Gift hampers allow you to get a multitude of gifts put together for the baby and can depend entirely on your budget or your theme. You could have a practical gift hamper full of all the things that you can envisage the baby might need, such as baby bottles, bibs, babygrows, a blanket, some hand socks to protect the baby from scratching its’ face, maybe even some muslin squares. Nappies are another good idea for new parents – no parent realises the amount that they are going to get through, so they will most definitely be used! Make sure you do find out if the new parents are intending on using ‘real’ nappies or terry towelling ones. Some parents may even want to use environmentally friendly disposables – with so many choices of nappies to choose from these days it’s definitely best to check before purchasing!
Or else you could maybe have a ‘not-so-practical’ hamper with not-so-necessary bits and pieces, for example a rattle, a baby mobile, a cuddly toy, or even a picture frame or baby diary to document the first years of the newborns life. If the new parents don’t know (or don’t want to divulge) the sex of the baby then make sure to buy neutral colours!
An alternative to buying gifts for the baby is a gift hamper for the mum. Everyone knows that after carrying a baby for nine months, and then giving birth to it, the new mum can be pretty worn out and in need of some tender loving care before she even starts her new job as a mum to a newborn baby! Things that will be appreciated are a bottle of bubbly to toast the new baby, or some massage oils, a voucher for a manicure or to get their hair done, and of course chocolate is always a good present!
Gift hampers are a way for you to put your own individually handpicked presents together in a lovely package. You can put together your own hamper by using a basket, some shredded coloured paper to place at the bottom of the basket, some cellophane to cover it all up with and some nice ribbon to make it look even more fancy.
Planning a baby shower can be a daunting experience as well as a rewarding one. If you are the one in charge of this task and you plan to plan the party on your own there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you want o gauge the size of the party. Usually contacting the parents of the expected mother or even the best friend (if you are not that person already) to obtain a guest list. Not much can be worse then if you forget to invite that one special person. When this happens it can be a downer for the whole party. Once you have the guest list completed it makes planning much easier. It allows you to determine how many party favors, place settings, food and drink you will need to keep things lively or the full party. Just guessing on the amount of people you plan to attend the party is a recipe for failure. Failure is not an option! After all, you have an expected mother to make happy!
Once the basics of the party are planned you need to make sure the mother to be is taken care off. One of the big pluses for the expecting family is the fact that they will receive baby shower gifts to help sustain them for the first few months of the baby’s life. It’s expensive to raise an infant so this is a great opportunity for that family to get a little help from their friends. If the mother to be has announced the sex of the child it makes it a little easier to plan for gifts. If they have not, you will need to stress to the guest that unisex items will be best. This will help to ensure all gifts given will be affective and useful to the parents. Try to get the mother to register at an online store and a retail location. A gift registry makes life very simple for a party planner and also helps those attending the party ensure they get a gift that is useful to the guest of honor. All you need to do with the baby shower gifts is make sure everyone knows what sex they should be buying for and where they should buy (if the family is registered somewhere.) It’s then out of your hands and fate will be your guide!
Once you have that taken care of you need to figure out your entertainment. There are many online guides for baby shower games that are fun for everyone. In many cases these games are free or can be put together with general household items. Most people like games because it helps the time pass and it keeps everyone excited about the party. It’s also a good transition between food and diving into those baby shower gifts. Depending on your level of party professional entertainment might be sought out to ensure party goers and the mother to be are fully entertained. This can be expensive but if this is an option for you, it’s likely that you are aware of this.
The key to a successfully party isn’t always how much you spend. It’s the celebration of life that makes it special. It’s easy to hit a home run at a party like this. Simply make sure you celebrate baby and mother above all else and make sure the focus remains on the celebration of life!