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Secrets Of A Great Baby Shower

It’s always great when friends throw you a party—even if it means playing that game where guests guess your girth (ugh!). Here, moms share strategies for having a corny-free day you’ll genuinely enjoy.

Enlist an ally. “For my shower, I brought my sister-in-law into the loop and said what I wanted—a quiet afternoon with friends, in my home,” says Jasmine Trillos-Decarie, a mom of one in Boston, Massachusetts. No feathers were ruffled, and she got a laid-back celebration. “Friends told me it was the best baby shower they’d ever been to!”

Make it more meaningful. Want an eco-friendly party, with paperless invites, unwrapped presents, and an organic salad bar? Would you prefer donations to a cause rather than gifts? Mention that, too.

Rope in your husband. A his-and-hers shower—aka a “Jack and Jill” shower— is a great way to change up the game. “I suggested this for my second shower, and loved it,” says Jennifer Marshall, a mom of two in Tucson, Arizona. “It kept the traditional silliness out of the equation. Everyone knows boys don’t want toilet paper games!”

Do a registry reality check. Go for gifts in a wide range of prices. And resist the urge to register for blankets and toys, notes Shannan Carr, a mom of three and owner of Bottles to Britches, Pennsylvania, a service that helps expecting parents plan for everything from pregnancy to preschool. “Those are usually items people buy in addition to the items on the registry, so you will end up with a ton!”

Relinquish control. People love you and want to celebrate your happiness. So if friends surprise you with a shower that includes goofy games and a cake shaped like a diaper, go with it. Think of it this way: You’ll have some great stories to tell at junior’s first playdate.

An article from the HUGGIES® Brand

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HUGGIES® Baby Shower Planner
We believe every baby shower should be inspired. That’s why we created the HUGGIES® Baby Shower Planner—an inspiring array of theme ideas featuring games, favors, flavors, diaper cakes and more.
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Baby Shower Checklist
Check out the HUGGIES® timeline to planning the perfect baby shower. When it comes to being a baby shower host, the big event is fun but the road there can be daunting. Here's a bird's eye view of what you should be doing when.
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Comic Book Baby Shower
A “Comic Book” baby shower has some real character. Inspire heroics with your custom invitations.
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Camp-Theme Baby Shower
S’mores and secrets come to life in a “Camp” themed baby shower. Send custom invites to friends and gather around the bonfire.
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Paris Patisserie Baby Shower
Have everyone saying “bonjour” to your “Paris Patisserie” themed baby shower with customized invitations that speak the language of love.
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Lemonade Stand-Theme Baby Shower
When life gives you lemons, host a “Lemonade Stand” themed baby shower. Let guest know about the lemonade fun with a personal invite. Send this invitation today!
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Woodland Creatures-Theme Baby Shower
Go to the great outdoors with a “Woodland Creatures” themed baby shower. Send custom invites to get guests acquainted with nature. Send this invitation today!
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Story Glory-Theme Baby Shower
Share some tales at a “Story Glory” themed baby shower. Send custom invites and get guests prepared to crack open their favorite book. Send this invitation today!
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Tea for Two-Theme Baby Shower
It’s tea time at your “Tea for Two” themed baby shower. Send customized invites and get guests sipping with their pinkies out. Send this invitation today!
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Going Green Baby Shower
Enjoy a “Going Green” themed baby shower by sending custom invites to guests and take part in earth-friendly crafts. Send this invitation today!
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Crafty Like a Fox Baby Shower
Like our “Crafty Like a Fox” themed baby shower? Send invites to get guests started with the DIY crafts and involved in making something new. Send this invitation today!
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Love Sweet Love Baby Shower
Wouldn’t it be lovely to hold a “Love Sweet Love” themed baby shower? Send invites to start spreading the feeling. Send this Invitation today!
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Super Easy DIY Sock Puppet Toddler Craft Activity
My 22-month-old and I recently visited a local indoor play lounge where he was able to freely play in a safe environment while I got some work done thanks to their free WiFi. During our visit, he also got to create a pumpkin using felt stickers and a paper plate and he even made his very own sock puppet! These crafts were included with the price of admission for a day of play, but best of all, my baby boy was able to create something of his own and do a hands-on activity.
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Nontraditional Baby Showers a Modern Trend
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<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">From </span></span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">TheBump.com</span><br><br></span></span></font>Baby showers once meant awkward small talk and tiny sandwiches, but times are changing. From backyard barbecues to wedding-scale blowouts, today's baby shower is a whole new animal. "People are starting to get a lot more snazzy," says Tina La Morte, owner of New Jersey's Oh So Fabulous! Divine Wedding. "They're doing linen rentals and napkin treatments, and really stepping it up." Now, why is a wedding planner talking about baby showers? Aside from recently delivering her second child, La Morte has been getting more and more calls for baby showers these days. That's right&nbsp;

















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</style><div style="font-weight: normal;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div style="font-weight: normal;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">If you're planning a shower for a friend, don't worry - she's probably not expecting 200 guests or a $90 centerpiece. Don't be afraid to step it up in terms of breaking a few traditions, though. Here are a few modern shower trends to get you started.&nbsp;</span></font></div><div><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Gifts for Mama&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></font></p></div><div style="font-weight: normal;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Exciting trend No. 1: Gifts for mom! "We're seeing lots of gifts for mothers," La Morte says. "They're giving baskets of goodies, bottles of champagne, massages..." Baby still comes first, but grownup indulgences are always appreciated - especially at a time when the mom may be feeling pretty uncomfortable (aka, all of late pregnancy). To pamper both mom and baby, consider a shareable treat like the Honey Child gift set from Noodle &amp; Boo ( http://noodleandboo.com ).&nbsp;
</span></font></div><div style="font-weight: normal;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Daddies on Board&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></font></div><div style="font-weight: normal;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div style="font-weight: normal;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Men? At a baby shower? That's right. While daddy-to-be might not be into unwrapping breast pumps and bibs, why shouldn't he (and his buddies) join in the celebration? La Morte isn't crazy about the idea, but some moms take a different stance. "I think that more women would come to showers if their husbands were invited," says one mom-to-be on our message boards. Another mom agrees, "It'll be like a last little get-together with our friends before we're super busy with the new baby." If you decide on a couples' party, just be sure the boys have something (food/beer/"Guitar Hero") to bond over. One couple even held a poker tournament, with $10 and a pack of diapers as a buy-in!&nbsp;
</span></font></div><div style="font-weight: normal;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Kids at the Party&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: normal;">
</span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><br></span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Not only are men joining the ranks, but now tots are tagging along, too. The downside of this addition? "It's one of the last times you have when it's all about you," La Morte says. "It's your last time to shine." True, kids can steal a bit of focus, but some moms claim all-inclusive get-togethers are best. "It was baby's first party! I wanted everyone to be there!" exclaims one Oklahoma mom. To keep things under control, definitely provide fun distractions and places to play. (Kids are better suited to a big backyard than a nice restaurant or reception hall.)&nbsp;</span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><br></span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-weight: bold;">Sprinkles&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> <br></span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><br></span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">More in baby news: Showers aren't all about firsts anymore. Second- (and third-, and fourth-) borns are getting more recognition lately, thanks to the "sprinkle" (as in a sprinkling of gifts, rather than a full-on shower). Second-time moms are usually well set up with gear, but there's still reason to celebrate! At a baby sprinkle, the new addition is honored with a get-together including small gifts like diapers, wipes or books.&nbsp;</span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><br></span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Fun Themes and Favors&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: normal;">
</span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><br></span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">As if boys and babies aren't enough, showers are taking on a whole new look. Forget your average pink and blue pastels - today's hot shower hues include bold yellows and cool combos like blue/brown, paisley/pink and periwinkle/cream. Favors are getting a makeover, too, straying from the typical candles or candy. One of La Morte's recent faves: old-fashioned milk bottles filled with different kinds of milk and served, along with cute cupcakes, as guests headed out the door. "Edible stuff is a real favorite," she says with a laugh.&nbsp;</span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><br></span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">For pregnancy and parenting advice, tools, photos, and more, visit TheBump.com</span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">












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