very appropriate and makes for a shorter
shower. Serving any meal is strictly up to the hostess. If
food is served, plan on buffet-style and remember to provide
either real dishes or sturdy papergoods because food does
get heavy. If it is not a sit-down meal (restaurant or hall),
remember that guests have to balance their plate, beverage
and napkin on their lap.
To Invite the Daddy or Not Invite
Traditionally, the daddy did not attend showers but does arrive
at the end of the shower to say hello to everyone, help load
the gifts into the car and to take his wife home. Now-a-days,
the daddy can be invited to a baby shower and couple's showers
(men and women) are becoming more and more popular.
Homemade Baby Food
Making your own baby food gives you the distinct advantage of controlling what goes into your baby's sensitive tummy. You determine how much, if any, sugar and spices your baby gets. Even when found on sale for as low as 50 cents per jar, producing your own is a much less expensive alternative to ready made. Making baby food is actually very simple with a few simple tools: a blender, food processor, baby food grinder or similar machine, a steamer or boiling pot, ice cube trays, and a few minutes of your time.
Baby Wipes Recipe
(fun thing to have
for a baby shower)
Make a corsage for the mommy-to-be to wear at the
baby shower or make a bouquet of flowers for the nursery.