d00ch Baby Showers April 06, 2019 17:38:09
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.
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.
As a keepsake for the baby, each guest brought a copy of her favorite childrens book, and the group jointly presented a crib quilt with messages written on top. "I cant decide whether to use it or frame it," said a delighted Cindy, who later noted, "This is such a special afternoon. I feel blessed to have so many wonderful friends."
Instead of typical shower fare like dainty cucumber sandwiches, offer heartier eats that men and women alike will enjoy chowing down on. State College, Pennsylvania-based creative services company threw a casual backyard barbecue for a soon-to-be mom and dad of three. The summertime shindig featured lots of grilled goodness and picnic-inspired decor, with just a few baby-related items.
Fear not: There are ways to gently drop hints about what you want, says Caroline Tiger, author of How to Behave: A Guide to Modern Manners for the Socially Challenged. "If the potential party giver is very sensitive or has a strong stubborn streak, ask mutual friends or family members to talk to her," she advises. "Have them say, You know Sharon hates being the center of attention, then let them plant hints about the kind of shower you want. If the host is a close friend and more reasonable, just be straight with her and lay out what you do and dont want."
"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.)