Baby Showers & Reveals: All You Need to Know

Congratulations! You’re going to be a mom or dad! This is one of the most exciting times in your life, and you want to celebrate with friends and family. A baby shower or reveal can help spread the word that you’re having a baby while getting you some amazing gifts to help out with your new little one! However, it can be hard to know what the right thing to do at this momentous occasion really is—is it okay to have gender-specific decorations?

What Is A Baby Shower?

A baby shower is a party held to celebrate the upcoming birth of a baby. Traditionally, they’re given by friends and family for expecting mothers—although some expectant parents have started hosting their own showers!

Who Attends A Baby Shower?

Baby showers are typically hosted by a close family member or friend of both parents. This is an opportunity for people who don’t get to see each other often in person, have a chance to catch up with one another. Baby showers can be a great bonding time for families and friends, and it also gives you an opportunity to meet people that you may not know at all if you weren’t invited as well.

The Invitations

Whether you’re throwing a baby shower or attending one, make sure you send out invitations. They should include all of the important details of your party—date, time, location, dress code and whether it’s an open or closed affair. Your hostess may provide an invitation for you to print off that includes all of these details. If not, check out websites such as Etsy for inspiration on how to create your own invitation in order to keep costs down.

The Location

You can’t set up a baby shower or gender reveal party at just any location. The first thing you need to decide is if you want your party outside or inside, and then find an appropriate venue for your theme. If you’re having an indoor baby shower, look for a space with high ceilings and large windows that will let in plenty of natural light.

The Date And Time

Baby showers and reveal parties typically take place about five months before a baby is due, give or take a month. The average time is sometime between 37 and 38 weeks into pregnancy, however, so you can play it by ear. Of course, if you choose to host your party earlier in your pregnancy—for example at 12 weeks—that’s totally fine too!

The Gift Registry

Registering for gifts is not only a way of letting your friends and family know what you’d like, but it also has its own social benefit. Registering for gifts can be fun and exciting, as well as an exercise in budgeting. Not only that, but once you’ve registered for something, it makes it more likely that someone will buy it for you.

Baby Cake

Though baby showers were originally intended for a mother-to-be’s female friends and family, now men are often included in these celebrations as well. Baby reveals are different from baby showers; instead of celebrating a pregnancy (and collecting baby items) reveal parties celebrate an impending birth by revealing whether it will be a boy or girl.

Birth Announcements

Announcements are sent out after a baby is born and can be either formal or informal, depending on your desires. The standard text for a formal announcement may read something like: John and Maria Smith would like to announce that they welcomed their son Thomas Andrew into their family on July 1st at 9 lbs.

Take Pictures And Have Fun!

Pregnant women love to share photos of their growing bellies and families want to capture these special moments. If you are pregnant or know someone who is, it’s essential that you follow a few safety tips when taking baby bump photos so that both mother and baby stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. The most important thing to remember is not only have fun but make sure you have a sturdy support behind you when taking pictures of your tummy!

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