I recently went to a baby shower for a good friend of mine. And I have to say, it was awesome.
Do you want to know why? Well I’m going to tell you regardless.
It wasn’t because she Pinterested the hell out of it. There were no cakes that looked like babies on DIY cake stands. There were no fancy mason jars full of sand or blindfolded diaper changing. There wasn’t even a single embarrassing game for the Mom-to-be or the guests.
The reason the shower was amazing was the sheer simplicity of it. The shower included family and friends, champagne and homemade treats. There were speeches and (non-embarrassing) games that weren’t over the top and they were full of the Mom-to-be’s personality. Anyone who was there knew she had a hand in organizing the festivities.
The shower was two hours long. Not too short, not too long. Plenty of time to eat, mingle and open presents. And the parting gift was champagne-to be opened when we heard about the little bundle of joy’s arrival. How wonderful to be sent away with booze from a pregnant lady. So ironically perfect.
Now, I have three children and I have been to a few showers in my time. I know some people cringe at the thought of participating in baby shower related merriment…naming and carrying around a hardboiled egg painted with a smiley face or wearing a bonnet to play charades can be mortifying to some. Some people would rather die than make a baby out of playdough for a dollar store prize.
I am not one of those people.
But what I have learned is this:
Keep it simple. You don’t need to go overboard! Pick a simple theme and go with it, but don’t go crazy. People are coming to celebrate a baby, not Mardi Gras.
Keep it personal. You can pick games out of a book all day long but if they have nothing to do with the person you’re celebrating, they won’t be nearly as fun. Think about this: If your Mom-to-be loves the Amazing race and never misses an episode, you have an easy theme to work with-go with it! There is no such thing as tradition anymore (unless of course, that’s your thing).
Be organized. Have garbage bags for all the gift wrap. Give yourself enough time to blow up balloons and set up food. Have a general idea of how long each game/speech/etc. will take and plan accordingly.
HAVE FUN (And that’s an order)! Whether you’re planning the shower, attending the shower or you’re the V.I.P., this should be a fun time. No stress! Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in someone’s life. If you’re invited to a baby shower, they want you to be a part of it-so enjoy yourself…and if they ask you to play “tinkle in the pot”…just do it and smile.
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