d00ch Baby Showers April 08, 2019 18:17:59
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.
The timing is important; you want to have the party at least four to six weeks before your due date so that youll have plenty of time to borrow or buy any necessities for your baby that you still need – and there’s also less of a chance youll go into labor prior to the party.
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.
Yet another fun option from mom Tracy Saelinger, of Lake Oswego, Oregon: "At my shower someone made up a list of traits and had me write down in advance whether I wanted the baby to get those attributes from me or his dad. The guests had to guess what I picked – eyes, dad; IQ, me, of course! It was hilarious, and we all had a good laugh about both my quirks and my husbands."
"My favorite shower game is when each guest brings a picture of him- or herself as a baby and you have to guess whos who," says Nicole Zeman, a mom of two in Portland, Oregon. Another matching game to try: Linking up weird celebrity baby names with their famous parents. Give little prizes to the winners of both. (Anyone who knows that Bear Blu is Alicia Silverstones son and Kal-El – Supermans real name – belongs to Nicolas Cage deserves some sort of reward for her trivia knowledge.)
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.