A couple of cute ideas for baby shower gifts are a silver spoon and fork set or a complete baby spa kit consisting of a baby bathtub filled with baby lotions, creams, washcloths, towels and a bath toy. Another idea is a tiny collegiate sweatshirt emblazoned with the name of one or both of the parents' alma maters.
When inscribing a cake for a baby shower, keep it as simple as possible, while expressing congratulations. A few examples of appropriate inscriptions are, "Thank Heaven for Little (Boys) Girls!", "All Because 2 People Fell In Love" and for twins, "Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun."
The purpose of a message written in baby shower card is to provide a greeting to the new baby, but also to provide the parents with a congratulations message that will increase their joy, and be something that can be kept long-term as a remembrance of the occasion. Some ideas of what to write in a baby shower card include messages that relate to the baby shower itself, or that depict a simple happiness or welcome for the baby that will soon arrive.
Some baby shower favors include decorative candy cups, baby socks filled with candy and small gift boxes stocked with egg-shaped candy. The egg-shaped candies symbolize the nesting mother. The hostess can put the candies in decorative containers, tie a ribbon around them and top the ensembles with tiny feathers.
Diapers can be used in diaper cakes and wreaths for decorations. For a twist at a baby shower, the hostess can turn other items into faux diapers to create a diaper-themed shower.
Planning a baby shower involves selecting a date, a budget, a venue, a theme, invitations, a menu, activities and party favors, and creating a guest list. It also involves coordinating with the guest of honor or someone who knows her schedule so that the shower does not hamper any plans she already has, and so that someone can ensure that she is there in time for the party.
The cost of baby formula is $60 to $100 per month, which is $720 to $1,200 per year. A child with milk protein allergies requires a more expensive milk. This can cost $150 per month, which is $1,800 per year.
Some appropriate themes to use for a baby shower to celebrate a baby boy include an "A'hoy, it's a boy!" nautical-themed shower, "king of the jungle" animal-themed shower and a "take me out to the ball game" baseball-themed shower.
To email birth announcements, start by compling a list of contacts and choosing an announcement template, then compose your announcement message and hit send when everything is ready. Emailed birth announcements are a fast, efficient and appropriate way to let your friends and family know about your new baby. The entire process can take less than 30 minutes.
Birth announcements for newspapers should include the same information as mailed birth announcements. The baby's name, date of birth and parents' names are crucial, and the baby's weight and length, siblings' names, if any, and grandparents' names can also be included.
Baby shower cakes are a traditional part of modern baby showers. Inscribing the cake with a cute, clever or unique quote is one way of expressing best wishes to the parents-to-be. Some gender neutral quotes are: "Pink or Blue, May Your Wish Come True," "Diapers and Pins, Now the Fun Begins," "A Star is Born," "Special Delivery, No Return" and "Someone Special, Someone Dear, Someone New is Almost Here."
A poem specifically designed for a man who is expecting a baby, whether this is his first child or not, is called a "father-to-be" poem. Since the baby has not been born yet, the man will be a father soon.
To congratulate a woman on her pregnancy, wait until she shares the news, then offer sincere well wishes, such as, "Congratulations! I know you will be a great mother." Appropriate sentiments might also involve a personal statement, such as, "I can't wait to meet the baby."
Wishing wells are a fun addition to a baby shower that can be used to collect cash, gift cards or simple baby items the family needs. In most cases, the baby-shower invitation specifies that there is going to be a wishing well and what the appropriate gift should be.
The expected attire for a baby shower is similar to attire for a wedding shower. A baby shower is a casual event, and safe choices for women in attendance include a simple dress or khaki pants paired with a printed blouse.
Clever ideas for wrapping baby shower gifts include using blankets as wrapping paper, using clothes pins or diaper pins instead of tape, and using gifts to fill other gifts. Creative items, such as paint buckets, can make fun and interesting gift wrappings.
A castle diaper cake consists of rolled diapers, typically banded together by ribbons, which are layered, similar to a cake, with decorations arranged to look like a castle. It is not edible. Decorations for a castle diaper cake can include plastic or paper cones, bottles, flags or flowers.
Include riddles at a baby shower during a scavenger hunt, a nursery rhyme guessing game or a hidden treasures challenge to keep guests involved and excited during their visit. Create a scavenger hunt using riddles that lead to baby-related items in the host's home. Plan the Perfect Baby Shower offers printable clues that have guests hunting in the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and TV room for specific items.
Great prize ideas for baby showers include picture frames, bath soaps and lotions, candles or aromatherapy oils, paperweights with a baby theme, stationery, small pieces of jewelry and manicure kits. Small food-oriented gifts, such as coffee or tea baskets, little jars of candy and boxes of chocolates are also welcome as prizes and party favors.
Traditionally, a baby shower is thrown in the beginning of the third trimester of the pregnancy. Planning for a baby shower should take into consideration when the mother-to-be is free, as well as any relatives or guests that may attend.
A prayer for a newborn can include thanks for the baby's safe delivery and good health, in addition to wishes for the child's life. Someone might pray that the child only knows happiness and a loving touch or that he or she will grow into a loving adult who wants to help those in need.