When you’re expecting a new baby, there are a lot of things to think about and prepare for, including your baby shower. If this is your first new family addition, you may have a lot of questions about what should happen at your baby shower and what should be avoided. To make things a little easier for you, here are some of the most common baby shower questions and our answers.
A baby shower is unique from other parties because it is not something that you should typically throw for yourself. Instead, a family member, coworker or close friend should plan to organize it. If no one steps forward and offers to host your shower, it’s ok to ask someone close to you to do the honors. If you love planning parties and want to make sure yours goes perfectly, it is ok for you to do all of the planning yourself. Just make sure you have someone else send out the cute farm animal baby shower invitations and collect all of the RSVPs.
Ultimately, the decision for who to invite to your baby shower is yours, but you may need to consult with your host to find out if there is a limit to how many people can fit comfortably in her home. If you want your shower to be as fun and close-knit as possible, consider only inviting family, close friends and coworkers.
It is becoming more common to open presents after the party is over, but most people like to be present and see your reaction when you open their gifts. If you have a very large guest list and you know it will take a long time to open everything, you may want to let your guests know that due to time constraints, you will be opening your gifts after the party. Just be sure to send heartfelt thank you cards to each person so they feel appreciated.
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