The ladies in our family hosted a baby shower for my niece and we decided that the shower should be held at my niece's home. The ladies appointed a host which would plan the shower; we were asked to bring a finger food or salad or a light dessert item, such as chocolate covered strawberries.
The menu included chicken salad with croissants, artichoke dip with assorted crackers, fruit tray with fruit dip, vegetable tray with dip, rotel dip with chips, mini poppy seed muffins with lemon curd and beverages included punch, coffee, soft drinks and tea.
The hostess of the baby shower prepared the table with a beautiful table cloth and fresh flowers. The food was arranged on the table so the guests could go around the table to serve themselves. The beverages were served in the kitchen.
During the baby shower "meal", the family members visited with each other and then toured the baby's nursery. Each person was asked to address a thank-you note envelope to assist the mother-to-be in mailing out the these notes to the people who gave the baby gifts.
When she opened the gifts, a picture was taken at the time each gift was opened. The gift was presented to the guests to look at and the last person to receive the gift took it to the baby's nursery. At the end of the shower, the guests helped with clean-up as the expectant mother admired the baby gifts in her baby's nursery.
This is a grand idea because the expectant mother doesn't have to have the gifts loaded into her vehicle and drive home and then unload the gifts to the nursery. The hostess also offered to help prepare the expectant mother's home for the baby shower. This tip may not be a good idea for every expectant mother but it certainly was an ideal situation in our case.
by Jose from Collierville, TN
This is a really great tip, but I hope one more thing was done and that being everyone pitched in to do clean-up at the end of the shower before leaving. ;-)
BTW, Congratulations Expectant Parents To Be!
We've done this several times. The first time (20 years ago) we had a surprise ice storm and we didn't want the mom-to-be to chance slipping on the ice and hurting herself or the baby. It worked out great. All the gifts were laid out on a table until her husband came home. He was awed at all the nice "loot" they got. He helped her put everything in its place, we cleaned up, and everyone was happy. Believe me, that's the way to do it.
Umm... Deeli... I think the cleanup was part of the original tip.
This is an incredibly thoughtful and caring thing to do for any expectant parents. The only thing I'd add is that someone lists who gave what gift and put it with the stack of pre-addressed envelopes. (Pitching in to help with stamps would also be nice.)
Hi JustPlainJo :-) Hey, we all boo boo and miss (or misunderstand) some of what's written in a tip or request ;-) I seem to remember a couple by you too over the past ;-) After-all, we're all only human ;-)
Again, Congratulations to the expectant parents to be :-)
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