Baby Showers

If you are having a theme, carry over the concept to the invitations. Here are some other ideas to spark your creativity:

Decorate with stickers: Numerous baby-themed stickers are available at your local office supply or drug store.

Use clip art: Clip art from any program can add visual interest and humor to invitations.

Think beyond a square: Complete the invitation, fold it up like a diaper, secure real diaper pins, and mail it off in an envelope.

Reveal the theme: Clue the guests in on the type of party -- especially if you'd like the gifts to reflect the theme. You can also suggest items that you know the mom-to-be needs, or tell guests to call you if they need ideas.

Don't forget to send mom a copy of the invitation for her records, but be sure to take out any information, such as gift ideas, that you don't want her to see.

Activities and Games
There are many shower games, and members have some of the best ideas. Here are some more favorites:

The ultimate shower video: Cynann, a community member, offered this idea: "Have long-distance relatives and friends videotape themselves wrapping shower gifts for the guest of honor. They can share stories about her as they wrap. Show this videotape at your shower, and it's sure to be a tearful hit."

The beginning of endless advice: Give mom a hint of what's to come -- unsolicited advice! Have each guest write one parenting suggestion on an index card. Seal the cards in an envelope for the new mom to open after giving birth.

Who's who:
All guests bring a snapshot of themselves as babies. Hang them up on the wall and have a contest to see who can correctly identify the most pictures.

Baby bingo: Play Bingo, but use baby words instead of letters or numbers. Instead of A-21, call out "Poopy Pacifier!" The winner has to yell out the baby's name.

No baby allowed: Guests are instructed not to say the word baby at the shower. If they slip up, they have to volunteer an hour of free baby-sitting to the mom-to-be.

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