Cute Baby Shower Hostess Gifts - Baby showers are an American tradition and a much-anticipated section of an expectant mother's first pregnancy. Not surprisingly, the normal baby shower hostess feels a measure of anxiety when it comes to planning this long-awaited celebration, and when it's her foray to the baby shower area, the task can quickly become an overwhelming one. But planning a baby shower need not be a source of jealousy, and utilizing this simple beginner's manual, even the most inexperienced hostess could throw a pleasant and memorable baby shower.
The very first order of business would be to specify a date to your baby shower. The perfect time to schedule the shower is when the expectant mother is 32 to 34 weeks pregnant, and you should allow yourself about 6 months of preparation time before the celebration. When the date is determined on, ask the mom-to-be to provide you with a listing of addresses and names. This is your guest list. Get the invitations and send them out about 4 months before the date of the celebration.
The next issue to consider is decorations. Allow the personality and manner of the expectant mother are the starting place for your direction you will take with the baby shower. Is she outgoing and bubbly, or is her character much more understated? Resist the desire to plan the celebration based on your personal taste as opposed to the guest of honors. You might want to choose a theme for your shower, but remember that this isn't an important element and might even complicate things unnecessarily.
Now is your time to choose the menu too. Finger foods are appropriate for virtually every baby shower. A tray of veggies with dip, cheese slices with crackers, cold cuts, " finger fruits" (strawberries, grapes, etc.) or fruit salad, muffins, and pinch would result in a gorgeous spread of food. If you have a little more time plus a flair to the culinary arts, then you could incorporate a bowl of homemade pasta salad, or even some mini quiches (from the freezer section, just heat and serve) to this listing.