Baby Showers Revealed!
A Quick Guide To Baby Showers themes revealed..
One of your best friends has just announced she’s pregnant. How wonderful! Naturally, you’re delighted, and can’t hold back your tears of joy. You start to imagine, in just a matter of time, your special friend is going to be a mother (maybe even for the second or third time…or more!).
As you let the amazing news sink in, your friend is envisioning the journey that will usher in a new life into the world: the hospital visits, the morning sickness, the ultrasounds, the roller coaster of emotions that will eventually culminate in an experience that defies description.
Indeed, despite the frequency of births across the world – the journey remains nothing but a miracle. It’s not hard to imagine, therefore, that your friend is reflecting on issues that are truly hard to put into words.
Your world, however, is somewhat more pragmatic. What role do you Play as a best friend? Aha! You think. A baby shower!
However, you have no clue or know enough about planning and managing a baby shower.
So that is a worry.
Well, worry no more! In your hands (or on your screen) is The Quick and Easy Guide to Baby Showers.
⦁ Planning a Baby Shower/ Gender revealed theme
⦁ Managing a Baby Shower from Start to End
⦁ Other Tips, Strategies, and Suggestions
So, who’ll Throw the Shower?
There’s an ongoing debate – that can become quite emotional and vocal – trying to determine whether or not a relative should throw the baby shower. Traditionally, the view has been that a relative should not throw a baby shower, because it can appear that the relative is requesting gifts. However, things are moving on traditions are changing, and there are times when a sibling, or a cousin, or an aunt might be the ideal and somewhat convenient choice.
So what should a best friend do? To answer this, we can respond with the best, and sometimes most unsatisfying answer of them all: it depends. On the family dynamics. Sorry, but it does matter. Especially if you hail from a somewhat traditional or conventional background, it may be wise to see that a non-relative is in charge of the baby shower. Besides, even if you are comfortable with a relative throwing the baby shower as a friend, some of your guests – who may be less comfortable with it than you – may object (or whisper about it behind your back).
Use your judgment here. Perhaps the most practical advice is this: if you can conveniently and pleasantly not have relatives run things, then that will likely be the best route to go. However, if that’s not possible, plausible, or preferred, then don’t feel like you’re someone from outer space because you can relate to the mother-to-be. More and more people are breaking with tradition; especially since they think that the perception of a relative “asking for gifts” arguably doesn’t exist anymore.
Gifts (which we talk about further on in this book) are somewhat integral to baby showers; it’s quite hard to imagine one without gifts. Since that is the case, whether a relative requests them from those attending the baby shower, or a non-relative demands them, arguably it is not crucial to those attending. Note: The focus is on what the baby shower is the mother-to-be, and an excellent opportunity to share in her joy.
Some people may not want to run the baby shower. I assumed that if you’re reading this, you’re quite happy with the assignment, and you’d like to do something of quality – and easy! – research through so that everything goes off without a hitch.
If you aren’t the one to host the baby shower, but perhaps the mother-to-be who is about to hand over this book to a relative or friend who will hold the baby shower, then we take a little time-out to talk about something important.
A baby shower is a beautiful event filled with laughter, love, and perhaps a few tears (of happiness). However, planning the occasion requires an investment of time. Not a lot of time; not compared to, say, planning a wedding or for some, planning a vacation. Bear in mind that, putting together a baby shower does require focus and some time if you’re about to nominate someone to take on this task, then please ensure that; the person understands that they’ll need to do a little bit of work – fun work, of course.
Moreover, if you’ve been asked to put together a baby shower – or if it is somehow assumed that you’ll do it – and you’re a little worried about your own lack of time available, then don’t worry. This book will help you immensely. Furthermore, nothing is stopping you from recruiting a deputy or two to help you fine-tune the details, such as preparing food, refreshments, and assisting with decorations and games.
When Should the Shower Happen?
It is a good idea to have the baby shower not too early after conception; the mum-to-be will appreciate the shower later in pregnancy. By then, she can be sure that all is going well.
So, when should the shower happen? The answer to this will almost always depend on factors that are specific to the mother-to-be, the guests, and other issues.
Rather than provide a “one-size-fits-all” answer here – which is something that we can’t do without knowing the details of your particular baby shower – let’s look at the variables. Once you know these, you’ll easily be able to determine the ideal time to host the baby shower.
It does not matter if you’ve never organised a baby shower before, worry even less if, may be in the past, you’ve tried to host a baby shower but bumped into some obstacles along the way. This book is designed to be easy, practical, and fun. If you aren’t careful, you may just become a baby shower specialist, with people calling you up and asking you for your advice and insights!
Cool huh! A second career?