The birth of a baby is obviously a time for celebration and there is no better way to mark this event than by having a baby shower.
The birth of any baby is definitely a thrilling time and a time to make merry but it is also frequently a nervous time spent running around making sure that you have everything that you need and stressing about whether you are going to be able to cope. This of course is especially true if this is your first baby.The idea of the baby shower came about as a time for friends and family to get together prior to the baby's arrival and to assist in meeting the financial burden on parents-to-be by giving them a lot of the furnishings and accessories which they are going to need as soon as their baby is born.Although nowadays many people like to break away from the traditional mold when it comes to a baby shower, in most cases these events still adhere largely to traditional guidelines. Possibly one of the biggest changes to the baby shower format is the fact that they are no longer exclusively the preserve of women and lots of men make it onto today's baby shower guest list and are happy to join in. Although they might not take part in all of the shower games, men do like the chance to give their regards to the expectant mother and father-to-be. It should be noted though that in certain cultures a baby shower is thought to be a sign of bad luck and so, if there is a possibility that the expectant mother might believe that it is unlucky, then you ought to be sure to check before organizing a shower. In some parts of the world the baby shower is actually held after the arrival of the baby while it others it is held prior to the birth. In a lot of ways it is sensible to have the shower following the birth as a baby shower is after all a celebration of arrival of the baby and guests enjoy actually seeing the central figure of the celebration. It also makes it easier to select gender-appropriate gifts and colors and, should the gift needs to be engraved, guests have all the details that they require. Even though holding the shower after the birth of the baby does make sense it is an extremely busy time for parents and a lot of the items the parents require are required as soon as the baby arrives home. This is why holding the baby shower prior to the birth of the baby is becoming a more common option. The baby shower itself is traditional and most showers require a core of basic planning and activities. Guest lists will have to be compiled, a venue selected and invitations mailed out. The shower venue then has to be decorated and the drink, food and games organized. And, because this is a very special event, you might also want to consider having a musician or other performer participating in the festivities and also a photographer to make a record of the day. Your baby shower can easily grow into a big affair with a lot of things to arrange which are going to cost a lot of money. For this reason it is sensible to put together a budget for the event before you begin and then ensure that you stick to it. Holding a memorable baby shower does not need any special talent but it takes a carefully thought out plan which includes a timeline and a budget.