Planning a Baby Shower
In the past, baby showers were traditionally given to provide the needs of the new baby. With everyone chipping in, the large items were easier to afford and practical gifts were valued above frills. The baby shower was a way of providing in times of harsh financial strain. Now, the concept of the baby shower has grown into a day of honor for the mother to be. Gifts are still a way of helping out with the expenses of bringing a baby home, but most everything else has changed since the times of Depression.
The party is the main gathering of friends and family members to give gifts and enjoy each others company. There are many ways in which you can centralize a theme around this event. From invitations to party favors, everything can have a central theme. The theme of a baby shower should be something that really speaks to the mother to be. Knowing your friend or relative and knowing what she would like and dislike will be key in picking a theme and motif for her baby shower.
Keep it simple. There should be no other mantra when planning a baby shower. Location and environment should be the first thing you decide on when planning the shower. The last trimester of the pregnancy is typically when the baby shower is held and this is also the most tiring and stressful part of the pregnancy. Mom is likely to be uncomfortable, irritable and tired. Remember to keep her comfort in mind and make sure that she is at ease in her surroundings. Try to provide a comfortable seating arrangement for guests and mom alike. If mom is comfortable, then she is more likely to enjoy the party. You must also be aware of any guests that have special needs such as wheelchair access.
Inform your guests ahead of time in regards to parking. Check with you local authorities if you are concerned about parking to ensure that you do not create a hazard to the fire and police departments. This is particularly important if you are having your shower at someone's home in a residential area. Be courteous to other home owners and let your guests know where it is acceptable to park. Also let guests know if there is a parking fee and how much it will be. Planning the parking ahead of time will make that process smoother and cause fewer headaches when guests start to arrive. Make arrangements for handicapped parking if you are expecting physically impaired guests.
Ideas for showers are abound. The internet has given us an ease of research that we have never had before. If you are searching for an idea, theme, games or anything else, the internet holds a vast field of resources. This should be the first place you look, whether you purchase anything or not. You can find what you are looking for and narrow your shopping time significantly with a little time at the computer before you get started. The information is invaluable and timesaving.
When planning for food items, you need to keep your location in mind. Will you have a refrigerator for drinks and cold items? Will you need to heat certain items and will there be an oven or microwave available? If you are having your party at someone's home, keep in mind the space available in the appliances and take care not to bring dishes that will be too big. Always have a good guest count to ensure that you have enough food, cups, and utensils for everyone. Remember that leftovers can always be distributed to the guests or given to the mother to be after the party is over. Having too much is far better than not having enough.
Always make sure that your mother to be will be available at the time you wish to have a shower for her. Even if it is a surprise, make sure that someone can book an engagement with her for the day. The last month or two of pregnancy is riddled with doctor's appointments and last minute preparations, so a bit of forethought is important. You don't want to be waiting on your guest of honor to arrive while she is in the doctor's office. If your mother to be already has children, provide someone to watch the children for her either at the shower location, or at her home so that she can fully enjoy the occasion. If you are going to provide daycare to the mother to be, find someone she is comfortable with so she is not spending her time worrying about her little ones.
A little planning ahead of time will make for a great time at the party.