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Baby showers are wonderful. Everyone gets together, celebrates the mom-to-be and her baby, she opens gorgeous gifts, gets great advice and all is well with the world.
At least that's how it's supposed to go. But sometimes baby showers are rife with a surprising amount of controversy. And certain ideas behind baby showers seem to bring about most of that dissension.
Want to know the biggest baby shower controversies? I've gathered them together for you. As an aside, just because something made this list doesn't make it wrong or mean you shouldn't do it, it just means that people seem to disagree about it.
- The "gift card" shower — Gift cards are amazing. However it is one thing to get gift cards from people who aren't sure what to give and to require gift cards. Requiring any certain type of gift will always be met with controversy.
- Shower for baby #2, #3, #4, #5, etc — This seems to vary regionally. Some people believe "every child deserves a shower", for some it's "one and done". Just be aware of what others around you consider the norm to avoid drama.
- Throwing your own baby shower — I've seen very few people defend the self thrown baby shower. Most people would advise saving the money you'll spend on a shower and use it to buy what you need for your baby. Otherwise some people feel it's a gift grab.
- The "no kids allowed" baby shower — I get why people request this, but be aware it might lead to some hurt feelings…especially for friends with brand new babies.
- The "Grandma" baby shower — This is almost never met with anything but controversy. It's the idea that grandma needs things at her house for the baby too, so she gets her own shower. Typically it's hosted by grandma's friends. Great idea if the baby is going to be at grandma's house a lot, awkward if the parents feel differently about the idea.
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Source: Le Partie Sugar
Is there a sweeter theme for a shower feting tiny twins than a "perfect pair?" Pears set the tone for both the menu and the decor, which had a vibe that more closely resembled a chic wedding than a baby shower. "They are keeping the gender of the babies a secret, so a sage green was a perfect neutral color choice," said hostess Jordan of Polkadot Prints, who threw the party for her expectant sister. Keep reading to see all of the details.
It was a preciously pink baby shower for Jessica Simpson this weekend. The expectant mama was reportedly surrounded by family and celebrity friends (including Ellen Pompeo and Jessica Alba) as she celebrated her upcoming arrival. Jessica recently revealed that she's expecting a lil girl and the party was supposedly quite a pink affair. We recently came up with some fun baby gifts for the singer and Fashion Star host, but just found her baby registry at Bel Bambini in LA. Take a look and see what she likely received at her shower!
While a heavy-on-the-dessert lunch might be your typical baby shower meal, we're loving the creative shower Costa Mesa, CA-based wedding planner Jesi Haack recently threw for a friend, who's expecting a little boy. Inspired by phrase "Hello, Kiddo," the morning affair featured a heavy dose of sunny yellow fabrics, golden flowers, and of course, orange juice, along with an omelet bar, kid-inspired foods, sweet signage, and a cute activity that would please even the most shower-game averse friend. Keep clicking to check it out!
Nothing beats a good shower! When planning a shower for a mama-to-be, close friends feel the pressure to make this a party to remember for the guest of honor. To pull off a jaw-dropping event, every little detail counts — just ask party stylist Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie!
Click through to get a look at this Little Pink Birdies-themed baby shower she hosted for an expectant friend — packed with stunning details sure to inspire.
Source: Frog Prince Paperie
Getting ready for baby is one of the joys (and pains) of pregnancy. There's so much to get before baby arrives, like a car seat, a crib, and lots of onesies! That's why friends and family gather to shower mamas-to-be with love — and lots of presents! — at a baby shower. Check out these 10 darling baby shower invitations and invite your loved ones to celebrate mama and baby!
Milk and cookies for all! Lots of expectant couples prefer to celebrate with a coed baby shower to include the soon-to-be-dad and other male friends and family members. Planning a coed shower can be a little tricky — since you still want the party to revolve around baby while managing to please all of your guests. Check out this modern bash with a milk and cookies theme for some refreshing ideas if you're hosting or planning a coed shower of your own. It'll make a "milkaholic" out you!
Source: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked
It's raining baby showers around here! We've asked readers to share their showers and sprinkles with us in our Baby Shower Tips and Pics group. Sridevi Tummalapalli added some pictures from her rubber ducky shower.
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