The birth of any baby is unquestionably a thrilling time and a time to celebrate but it is also often a nervous time with you running around making sure that you have everything that you need and worrying about whether or not you will be able to cope. Naturally, this is particularly true if you are first-time parents.
The idea of a baby shower came about as both a special time for family and friends to get together before the baby’s arrival and to assist in meeting the financial burden on the proud parents-to-be by giving them many of the furnishings and accessories that they will need once the baby is born.
In spite of the fact that today a lot of people prefer to break out of the traditional mold when it comes to a baby shower, generally these events still adhere largely to traditional guidelines. Possibly one of the biggest changes to the modern baby shower format is that they are no longer exclusively for women and lots of men now make it onto the guest list and are more than happy to join in. While they might not take part in all of the shower games, men do take pleasure in having the opportunity to give their regards to the expectant parents.
It may come as a surprise to learn that in some cultures a baby shower is thought to be a sign of bad luck and so, if there is a chance that the expectant parents might feel this way, then you should be sure to check before having a shower.
In some parts of the world a baby shower is in fact organized after the arrival of the baby while it others it is held before the birth. In a lot of ways it is sensible to have the shower following the birth as a baby shower is after all a celebration of the new baby and guests obviously like to see the central figure of the celebration. It also makes it far easier to pick gender-appropriate colors and gifts and, if your gift needs to be engraved, guests have all the details that they need.
Although holding the shower after the birth of the baby does make sense it is a very busy time for new parents and many of the items the parents need are required as soon as the baby arrives home. Because of this holding the baby shower prior to the birth of the baby is becoming a more common option these days.
The baby shower itself is traditional and most showers involve the same basic planning and activities. Guest lists will need to be compiled, a venue selected and invitations mailed out. The shower venue then has to be decorated and food, drink and games organized. Additionally, as this is a very special occasion, you might also want to consider having a musician or other performer participating in the festivities and also a photographer to make a record of the day.
A baby shower can easily become a big event with a lot of things to arrange which are going to cost a lot of money. As a result it is advisable to put together a budget for the event before you start and then ensure that you stick to it.
Pulling off a winning baby shower does not need any special talent but it takes a well thought out plan that includes both a budget and a timeline.