Baby showers are an important rite of passage for pregnant women. They give the mom-to-be a chance to receive some much-needed gifts and they also serve as an important ritual that allows us to honor our friends who are about to embark on the most important job of their lives. If you are planning a shower, here are some mom-to-mom tips on throwing a party that everyone will enjoy and remember.
Create a Special Memory
"For my sister's shower, my mom handed each guest a piece of notebook paper, and asked everyone to write a message to the baby for her 16th birthday. Then she sealed them all in a large envelope and wrote 'Do not open until September 22, 2016.' I think this is a great idea, because the notes will be something my niece can treasure."
Play a Guessing Game
"First you will need a large plastic Easter egg or one of those eggs that nylons come in. Next start collecting things from around the house that you would not want the baby to pick up. Each item has to be small enough to fit in the egg. Some examples are a safety pin, nail, key, coin, string, paper clip, button, pen cap, sewing needle, beans, grain of rice or hard candy. Then, at the shower, give your guests a piece of paper, a pen and a time limit and let them guess what is inside. The one who guesses the most wins! Make sure and put plenty of items in the egg so that it is more interesting and fun for the guests to guess."
Include the Dads-to-Be
"One way to include the Dad in the baby shower for his wife is to give him a hospital gift bag, including change for vending machines and the phone, a book, snacks, clean socks and even some Advil for that headache that is sure to come with so much to do. Another idea is to have a cookout baby shower and invite couples. My friends and I had a cookout shower with an Old West theme. The dads really enjoyed this one. The honorary couple was new to our area and it gave the everyone a chance to get to know each other."