No matter what the circumstances, welcoming a child into your life is a happy and joyous occasion! For adoptive parents, the wait for their beautiful baby might be long or short, but either way a shower must be had to celebrate this wonderful addition to their family! Here are some terrific ideas on how to throw a baby shower for a couple adopting a baby or child!
Below, are some great tips from Jeanne Benedict on how to throw the perfect shower and how to choose an appropriate theme for your very special occasion! have fun and let these ideas inspire you to create a memorable occasion for the parents-to-be!
How to Throw an Adoption Baby Shower
While it would seem that an adoption baby shower is just like an ordinary baby shower, there may be a few points that you want to consider for this event.
A good friend or family member should host the shower, not the adoptive parents.
Check with the adoptive parents to gauge when they would like a shower.
Since the baby may be a guest at the shower, some parents may want to wait until the babe has eased into his or her new home and family a bit before introducing their child to the world.
As is the case with most showers, the adoptive parents should register for gifts, nursery items, and anything that they'll need for the child at a baby store.
Consider putting both the parents and the baby's name on the shower invitation along with any siblings too!
In these modern times, it's not unusual for the couple to know the birth mother, and she may be a guest at the shower if all are comfortable with the arrangement.
A shower can be for an older adopted child as well. Think of it as more of a birthday party with gifts for the child along with any items, such as clothes or furniture, that he or she may need.
Adoption Baby Shower Themes
Any shower theme will work for an adoption baby shower from yellow rubber duckies to a quaint afternoon tea, however there may be some unique ways to personalize this occasion.
Baby Shower Themed for Child's Birth Country
If the baby was born in another country, a shower theme incorporating food, decor, and more from that country would be a wonderful way to celebrate his or her heritage.
My neighbors have adopted 2 babies from China and had a wonderful Chinese-themed baby shower in honor of each child.
The host served Chinese take-out, used red and gold disposable party supplies, and hung lanterns around the room.
A stork theme is adorable and couldn't be more appropriate with the idea of a baby being delivered by a magical bird!
One of my favorite decorations for a new baby is a tall wooden stork stuck in the front lawn letting everyone in the neighborhood know that a baby has arrived. This is a great way to welcome guests to the shower.
Dress Up the Nursery Party
When a baby is born into a family, the parents have 9 months to get the nursery together. There are times when adoptive parents have only a few days to ready a room for the baby.
Consider hosting a shower where dressing up the nursery is the theme.Gather all your designer friends and handy pals and go to town assembling the crib, hanging curtains, and even painting the walls!