**Guest Post **
It’s finally happened—your best friend is pregnant and you offer to throw her a baby shower. You couldn’t be happier for her and enthusiastically begin planning the grand event to celebrate the upcoming birth. Of course, you need to know if she has any preferences in theme, food, or time of day, and—oh, yeah—you need to know the most important thing: the baby’s gender.
But your friend loves surprises, and not only does she leave all the planning to your discretion, she’s also not finding out the gender of the baby.
Uh oh. What do you do now? Busting out the greens and yellows seems the only option, right? But throwing a gender-neutral shower doesn’t have to be more difficult than throwing a girl or boy shower. In fact, once you get the creative juices flowing, you might even have more fun with it.
How many baby showers have you attended where color is the basic theme? There’s nothing wrong with that, but here’s your chance to get out of that rut. Instead, base your theme on one of the following:
· Animals: Whether you go with a rubber duck or lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!), animals are gender-neutral. Plus, plenty of decorations and pre-made baby shower invitations already feature baby animals, making this an easy theme to incorporate.
· Seasonal: Throw an autumn shower with golds and oranges or a whimsical winter wonderland shower with snowflakes and variations of blue that aren’t specific to boys (teals, turquoise, etc.).
· Locales: Everyone will have fun with a beach- or forest-themed shower. With one of these themes, you can have a lot of fun with the party favors and decorations.
· It’s a …?: Why not center your theme around the fact that the gender is unknown? You can divide the decorations and food — even the cake—in half, including both pink and blue themes at the same shower. Have guests guess what gender the baby will be and reveal the guesses at the end of the shower.
Once you decide on a theme, be sure to find baby shower invitations, décor, and adorable thank you cards to match.
Whether you’re throwing a gender-neutral or a gender-specific shower, figuring out the perfect food can be a challenge. Will you feature brunch selections, with muffins, fruit, and casseroles? Or does lunch suit the occasion better, with chicken salad croissant sandwiches and potato chips? Whatever you decide, you can accent your choices with some fun dessert choices at a gender-neutral shower.
· Candy bar: Buy glass jars and scoops and fill them with different types of candy that correlate to babies (such as Sugar Babies or mini M&Ms). Provide guests with cellophane baggies to collect a little of each candy. This can double as their party favor.
· Ready to pop: On the dessert table, surround the cake with popcorn, Ring Pops, and Tootsie Roll Pops. These go perfectly with a “ready to pop” theme.
A lot of women who have gender-neutral showers find that they receive a lot more of the practical gifts than those who know the gender of their baby, simply because guests tend to stick with the necessities instead of veering off to buy an adorable gender-specific outfit. Be sure to specify on the invite that this is to be a gender-neutral shower and that gift receipts are appreciated.
But what if the mommy-to-be already has all the necessities? Don’t worry; there are still plenty of great baby shower gifts to give.
· Books: Children’s books are the perfect gift for both boys and girls. You can even request that all guests bring their favorite children’s book as a gift.
· Gift cards: You can’t go wrong with a gift card to the store where the mom-to-be is registered.
· Pamper gifts: Oftentimes the focus of the shower lands solely on the baby and Mom is forgotten. Honor your friend by treating her to a pedicure, scented candles and lotion, or something else that relaxes her and reminds her she’s doing a great job.
As you can see, throwing a gender-neutral baby shower is not as difficult as you might have first imagined. It can be daunting to play hostess, but with all the ideas roaming the Internet, you’re sure to get the brainstorming help you need to throw the perfect gender-neutral shower—without resorting to the been-there-done-that yellows and greens.
Guest Author Bio: Cindy Rollins is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys sharing products, services and ideas that combine thoughtful design with a functional purpose.
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