Baby Showers

  • Baby Shower Don’t: Opening Gifts

    Let’s say so long to this old-fashioned tradition once and for all.

    Article courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Let me start off by saying, “I love a party.” I do. Weddings? You bet I’ll be on your dance floor. A holiday soiree? Count me in. For goodness sake, I even love kids birthdays parties (that start after 11am and involve booze). So you better believe if you’re sending me an invite to your baby shower I am totally in. I want to celebrate you AND that beautiful creature you are about to bring into this world. But here is what I don’t want to do. I love you, I really do, but I do not, unfortunately, want to watch you open one more gift in front of me.

    I’m not sure where this whole shower tradition began but, the truth is… it’s got to end...Here are 5 ways to Just Say No to traditional gift opening at your baby shower.

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  • How to Throw a Baby Shower

    You've gotten the news that someone you know and love is expecting a baby and now you’re in charge of throwing a baby shower. Traditionally, baby showers are not hosted by the mother-to-be, but by a friend or family member. There is some etiquette involved, as well as tried-and-true conventions, but the most important thing to remember is that the celebration is all about the new mom and her little bundle of joy.

    A baby shower should be fun and congratulatory, which is usually best accomplished with some proper planning. Here is our guide on how to throw the best baby shower:

    Assembling the guests. As for the guest list, close family members and friends are a given, but a sure bet is to consult with the guest of honor before sending out invitations. Traditionally, baby showers attendees are solely female, but that norm is shifting. It's up to you and the mom-to-be if the guest list should be mixed. Keep in mind, though, that an all-female party usually has a different dynamic than a party with both men and women, so decide on the kind of party chemistry you're trying to attain.

    Sending out the invitations: Baby showers are typically held 4-6 weeks before the baby's due date, so get invitations out with enough time for guests to RSVP. Two weeks before the party date should be fine.

    Bring it in with a theme. Once you’ve finalized the guest list, decide on a theme (or not). Since the shower is about the mom-to-be, deeply consider her preferences. For a traditional theme, choose the season of the baby’s birth, “frogs, snails, and puppy dog tails” for a baby boy, “sugar and spice” for a baby girl, or baby animals. For a trendier theme ideap, consider “children’s bedtime stories,” “pickles and ice cream (a craving shower),” or  music-centered “rock-a-bye baby.”

    Where to go? Decide where the shower will take place. It can be at your or someone else's home. Throwing the shower at a home is a nice option because it’s comfortable and allows for more control over the flow of the party. Of course, a restaurant, cafe, or other venue with a party room is a good option too, especially if you're going for a formal feel. A new trend is the  “destination” baby shower, such as at a spa day,  garden, or another adventure.

    Showering the mother-to-be Guests will want to know what gifts to present the honoree. It's perfectly acceptable for a mother-to-be to create a baby registry and then have that information passed along to guests via you. Gifts are typically opened at the baby shower so that everyone can  “ooh” and “aah” over the adorable sundries. For a baby shower, people tend to shop for just the baby, which is essential, but don't forget to pamper the mother, too! The Nine Naturals bundles are the perfect baby shower gift for the mom-to-be to enjoy as she enters the final weeks of pregnancy.

    Eat, drink ... If you are hosting the baby shower at a restaurant, food and drink will be covered! Otherwise, you'll want to serve refreshments that are aligned with your theme. But refreshments do not need to be elaborate. Tea sandwiches, fruit and vegetable platters, and cupcakes are fantastic mainstays. Design a custom cocktail, or mocktail for the mom-to-be and other teetotaler. Don't forget to ask for information on dietary restrictions, especially if the mother-to-be has any that need to be considered.

    … and be merry! Like choosing a theme, it's up to you to include games or not. Just remember, the best baby shower games are easy for all ages to play and are not overly embarrassing to the expectant mother. A few cute ideas are: a trivia challenge of animal baby names, a who's who guessing game of guests personal baby photos (supplied by each guest), or an egg race.

    Although a baby shower can feel like your own party, remember that the main focus is the mother-to-be. Run your ideas about theme, food, games, and any ceremonies by her first. Unless, of course, the guest of honor loves surprises! The point is, remember that the event is for her. No matter where the baby shower is held, be sure that there will be comfortable seating for the expectant mother and easy bathroom access. Happy planning!

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  • Baby Shower Themes

    3 tasteful baby shower themes for an event that will get everyone talking.

    Articles & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    The funny thing about baby showers is that they’re not actually for baby. It’s actually about you. So you might as well have fun planning since this just might be the last adult party you throw for a little while. What better way to have that last pre-baby bash than to give it a fun grown-up theme? With just a few little props, you can make a big impact.

    Below, the owners of event-design firm Poppies & Posies and prop shop The Trove give us 3 tasteful themes for the baby shower of your dreams.

    Tea Party Baby Shower1. TEA TIME
    What: We love tea time over here at the Poppies & Posies office, and there’s no better time to put on a proper low tea than to honor a mom-to-be. Antique cake stands, elegant china and yummy tea sandwiches create the perfect lady-like atmosphere to celebrate this exciting occasion.
    Props: An easy way to figure out what you’ll need for your tea party is to make a list of all of the items you plan on serving. Choose a few different cake stands in various heights and sizes, paired with a few serving trays to display your tea sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Next, set the table for each of your guests. Use luncheon-sized plates paired with a fork, knife for spreading jams, and a spoon for sugar or honey. Each guest will need a water glass along with a tea cup and saucer for their tea. Colorful or patterned napkins are always a great way to punch up the table-scape. The same goes for a table runner or tablecloth. Lastly, you’ll want to find a bevy of fun tea pots. It’s especially nice to have enough on hand that each guest may have their own. This way everyone can enjoy the tea of their choice.
    Flowers: No party or tablescape is complete without a touch of flora. If your table is filling up from all of your fabulous props, add a sprig of something (not too fragrant) to each place setting. If you choose a delicate flower, place it in a petite bud vase beside each place setting to keep it fresh and lively throughout the entire event.
    Photography by Jen Huang Photography; Desserts by Lael Cakes; Props by The Trove.

    Mocktail Baby shower

    What: It’s important to remember that although the mommy-to-be won’t be drinking, most of her guests would appreciate a yummy cocktail. Creating a baby shower focused around fun mocktails and cocktails will make for a fete that everyone will enjoy!
    Props: You’ll want to style a bar to display both the cocktail and mocktail options. Use a collection of decanters in various sizes and shapes to hold your boozy items. To make it easy on yourself, choose two to three fun cocktails for your guests to make themselves. People love to customize their own beverages so the DIY portion of this theme will be much appreciated. Use a large drink dispenser to hold your non-boozy items so that your guests can mix themselves a mocktail or cocktail easily. Along with your ingredients, put out an ice bucket (we love antique silver or glass), ice tongs, trays and unique glassware. Other fun items to spruce up the display are straws, signs to identify what you’re serving, and pretty bowls to display garnishes (think mint, berries, citrus slices).
    Flowers: One of our favorite garnishes for a cocktail bar are edible flowers. They look gorgeous and are fun to add to any drink, boozy or not. Offer your guests a variety to choose from so they can create their perfect combo.
    Photography by Jen Huang PhotographyProps by The Trove.

    Garden party baby shower

    What: There’s nothing more enjoyable than a garden party. If it is not the season to host one outdoors where you live, then use props to transform your indoor space into a garden-like oasis.
    Props: We love using aged lanterns to set the scene for a garden party whether it’s taking place inside or out. Garden urns in a variety of finishes, sizes and shapes filled with plants from your local nursery will turn your space into the perfect setting. If you want to really go all out, strung cafe lights and a plethora of candlelight provide the perfect finishing touches to a fabulous fete.
    Flowers: No garden party is complete without flowers! If you’re not in the mood for arranging something, pot miniature rose bushes in aged terracotta pots and place them on each table. At the end of the evening, guests can take them as a favor. Everytime the mom-to-be sees her rose growing she’ll remember her wonderful shower.

    This article is by Jessica Pallay, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.



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  • Get Inspired: Gender Reveal Ideas

    Announcing your pregnancy garnered well wishes and many congratulatory statements, but lately you’ve been bombarded with questions about your baby’s gender. If you and your partner have decided to learn whether or not baby is a boy or girl, here are three creative ways to make the big reveal!

    Drawing a Conclusion

    Forget the typical gender reveal party tactics—like cutting a cake to find either pink or blue frosting, opening a box filled with color-appropriate balloons, or releasing colored paper and tinsel from confetti pops—and instead opt for an interactive announcement. At your anatomy scan, ask the ultrasound technician to write your baby’s sex on a slip of paper and put it into a sealed envelope. Give that envelope to a family member or friend whom you can trust with the secret, and then ask him or her to create a Pictionary-themed reveal game for your upcoming (and surely planned down to the last detail) gender reveal party.

    Your loved one should craft a version of the game where he or she is the artist and the party guests are split into two teams—boys and girls. The teams will take turns guessing clues that the secret keeper wrote—borrowing inspiration from popular movies, songs, books, and television shows—where the ultimate goal is to piece together each correct clue into a phrase that will reveal your baby’s sex. Provide the following clues to your artist as reference, but make sure that he or she doesn’t re-use these exact clues: “Baby Mama”, “Big Daddy”, “Bee (Movie)”, “Thriller”, “Fore”, and “Girl” (or “Boy). The parent-to-be from the team that shouts out the correct final clue earns the right to read the completed puzzle (and thus reveal the secret) to the party attendees.

    Picture Perfect

    Capture on film the moment in which you learn your baby’s sex, by giving the sealed envelope from your anatomy scan to a chosen photographer and asking him or her to help you create a unique reveal picture. Set against the backdrop of your choosing, position yourself and your partner on opposing sides of a classic Tug O’ War rope, and then gently begin tugging the rope from side to side, as the photographer clicks away. Mid-picture, the camera artiste will then inform the spouse standing on the side that corresponds to baby’s sex (Mommy if baby is a girl, and Daddy if baby is a boy) to give in to the other partner, so that the image shows the valiant “winner” tugging his or her opponent over the middle line (denoted by a white ribbon tied smack dab in the middle of the rope).

    Exploding Excitement

    Go grand with your announcement by hosting a New Year’s Eve gender reveal party. At your anatomy scan, ask the ultrasound technician to write your baby’s sex on a slip of paper and put it into a sealed envelope. Give that envelope to a close friend or relative and ask them to purchase enough sparklers so that each guest has one in the color that corresponds to baby’s sex (pink for girl, blue for boy). At one minute until midnight, retreat inside with your partner and shield your eyes, so that your guests can prepare to light up their sparklers during the 10-second countdown to midnight. When the New Year dawns, re-appear with your partner (post-kiss, of course) and see the magical color dancing in the night sky to learn whether your baby-to-be is a boy or a girl. Make sure to designate one party attendee to take pictures for posterity (and to share on Pinterest)!
    No matter how you decide to share your exciting news, make sure to enjoy the moment and share it with us on Instagram and Facebook and see your announcement on Nine Naturals! Simply tag us and use hashtag #NineNaturals.


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  • The Un-Shower

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Why not throw a baby shower your friends actually want to come to?

    Fact: Every time any person under 70 gets an invitation to a baby shower, she rolls her eyes and tries to think of ways to get out of it. Yes, every time. And she will for yours too. Between the wishing well, those embarrassing shower games, and the sitting around for 2 hours while the mama-to-be opens each and every last gift from each and every last co-worker’s cousin’s daughter, you can’t blame her for wanting to jump out of her skin.

    But wait! You don’t have to have one of those showers! For this last big hoorah before baby arrives, why not throw a party that everyone — including you — will want to attend? Here’s a few ideas for a great “Un-Shower” that will have all the girls you know praying for an invitation:

    Terrarium-Making: Flower workshops are sooo last year. For a new twist on the classic, bring your group to Twig Terrariums where you can all create customized little green worlds filled with the hilarious miniature figurines the Gowanus shop is known for. $150/person for two-hour private workshops. Groups larger than 20 get discounted rates.

    Makeup Workshop: The first night out after baby comes is worth putting on your “going out” face, so perfect your “hot mama” look now with a group of friends at a Jessa Blades makeup workshop. The Brooklyn-based makeup artist, natural beauty expert and herbalist offers regular workshops around the country, but will also put together an event for a small group.

    DIY Spa Products: For a celebration centered around that beautiful body of yours, a DIY spa product party in your living room (or someone else’s) may be the way to go. The Good Home Company founder and CEO Christine Dimmick will help you create body lotion, massage oil, foot scrub, bubble bath or shower gel, all from natural ingredients that you can feel “Good” about. Prices start at $1,200. Email for more info.

    Tie-Dye Party: There’s no better baby onesie than a tie-dyed baby onesie. Unless that baby onesie is tie-dyed by YOU! We’re lucky enough to have tie-dye guru Shabd Simon-Alexander in our own great city, so take advantage, ladies! For a private workshop safe for pregnancy, Shabd can pre-mix dyes, then come teach you and your friends some cool tying techniques and guide you through some dipping and dripping. For those afraid of messes, she’ll keep the buckets at home and finish off your creations herself. Email for group pricing.

    Cooking Class: If you’re a domestic at heart, or just love to eat, a cooking class could be the un-shower of your dreams. Michelle Marinis, founder of Petit Organics and healthy-eating website Silver Spoon (coming soon!), offers private in-home cooking lessons for groups. For a mama-to-be, she can focus on nutritional prenatal recipes, but your non-pregnant friends shouldn’t fret — for a little extra, she’ll bring over a case of wine to really get that party started. Prices start at $800 for 2 hours. Email for details.

    Crafting Workshop: Whether you want to learn to sew, feel an urge to knit using your arms, or have another creative endeavor in mind, the Brooklyn Craft Company can come up with the DIY party of your dreams. Private events at this Greenpoint studio are suitable for any skill level, and can also include food and beverages. If WE were planning an un-shower, we’d choose the Catlady Craft Night (cat nail art, anyone?) but maybe that’s just us.

    This article is by Jessica Pallay, courtesy of Well Rounded NY. Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city. 

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