Thursday, 23 May 2013

Throwing A Baby Shower- Is It Still an American thing?

When my older children were born baby showers where unheard of in this country, along with finding out whether you are having a boy or girl by scan and pregnancy tests that give results in a minute. I had to wait four hours for the results of my first pregnancy test!

Now we find more and more British parents having baby showers and they are growing all the time in popularity. So what are baby showers? They are parties thrown for the mum-to-be before the birth to celebrate her pregnancy and shower her with gifts. Some choose gifts for the baby, some choose gifts for the mum-to-be. There are also usually games and cake involved.

You can find this cake on Dee Cake site

The baby shower is usually arranged by a non family member, this could be a friend of the mum-to-be or a work colleague. They are held usually in the later stages of pregnancy when the mum has found out that baby is doing well, but they can really be held at any time, even after the baby has been born.

How you hold the party is really up to you but first you decide on a budget and go from there. You may want a theme and tie in party food and decorations and it is traditional to play party games, like Stick the Dummy on the Baby; which is like pin the tail on the donkey. Or you could play charades or even have a baby quiz.

You could even have a gorgeous Pinata like this one:
You can find this on My Baby Shower site

In the USA baby showers have been popular for a long time and celebrities often have them. Jessica Alba, the star of Sin City recently held a competition in aid of Mother's Day where she hosted a baby show for a lucky winner in Los Angeles. The mum-to-be Jessica Turner chose a hippo themed party.

I'm not sad that I didn't have a baby shower myself, but I would love to host one for someone else...maybe when the grand kids come along?
Did you have a baby shower or do you think they still very much an American thing?

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