A welcome home baby shower is a shower that is held after the baby has been born. While this may not be a traditional way of celebrating the impending birth of a child, this is definitely a great way for people to get together who might not have been able to make it to the showers given before the baby is born. This is also a fun time for the new parents to introduce the newest member of their family and friends.
One thing to consider is that the parents might not want to have a welcome home baby shower until several weeks after the baby has been born. Getting acquainted with their new baby and adjusting to the new routine can be a bit overwhelming, particularly if these are brand new parents.
The shower usually is held about a month or two after the baby has been born, giving the parents time to adjust and attach to their baby. The great thing about welcome baby party is that the new mom can tell the host what they still need for the baby, such as diapers, etc. Plus having a shower will bring the family and friends together to spend some time with the new family.
When planning the welcome shower, sending the personalized welcome home baby shower invitations should be done within four weeks before the date of the party. It will be their schedule that the host will want to be sensitive to, with a new baby and his/her needs. Also indicate on the custom welcome home baby shower invitations that it is a "welcome home baby shower". Even if people attended their baby shower before the baby was born, they will see this as an opportunity to meet the baby.
Since this is not the traditional games are not necessarily something that needs to be planned. However, chances are the baby party will include other couples and their children. Organizing a party will most likely mirror setting up a family BBQ or backyard party. Ensure that the menu includes foods that will appeal to all ages, or at least have some kid specific dishes prepared.
Decorations for a party can include some balloons, if appropriate. The host should probably ask the new parents if they have any preferences, or dislikes. Remember, even though the baby is already here, this is a party for them and making the guests of honor feel welcome and important is key to a successful surprise shower.
Planning a welcome home baby shower will be a lot simpler than a traditional baby party as it will be a lot more relaxed. This is an opportune time for the parents to show off their baby and for those who have not met the baby to see him or her for the first time. When planning, don't forget the announcements and matching thank you cards as this will set the stage for a great party. Also ask the new parents of their preferences for food, date and time of day, as they now have a little one to take care of.
About the Author: Sarah Porter and Patti Paz are authors of several articles including Invitations for Welcome Home Baby Showers and more.