Is the stork on its way for someone near and dear to you? Have you been assigned the blessing (or curse) of hosting the baby shower? Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that “measuring the waist of the expecting" games aren't just loads of fun, and that 20 plus doses of estrogen wandering around your house isn't a blast. But let's face it, hosting a baby shower can be a daunting task.
It doesn't need to be so! With so many etiquette and clever idea books out there, you can do this! So just take a deep breath and read on. . .
Now, before I tell you a story, let me relay to you that I used to be one of the cynical types. I'm not into big, expensive weddings, and I used to think wedding and baby showers were created by the greedy. My idea of a good time is a night out on the town with your girlfriends and a few margaritas, and let that be the end of it. But let me tell you I've (sort of) changed my mind on this topic. I recently attended a baby shower that went off without a hitch! I'm fairly certain I even enjoyed it!
There were some very clever things that occurred at this particular shower that made it go so smoothly and caused people to (heaven forbid) have fun! Here are some ideas for those of you expecting a shower for the expecting. . .
- Before the shower everyone had to email in a story of parenthood or, if they weren't a parent, then a babysitting or sibling story. The book was made into a scrapbook with pictures and was passed around. All the stories were great - some were sentimental, but most were fantastic anecdotes about the funny, and sometimes wretched, things their spawn did.
- Not only did people share stories in the book, but this also lead to a lengthy and humorous discussion of childbirth and parenthood.
- Everyone was asked to bring their favorite childhood book as a gift, in order to start a library for the baby.
- Alcohol was served to those who were allowed to drink it.
- The baby shower favors consisted of little, sterling silver charms that adhered to the shower theme of stars and moons, which will be used in the baby's bedroom. The charms were a hit, because they could be used in a number of ways - either as pendants, or as an addition to a charm bracelet.
So hopefully this has been helpful to those of you who will soon face the task of hostess. Remember to have a sense of humor and relax. It can either be a fun time of reminiscing and merriment, or you can bust out the tape measure and embarrass the mother-to-be to no end. If it were me, I'd choose the first option!
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