Baby showers are generally held a month or two before the birth of the baby although it is becoming more common to hold a shower after the baby has been born – a kind of “welcome to the world” party so to speak.
On most occasions a friend or co-worker will throw a baby shower on the mother’s behalf but nowadays really, anything goes! Family members can host the showers and mum and dad can even attend. Baby showers are becoming more untraditional in their approach so do whatever is most comfortable and fun for all.
Central to any party regardless of when it is held is great food. Finger food works well but again it is down to the host and the kind of event you have in mind. And don’t forget the dessert – you can go with something simple like these Mini Boston Cream Pies or something much more elaborate. A great cake will go down well and if you are lacking in the ideas department, then just have a look at these cakes for some inspiration.
When it comes to selecting gifts for the babies, again it will depend on the specific circumstances. If you know the birth of the baby or even the name then picking the gifts may be easier than if you were buying for either a boy or girl. The choice of gift will also depend on whether this is their first baby or whether they have other siblings. If you are purchasing for a baby shower, then the host should be able to provide you with some great ideas.
Most importantly however, baby showers are to help relax and spoil the mum-to-be prior to or after the big event - and whether it is her first or third baby, this “me” time will definitely be welcomed with open arms.