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Is there a mom-to-be out there who doesn't want a baby shower (or two) thrown in her honor? After all, it's a chance to celebrate your impending motherhood with your nearest and dearest -- and come away with some necessary (and awwww-inspiring) baby gear. Here's are some of the baby shower trends I'm seeing these days:
Baby showers are becoming as wild, crazy and as extravagant as weddings -- at least, they are for some of my clients on Pregnant in Heels! While I'm not seeing a huge upswing in clients wanting couture gowns and mile-high cakes for their showers, I am seeing people putting a lot more thought and attention into the detail of their showers than ever before. They're inviting more people, they're thinking about every last detail. After a bridal shower and the wedding, a baby shower is the next fun event to plan -- and a wonderful excuse for a party -- so I'm all for making this a wonderful, personal celebration.
Increasingly, I'm seeing baby showers where men are invited. These guy-friendly events usually involve alcoholic beverages (rather than the usual mocktail menu) and take place in the late afternoon to evening rather than the traditional late morning to early afternoon. Not surprisingly, with the addition of the gentlemen and adult beverages comes more outlandish and non-traditional entertainment. (Yes, I'm talking strippers -- strippers with diapers!)
An Altruistic Approach
I'm also seeing a more altruistic approach at baby showers, where gear or money is donated to the mom-to-be's favorite charity in lieu of gifts.
If these new approaches don't sound right for you, my other favorite baby shower is a very ladylike, traditional English tea, with cucumber sandwiches, scones, a touch of champers for the guests, and of, course a traditional English strawberry short cake. I also love it when each guest brings a book for the baby to create a library of books. (A lovely, additional touch: Provide stickers that go in the inside page of each book, so each gift-giver can write a wee note to baby.)
If you're attending, rather than hosting, a baby shower, here are some Dos and Don'ts:
DO bring a gift that was on the registry -- it's there for a reason.
DON'T arrive fashionably late. Baby showers are supposed to start on time.
DO focus on the mama-to-be and her future babe, and avoid telling graphic or scary stories of your own labor and delivery dramas.
DON'T leave early.
DO send a thank you card to the host(s).
Finally, baby showers are an amazing celebration of pregnancy and motherhood, so DO be sure to have fun!
Rosie Pope is a clothing designer, maternity concierge and the star of Bravo's 'Pregnant in Heels.' She'll be blogging weekly for iVillage Parenting; see her new post every Tuesday after the show. Follow her on Twitter: @RosiePope, or find her at rosiepope.com.