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Baby Shower Planning 101

If your best friend is having a baby then it is up to you to plan the baby shower! This can actually be a lot of fun and is a great chance to help out before the baby comes by giving the new mother to be some great gifts, advice and some time to put her feet up and be pampered.
People, place and time
The first things to sort out when hosting a baby shower are the people, the place and the time. Let’s start with the place – do you want to host the shower at the mother to be’s home? If you plan on doing this then you need to ensure that you have a team ready to help clean up afterwards – it is no fun for her if she has a lot of cleaning up to do once the shower is over. Another alternative is to host it your home or another friend’s home or even to book a restaurant or table at a hotel. You will then need to decide on the guest list. This will in part be dictated by the amount of people your selected space can hold – which could help you keep a reign on things. Ideally invite family that she is close to and her best friends and work mates. You may want to run the guest list by her in case you have invited someone she does not get along with or that might cause friction. Then you need to decide on the time – we would suggest brunch or tea – that way things wind up early and there is time for everyone to even drop by if they have work – they can come closer to lunch or even after work and not miss any of the celebrations!
Baby presents
Part of the purpose of the shower is to essentially shower the new mother with gifts for her and her baby. You could sign up for a registry at a baby shop Dubai in her neighbourhood.
Also ask her if she has already signed up with a local baby shop for a registry and ask guests to buy items off that! This way she will get what she needs and has not been able to get yet!
What to eatIf you are hosting a tea or a brunch the ideal thing to serve would be waffle or bagels. You can have a make your own station by providing a range of sweet and savoury toppings. If you are at a restaurant ask if they can design a menu for you with a range of pre-selected foods.

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