Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Rules of Thumb for Selecting Great Baby Shower Favors!

Rules of Thumb for Selecting Great Baby Shower Favors! by Cheryl Salto

As if there aren’t already enough details to tend to when hosting a baby shower, one final touch is selecting an appropriate baby shower favor. But it doesn’t have to be a chore with these few simple things to consider and basic rules of thumb that will help you pick great shower favors for your guests.

First, who is coming to the shower? Is there a favor that would be perfect for this particular group of guests based on something that you all share? Perhaps you were all sorority sisters or went to the same school or work in the same industry? This might be a cute angle to consider when choosing baby shower favors. One shower hostess recently used the common bond between guests when selecting their shower favors – they were all hair stylists, several who worked with the mother-to-be currently and the others from her previous salon – the baby shower favors were customized mint tins that exclaimed “Our newest stylist arriving soon!” with the baby’s name. Everyone loved them and commented on how unique they were.

The age of the guests is another thing to consider. Usually all age groups are represented at family showers and so a favor can be chosen with this in mind. However, if at your particular shower all the guests will be in one age range, this is yet another area that can play into your baby shower favor selection. One age range might appreciate something a little funkier and trendy than another; all simple things just to keep in mind when making your choices.

So with those areas considered it’s on to actually selecting your baby shower favors. Three categories that are always appreciated are a great way to approach your selection. Something edible, something usable or something personal – and sometimes if you’re lucky, your favor will fit all of the above!

Something edible – always a successful favor because well, it can be eaten! Who doesn’t enjoy an exquisite chocolate treat or delicious bakery cookie? From the simplest and most traditional favor of Jordan almonds in a lovely Italian bonboniere to a beautifully decorated cookie that corresponds with your shower theme or the sex of the baby if it’s known, you are bound to find something edible that could be the perfect baby shower favor.

Something usable – it seems these days that everyone is simplifying and they don’t want clutter to add to their homes -- so something that serves a purpose rather than a knick knack for a shelf or to get put in a drawer, is often most appreciated. A perfect solution for a special baby shower favor in this category is a lovely candle. With different scents to choose from as well as the many different shapes and sizes, your choice is sure to delight the guests as they remember this important day and the little one on the way when they burn their candle at home. Other options in this category are things like unique bookmarks, a picture frame or something gaining popularity are seeded favors that can be planted – what a delightful addition to someone’s garden or in a pretty pot on their windowsill. Something personal – in these computer times there are so many wonderful customizable or personalized baby shower favors available that this is a great area to choose from. You can use a picture of the mom-to-be or if the sex and name of the baby is known you can use them on virtually any type of baby shower favor to everyone’s delight. From a beautiful picture frame with the date of the shower to the mint tins mentioned earlier that can be customized with virtually any pictures, thoughts or designs that you wish, with just a touch of creativity, a beautifully personal favor is the result.

With these ideas in mind, keeping to these categories and putting in just a bit of thought and creativity, your baby shower favors are sure to be a success, just like the shower itself! Remember to enjoy yourself too as hostess as you honor your special friend at this important stage of her life. It’s these precious times and the celebrations that go with them that build the memories we’ll cherish long into our future.

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About The AuthorCheryl Salto loves helping to make celebrations personal and meaningful as the owner of specializing in providing an extensive online selection of baby shower favors for life’s most precious celebrations.

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