Baby Showers

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-03-31
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith
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The mother-to-be remembers her shower for many years to come. The shower is also an important part of the celebration and ritual of this major turning point in life. From picking the theme, creating a menu, and deciding on favors, every detail should be carefully attended to and executed with love. Get the delightfully straightforward secrets for planning a shower, dozens of creative ideas for decorating, a plethora of recipes, and endlessly helpful advice to throw memorable and personalized showers with this new book that guides even the first-time hostess through the intricate shower-throwing process.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9(2)
Introduction 11(2)
Baby Shower Basics 13(12)
Themes 25(8)
Invitations 33(8)
Decorations 41(6)
Games 47(10)
Recipes 57(62)
Favors 119(6)
Details 125


Baby Shower Basics A shower is a celebration-a time to "shower" an expectant mother with gifts to express love and congratulations. Throughout history women in many different cultures have gathered to honor a new mother and give her gifts. Following are some baby shower basics to keep in mind when planning a modern-day baby shower. Showers were traditionally for the firstborn child and were a way to help with the expense of setting up a nursery, including all the clothes and baby paraphernalia. Currently the thinking for many is that every baby is a cause for celebration, so showers for second or even third babies are much more common. Be sure to think things through as you plan showers for second and third babies, however. If you throw a shower for one woman in a group of friends, you are committing to throwing showers for second babies of all the women in that group of friends. You don't want to tire out and taper off so some women get second showers and others do not. A nice compromise for a second baby shower is to treat the mom to lunch at her favorite restaurant, or give a group gift instead of everyone bringing a gift. But if you and your friends or family want to give a full-blown shower, then have fun with it! A good occasion to give a shower for a baby that is not the first baby is for surprise babies that come years later than their siblings-after the parents thought they were through having their family and have given away everything from the crib to the clothing. And it's perfectly appropriate to throw a shower for a family that has had all girls and then has a boy, or vice versa. It's nice to give the mom some items that are especially for her new baby's gender.

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