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7 Baby Shower Planning Tips

7 Baby Shower Planning Tips

If you have been tasked with planning a baby shower, you know that there are going to be a lot of things that you need to do in order to make the event successful. Planning a baby shower doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you know what you are doing and you are organized. Ask others for help in order to make this a special day for the expectant mother. Here are some tips to help you plan the best baby showers.

1. Create a Checklist

One of the first things to do is create a checklist that shows everything that needs to be planned, and when each thing needs to be taken care of. Things to include are who will host, the budget, where and when to have the party, guest list, invitations, theme, menu, decorations, games, etc. Be sure to leave lots of time for shopping, cooking, setting up the area, etc.

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2. Figure Out the Guest List

Next, you’ll want to figure out the guest list. If the shower is for a close friend, you likely already know everyone who should be invited. It is a good idea to talk to the expectant mother to find out who she would like to see at her party, in order to make sure that you don’t end up inviting people that she would rather not be there. You may also want to set up FaceTime or Skype for those who are unable to attend in person, to make sure everyone can send their best wishes.

3. Create the Invitations

Get creative and have fun with the baby shower invitations. One great idea is to make them look like library book slips, complete with the due date at the bottom. Make the cards out of coin envelopes. You can get everything you need at office supply stores, and you won’t have to spend a lot of money on having invitations printed.

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4. Organize Adequate Seating

It may be that there won’t be enough chairs for all of the guests. This isn’t a problem when you are creative. If you don’t have extra chairs, or room for extra chairs, throw pillows are a great option for younger guests. Keep the gift-opening part of the party short (an hour or less), so people don’t have to sit for long periods of time and get bored or cramped up.

5. Buy Gifts

You will also need to find gifts, and perhaps the best way to shop for unique items is to buy baby shower gifts online. You can easily visit an online store, browse and shop. You can simply look through selections of great gift ideas, and then go shopping later once you know what you want to buy for your guest of honor.

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6. Decorate Creatively

Instead of traditional crepe paper ribbons and balloons, try using other types of decorations. For instance, you can fill champagne glasses with candy (blue and pink are the colors to go with), create a diaper cake, tissue paper pom-poms, etc. Everyone will appreciate the added effort put into a party that is not the same old baby shower that everyone has been to a million times.

7. Prepare a Cleanup Pack

Baby showers can get messy, but you can keep the mess to a minimum with a cleanup pack. Place everything the expectant mother will need to keep gifts organized and the area around her tidy, including trash bags, scissors, stickers to identify gifts, and a pencil and paper to keep a record of who gave gifts so thank-you cards can be sent out later.

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By following the tips above, you’ll be able to successfully plan a fun but organized baby shower for a friend or family member.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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