Thursday, August 26, 2010

10 Tips For Planning The Perfect Baby Shower: Inspired By Tiny Prints!

Thanks again to TwitterMoms, I have been challenged to provide 10 tips for planning a unique baby shower.  I really didn't know where to begin so I cruised the pages of for inspiration.

Bingo!  I saw this Tiny Prints baby shower invitation and it struck a chord with me.  How perfect to plan a baby shower that includes the father.  Really...wasn't he involved in the first place?

So, these then are my tips:

1 - Yes, include the father and his friends and relatives.  Why not?  It might be nice to set the precedent that this is a team effort from the very beginning.

2 - Encourage gifts that both Mom and Dad can gender neutral diaper bags.  Dad might love the fact that his appearance when going out with baby is being considered.  And it might give him some confidence in taking baby out by himself.

3 - Serve food for both genders...why not have salad and finger sandwiches as well as buffalo wings and nachos?  The cake can also appeal to both parties as well.  Who needs all that pink anyway?

4 - Activities can be structured so you get some " Men vs. Woman" teams going...think of games that might be fun if the men were asked to participate.  Perhaps some dolls and diapers to see who the fastest really are!

5 - Decorations could include both a female and male perspective....think pink babies and sports team insignia.  Baby gifts can also address both Mom and Dad as well.

6 - It might be fun to have relatives of both Mom and Dad bring baby pictures and hang them up around the room. 

7 - Party favors can incorporate both points of view.  At the bottom of the list I give a good example of what I am referring to.

8 - Color scheme can be gender neutral as well.  Think blues and reds.

9 - I love the fact that the invitation that inspired this showcases the couple.  Thank you cards should include both parents as well.

10-For my final suggestion, it might be nice to provide a gift that can be used by the couple for a little getaway after the baby is born.  Maybe a gift card for a romantic dinner with babysitting thrown for good measure.

I love that has baby shower favors like this:

It makes perfect sense for the type of shower I am posting about, doesn't it?

One of the thoughts that inspired me was that times have changed as far as how men are involved much more these days in their children's lives but we as a culture have not kept up with those changes.  I love that has recognized the need for variety when it comes to invitations and paper goods and that variety allows you to really have fun with the whole party-planning process.

They make it so easy with their " one-stop" shopping that what used to be a dreaded chore is now a welcome challenge.

While you are there, take a look at some of the other products they sell like stationary, boxed cards, and gift sets.   Most everything can be personalized so you are really only limited by your own imagination.

About Tiny Prints:

Tiny Prints helps you get together, keep in touch and share your love—one little card at a time. Tiny Prints was started in 2003 by three friends and a dream. With a shared a love of babies and an affinity for beautiful paper, they set out to create a stationery company that would offer the experience of a local boutique with the ease of an online retailer. Specializing in the celebration of all of life's special occasions, we're thrilled to offer a fresh selection of exclusive designs, from birth announcements and baby shower invitations to personal stationery and more, delivered with the best customer service you can find online or in stores.

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Tiny Prints blogging program, making me eligible to get a Tiny Prints gift code worth $50, plus 25 FREE Tiny Prints greeting cards—a total gift value of $149.75! For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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