How To Host A Fun Baby Shower Party

By Cathy Cripps

Baby showers are parties thrown for friends that are pregnant. This practice has significantly changed over the course of the years and has gradually become more and more elaborate and planned.

Baby showers can make an expectant mother feel more secure in the fact that her friends are all pulling for her and giving moral and financial support. Usually the baby shower is organized by non-relatives. But today, there it isn't abnormal to find family members, support group members, church friends and pretty much anyone except the expecting mother.

Deciding On The Baby Shower Guest List Inviting the guests? Mostly, the shower guest list will include those people that are nearest and dearest to the expectant mother. If the baby shower isn't to be a surprise party for the expectant mother then it really wouldn't hurt to let her have a look so that you can maybe include people you had not thought of. But if it is to be a surprise baby shower party you will need to be more secretive and ask around using family and very close friends for suggestions for the guest list.

If this is the second child not the firstborn, you may decide to keep the amount of guests down to the closest and dearest to the expectant mother. In saying this ,hosting a baby shower for the First Born tend to generate a bigger guest list as this is, a special occasion being the mother's first birth.

The thing to remember is that the nature of baby showers is intimacy. So, for any baby shower party, try making the gathering one of intimate friends.

There are many ways today to invite your friends and family to the pending baby shower party such as email or phone. However the more acceptable and traditional way is to send out invitations or letters, this has the effect of setting the atmosphere of the party and in some cases is the only acceptable way to invite your guests.

What About the Guys At The Baby Shower The nature of the party is probably going to tend towards the feminine side; if the organizers of the party have a provision for this, then inviting men would be fine. It also depends on the men, since the party may dwell on topics such as pregnancy, children, and other motherly topics, they might not be that excited to join. All in all, it depends on the preference of the organizers.

Baby Shower Venue Can Be Anywhere! As long as it can keep with the placid and fun nature of the occasion, any place would be fine to host the shower party. The more usual places on baby shower lists are backyards, formal halls, restaurants, and basically any room that has the amenities to make a baby shower successful. Just make sure the venue is not crowded and stressful to the mother-to-be. It also pays to make sure the venue is set long before the actual baby shower happens.

When To Hold The Baby Shower Party It is not advisable to host the baby shower to late in the pregnancy as this is a time where the mother needs to be focused and rested for the pending birth. The best time to hold the baby shower is usually between two or three months before the birth. This allows the mother-to-be to have a very pleasant distraction and to see how much support there is for the new arrival. This also gives the guest the opportunity to purchase gifts for the baby that the mother has not had a time to buy herself.

Baby showers are a pleasant surprise to expecting mothers. It takes a lot of the stress of expecting a child off of their minds and provides a means for friends to show support and concern (and of course, baby gifts) to expecting friends.

A properly coordinated baby shower will be greatly appreciated and forever remembered by the mother-to-be and even the appreciation of the father long after they have delivered their children. - 30525

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