d00ch Baby Showers March 14, 2019 17:36:06
Forgo the usual "theme shower" in favor of a simply elegant tea, complete with china tea set, finger sandwiches, and traditional British goodies like scones served with jam and clotted cream (extra-thick cream available in gourmet shops and online). Serve a selection of teas, and give tea packaged in pretty containers as favors. For the right mom-to-be, it would be a lovely "grown up" choice.
Another gender-neutral game option is a quiz. At the Stackhouse shower, guests played a game answering pregnancy-related questions that could apply to either of the soon-to-be parents, such as, "Who gained more weight during pregnancy?" If the answer was Megan, the couple held up a pink paddle; if it was father Britt they held up a blue one. Though Britt and Megan, whos vice president of public relations for NBCs "Today" show, had expert interviewers Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales running their game, amateurs can totally pull off this activity.
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.
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."
While soft pastels are traditional colors for a mom-to-bes party, the dad-on-deck will appreciate less muted hues. For co-ed showers, Seri Kertzner and her team at in New York like to work with either a neutral palette or a mix of bright colors like yellow and purple. For mama Megan Kopf Stackhouses gender-neutral baby shower brunch, the party stylists decorated with giant white balloons anchored in cubes filled with white jellybeans.
Guests bring baby-proofing devices such as specially designed locks for appliances, cabinets, and toilets, protective cushioning for sharp edges, and safety gates. If the shower is held at the babys future home, the guests can even install the gadgets -- even though the house wont need baby-proofing until baby starts to crawl, its a great timesaver for the new parents to have this chore done.