It is a tradition for Americans to throw a baby shower for the expecting mother. I’m a foreign lady who has not attended a single baby shower and now my in laws and church mates are talking about my baby shower.
In Malaysia, we do not have baby showers but we do have full-moon (postpartum) baby parties on the 30th day of the newborn. That’s where your friends and relatives shower you with diapers and red packets (monetary gifts) as a token of welcoming your baby into the world. In return, you usually give your guests favors such as red boiled eggs and a slice of cake.
However in America, a baby shower is a way to celebrate the pending birth of a child by presenting gifts to the parents at a party. The term “shower” is often assumed to mean that the expectant mother is “showered” with gifts.
Traditionally, baby showers were given only for the parent’s first child, and only women were invited. The original intent was for women to share wisdom and lessons on the art of becoming a mother. However in this modern society, such traditions have been broken and co-ed baby showers are encouraged for first time parents. Baby showers are also given for subsequent or adopted children.
It is not uncommon for a parent to have more than one baby shower, such as one with extended family and friends and another with colleagues or co-workers.
For the past two weeks, I have been cracking my brains in designing the baby shower invitation card for the friends’ party. You must be thinking why I have taken up the hassle in doing this. You see, I just did not want to spend $3 per invitation card and I wanted the flexibility to choose my own fonts, colour and theme.
And after many alterations and playing around with microsoft powerpoint, I came up with a final design below.
Isn’t that cute? Heehee! Baby Showers are going to be fun. Well, of course, it’s my first.