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Sunday, November 28, 2010

CHRISTMAS BABY SHOWER GAMES

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It's certainly not limited to baby showers, but Dirty Santa is one of the best, fun Christmas baby shower games EVER! Some people call this wild game the Gift Takeaway Game or Pass the Present, Please but I just call it loads of fun. It's a perfect game to play at a Christmas themed coed baby shower. The guys as well as the girls get a real kick out of "taking away" each other's gifts.

HOW TO PLAY

When you send out the Christmas baby shower invitations, instruct each guest to bring a wrapped gift so that there will be one per person under the Christmas tree. You might indicate the kind of gift they are to bring such as a gag gift, a baby gift or even a sexy gift (which is hiliarious at a coed shower) or set a price limit.

As the guests arrive, tag each gift with a number before placing it underneath the tree or in the gift pile in the center of the venue if a tree is not part of your holiday baby shower decorations. You will also write a corresponding number on a folded piece of paper for each gift and put it in a bowl. These pieces of paper will be drawn by each guest to indicate which gift they get when the Christmas baby shower games begin.

When it's time to play, arrange chairs in a circle and pass the bowl with the folded pieces of paper to each guest and have them draw a number starting with a guest seated on one side of the circle and taking turns to the left working your way around the group.

Each person (other than the first player which must draw a number and get a gift from under the tree to start things off) has the option to draw a number and take a gift from the pile or steal a gift that was previously drawn from someone else.

It's a good idea to set some rules for taking each others' gifts, such as a limit to the times each gift can be stolen. The gifting atmosphere is just perfect for a Christmas theme baby shower even though Santa takes a turn at playing Scrooge!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

TOP BABY GIFT IDEAS FOR 2010

Here's my list of top baby gift ideas for 2010 that I know you all have been anxiously awaiting! I wracked my feeble brain to come up with some new baby gift ideas for those of you who have no clue what mom already has bought for her neworn.

Perhaps you live on the other side of the country (or the world?) and want to send a new baby gift that will be appreciated no matter how many baby showers the mother-to-be has already had or how well prepared her nursery may be. The gift list is geared towards family members and friends who may have no knowledge of what products that babies need or have no idea what new moms want!

TOP BABY GIFT IDEAS for 2010


1. Personalized Baby Bibs

2. Handmade Baby Booties

3. Baby bath products - Shampoo, soap and a personalized wash cloth

4. Burp Cloths


I really tried hard to come up with a TOP 5 NEW BABY GIFT IDEAS LIST, but my mind went totally blank at 4.

Are you wondering how I chose the baby gifts that made the list?

The answer is actually pretty simple; all of the gifts are something that a new baby needs, each gift that I suggested can be personalized thus making them very special AND all of the recommendations either tend to get lost, Mommy can't have enough of them or have a tendency to look worn or get stained rather quickly and need to be freshened up.

Just so you know, custom made hair bows for baby girls almost made my list of
TOP BABY GIFT IDEAS for 2010 since they have a habit of falling off and being lost but since they are gender specific, I skipped them.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Baby Shower Ideas

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The shower that went to this afternoon had some interesting and tasty Thanksgiving baby shower ideas that were so traditional that they truly caught me by surprise! Although the tableware and decorations might indicate that the only reason this party would be classified as such was the timing there were certain characteristics that were Thanksgiving all the way!.

Thanksgiving Baby Shower Decorations

The tablecloth on the serving table was made of white linen with a rustic burlap fabric overlay. The chargers that were placed underneath tin serving platters that held a variety of crackers were round slabs of wood with the bark left on them. The floral centerpiece was a feast of fall colors and there were individual orange and gold tulips in clear vases. The paper napkins were bright orange and had an inspirational quote about being thankful printed on them. I can't remember the exact quote and darn it, I forgot to bring one home with me! There were no pictures of Tom Turkey on the plates or decorations but the fact that the shower was planned to take place the day before the Thanksgiving holiday and the quote on the napkin indicated that it was indeed a Thanksgiving baby shower theme. Otherwise, the color scheme would have been just fine for a Fall baby shower planned for the month of September, October or even earlier in November.



THANKSGIVING BABY SHOWER MENU IDEAS

The hostesses really went all out with comfort food that filled the venue with wonderful smells that brought back childhood memories of holidays spent at my grandmother's house. The scents that took me on that trip down memory lane were coming from traditional dishes that are normally not seen (and enjoyed!) at a baby shower but more in keeping with Thanksgiving and Christmas. There were wedges of apple pie topped with triangles of cheese, spiced cider and some amazing cranberry and pecan relish and perhaps the most amazing of all the Thanksgiving baby shower ideas of all was turkey sandwiches! I didn't expect to be enjoying those until noon on Black Friday!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

THANKSGIVING CLOTHES FOR BABIES

I love baby Christmas outfits but for the life of me can't forgive the lack of Thanksgiving clothes for babies! The only baby Thanksgiving outfits I can find are a few jumpers and long-alls that have a turkey embroidered on the bib. Now what's up with that, please?

And speaking of bibs, there are LOTS of Thanksgiving theme baby bib and burp cloth sets for sale. In addition to the selection of "Baby's First Thanksgiving" bibs, some of them have funny sayings on them like "MY FAMILY IS THANKFUL FOR ME!", "I'M THANKFUL FOR MY DADDY" and a couple even label the little doll as "MY LITTLE TURKEY"!

Thanksgiving is a holiday where most families spend a large amount of time around the dining room table reflecting on all their many blessings, doting on the new additions to the group and perhaps reminiscing of the good times spent with those that are no longer with us other than in spirit.

Some call it a "food based" holiday and I have to agree since I'm known to enjoy my turkey and dressing. But in my mind, Thanksgiving deserves just as much recognition as Christmas especially since I hear so many people say that they actually enjoy it more since there's not as much pressure. So, why are there not more Thanksgiving clothes for babies in the stores? Is it because the Pilgrims set the tone for a solemn celebration and Christmas is full of HO HO HO and cute little elves?

I suppose I will buy my oldest daughter a new chocolate brown corduroy jumper and have it personalized with a cute turkey and pass her old jumper down to the next one in line. Dark brown does a great job of hiding stains but I think I will still dress it up with a nice new bib just for fun.

For the record, I want to talk about Thanksgiving baby shower decorations just a little bit before I move on to Christmas baby shower ideas, don't you?