It was in the 80's when I attended my first baby shower. I was working at an elementary school. My wife was pregnant with our first soon-to-be-born bouncing baby boy. The teachers at the school called me into the room asking and then, Surprise! I was stunned, overwhelmed, and greatly appreciative of this unexpected and touching expression of love.
Brenda and I have attended scores of baby showers and she has planned many of them. So I asked her what planning elements go into a successful and memorable event. Here are a few do's and don'ts:
BABY SHOWER PLANNING DO'S AND DON'TS
Draw up a guest list.
Determine the gender of the baby if the parents know.
Mention gift registry on invitation.
Play games in good taste.
Invite grandad, dad and guy pals.
Don't make up a guest list on your own.
Consult with the guest of honor or very close friend/family member.
Don't insist on know baby's gender if the parent prefers not to.
Don't propose a gift registry without approval from the guest of honor.
Don't overlook the men in the family.