A baby shower is a simple celebration of family and friends to celebrate the upcoming birth of a new baby. It is a great tradition around the world in many religions and ethnicities.
With a little bit of difference from place to place the basic motto remains the same. To shower the new mom-to-be with flowers and gifts.
Anyone can plan the shower. Traditionally guests largely consulted close friends and family members. But these days anyone can be invited as a guests, such as co-workers, friends, friends of friend, relatives and church groups etc.
Generally there are no specific guidelines or rules for showers. Anything is fine as long as everyone is having a good time.
When the guests arrive, usually they gather in a hall or big room. The mom-to-be will be sitting along a few close friends. Upon arrival of the guests, everyone should be offered some beverages and / or light snacks.
Most of the time the guests know each other. But in case they do not, it is up to the hostess to introduce the guests to each other.
Handwritten or computer generated name tags or slips can be made and attached to everyone with the help of straight / safety pins. Or, the baby shower hostess can hot glue some dried flowers, mini rattles, baby bottles, ribbons etc. to use as name tags.
With a few well chosen games, you can help your guests have fun. While at the same time they get to know each other. The games act as an ice-breaker between the guests.
Provide some munchables like chocolates, candies, cakes, etc. This will get the guests to move around, and make small talk with each other. Giving them a chance to meet the other guests, and making new friends.
Speaking of games. There are a large number of baby shower games to choose from. You could go for the a simple game such as, Who Am I? In this baby shower game, guests get to play detective. As guests arrive at your party, pin on their backs the name of a famous Mother. Then they have to ask other guests "yes" or "no" questions that will help them figure out who they are. For example, "Am I a real Mom?"; "Am I still alive?".
Source by Randy Wilson