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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 for babysitting.

What if the Guests Don't Know Each Other?
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 Arrive?
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 the table.

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 listed below.

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 flowers.   



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)




Personalized Event Tickets

Fall, Thanksgiving, Football Rotating 200 x 200 

Make a corsage for the mommy-to-be to wear at the 
baby shower or make a bouquet of flowers for the nursery.



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