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Baby Shower Themes For You To Choose From

Baby Shower Themes For You To Choose From

If you are a parent-to-be and want to throw a baby shower to celebrate the arrival of a new member of your family, you certainly want that day to be perfect. You want your baby shower to be remembered as one of the most amazing ones ever and your friends to have as much fun as possible.

You need to think about the food and drinks you are going to serve, and maybe some activities to keep the people entertained. Nothing is really complete without some fun and games, right? You can also consider having some prizes for the game-winners.

When you are trying to hold every little idea about how to make your baby shower special in your mind, it can be hugely helpful and inspiring to think about a baby shower theme that will tie everything together. You can find inspiration in the following list of themes, which we made just for you. Choose the one that will make the whole celebration a wonderful experience.

1. It’s a Girl!
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    If you are expecting a baby girl, the perfect theme for your baby shower would be to simply make everything pink and white, starting with decorations, which can include little pink bows, pink paper flowers and triangle banners. You can have pink and white candy, and maybe add some chocolate candy as well. You can make a chocolate cake with a white teddy bear on top of it. It would be interesting if you could make invitations in the form of a baby bib and use some of them as decorations as well.

    2. Sunny Theme

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      You could have a yellow and white theme, which would perfectly describe your little baby sunshine. You can add sunflowers, as well as other white and yellow flowers, and put yellow and white bows on some yellow cookies. Add white and yellow candy and maybe make some paper banners with your baby’s name on them. White and yellow cupcakes will also make the shower look more interesting.

      3. Glam Up

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        If you want your baby shower to be more sophisticated, you can think about gold and white decorations, such as white roses with some gold glitter on them and gold bows around the vases. You can add decorative glasses with gold sandy glitter inside and put white and gold cookies on top of them. It will certainly make the baby shower look glamorous and you will welcome your baby to the world with style.

        4. Elephant Baby Shower Theme

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          You could make little signs featuring baby elephants and put them on top of blue cupcakes and on white and blue paper banners. Other ideas for this theme include: having a a cake with white and blue icing and a cute little baby elephant of top of it, having lots of blue candy in large glass containers, as well as some blue lollipops with white beads around them. All of these things will make your baby shower the cutest ever.

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          5. Animal Baby Shower Themes

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            If you want to make your baby shower more interesting and memorable, you can choose to have an animal theme. The cake could incorporate decorations featuring different animals sitting under some trees, and you could put lots of cupcakes around the cake, each with animal toppings. Make the shower even more complete by putting animal figures, and decorative trees and leaves everywhere.

            6. Welcome to the World

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              You could celebrate your baby’s arrival by incorporating cupcakes with world destination toppings and a big cake with a plane on it. Other ideas for this theme include: adding decorations in the form of cars and planes, plane-shaped cookies, and using some interesting world-themed gift boxes for the game prizes. You could put all kinds of candy around the cupcakes and think about using a large world map with paper banners on it saying “Welcome to the world!”

              7. Roaring Baby Shower Theme

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                Choose a memorable theme from The Lion King and put decorations of Simba everywhere. Make some cupcakes with the pictures of the little lion and his friends on top of them and arrange decorations in the form of lianas all around. You can even add some actual plants as decorations to make the setting more lively and authentic. You can be sure that everyone will love it!

                8. Dreamy Fairytale

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                  ‘Fairytale’ is one of the most appropriate themes when it comes to children, so you can consider choosing it for your perfect baby shower. From cupcakes and cookies of every color, to a pumpkin-shaped cake posing as Cinderella’s carriage, you can incorporate pretty much anything from a fairytale you can think of. You could add decorations featuring glass slippers and frogs, and maybe some little castles to fit the theme perfectly.

                  9. When the Stories Come Alive

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                    If books are your passion, you can add them to your baby shower. Make a stack-of-books cake which will really pop amidst the setting. You can make cookies with the names of your favorite books written on them in icing of all kinds of colors. Add some bows and maybe put some fruit decorations on the table. Consider adding some figurines of book characters and put some actual books anywhere you see fit– this will help you to make the stories come alive. There are more than a few book related gifts available to buy that can really make the theme come together nicely.

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                    10. Tea Party

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                      If your friends prefer tea over drinks, you can think about throwing a tea party baby shower. You can have all kinds of tea cookies with some bowls containing different kinds of jam. You can add some chocolate cake with vanilla filling and put white pearls as decorations everywhere. You can also add some white and pale pink flowers to make the setting more delicate. Apart from the tea sets that will be used for serving, you can think about using some extra sets to serve as a beautiful decorations.
                      Your baby shower should be entertaining, interesting, and fun and it should be as memorable as possible. You want to welcome your little bundle of joy to the world in the most beautiful and amazing way. Your baby shower is the event you will remember for the rest of your life, so you need it to be original. Therefore, choose the theme from this list you feel most excited about and make your baby shower special.

                      Featured photo credit: Linell’s Baby Shower / daisy.r via flickr.com

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                      Published on January 30, 2019

                      How to Support a Working Mother as a Working Father

                      How to Support a Working Mother as a Working Father

                      In roughly 60 percent of two-parent households with children under the age of 18, both parents work full time. But who takes time off work when the kids are sick in your house? And if you are a manager, how do you react when a man says he needs time to take his baby to the pediatrician?

                      The sad truth is, the default in many companies and families is to value the man’s work over the woman’s—even when there is no significant difference in their professional obligations or compensation. This translates into stereotypes in the workplace that women are the primary caregivers, which can negatively impact women’s success on the job and their upward mobility.

                      According to a Pew Research Center analysis of long-term time-use data (1965–2011), fathers in dual-income couples devote significantly less time than mothers do to child care.[1] Dads are doing more than twice as much housework as they used to (from an average of about four hours per week to about 10 hours), but there is still a significant imbalance.

                      This is not just an issue between spouses; it’s a workplace culture issue. In many offices, it is still taboo for dads to openly express that they have family obligations that need their attention. In contrast, the assumption that moms will be on the front lines of any family crisis is one that runs deep.

                      Consider an example from my company. A few years back, one of our team members joined us for an off-site meeting soon after returning from maternity leave. Not even two hours into her trip, her husband called to say that the baby had been crying nonstop. While there was little our colleague could practically do to help with the situation, this call was clearly unsettling, and the result was that her attention was divided for the rest of an important business dinner.

                      This was her first night away since the baby’s birth, and I know that her spouse had already been on several business trips before this event. Yet, I doubt she called him during his conferences to ask child-care questions. Like so many moms everywhere, she was expected to figure things out on her own.

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                      The numbers show that this story is far from the exception. In another Pew survey, 47 percent of dual-income parents agreed that the moms take on more of the work when a child gets sick.[2] In addition, 39 percent of working mothers said they had taken a significant amount of time off from work to care for their child compared to just 24 percent of working fathers. Mothers are also more likely than fathers (27 percent to 10 percent) to say they had quit their job at some point for family reasons.

                      Before any amazing stay-at-home-dads post an angry rebuttal comment, I want to be very clear that I am not judging how families choose to divide and conquer their personal and professional responsibilities; that’s 100 percent their prerogative. Rather, I am taking aim at the culture of inequity that persists even when spouses have similar or identical professional responsibilities. This is an important issue for all of us because we are leaving untapped business and human potential on the table.

                      What’s more, I think my fellow men can do a lot about this. For those out there who still privately think that being a good dad just means helping out mom, it’s time to man up. Stop expecting working partners—who have similar professional responsibilities—to bear the majority of the child-care responsibilities as well.

                      Consider these ways to support your working spouse:

                      1. Have higher expectations for yourself as a father; you are a parent, not a babysitter.

                      Know who your pediatrician is and how to reach him or her. Have a back-up plan for transportation and emergency coverage.

                      Don’t simply expect your partner to manage all these invisible tasks on her own. Parenting takes effort and preparation for the unexpected.

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                      As in other areas of life, the way to build confidence is to learn by doing. Moms aren’t born knowing how to do this stuff any more than dads are.

                      2. Treat your partner the way you’d want to be treated.

                      I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard a man on a business trip say to his wife on a call something to the effect of, “I am in the middle of a meeting. What do you want me to do about it?”

                      However, when the tables are turned, men often make that same call at the first sign of trouble.

                      Distractions like this make it difficult to focus and engage with work, which perpetuates the stereotype that working moms aren’t sufficiently committed.

                      When you’re in charge of the kids, do what she would do: Figure it out.

                      3. When you need to take care of your kids, don’t make an excuse that revolves around your partner’s availability.

                      This implies that the children are her first priority and your second.

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                      I admit I have been guilty in the past of telling clients, “I have the kids today because my wife had something she could not move.” What I should have said was, “I’m taking care of my kids today.”

                      Why is it so hard for men to admit they have personal responsibilities? Remember that you are setting an example for your sons and daughters, and do the right thing.

                      4. As a manager, be supportive of both your male and female colleagues when unexpected situations arise at home.

                      No one likes or wants disruptions, but life happens, and everyone will face a day when the troubling phone call comes from his sitter, her school nurse, or even elderly parents.

                      Accommodating personal needs is not a sign of weakness as a leader. Employees will be more likely to do great work if they know that you care about their personal obligations and family—and show them that you care about your own.

                      5. Don’t keep score or track time.

                      At home, it’s juvenile to get into debates about who last changed a diaper or did the dishes; everyone needs to contribute, but the big picture is what matters. Is everyone healthy and getting enough sleep? Are you enjoying each other’s company?

                      In business, too, avoid the trap of punching a clock. The focus should be on outcomes and performance rather than effort and inputs. That’s the way to maintain momentum toward overall goals.

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                      The Bottom Line

                      To be clear, I recognize that a great many working dads are doing a terrific job both on the home front and in their professional lives. My concern is that these standouts often aren’t visible to their colleagues; they intentionally or inadvertently let their work as parents fly under the radar. Dads need to be open and honest about family responsibilities to change perceptions in the workplace.

                      The question “How do you balance it all?” should not be something that’s just asked of women. Frankly, no one can answer that question. Juggling a career and parental responsibilities is tough. At times, really tough.

                      But it’s something that more parents should be doing together, as a team. This can be a real bonus for the couple relationship as well, because nothing gets in the way of good partnership faster than feelings of inequity.

                      On the plus side, I can tell you that parenting skills really do get better with practice—and that’s great for people of both sexes. I think our cultural expectations that women are the “nurturers” and men are the “providers” needs to evolve. Expanding these definitions will open the doors to richer contributions from everyone, because women can and should be both—and so should men.

                      Featured photo credit: NeONBRAND via unsplash.com

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