You’re pregnant, it’s time to party! Baby showers are wonderful occasions in which family and friends come to congratulate you and celebrate your pregnancy. You, the mom-to-be, will be “showered” with gifts for you and Baby. They can take place before or after childbirth and are typically held at a friend or family member’s home. They can be girls only or co-ed, with or without your partner, surprise or pre-planned, anything goes!
Planning a baby shower
Every party starts with an invitation, and baby shower invitations usually give a nod to the party’s theme. This can be anything, from Curious George to springtime flowers, that fits your taste. You can decorate according to a theme or a set of colors you enjoy. Most baby showers serve small refreshments but not a full meal. As a token of gratitude, the hosts can distribute party favors or sweet treats for the guests. Many baby showers include games, like guessing the baby’s due date or tasting baby food, and of course, time to unwrap gifts!
Creating a gift registry
Registering for baby gifts helps your friends and family select items you like while minimizing duplicate gifts. You can register at a store that includes all the essentials, like baby clothing, feeding items, and travel gear, so that your guests can provide you with gifts you find useful and necessary. Make sure you include items in a wide price range to accommodate different budgets.
Modern baby shower trends
- Going green: Paperless invitations, second-hand gifts, and plants as party favors are a great way to conserve and recycle!
- Sex reveal: Settle the boy vs. girl debate by announcing the contents of a sealed envelope from your healthcare provider!
- Cash registry: If you and your partner want to have more control over the baby supplies, you can ask for contributions to larger gifts or a fund for general baby supplies.