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the clueless quasi-adult's guide to hosting a baby shower
by Yee-Fan Sun | 1 2 3 4
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So when’s the best
time to throw a baby shower? Typically, sometime around the 7th month
of pregnancy is considered ideal; your expectant guest of honor should
be in full pregnancy glow by that point, but not so close to the
big day that she’ll be feeling unwieldy and uncomfortable and just
plain not-up for hours of smiles and photos and socializing. Of course,
you’ll want to confirm potential dates with her before sending out
those invites. If she’s having twins or a more-challenging-than-normal
pregnancy, or if there’s other stuff going on in her life – a move
to a bigger new pad, for instance – that might make that 7th month
too stressful, having the shower a little earlier, say in month 6
or so, might well make more sense.
are also likely to be better for your very pregnant friend, as the
aches and pains of carrying a huge watermelon around one’s belly
have a pesky tendency to pile up during the course of the day. Again,
however, confirm any potential times you’re bandying about with your
Once you have your
date, time and guest list all set, you’re ready to send out the invitations.
Paper invites are probably best if there are any older guests, as
they may have more traditional views on what constitutes a proper
party invitation, and grandma might not have a clue how to respond
to that e-invite; for a crowd of 20 and 30-somethings, on the other
hand, email or online invitations will probably yield a better reply
rate. Besides including the essential whens and wheres, you’ll also
want to mention any registry info, to make it easier for guests to
figure out what sorts of gifts the mom-to-be would find most useful.
the most part, baby showers are held in the daytime, when it comes
to figuring out what type of party to throw, you’ll probably be thinking
brunches and lunches, dessert parties and afternoon teas. You can
go upscale or keep it totally low-key; do the minimalist thing with
décor or go all-out with some elaborate theme. Choose whatever
feels most fitting for the mom-to-be’s personality; remember, not
everyone feels comfortable with people making a big, noisy fuss over
them. This party isn’t meant to be a chance for you to show off your
super-hostess skills, but a time to let your friend know how much
she means to you all, and how everyone’s there to support her as
she makes this big transition to parenthood.
main theme | So your friend’s the sort who
appreciates a little creativity on the party front and would
genuinely love to be the center
of attention of an elaborate to-do?
tea party extra memorable by invoking the Mad Hatter for inspiration;
host a Star
is Born Hollywood-themed dessert party for your movie-mad,
People-obsessed preggo pal; organize a wacky Dr. Seuss brunch
– green eggs and ham, anyone? -- decorating with appropriate
quotes, images (a scanner and color printer come in handy)
and favorite Seuss books. Or keep it simpler by going with
scheme – the traditional pink shower for a baby girl or the
blue-themed bash for a baby boy.
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