DO plan ahead. Send your invitations at least three weeks before the shower.
DO get organized before the shower so the party will run smoothly.
This way, you'll have time to actually enjoy the shower.
DO consider including men.
DO have fun with decorations.
that incorporate baby-related items, which can be given to the mom-to-be at the end of the party.
DO include a bunch of
balloons outside your door to greet guests.
DO use your best linens and silver if you're planning a formal party.
DO present foods attractively. Include garnishes.
DO know your guests' dietary restrictions when planning the baby shower menu, especially those of the mom-to-be.
IF you plan to serve alcoholic beverages
, label them clearly.
DO serve snacks that are easy to eat.
DON'T expect guests to balance a sit-down meal on their laps.
DON'T give all newborn or three-moth-size clothing. The baby will soon wear larger sizes.
DO remember both expectant parents when buying gifts. Personal gifts can give them a real lift during this stressful time.
DO consider using the nursery colors in your decorations.
DO keep the shower short and sweet (usually two to three hours).
DO plan activities that guests will enjoy.
DON'T play games that are embarrassing or awkward.
DO select useful prizes for guests.
Finally, after you've put all your baby shower ideas into motion, DO have a good time!
Excerpted from The Best Baby Shower Book. Copyright 2001, 2004 by Meadowbrook Creations. Used with the permission of Meadowbrook Press.
© Courtney Cooke 2001