A party arrives from the United States that is having more and more success in our country as well. It’s the baby shower, an important moment to celebrate the baby who is about to arrive, but above all his mother.
Tradition has it that it is organized only for the eldest child, but it is increasingly frequent that it is also repeated for siblings. Covid permitting given the pandemic situation that grips us.
“The meaning of this party is to ensure that future parents have everything they need to welcome the new born and avoid that, in the first days after the birth, their home is invaded by friends and relatives” explains Paola Pagano , owner of Baby Planner Italia, the agency that organizes baptisms, communions, birthdays, baby showers and special events throughout Italy.
During the baby shower, in fact, the moms to be receive a real “shower“(shower) of presents for the birth of the child.
Here are the expert’s answers to the most frequently asked questions on the topic:
Who organizes it?
Usually, friends of the future mother organize this party. And it is organized only for the firstborn.
When is it organized?
It is organized around eight months of pregnancy, at a favorable time for the future mother.
Who is attending?
It’s about a party generally a lot intimate, attended by no more than 10-15 guests including friends of the waiting couple and grandparents.
Where is it organized?
Being a small party, very often it is organized in the home of future parents, or in that of their friends. Alternatively, you can book a room in a bar or restaurant, but still a reserved environment. The appointment is usually in the afternoon, around 4 pm.
How long does it last and how does it take place?
The party lasts about two hours and in most cases, it is a surprise party. Generally there is a moment of welcome, activities and games to enliven the atmosphere, then the buffet and the opening of gifts.
How is the space set up?
An important part of the party is about the theme: usually you choose a character loved by your future parents or something they are very attached to. The setting is then prepared, which includes a corner with the buffet and the inevitable diaper cake. A space is reserved for gifts to be given to friends as a souvenir of the party.
What gifts do you get?
The meaning of the party is to give everything that can be useful to parents in view of the birth of their child. There are many shops that organize real themed lists. In order not to be mistaken, the advice is to focus on clothing: from rompers to shoes, passing through socks and hats.
One of the highlights of the baby shower is then diaper cake, “It is made up more or less of two packs of diapers and various baby hygiene products, such as shampoos, creams and brushes. It is always a very appreciated gift by expectant mothers ».
«For a classic baby shower you start from 250 euros and then go up according to the services requested, such as the photo shoot or the make-up or make-up session for the belly. Tradition has it that the friends of the future mother offer the party, dividing the cost between them ».