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Do you have a friend or a family member who is expecting? Baby showers can be a really fun celebration and a great way to show support to someone who is having their first baby. Why is it called a “shower” in the first place, you might ask? The point of this type of party is to “shower” the mother-to-be with gifts to help make her first baby experience more affordable and to get tips, tools, and ideas from other mothers that will make it easier to navigate. Who can throw a baby shower? Anyone really. There are no rules, except that the parents-to-be can’t throw their own party, so someone else needs to step up and do it.
Baby Shower Etiquette
Fortunately, there aren’t a lot of rules regarding baby shower, like there are for bridal showers and wedding receptions. For example, a mom-to-be can have more than one baby shower, such as one thrown by close family and another thrown by co-workers and friends. You might even have one on your side of the family and another on the dad-to-be’s side. This is totally okay, as it’s not the parents-to-be that are throwing the parties, but family and friends who want to celebrate the impending birth with them.
Invitations should be sent out at least a month in advance, with the shower occurring a few weeks before the “due date” of the mom-to-be. Just don’t cut it too close or you might end up at the banquet hall in Swansea, MA having a party and playing games while the mom-to-be is in the hospital giving birth. This has happened on more than one occasion. Make sure to schedule the party with enough time to spare in case the delivery happens earlier than expected. Speak with the social event coordinators at Venus de Milo for information on open dates, reservations, and catering options.
What People Expect
When people attend a baby shower there are a few things that they expect to see. Much like other social events and special occasions, there will be decorations, planned activities or games, refreshments and maybe even a light lunch. Party favors are not required, but they are a nice touch. If you know the gender of the baby, you could have pink or blue colored candies and treats wrapped up in cute little bags, tied with ribbons. You could also have special prizes for the winners of the shower games, as everyone looks forward to those.
Baby showers can also be thrown for the second or third child, especially if the new baby is a different gender, so new clothes, blankets, and other essential items would be needed. Also, if parents are expecting multiples, such as twins, triplets or more babies, a baby shower would also be appreciated. The showers after the initial first child baby shower are often referred to as “sprinklings” instead of showers, as the parents won’t usually need so many items the second or third time around.
Baby shower games are a must. Guessing games are popular, such as guess the gender of the baby (if a reveal has not already been announced), guess the circumference of the mom-to-be’s baby “bump”, and guessing games for the birth, such as length, weight, and date. Prizes for most games will be given out during the shower at the banquet hall in Swansea, MA but obviously, some of the games won’t be “won” until after the baby is born. Keep tabs on the guesses from your guests and make sure that they get awarded after the new mom gets settled or when they come to see the new baby.
Choosing the Venue
One of the most important tasks in planning social events and special occasions is to select the banquet hall in Swansea, MA where the event will be hosted. Work with on-site social event coordinators at Venus de Milo to help you with everything from seating charts to catering, reserving the space to questions about parking, and everything in between. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to speak with one of our agents or to schedule a tour of the facility so you can plan a memorable baby shower for your friend or family member.