Surprise or Not Surprise the Mommy-To-Be?
Surprise showers are fun to plan but are not necessarily fun
for the mommy who normally is tired of being pregnant; besides,
it appears to be more enjoyable for her when she knows people
that love her are planning a special party. She'll be more
prepared to relax and enjoy all the festivities, and if she
already has children, she can make arrangements ahead of time
What if the Guests Don't Know Each
Provide easy-to-read name tags. These can be computer-generated
in a pretty and baby-ish font. Hot glue some dried flowers,
mini rattles, baby bottles (party favor section of a craft
store) or ribbons. Remember to have straight pins, too.
Can the Hostess Provide Gift Suggestions?
Guests appreciate knowing what the baby needs or store where
she is registered, so think about including a sheet with each
invitation that lists this information. If the mommy is registered,
the store ensures that there are no duplicates by keeping
their computer lists updated as gifts are purchased. If the
mommy is not registered, then include a note in the invitation
that if gift ideas are wanted, (name of person and telephone
number) is coordinating a list and can be contacted.
Where Do the Gifts Go When Guests
Provide a Gift Table near where the mommy-to-be seated to
open them. As guests arrive, ensure their envelope or gift
tag is securely attached to their gift before putting it on
What Happens When?
There is no right way or wrong way -- just your way. An easy-flowing
shower can be something like this:
Upon arrival, guests are greeted, gifts put on the Gift Table,
take their coats, pin on their name tag and offer them a beverage.
Introduce them to other guests. When everyone has arrived,
start with an ice breaker game (a simple, no frills, easy
game to encourage mingling) If serving a meal, let the guests
know when to help themselves.When the meal is over, serve
dessert. While guests are enjoying their desserts, the mommy
can open her gifts. To gently and tactfully bring the shower
to a close, play the "Good Night, Little Baby" game
It is traditional to the use the colors of the baby's nursery,
fresh flowers, balloons and streamers. Today, you can select
from a variety of wonderful paper goods designed especially
for baby showers. Unless your shower is formal with china
and silver, pretty partygoods cheer up a party, are a part
of the table decorations and make clean-up simple, easy and
mess-free. There is no need to do a lot of decorating. Festive
table decorations can also be game prizes, such as potted
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.