Holiday Time is a Perfect Time!
...a good theme for those winter baby showers,
an Ornament/Decoration Shower
A perfect time of year to think of the baby's "first"
holiday season together If the shower is held before the Thanksgiving
holiday, add this to the list to the gift ideas.
Combine this idea with a Cookie Exchange... hot chocolate,
mulled wine or cider and lots of holiday music. Add potpourri
simmering on the stove to make your house holiday cheery.
OR... mix some butter, cinnamon and sugar and bake in a slow,
200-degree oven. When your guests arrive, theyll think
of Home Sweet Home from their childhood!
Guests can bring anything that is a seasonal decoration,
purchased or hand-crafted, to decorate the tree, interior
or exterior of the house. Besides ornaments, other gift ideas
include Christmas ball hooks, tree lights, tree stand, storage
boxes, candy canes, garlands, tree skirt (this is a great
idea for a hand-crafted gift), bread dough ornaments, tinsel,
As each ornament or similar decoration is unwrapped, use
florist wire and add it to a wreath that will go home with
Wish You Were Here
...held when the mommey-to-be lives in another city or state
away from her relatives and friends
This shower is planned like a regular shower, but without
the new mommy!
The festivities will be video-taped, so have a volunteer or
two with video cameras to capture the whole event (suggest
husbands or friends that are not involved with the shower).
Provide scissors and tape dispensers.
Ask guests to bring UN-WRAPPED gifts, wrapping paper, ribbon,
bows and gift tag. Suggest light weight gifts, such as sheets,
towels since everything has to be shipped to the mother. Check
with UPS for "ground" shipping -- heavy weights
that can be delivered in 8 to 10 days are inexpensive compared
to other carriers and the Post Office.
At the Shower:
The main activity is video-taping the guests wrapping the
gifts (but only after the item is covered if the box is printed
with the name of the gift). The guest can talk to the Mommy
while she wraps, wishing her well, missing her, giving advice,
etc. After the gift wrapping, food and/or cake is served,
games played, close the video.
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.