What Is A Baby Shower!

By: Gary Hirsh

A baby is definitely a reason to have a celebration. Thus, there is the baby shower. Baby showers have gained huge worldwide recognition in the past decade. This might be attributed to families becoming smaller; therefore each child gets more individual attention (or spoilt) some might say.

What is a baby shower?
A baby shower is a party thrown in honour of a couple who is expecting their first baby. Baby showers are held for the intention of bestowing gifts upon the first-time mother so that she'll hold a couple of of the items needed by the baby on its arrival. Baby showers also serve as a welcoming event for a new member to the family.

Who can hold a baby shower?
By tradition, a baby shower was held only for the first baby. Today, a shower is held for every baby. After all, each and every baby is special.

Who hosts the baby shower?
Traditionally, a close friend or a relative from either side organizes the baby shower. But, one can have anyone throw a baby shower for you. Be it family, friends, or co-workers.

When is the best time to hold the baby shower?
Usually, the baby shower is held in the later stages of the pregnancy, around four to six weeks before the due date. Occasionally, people purposefully wait for the baby to arrive for some reason.

Who are to be invited to the baby shower?
It depends. If it is a work place shower, then naturally you would possibly only invite co-workers of the mum to be. If it is a family shower, invite family members. But you may also decide to just hold one big baby shower where everyone is invited.

These days, couples showers are also becoming popular. Throughout a couples shower, both men and women can be invited. And surprisingly, guys enjoy baby showers as much as women do. Also be mindful when inviting friends that have recently experienced a loss or are having problems having a child. A good number of people may feel overlooked if uninvited. What you could do is to ask them personally if they would be able to come in respect for their current situation. And to avoid leaving out somebody uninvited by accident, write a guest list beforehand.

What themes are appropriate for a baby shower? Themed baby showers are obviously a bit trickier to get organized. The more famous themes include the following:

1. Mother Shower. Shower the mum with gifts to pamper her. This is a pleasant twist over the usual gifts of baby items.

2. Dad's Shower. Gifts for dad like coffee, Tylenol, etc. will be appropriate.

3. Baby Safety Shower. All presents have to be of a safety type.

4. Nursery Theme Showers. Concept of the baby shower is based on the nursery's theme.

What to serve the guests on the baby shower?

When you are adopting a theme, try to match the meals you will serve with the particular theme.

The time of day when the baby shower is to be held also plays an important part. If you are having the shower at about noon or dinnertime, serve a full meal because this will be what your guests will be expecting to be served. For early afternoon or early evening baby showers, finger foods, cake, and a light punch will do.

As with the choice of food, when possible, serve those that may also be eaten by the mother-to-be, which most likely will not include alcohol. As a substitute, serve sparkling cider instead. There are many things to consider during a baby shower. But obviously, nothing beats proper planning and early preparation.

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