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  • Baby Shower Etiquette

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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!!

     

  • Halloween Party Planning

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via Pinterest and www.thepartydress.net

     

    The Halloween party season is upon us and with websites like Pinterest, ThePartyDress.net and Hostess With the Mostess (HWTM) Blog around  party planning has never been easier or more fun. There are so many how-to DIY videos on YouTube and all over the web. It's fantastic because if you are not super crafty like me, you can really appreciate that people have taken time to explain in detail how to create wonderful projects. You'll honeslty me so amazed at what you can do!!!

     

    Today on the Charming Chick blog we are going to share some of the most fun Halloween party Planning ideas that we have found on the web. We'll have a Ghoulishly good time!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via Wants and Wishes Design Blog

     

    Forget the blood and gore, forget bobbing for apples and messing up your make-up. Instead,  host a  sophisticated Halloween party for your friends this year. The Wants and Wishes Blog features this beautifully designed party theme that is just perfect for all ages. Check out their site to view all of the fun pieces and printables they have created.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via The Hostess With the Mostess Blog

     

    On the Hostess With The Mostess Blog, this darling sparkly Halloween Themed Party is featured . It's great for any age and while creepy -- it's not spooky and great for children of any age. Be sure to visit the Sparkly Kids Chevron Halloween Party blog post for details and close up photos of all these darling decorations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via Matt Bite Blog

     

    I stumbled upon these devilishly delicious candied apples while perusing Pinterest. They caught my eye because I thought they would be the perfect fit for a spooky Halloween party. Actually, they'd fit in perfectly with the Sophisticated Halloween Party that we mentioned earlier. I love the rustic look and the glossy shine! To get the recipe visit Matt Bites Blog to read the post Adam's Scary Apples.

     

     

  • Pinterest Boards: Not Just for Ladies, Guys Like It Too

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    My husband is under the misconception that Pinterest is just for the ladies. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's really for everyone. For instance if your guy is into action movies, superheros and comics there is a TON of stuff out there. Think of all the great boards that guys could come up with related to cars, videos games, their favorite sports teams and so much more. I know that many ladies are interested in these things as well -- I have a boards of my favorite football team of course :) The point is, if you are a guy and the word Pinterest has you envisioning frilly women's fashion, a thousand pages of nail art, and tons of wedding and baby stuff -- well yes, there is a lot of that. However, depending on who's boards you follow -- you will find a lot of stuff you love.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pinterest is a very visually pleasing site and when you follow boards or people and you see things you like you can "pin" those items to one of your boards. Let's say you are looking for dinner ideas and you see a pot roast that looks delicious. When you "repin" this photo from the board you see it on aren't simply pinning a picture of the most mouth-watering pot roast you have ever seen, you are actually pinning the website where you should be able to find the recipe for this dish. Putting together a Pinterest board of Grilling allows quick and easy access to recipes to make. How many times have you been surfing the web and you end up at a site but you have no idea how you got there or how to get back. You could always bookmark it to your computer but pinning it on Pinterest allows you to categorize items AND desplay a photo. It's and that's certainly not just something only females can enjoy, so come on guys -- if you haven't tried Pinterest yet you really should. As a side note, it also helps you find great gift ideas for your gal. Just peek at her boards and you'll never be at a loss for what you get her, because if it's on her boards it's certainly something she will love!!!

    Be sure to check out all of our Charming Chick Pinterest boards! We are constantly updating and editing items to keep things fresh.

     

  • Delta Gamma ~ Sorority Spotlight

    Delta Gamma ~ ΔΓ
    Open Motto: "Do Good.
    Mascot: Hannah Doll
    Symbol: Anchor
    Colors: Bronze, Pink and Blue
    Flower: The Delta Gamma Cream Colored Rose
    Delta Gamma  was founded in Oxford, Mississippi at Lewis School for Girls, located near the University of Mississippi. Anna Boyd Ellington, Eva Webb Dodd, and Mary Comfort  Leonard founded the  women's fraternity in December 1873.  They started the fraternity to provide encouragement to each other and others and to facilitate intellectual growth.
     On the official Delta Gamma website they note that it is one of the oldest sororities and because of that they have had the opportunity for many firsts such as:
    • first women’s fraternity to employ a full-time staff member to address the health and wellness needs of its members
    • first women’s fraternity to incorporate a foundation in 1951
    • first to build an international headquarters specifically for that purpose
    • first to have seminars and house corporations
    • first to have an archivist handling historical materials at the international headquarters
    • first to receive recognition from the American Academy of Opthalmology for Distinguished Public Service
    • first to establish challenge grants in values and ethics, through the Dorothy Garrett Martin Lectureship in Values and Ethics 
    Sorority life means many things to many people. Sororities are a great place to develop lifelong friendships, learn about leadership, learn how to excel academically, and so many other things. Today Delta Gamma boasts over 143 chapters and 250 alumnae groups with over 142,000 members worldwide.
    Women's fraternities also provide many opportunities to help others in the community. Philanthropy is very important. Delta Gamma does so much to help folks in their community and their national philanthropy is on service for site. They have even partnered with TOMS for The Great Fight for Sight.
  • The History of Labor Day

    Photo via Clipartmountain.com

      

    Most of us view Labor Day as the last real weekend of summer. If they haven't done so already, this is the time when the kids go back to school and fall is about ready to begin. We are also advised not to wear white and soon we will notice the crisp, cool smell of autumn in the air. Labor Day is a popular time for those last out-of-town or camping trips as well but some of you may be wondering -- what exactly is Labor Day? What is it for and when did it begin? On the Charming Chick blog today we will answer some of these question and provide a few fun facts along the way.  

      

     

    Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of September. This holiday is dedicated to the hard-working men and women of our country -- that means YOU! It is a celebration all the social and economic contributions of the American peope. On May 18th, 1882 cabinetmaker Peter McGuire attending a meeting at Central Labor Union and proposed a holiday for all those who labor. The first Labor Day was help on September 5, 1882. However, 1883 few workers were given this holiday off so over 10,000 New York workers showed up to take a stand against employers not willing to recognize the holiday. Actually, at that time it was more of an unoffical holiday though.

     

    In 1887 Oregon was the very first state to recognize Labor Day as a holiday. It didn't become a national holiday until 1894 but by that time 30 states were already officially observing it.  President Grover Cleveland rushed the request to make Labor Day a national holiday through congress -- where it was unanimously approved. The reason they were in such a hurry, had to do with several tragic deaths during heated labor disputes. It was an attempt by President Cleveland prevent further violence from erupting due to labor issues.

     

     

    Labor Day is usually a time for rest, for parties and for just enjoying the extra day off. Did you know that the time between Memorial Day a Labor Day is considered hot dog season? It's true! Labor Day is actually the 3rd most popular holiday for grilling right behind Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

     

    All of us here and Charming Chick wish you a fun, relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend!!!!! Enjoy!

     

  • Sororities ~ Rush Week Tips

      

    The fall semester is almost here, which means freshmen across the country will be heading to college campuses everywhere. Many of these students will be leaving home for the first time. They may be far away from family and friends and all that is familiar. It can be a little scary but it is a very exciting time as well. For some students the Greek life has great appeal. After all, joining a sorority can really have a positive impact on your college experience and your life. They stress academics, provide opportunities to enhance leadership skills and teach you how to work with others to meet a common goal. You will create great memories and develop life-long friendships So if you are thinking about joining  a sorority, we have some tips on how you can make it through rush week.

      

     

    Rush week is the time when you get to check out all of the sororities your college has and the sororities can check you out. It's a good way for you to get a feel for the house, what Greek life is all about and connect with people who share your similar interests. While rush week and be a lot of fun, it can also be a bit stressful. There will be a lot of meeting, talking and smiling going on. You will start early in the morning and keep on going until late in the evening. So how do you get through it and appear fresh and confident?

    1. Get a good night's rest and eat healthy meals - you are going to be on the go and you will need all the energy you can get. A big part of having that energy is getting the right amount of sleep and having good fuel for your body.

    2. Be prepared - you'll want to make sure that your purse has a good supply of mints, deodorant, supplies for a quick touch-up to your hair and make-up, a mirror, and some anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.

    3. Take a Timeout - be sure that you are taking time to get a drink of water and to rest your feet and your voice. This will help keeping you looking and feeling your best.

    4. Be Yourself - you'll want to be sure to be yourself -- you'll be so glad you did! Part of being yourself also includes being honest about what you want out of a sorority. You don't want to join one just because they asked you, you want to know that they can challenge you and offer you exactly what you are going to need.

     

    5. Have Fun - Though rush week can certainly be stressful, make sure you stop to enjoy this experience as well. You are meeting tons of new people from all walks of life. You also get to socialize and learn a lof about yourself. Enjoy!

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