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Baby Shower Planning


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Okay - the pressure is on now! The baby shower for my youngest daughter is Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2 pm. I've been buying and making presents for awhile now, so I'm good on that. I stopped today and started getting wrapping paper to wrap everything.

Now the hard part begins. My oldest daughter, Sarah, and I get to plan it. What makes it difficult is that she lives in Alabama and I live in Michigan. Thank goodness for Pinterest and Shutterfly. All three of us have pinned things on Pinterest and checked out each other's pins. That is helping us pick out a few things.

Sarah found the perfect invitations on Shutterfly and has ordered them. She has beautiful writing and will be able to address them. I have barely started getting addresses together. Gotta get moving on that!

What do we serve? Do we cater or do we cook? Do we play games? What games? There seems to be more questions than answers right now.

If anyone has been to a shower lately and has come away from the shower with a definite like or a definite dislike, please feel free to share with me. I figure that the more suggestions and input I get, the better I may be able to do. I appreciate any help I can get. Thanks in advance.
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SLIMLILA 2/19/2014 7:38PM

    Wow, last baby showed I went to, was one I gave for my dd's first child, 12 or 13 years ago. I don't remember it being that much stress, but that's a long time ago...I know I didn't have it catered, but I can't remember much more about it than that... Dad came too, that's all I remember.... sorry, no help...

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JAZZYFROG333 2/18/2014 7:50AM

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My favorite Baby Shower idea is to tell each guest to bring a book instead of a card. They can fill in a message to Mom and Baby and it becomes a special keepsake. I find tons of baby and children's books at the dollar stores.
I love the idea of Baby Present Bingo. Guests fill in a bingo card with presents they think the mom will receive at the shower and each time mom opens a present that was on their card they cross it off. You can do several gifts using this game by continuing to play even after you get winners. We did 10 winners from our Bingo game.
Have guests fill out the thank you note envelopes with their own name and address. This makes it easier on your daughter to send thank you notes and you can draw door prizes using the envelopes as their raffle slip. ;)
Finger foods are always good baby shower foods. Veggies, fruits, small sandwiches with chicken or tuna salad are all good choices. Keep it simple and light because most of your guests are probably women who are trying to eat healthy also.
I offered tea, coffee, lemonade, and water for drinks at my baby shower.

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MYAKAYAH 2/17/2014 12:38AM

    I went to a baby shower in January, it was grand but it was beautiful. I'm not much of a game player but I was a great sport about it. I was there to provide the food as my gift but I provided a gift card for Babies-R-Us for the items she needs/wants and didn't get! I know the first year or two with a baby is the most expensive part most of the time.

The best part some of the guests told me was the background music, food, beverages and spending time together. I provided pot luck food like sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit salad, jambalaya, ham roll-ups. For dessert I made a sheet cake in banana with chocolate frosting with the mom-to-be's favourite colours and baby décor on it. We knew it was a boy since she is due in March. There was around 40 people at the shower since she has many friends and relatives sent gifts and gift cards for the occasion since it is her first child.

Depending how many guests there are would dictate if you would like to try and prepare the food yourself or have it catered. A lot of guests are fine with sandwiches, fruit, pasta salad and things of that nature. A nice cake for dessert and some games is always fun. I think many guests like to see the mom to be open her gifts as well. Good luck on that front, as long as the atmosphere is nice and the food is good a nice time should be had by all. Make sure your daughter is comfortable and the party should be great!



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STRONGERLEANER 2/16/2014 9:19PM

    Baby showers can be a lot of fun. I enjoy playing the games. Depending on the types you use, it gives guests a chance to learn a little about one another without having to come up with small talk.

Something that is signed by all the guests is wonderful keepsake for the parents.

Just try to keep it fun and light. Don't stress over it. Most people are just really excited about the new little life.

Don't make guests wait to long to eat. Try to make sure everyone is greeted and thanked for coming. Try to make sure all gifts are logged.

I'm sure it will be wonderful!

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JANTHEBLONDE 2/16/2014 8:22PM

    I don't have any advice about giving of baby shower! I know between you and your daughter you will make it really special! Congratulations grandma!
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CAMRY426 2/16/2014 6:53PM

    I usually like any baby shower. I guess I would have to say maybe some variety of games and maybe some little prizes to make it memorable. Oh and Congrats on becoming a grandmother.

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