With all the expectant mothers around, it’s time to think of throwing a great baby shower to get them ready for their new bundles of joy.
Perfect for the traditional mom (think Charlotte from “Sex and the City”) is an English tea or garden party with a menu of finger sandwiches (without the crusts, mind you) and tiny fruit tarts. Be sure to remember the lemonade and fruit juices for the lovely ladies as well. Fill the area with fresh flowers to set the atmosphere, and give mom the quintessential silver baby spoon from Tiffany’s.
For an expectant mom who’s looking for something a bit different, a rock ‘n’ roll-themed party is the way to go. This is sure to allow a casual atmosphere and encourage the guests to talk without having to play games involving baby food. Rather than bother with perfect pastries and sandwiches, build your own burgers for a laid-back treat. Give gifts with a little edge as well, and present the mother-to-be with vintage concert Ts and Rolling Stones or Madonna CDs to play for the little tyke while he/she is still in her belly.
Meat and potatoes
Still reminiscing about the rodeo? Why not bring out your cowboy hat and boots just one more time? Living in Houston, one of the best options for a baby shower is one centered on barbecue and sides. Hold an outdoor party in the early evening, just as the sun is setting to enjoy the best weather. Consider even inviting the men to this event, since everyone will surely enjoy the spread. (Besides, what man would miss the chance to fire up the grill?) A teething ring and bib would be perfect gifts so the little one is ready to have some of his/her own barbecue one day. (Baby boots are a special treat!)
Just right for any jet-setting family is an “Around the World in 80 Days” party. Dish out samosas and mini egg rolls, or maybe even a little curry for everyone to try. A bit of jasmine tea would also be a great accompaniment for the dishes. For decoration, use streamers and postcards collected from the family’s travels. Encourage guests to give gifts based on travel, like a selection of teas from China and India, a nice kimono or a quilt for the baby made from soft saris.
Finally, for the mom on the go, get out of the house and center the shower on relaxation. This way, you can pamper her and she can enjoy a wonderful, relaxing day out with her girlfriends at the spa. The Trellis Spa at the Houstonian Hotel offers spa packages specifically designed for the mother-to-be. Roula’s Nail Spa also offers a package called Pickles and Ice Cream that any mother is sure to love. Give presents focusing on well-being and comfort, so consider massage treatments and spa facials. H