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Celebrating Baby: Alternatives to Second Showers

Is it proper to have a baby shower for a second child? It’s a bit of a sticky situation, because while you want each of your children to be welcomed into the world as warmly as the first, you also don’t want to seem greedy for gifts. So what is a momma-to-be to do? The decision to have a second shower should be left up to the individual, but there are ways to celebrate every new baby without labeling it a baby shower.

 There are several non-shower type parties that would work for a new (not-first) born.

One popular option is a Wishes Party.

By hosting the party after your baby’s birth, the Wishes Party allows guests to not only see your newest addition, but also handwrite their wishes and blessings for the babe.

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The resulting “wishes tree” is a keepsake you and your child will be able to cherish for many years (and also makes for an adorable accessory for your nursery).

Pearls of Wisdom Party for Girls

If you have recently given birth to a baby girl, another option would be to host a Pearls of Wisdom Party. Invite a group of women that you hold dear to gather and give their "pearls of wisdom" for how to raise a little lady, and ask them to be mentors to your daughter.

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Plan your event around the pearl theme by using the precious gem in your decor scheme, and present each attendee with a pearl brooch as a way to honor them and acknowledge your respect for their advice and mentorship. This party idea is great because not only do you get to celebrate and get tips for raising your daughter, but you also have the opportunity to honor and celebrate your guests.

Sip-and-See Celebration

A third option to replace a second shower would be to host a Sip-and-See. Like a wishes party, a Sip-and-See is held after the baby has arrived—invite friends and family over to sip on a beverage and see your newest addition.

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Keep this party simple with coffee, tea and cookies or tarts. You could also serve champagne and hors d'oeuvres as a way to toast your little one. 

As you can see, there are many creative ways to honor a second (or third or fourth…) child that do not revolve around gifts, so one should never feel the need to hold back from celebrating. Simply embrace your little bundle of love and allow others to soak in the joy that comes with him!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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