Baby showers are a great way of getting friends and family together to celebrate the forthcoming arrival of a new baby and to exchange baby gifts. In the UK it’s a fairly new phenomenon so following from our previous article on baby shower etiquette here are some more guidelines on how to throw the perfect shower.
If you’re planning a baby shower you may be wondering who should be invited. If it’s a surprise baby shower then it’s a good idea to get someone close to the mum to help you draw up the invite list. You could either split the shower into a work baby shower with colleagues and a family shower or keep it simple with one big shower. What you will need to be mindful of are friends who have had fertility issues or have had a recent loss. If you leave them out, no matter how well intentioned, they will feel excluded. The best approach is to invite them personally and be mindful at all times of their situation.
Traditionally baby showers were the domain of women but these days men can also be invited and there are ‘couples’ showers starting to appear.
Send out invites to your guests and if you’re planning a surprise baby shower make sure everyone knows that it’s a secret.