A new baby is the perfect occasion to celebrate with family, friends and coworkers. Throwing a shower can mean hosting a big party or a more intimate gathering, depending on the hostesses’ preference, but be sure to discuss expectations and the guest list with the mom-to-be well in advance, so there’s plenty of time to work out all the details. Sending out owl baby shower invites four to six weeks in advance of the event will give guests plenty of notice. Be sure to include these three essential elements in your party planning to ensure a successful gathering.
Refreshments at a baby shower can be anything from simple to extravagant and should fit the hostess’ budget as well as the guest of honor’s style. Finger foods are both convenient and fun and many gatherings serve a variety of bite-sized fare. Fruit and vegetable trays are a great way to round out the offerings and can be arranged to work with whatever color scheme you have chosen for the décor.
When planning activities and games it’s a good idea to run your ideas past the new mom to make sure she and her guests will feel comfortable with each one. If it’s a surprise gathering, the hostess should keep in mind the guest of honor’s personal taste and style. Some showers are formal, with activities planned throughout, while others can be an open-house format, where socializing with each guest as they arrive is the main activity. Either way, have a few games planned for your party-goers to enjoy.
Be sure to leave guests plenty of time to chat, eat and bestow advice on the new mommy. While you want some entertainment, downtime is just as essential to a successful party and gives guests a chance to chat with the guest of honor one-on-one. Ask each visitor to address a thank you card to herself before she leaves so the new mom can quickly and easily send out notes of appreciation for the gifts she receives.
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