d00ch Baby Showers April 05, 2019 22:17:21
For parents who already have most of the baby gear, throw a "bring-a-dish-to-freeze" party, so that Mom and Dad dont have to worry about whats for dinner when theyre adjusting to life with one more. If the guests of honor dont have enough freezer space to store everything, the host or hosts can keep some of the dishes, to be delivered periodically after the baby arrives.
As an alternative, there’s a growing trend of waiting until after the baby is born and then having a "welcome baby" shower, which can be combined with a bris (ritual circumcision), baby naming, or christening.
Tradition states that a shower should not be hosted by a close family member of the parents-to-be, but instead by a friend or more distant relative, such as a cousin or an aunt. This rule was meant to avoid the appearance that the family was simply on a mission to collect gifts. However, like many traditions, this rule isnt strictly observed these days. In fact, its usually considered perfectly acceptable for a sister, mother-in-law, or even the guest of honors mother to host or co-host a shower. Its still unusual for a mother-to-be to host her own shower, though.
Of course, you should be happy that someone loves you enough to plan an elaborate party for 50 guests with scads of pink ribbons and silly games. But what if all you want is a nice luncheon with your five best friends? Or what if you want to skip the traditional shower altogether and invite your female and male friends for beer (for guests only, of course!) and pizza?
Each guest is asked to bring a beloved childrens book or a tape or CD of favorite kids tunes. This is a great shower for co-workers to hold in the office (it spares everyone from bringing in bulky boxes and keeps the costs down).
Exactly whom to invite – tight-knit friends and immediate family only, coworkers, your grandmas friend Helga, husbands and boyfriends – is 100 percent up to you and the host. But for the most fun event possible, Cohen suggests inviting only the people who are closest to you, so everyone truly shares in your joy, rather than feeling obliged to attend.