Baby Shower Planning Guide

Planning a Baby Shower
When it comes to life’s big events they don’t get much bigger
than the birth of a baby, it’s a very exciting time and one that
should be memorable, so what better way to make an expect-
ant mum feel special than a Baby Shower, it’s a great way for
friends and family to get together per-birth to celebrate with
mum-to-be.
The baby shower as a concept originated in America but its
fast been growing in popularity in the UK. It’s essentially a
celebration of baby’s imminent arrival and a chance for mum-
to-be to be centre of attention, before baby becomes the
focus, and its a time to celebrate new life and share advice on
parenting with her friends and family.
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To help you organise a successful event we written a few helpful hints and tips to help you plan
your party and host a special day.
The Baby shower Host
Traditionally it’s always been close friends who throw the baby shower, not close family, this
rule was meant to avoid the appearance that the family was simply on a mission to collect
gifts,however these days the etiquette is a little more relaxed and it can be anyone from a close
family member, such as a mother or sister to a co-worker. Basically anyone can host a baby
shower, a relative, best friend or colleague, as long as the person hosting the party is comfort-
able about planning it.
Who Should be Invited?
Close friends and family members are a natural for the guest list. If you're thinking of adding
others to the list, consider whether it would be appropriate for that person to buy a gift for the
guest of honour, since that's the norm at a baby shower. If the mum-to-be isn’t comfortable
with the idea of everyone having to bring gifts, you can always make it optional, and use the
shower as an excuse to spend an enjoyable afternoon together before the birth, a "female-
bonding ritual," with lots of oohing and aahing over all things babies and exchanging of labour
tales.
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