Baby Shower Theme Ideas For A Baby Boy

Baby shower themes are exciting events for parents who are expecting a baby. Some parents are clueless as to what theme should they go for with their party. The theme is the most important part of this event and every parent makes sure they come up with a perfect one. When deciding the theme, knowing the gender of the baby can significantly enhance the idea of coming up with an appropriate theme. This article covers baby shower theme ideas for new born baby boys.

Regardless of age, any boy enjoys comics. Comic themed showers are very popular for parents expecting a boy. There are various superhero movies and comics available, and almost everyone enjoys a comic themed party. It doesn’t necessarily means that you have to make your guests wear costumes on the event.  You can simply start the idea by making invitation cards with speech bubbles and drawings of characters in a comic strip.  For the decorations of the theme, you can simply put logos of famous super heroes around the location, such as Spiderman’s web around the corners; batman’s logo on the walls and chairs, Superman’s logo on the table cloths, etc. To make it even more interesting, you can put up a menu on the dinner table with speech bubbles on them.

Top 5 children’s books

Choosing the best books for your children to read can be difficult. However, there are a certain selection of books which are such classics that the children need to read them, whether they like them or not.

Harry Potter

Of course the Harry Potter series became almost a classic from when it was first written. The books start off as fun with lots of lovely magic and imagination. The series does darken as it goes on and the age that they are suitable tends to rise with each book. The later books are also very thick and so would only appeal to those children that really like reading. However, if you can master this series then you are capable of reading anything really. The books are exciting and do appeal to boys and girls and they do have a great moral line running through them as well as managing to capture the imagination. Of course, there are always the films to fall back on if the books just become too tedious.

Narnia series

The Narnia series have been popular for generations and so are likely to continue to do so. Many people have read or are familiar with ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ but this is not the first book. The very first book focuses around a different set of children visiting Narnia and the later books have different children in as well. However, one good thing about the books is that you do not have to read them in order for them to make sense, although it does help. Which means that if you like certain stories more than others, you can just reread those.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit is the precursor to the Lord of the Rings and is far easier and shorter. It is more aimed at children with some fun songs and a happy ending. It does have a fight but it is nothing like as nasty as the one in the other series of books. It is a great book for boys and girls, especially those ith a good imagination. Continue reading

Top 5 Children’s Picture Books

Every so often a children’s book comes along the delights both children and grown ups. It has a lovely story to tell, but is also educational and fun. This is the top 5 list.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the story of a caterpillar by Eric Carlewho starts off by being an egg which hatches in to a tiny caterpillar. He then eats lots of food on each day of the week and then grows bigger, turns in to a cocoon and eventually turns in to a butterfly. The metamorphosis teaches children about the life cycle of a caterpillar and the days of the week. The story is simple and as children grow they can read it to themselves. It is a gentle tale with a lovely ending.

Each, Peach, Pear, Plum

This book was written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by his late wife Janet Ahlberg and it is a lovely rhyming book. The pictures are fantastic too, with lovely details in a pastel colour. On each page you have to try to find a nursery rhyme character and the children can have great fun spotting them all in the picture. The characters eventually all get together at the end for a slice of plum pie – yum!

The Gruffalo

The team of Julia Donaldson with her lovely rhyming stories and Axel Scheffler with his beautiful illustrations is amazing. The story is about a clever mouse, who to avoid being eaten makes up a story about a scary Gruffalo who he says will be with him soon. The other animals are scared but when the mouse really does meet the Gruffalo the mouse is frightened but is clever enough to scare off the nasty monster. The book is  delightful tale of how cleverness can beat strength and despite the fact that it is a bout a monster, it makes a great bedtime story. It is also lovely to read as there are lots of opportunity for expression. Continue reading

Decorations at a baby Shower

Many people throw a party and the first thing they think about is the decorations. It is something which could be important to the mother but it is important to think of many other things as well. If you have a limited budget as well then you should definitely be thinking about the cost of the venue and the food before worrying about the way it is decorated.

It is nice, of course to come up with something but it need not be traditional such as balloons and it need not be commercially bought. It could be a lovely touch if you have some bunting but ask each guest to design one of the flags or write a message on it so they then have a lovely memento of the occasion. If someone is good at embroidery then it could be fabric and then someone could sew over the messages. Another nice touch could be to use baby bunting made of fabric, knitted or crocheted which has been hand made and then this can also act as a lovely decoration for the new babies room.

Making a decoration which can then be a gift is also a great way of reusing something and is therefore also great if you have an environmental theme for your baby shower. It is possible to have lovely and heart felt decorations without costing a fortune and which will be much more appreciated than something expensive which is disposable. Putting lots of thought in to something, rather than lots of money is not only a lovely gesture, but people will probably not even notice that less money has been spent. Just make sure you use your planning time carefully and you should easily be able to come up with something spectacular, unique and well appreciated.

Games or no Games?

It can be difficult knowing whether to have games at a baby shower or not. Most parties do not really need games to get things going. Many of the guests may not know each other and so games could help to break the ice and force everyone to be together as a group. However, some people do not like games and sometimes the games chosen may not be to everyone’s taste.

It could be a better idea for the hostess to just introduce all of the guests or ask them to introduce themselves to the group. If this is difficult or not appropriate then maybe provide guests with a name badge. It is amazing how much this can help people to get talking as they at least know one thing about each other. A good plan could be to have some games ready but only use them if you think it is necessary. If things go a bit quiet then maybe suggest a game and see what sort of response you get. It could be a great way to liven things up but if people are not keen then leave it.

Do not spend too long planning the games and then you will not be disappointed if the games are not played. If you have made something up, then you can always leave it with the mother afterwards so that she can play it if she wants to (of course depending on the type of game). The choice of whether to play games may also depend on the age of the guests. It may be that younger people would prefer to play games and older people may just prefer to have a slice of cake, cup of tea and a chat. It could be worth chatting to some of the people invited to find out what they think.

Throwing a Green Baby Shower

A green baby sower is something which is becoming more and more popular. Green, not meaning the colour so much as the environmental reference. If this is something that you are considering then you need to think about decorations, food and games that tie in.

The first thing to consider is that you will want your decorations to be made of recycled material or can be recycled or reused afterwards or both. This can be quite a tricky thing to do. Something simple you could do would be to cut out leaves from old newspaper or flowers and just string them around. This can be pretty as well as signifying new life and the environment all in one. Maybe lots of plants could also be used as part of the decoration and maybe as gifts too. If the mother wants eco friendly gifts then it would be a good idea to make sure that the guests are aware of this or even have a gift list for them to choose from.

She may want fair trade products, organic, and environmentally friendly, which may not be the first choice of most people. It may even be worth mentioning to people that they may want to gift wrap using paper which can be recycled so maybe using ribbon to tie it so there is no need for tape. This sort of small attention to detail could really help make the party far more appreciated by the mother. Food could also be made organic and from local ingredients and maybe the ones that are not local being fair trade. If it is the mother that is very keen on this sort of thing then it could be wise to discuss the details with her to make sure that everything is as she would like it.

Baby Shower Colour Themes

If you want to choose a particular colour for your baby shower theme then this can make for a lovely way to keep the decorations and food tied in together.

However, it can be difficult knowing how to be unique and different with this. Pink, blue or white have pretty much been overdone in this sort of area before, but you may find that the decorations are all available in these colours. Therefore if you do want something more interesting, perhaps purple, red or yellow, then you may have to be more imaginative. You may have to hand make your decorations and would certainly have to have a custom made cake rather than being able to just buy one. It could certainly be worth taking a look at what decorations are available and what colours they come in, before you make a final decision with regards to the colour.

You may even find that you decide on a different theme once you see what you can get hold of. You need to think about what the favourite colour is of the mother you are throwing the party for because it would be really nice to consider that when selecting your colour. Obviously you do not want to use one that she does not like but it would be nice to do one that is a favourite of hers. If you are going to keep the food (particularly the cake) in with the colour scheme, then think hard because certain colours may not look good on a cake. A dark green would probably not be too attractive or maybe even a purple. If you do not have a good eye for colour then perhaps it might not be the best idea for a theme, but you could always get someone to help you with ideas. It could certainly help everything to tie up well together.

Keeping a Unique Baby Shower Theme

If you have chosen a baby shower theme and then suddenly find that a close friend of the mother or family member have also chosen the same theme then it could put you in a bit of a fix. You may like your party to have a unique theme and to think that someone else has similar then this could be upsetting for you, especially if you have spent a long time planning every detail and the mother likes things to be special.

However, just because someone has got a similar theme to you, it does not mean that your parties have to be anything like the same. If you think about the guests for example. They will be different and so the atmosphere of the party will be different. Also it is unlikely that your decorations will be exactly the same or that the food or games will be the same and so all of these things will make it different. Some people do get quite worried about doing something the same as someone else that it might look like they were copying or they don’t like the idea of being copied.

However, surely it is flattering to be copied because someone obviously thought you had a good idea and if it is just coincidence that you have planned the same thing, then you obviously both had a great idea. It is too much work and stress to try to reorganise a party because you think the theme is too similar. Just relax, enjoy it and the guests will probably hardly notice anyway. It is all about pampering the Mother and so you should be worrying about that rather than the theme. If your theme is subtle anyway, then it will not be that much of an issue anyway.

Why it really is OK to let the Father Help with Planning the Baby Shower

There are a lot of guides out there that are focused on helping female friends of the mother-to-be plan a baby shower. A baby shower at its core should be a celebration of the coming of the newborn child, not just the presents that come with the event. If you’re trying to include everyone you can, why not start with the father of the child? Indeed, not too many guides touch on having the father help with the baby shower, simply assuming that men just aren’t interested. However, that’s not the case at all. Most men are absolutely ecstatic about the coming of the new child, especially if it’s their first child. It’s very bad to assume that all men react the same way to the idea of parenthood, and that means you should ask the father of the new child to participate in the baby shower instead of just assuming he’s uninterested in doing so.

Another benefit of asking the father to help with the baby shower is that he may have other ideas for the theme of the baby shower, as well as the baby shower favors and even the baby shower games. It’s something that you will definitely need to think about as you plan. Indeed, putting together an event like a baby shower is definitely stressful, but having the father help you will lower your stress is definitely a good thing.

Due to the stigma surrounding fathers helping with the baby shower, you might want that the father is a bit shy or reluctant to actually help with the baby shower planning. If you work at getting them to calm down and really think about the benefits of contributing to the baby shower, you should have no problem convincing them. It’s truly a natural reaction to be a little hesitant to help with something that has long been seen as the domain of women. A new father-to-be might be feeling just as anxious as the mother-to-be, but if you don’t reach out to him he’ll have no outlet for all that worry and hesitation to go to.

Overall, if you’ve decided to move forward with getting the father to be to actually join in with the baby shower preparation, you’ve definitely made the right decision. If you really take the time to make the father to feel included in the baby shower, you’ll have no problem pulling off a truly successful baby shower in virtually no time at all!

Making Sure Your Surprise Baby Shower Stays a Surprise

Surprising the mother-to-be with a great baby shower is something that can be quite a challenge these days. Indeed, in the era of email, social networking, and cell phones, it’s pretty hard to keep a secret. We live in a culture that encourages sharing as much information as possible, which means that surprises — even good ones! — just aren’t as easy to keep a secret as they used to be. Despite the shift towards sharing as much information as possible around the clock, it still is quite easy to make sure that the surprise baby shower you planned for a close friend stays a surprise. The surprise effect will make your friend feel cared for and appreciated as you and the rest of her friends get together to celebrate the coming of a newborn child as well as giving gifts to help the new mother get started raising her child.

First, you want to make sure that only a certain number of the mother’s friends know about the baby shower. The fewer people that know about something, the less risk there is of the surprise baby shower being ruined. If you have to end up not saying too much to anyone while you work through all of the planning details, then you may want to take that option. On the other hand, if you know up front that you will need help planning the event, and then you will definitely want to make sure that you get a close friend that can keep a secret. Point out to your “assistant” that you want to make the mother-to-be feel good, which means keeping the baby shower a surprise until it’s time for the event itself.

Another way to make sure that the baby shower stays a surprise is to avoid updating any sort of social networking portal. If you know that people that would easily spill the beans on the secret, the last thing you want to do is announce it to the world. The mother-to-be could end up reading it, which would definitely ruin the surprise completely!

Do you have to make a baby shower a surprise? Definitely not. However, a surprise baby shower is an exciting event that is exciting in part because it comes from nowhere. When you know that the mother-to-be is going through a lot of stress and anxiety about the upcoming child, a surprise baby shower can definitely be just what’s needed to brighten the lady’s day!