d00ch Baby Showers March 18, 2019 17:22:07
The new parents will be wildly grateful when the shower guests go to work on the babys room. Assign a few especially handy types to assemble the crib and other nursery furniture, while the rest of the group paints or hangs pictures, curtains, etc. (be sure to tell everyone to wear old clothes). Have a barbecue after the work is done. Its probably best to forgo the usual gifts at a shower like this -- expecting guests to buy a gift and work for their meal is probably asking too much.
Let your guests to get creative by making clothes for the baby. Have plain "Onesies" (cotton snap-crotch undershirts) and fabric paints, brushes, rubber stamps, and clean sponges on hand, and each guest can decorate one (or more!) for baby to wear. Be sure to buy an assortment of sizes so that baby has a supply of personalized threads that lasts the whole first year.
More and more moms are opting for parties that feel closer to a girls night out than a standard baby shower. In fact, fancy mom-to-be soirées have become so popular at Stephanie King-Myers original art-and-wine studio, in Chicago, that she now offers "Baby Bump" parties at all 13 of her Bottles and Bottega locations around the country. Guests drop in, have light hors doeuvres, sip champagne, look at art – and, if they want to, even create some of their own with the help of the studios resident artists.
Its becoming more and more common to include men—friends, spouses, relatives—on the guest list. But it does change the chemistry of the party. You need to decide whether you want that traditional "female-bonding ritual," with lots of oohing and aahing over adorable baby clothes and exchanging of labor tales, or whether youre looking for a more coed experience. Also, consider the personality of the dad-to-be; some may relish sharing in every aspect of the pregnancy, while others may be uncomfortable with the idea of being a guest of honor at a baby shower. The mom-to-be should be able to give you a good reading on this. Even at a "girl power" party, the expectant dad often makes an appearance toward the end of the shower to thank everyone for the gifts. And if you opt to include male guests, take a look at some of our coed-friendly shower ideas.
Couples buffet dinner. An evening party for both parents-to-be and their friends. Unisex gifts might include diaper bags for both Mom and Dad, coupons for future babysitting, and gear such as a carrier and baby monitor.
A color scheme and theme help pull a baby shower together. Cindys friends chose creamy tones for the invitation, luncheon table, and favors; childrens books and keepsakes were the unifying themes. Other popular concepts.