Origin of Baby Showers
Did you know that baby showers actually originated in ancient times? For example, in ancient Rome and Greece, the pregnant woman was isolated before and just after the birth. She was “showered” with a party and gifts once she had been “purified” after the birth of the new baby. Throughout the middle ages and later the Victorian era, the traditions were different, but there was always a time and a way in which the new mother and the new life were celebrated. After the 20th century began, and especially after the Great Depression, the life expectancy of both mother and baby increased immensely with the advancement of medical treatments. Hence, it became “safer” to gift the baby and the mother before the infant arrived.
Planning a Baby Shower
Planning a baby shower is ironically as much fun for the organizer as it is the recipient. This is because planning games and picking out baby shower prizes is so much fun! Although planning the shower involves skills in organizing and coordinating events, there is inherent fun in choosing the games and prizes. That is so because in this 21st century, not only is the mother-to-be bestowed with gifts, the attendees leave the celebration with prizes of their own. Following are some ideas for Baby Shower Prizes, along with ideas for the baby shower games themselves:
Great Baby Shower Prize Ideas
Here are some choices from Etsy.com:
If none of the above links leads you directly to what you want, consider these baby shower prize ideas:
15. Fragrance candles;
16. Fast-food gift cards (or Starbucks!);
17. Lottery tickets;
18. Giant Hershey Bars;
19. 50 ml bottles of liquor, such as Fireball;
20. Handmade fruit bowls;
21. Hallmark Christmas ornament;
22. Designer socks;
23. Pound of gourmet coffee;
24. $2 bill (available at your local bank);
25. Baby powder (for your adult friend!);
26. Fancy hair ties or hair bows;
28. Puffy house shoes (one size or practical size);
30. Digital photo frame;
31. Music box that plays a baby tune.
Any of the above baby shower prizes ideas will leave you well-armed for any of those ultra-creative baby shower games. Your guests will laugh, play, eat snacks, share motherhood stories and watch the guest-of-honor open gifts. They can then return home armed with a clever little memento of their good time.