How To: Plan a traditional baby shower

Plan a traditional baby shower

Baby showers are fun ways to celebrate new mommy-hood. You won't want to forget the traditions though. Check out this video before you start planning and make sure you have an nice balance of etiquette and fun.
You Will Need
• A store registry
• A guest list
• Invitations
• A menu
• Decorations
• Games
• Computer with internet access

Step 1: Pick a date
Pick a day well before the baby's due date, making certain that the expectant mother is available.
Etiquette dictates that a close friend of the mother-to-be hosts the party.

Step 2: Make sure she's registered
Check to see that the mother has registered somewhere so you can include the baby registry information on the invitation.

Step 3: Assemble a guest list
Assemble a guest list and get addresses. Send invitations at least two weeks beforehand and ask for an RSVP.

Step 4: Plan the menu
Plan a menu, including a cake. Ask others to help pay, or bake no-fuss foods yourself. Keep it simple and figure the amount of food according to the time of day the shower will be held.

Step 5: Decorate
Get decorations from a party supply or baby store, using a color theme consistent with the baby's sex, if that's known.

Step 6: Choose baby shower games
Choose baby shower games, such as "Guess the baby food" or "Jeopardy Nursery Rhymes." Scan web sites for ideas, games, and resources for baby showers.
Baby showers can often be co-ed, including the father-to-be and his male friends.

Step 7: Send invitations
Send the invitations, being sure to include the date, time, and location.

Did you know? Baby showers became common after World War II, during the baby boom of the 1940s and 1950s.

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