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    Baby Shower Etiquette

     

    Baby Shower Etiquette has changed a bit over the years but there are some things that have stayed the same. Today on the Charming Chick blog we will address some of the most commonly asked Baby Shower Etiquette questions -- but first we'll examine a little bit of the history and the purpose of a baby shower.

     

    Baby showers actually date back to ancient times. Of course they weren't really anything that we think of today. They were a lot less of a "party" and more or a "ritual"  -- or right of passage. Sometimes it involved going to a temple to dispose of the after birth, or to witness a baby naming ceremony. Through the years these rituals evolved into other rituals where mothers could share their experience and perhaps items that their children had outgrown, with the new mothers. Today we typically throw baby showers before the baby is born, but long ago it was customary to wait until after the infants birth -- sometimes a month or more. Today baby showers are generally filled with food, fun and games. Mothers-to-Be and their little bundles are "showered" with gifts from loving friends and family!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Though etiquette has become a little more relaxed over the years but some people hold tight to the old traditions. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked baby shower etiquette questions.

     

    Q. Who should host a baby shower.

     

    A. Baby showers are usually given by close friends of the mother-to-be. A long standing rule of baby shower etiquette is that it looks "greedy" if the soon-to-be grandmother or other close family member hosts the shower. Some folks still hold firm to this rule, however, etiquette rules have relaxed a bit and mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, etc. have been known to host baby showers. The mother-to-be should not host her own shower however.

     

    Q. Who pays for the costs associated with the baby shower?

     

    A. Baby shower etiquette typically states that the person hosting the baby shower pays for everything needed for the party. However, there is nothing wrong with a group of friends getting together to host and share the responsibility and the cost.

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    Q. When should the baby shower be held?

     

    A. Baby showers are usually held about 2-3 months before the estimated due date but they can honestly be held anytime. If the parents-to-be are finding out the gender and will be sharing the news with others, it's fun to wait until that announcement so guests can purchase gifts related to that gender -- but it's certainly not necessary.

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    Q. If this isn't a first child (i.e. 2nd, 3rd, 4th), should a baby shower still be given?

     

    A. The general rule of etiquette is...no, if it's not a first child there should not be another shower given. However, baby shower etiquette rules have relaxed a bit in recent years and it is not uncommon for people to have a celebration for each child. They are sometimes called "Sprinkles" or "Diaper Showers" These are intended to give the mother-to-be items that she may not have left over from her previous children. Also, if there is a big gap (5 years or more) between children, it's a child in a new relationship, you have moved and have a new set of friends, then it is common to have another baby shower.

     

    Be sure to visit our Baby Shower Planning Ideas board on Pinterest for LOTS of great inspiration!!

     

  • Baby Showers ~ Preparing for Baby

     

    Pink and Green Argyle Burp Cloth Baby Gift Set
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    If you are about to become a parent for the first time, you are probably finding that it can be difficult to know exactly what you will need for your new baby. Luckily, you probably have plenty of friends and family who already have children and can give you helpful tips about the items you may need. Baby showers are a great time for those who love you most to shower gifts upon your new little one. Most will know just what to get you to help you care for your little sweet pea. If you are starting to put together your baby registry, or compile a list of items you think you might need, we have a short list of some things you'll want to include. If you are someone who is attending a baby shower in the future or just looking for a unique and thoughtful baby gift, you will find that we have a great selection here at Charming Chick.

     

     

     

    My Little Night Owl Snuggle Sack and Cap
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    Things You May Need for Baby:

    These items are not listed in any particular order and you certainly don't need to have all of them. We have listed  just some of the most popular items that new parents find they use most within the first year. Also, many of these items can be purchased later on. You probably won't need many of them until after your baby is home.

     

    1. Bottles

    2. Burp Cloths

    3. Diapers (in varying sizes)

    4.  Crib

    5.  Tight fitting crib sheets

     

     

    A Star is Born Personalized Baby Blanket and Hat Set
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    5. Baby blankets

    6. Pack and Play

    7.  Baby Swing

    8. Stroller

    9. Wipes Warmer

    10. Baby clothes (one piece outfits are great)

     

     

     

    Animal Cracker for Messy Snackers Bibs
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    11. Bibs

    12. Airtight diaper pail

    15. Baby carrier

    16. Infant CAR SEAT (they won't let you leave the hospital without one)

    17. First Aid Supplies: thermometer, boogie sucker, petroleum jelly, alcohol wipes, etc.

    18. Nail clippers

    19. Wash cloths

    20. Diaper Bag

     

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  • Wedding Day Planning~ Ring Warming Ceremony

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    Your wedding day is one of the most important and special events of your life. You'll spend many months - and countless hours - planning so you can rest assured that everything  will be just the way you've dreamed and hoped it would be. For many couples,  the guest list is one of the things on their wedding day to-do list, that they agonized over most.  You may narrow it down and bulk it back up to ensure all the people you love most will be there. With all of that thought and consideration that goes into to deciding who you want to share in your special day, wouldn’t it be wonderfully fitting to include those people in your ceremony?

     

     Bride and Groom Personalized Champagne Flutes
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    A growing trend among many couples is to have a Ring Warming Ritual as part of the ceremony. This deeply meaningful, yet simple gesture, is a beautiful and unique compliment to your wedding day ceremony. During the service, your wedding rings are passed around to all of your guests. Each guest holds the rings briefly, while silently saying a blessing or wish for your union. This ritual is ideal for small  ceremonies and is an interactive way to include your guests in the service. They will all feel so cherished by your gesture to include each and every one of them.

     

     

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    If you are worried about your rings getting dropped or lost, consider placing the rings in a small bag or tie them together with fabric. In addition if you are having a larger ceremony - or if you just don’t like the idea of having everyone touching your rings - pass them just among your immediate family members. The passing can even take place during the vows, so that by the time you get to the ring exchange the rings will have made their way back to you.

     

     
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     Your wedding day is your special day, so make it fun, unique and choose to include things that represent your personalities and your love for one another!

     

    HAPPY PLANNING!!!

  • Oh Baby ~ Adorable Gifts for Little Angels

    Did you know that Charming Chick has an absolutely outstanding selection of baby gifts? If not, you are in for a treat. We have dozens of unique gifts that new parents and parents-to-be will love and appreciate. On the blog today, we will be showcasing some really great gifts. So if you've been searching for the perfect baby gift, we are sure you'll find it here!

    The Baby Bunch Bouquet makes a wonderful gift for a new little darling. It is available in blue for a baby boy, pink for a baby girl, or a mixed bouquet, which contains colorful, gender neutral items. The Blue Baby Bunch Bouquet is available in sizes medium and large. The medium bucket arrives in a sturdy metal pail and includes: one white bib, one blue hat, two pairs of socks (one blue pair and one white pair) and one blue onesie. The large Bucket includes: one white bib, one white t-shirt, one blue hat, two pairs of socks (one blue pair and one white pair), one blue onesie and one pair of white leggings, perfectly suited for a strapping baby boy. The baby clothes are made of baby-soft 100% cotton and generously sized for infants 0-6 months, or up to 16 lbs.

    Our Bunnies in the Garden Story gift set is a sweet and cuddly gift. This baby gift includes a super soft blanket with satin trim, an adorable bunny cap for baby, a crisp carrot -- and includes a darling story to go with them. The box is pastel-green and white and features a bunny shaped cut out, a puffy bunny tail, a white-satin ribbon and bow with an imprinted carrot motif, a clear window on the back to showcase the blanket, hat and rattle, and an enchanting poem about Bailey Bunny printed all around the gift box. 

    "Five little monkey's jumping on the bed. One fell off and bumped it's head..."  A classic nursery rhyme that babies absolutely love. This sweet monkey gift basket, is filled with childhood fun. The set contains a precious, bright-yellow banana rattle, plush brown-and-tan monkey,  satin-trimmed, cream-colored blanket, which also includes a monkey-face appliqué and part of the rhyme embroidered on the satin trim. It also features a door hanger, adorned with a long-tailed monkey hugging a pillow - it lets company know that baby’s sleeping. Each adorable item is beautifully arranged in a natural wood basket, wrapped in a sheer organza bag, with satin drawstring.

  • Baby Shower for the Dad-to-Be ~ By Guys for Guys!

     

    Oh yes -- you did read that right! Expectant dads deserve to have baby showers too! No, you don't have to sit around with your buds, munching on tiny triangular cucumber sandwiches. You don't have to spend your time playing games such as finish the baby rhyme, pass the dirty diaper, or name the baby food (unless of course you really want to). 

    No, the Father's Shower is not put together by wives, mothers -- or friends of your wife or mother. We are talking about a party for guys -- hosted by guys. Think bachelor party -- baby edition. A much tamer version of an old favorite.

    Invitations can include a note  --  requesting each guest to bring a favorite children's book and a card, which includes parenting advice for the Dad-to-be. Let guests know that if they bring these items they will be treated to some FREE beer -- if not, they should just BYOB or be left out in the cold! Trust me when I say, they will bring the items. Also, if a guest is coming who isn't a father himself yet, he is still asked to provide parenting advice. This usually gives those who are already dads, a nice chuckle!

    It's always great to have a little extra fun with the dad-to-be. Perhaps making him wear a neon green, yellow, blue or pink shirt that declares "Dads are Rad" can be entertaining. It also makes for some memorable photos. You never know, he may like it so much that he'll wear it to the hospital when the baby is born.

    As we stated earlier, you don't have to play the traditional baby shower games -- unless you want to. Instead, have a fierce jam session playing Rock Band or Guitar Hero. Now that's fun! If you - or one of the other guests - has a Wii, there are tons great games you all can play. For added fun you can place bets or hand out prizes to the winners such as; a free round of golf, a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, or a six-pack of exotic beer.

    Oh, and we can't forget the food! Skip the petit fours and order some spicy buffalo wings, deep dish pizza and anything fried. This is a special occasion after all. Throw caution - and your diet - to the wind, and enjoy!!! Put together a Superbowl spread and your guest of honor, will be mighty impressed!

    So what do you buy for the expectant dad? At Charming Chick we have several new and very masculine diaper bags that would make the perfect gift! Gag gifts can be hilarious and fun. You could also put together a "Daddy survival kit" which could include anything YOU think a dad should have on hand at all times -- extra wipes, diapers, pacifiers, burp clothes, ear plugs...wait! Did that say ear plugs? You bet it did! Have fun with it but include some really useful items in there as well. He'll be thanking you every time he has to reach for one of the items you included.

    Most of all have FUN!!!

  • Tea Party Baby Shower ~ A TEA-rrific Idea

    If  you will be hosting a baby shower in the near future, but you are having a tough time deciding on a theme that you think will be really special and fun -- then you may want to consider hosting a Tea Party Baby Shower. This can be so much fun - not only for the guest of honor - but for all the others guests as well. If you are wondering what you will need to know to plan such an event -- wonder no more! On the Charming Chick blog today we are going to give you all the information you'll need to inspire you and help you to plan a great tea party baby shower.

    Invitations

    There are so many options for sending invitations and if you have a theme -- then that gives you an idea of what to look for. You can search the web, your local party store, or even make your own. When you do DIY invitations the possibilities are endless as far as what you want to include. If you are having trouble finding pre-made baby shower tea party invites -- then you can just make your own. They don't have to be super fancy and the guests and Mother-to-be will appreciate your hard work. It also makes a really nice keepsake for the baby book.

     

    Location, Location, Location

    Decide on a palace. Where you will be hosting the event will help you to decide what kind of decorations you will need. Tea houses are a great place to host. They usually have beautiful china or silver tea sets, some have hats, gloves and other fun dress up attire so everyone can look "proper" for the tea. Discuss what you can bring in, what they provide, and what decorations are acceptable.

    If you decide to host it in your home, then you will need to provide all of the tea related items. Sometimes tea sets can be rented out for a fee. You can contact a tea house. They may have sets or they may be able to direct you to a place that rents them out.

    Decorations and Favors

    The cute little bird salt and pepper shakers pictured above would make a great favor for a tea party baby shower. Little goodies in favor boxes work well too and anything baby related makes a fun baby shower favor. At Charming Chick we have some really cute favors,  so be sure to check them out.

    As far as decorations go, you can incorporate baby and tea party decor into the festivities. If you know the baby is a girl, make it a pick theme -- if it's a boy do blue. You certainly can do other colors but if some of the guests still don't know the baby's gender, this is a great way to let them know. If twins or more are expected you can do peas in a pod theme or something else and mix that in with the tea party items.

    Another really fantastic idea that goes extremely well with a tea party -- is to do vintage baby decor. This looks so great and gives the baby shower tea party a sophisticated feel.

  • Baby Bunch Bouquets -- Beautiful and Practical

     

     

     

    Have you been searching for the perfect gift for a mom-to-be? Do you want to get a great gift for a new baby that is practical -- but you really want to present it in a beautiful and unique way? If you haven't heard of Baby Bunch Bouquets -- then you are in for a pleasant surprise.

     

    Baby Bunch Bouquets are the hottest new baby gift. They have even been featured on the Martha Stewart Show! They are a fantastic and fun alternative to natural floral arrangements. In the hospital it makes a beautiful presentation for Mom -- and after arriving home it will be a gift that both Mom and baby will love.

     

     

     

    The Blue Baby Bunch Bouquet, is available in two sizes - medium and large. The Medium Bucket arrives in a sturdy metal pail and includes: one white bib, one blue hat, two pairs of socks (one blue and one white pair) and one blue onesie. Large Bucket includes: one white bib, one white t-shirt, one blue hat, two pairs of socks (one blue  and one white pair), one blue onesie and one pair of white leggings -- perfectly suited for a handsome baby boy.

     

      

    The Pink Baby Bunch Bouquet is also available in two sizes - medium and large. Medium includes one white bib, one pink hat, one pink one-piece, one pink pair of socks and one white pair of socks to outfit the most fashionable baby girl. Large includes one white bib, one white t-shirt, one pink hat, two pairs of socks (one pink pair and one white pair so mademoiselle can mix and match), one pink one-piece and one pair of pink leggings. It is clothing fit for a princess.

    Another really fabulous baby gift is the Love at First Sight Sonogram Frame and Baby Bunch Gift Set. This makes a perfect baby shower gift. The Mom-to-be can proudly and elegantly display her baby's first photo -- the sonogram. This color bouquet of baby clothes is perfectly suited for either a boy or a girl.

      

    The clothing come in infant sizes 0-6 months and is made of 100% cotton, so you can be sure it all feels as good as it looks. These are such a fun gift and any new Mom will be thrilled to receive such a wonderful and thoughtful gift!

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