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Guide to Hosting a Baby Shower
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Q.   Planning a Baby Shower?
A.   Planning a Baby Shower can be an exciting and rewarding time for both the planner and the new mother. The baby shower is a great way to celebrate the arrival of a new baby and honor the new mother for her courage and sacrifice.
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Q.   Start Planning the Shower EARLY
A.   The first step is to decide who will be planning the Baby Shower Party. Are you going to do it yourself? Are their friends or family members who would want to help? Try to have committments for help settled 8 weeks before the date of the shower.
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Q.   Decide on the date for the baby shower.
A.   The first step is to consult the expectant mother and father. Usually the shower is held 6 weeks before the delivery date. Weekends are the most convient times. Fathers are home to watch the children while the mothers attend the shower. Depending on the travel time of your guest, weekday nights can be just as good.
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Q.   Decide on the time and place for the shower.
A.   Discuss the most convient time with the mother and father. Usually mid-day is preferred for weekends and if the guests work, early evening for weekdays. Take into account any holidays, school schedules or other family activities. If you want the shower to be a surprise, discuss the time and place with family and friends instead of the expectant couple.
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Q.   How long should the shower last?
A.   The average time for a shower is two hours. Too much longer and the expectant mother can become exhausted.
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Q.   Pick a Theme for the Baby Shower
A.   A theme can be very helpful in the preparation and planning of a baby shower. It helps to coordinate the invitations, decorations, favors, and food with one theme. A theme is often tied in with the colors of the nursery or the gender of the baby, if it is known.
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Q.   Make the Guest List
A.   Decide with the expectant mother and father who should attend the party. Sometimes the mother will have more than one shower. Co-workers may prefer to have a shower seperate from family and friends. Showers traditionally have been for women only, but having a couples shower can be great fun. Be sure you have all the contact information including addresses, phone numbers, and e-mails addresses. Will children be coming? Do you need a baby sitter?
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Q.   Where will you hold the Baby Shower?
A.   Most baby showers are held at the home of the hostess. A home can be more casual and intimate. A restaurant or reception hall can be used for more elegant and larger showers. Consider the number of people, the costs, parking, and neighbors.

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Q.   Decide on the Budget
A.   When planning a baby shower, it is very important to set a reasonable and realistic budget. Costs can add up when you consider the number of guests, the food, the location, and favors, games, and invitations. Setting the budget early will allow changes if costs are getting too high.
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Q.   What food and beverages are to be served?
A.   One key item to plan is the menu. Keep in mind the time of day, the number of guests, the shower theme, special dietary considerations of attendees, and of course, your budget. Do you want a complete meal or snacks, appetizers and beverages. Make sure you allow for extra. It is better to have more than you neeed than to run out. Non-alcoholic beverages are best for the expectant mother. Do you plan on providing the food and beverage yourself or will others help. Plan on who does what. If it is catered, reserve the caterer 6 to 8 weeks before the event.
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Q.   Invitations Should be Mailed 6 Weeks Before Shower
A.   Decide on the invitations. They can be inexpensive or very elaborate. Invitation methods can go from e-mails, phone calls, make your own, printed with blanks that you fill in, to printed, personalized invitations that have all the shower details printed on them. BabyGiftIdea.com can provide the invitations click here Invitations should relate to the shower theme and must include the date, time, location, and directions to the party. Also include where and when to RSVP. Responses should be returned no later than two weeks before the shower. Indicate how to RSVP (e-mail, phone, or mail). Also consider any needs for shower games such as baby photos of the guests that may be needed and list on the invitation.
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Q.   Get the Shower Decorations and Games
A.   About 5 weeks before the shower, decide on the decorations. The decorations should fit the theme that you picked. If the theme is "general baby" then the decorations can easily be found or made. Look at the party location and decide what you will need. BabyGiftIdea.com offers table ware click here and shower decorations click here. Games are a great way to ice breakers for showers. Two to four games are normal. Be sure to review the games with the expectant mother as some games can be uncomfortable for some guests. Prises should be purchased for the game winners. A hit at most baby showers ane serving as a centerpiece is the Diaper Cake (or baby cake). Find these at click here
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Q.   Pick the Party Favors?
A.   About 4 weeks before the shower, decide what favors you will give to the guests. If you are making the favors, do it now. If you are purchasing favors, decide what they will be. BabyGiftIdea.com has favors click here.You may want to get the RSVP from everyone before buying favors.
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Q.   During the last two weeks
A.   The last two weeks before the shower,there are lots of details to be taken care of. These include wrapping the prizes, buying a gift for the expectant mother, ordering flowers and a corsage if desired, arranging baby sitters if needed, arrange for someone to bring the expectant mother, and wash the dishes you will be using. Arrange the room for everyone to be able to watch the mother. Make a grocery list and shop for the food and get pleny of ice. The day before the shower decorate the room, organize the food, and pick up the flowers. The day of the shower call the expectant mother to make sure she is feeling well and put out signs or balloons to show the way to guests. Put out he food and beverages and adjust the temperature. Then relax and have fun. Questions? Contact us using any of the following methods:   Toll free hotline: (866) 370-GIFT (4438)
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