Shower me with love!
There's nothing nicer than celebrating the imminent arrival of a baby.
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Dating from the late 19th century, the baby shower took its name from the "showering" of love and gifts at a women-only tea party. These high teas were held after the birth because it was not considered polite for Victorian women to appear pregnant in public. Gifts at that time would be silver (generally from the grannies-in-waiting) or handmade items.
Now, it's quite a different story, and the mum-to-be is usually proud to show off her bump. The rest is pretty much the same though - women gathering together to help a close pal celebrate a momentous event - the birth of a baby.
Tips for success
Baby showers may once have been women-only events but these days there's a good chance that Hubby and one or two other close male friends will want to join the party, if only as late-comers.
Baby showers are usually held in the last trimester - just when the mum-to-be is feeling at her most bloated, tired and disgruntled. If you want to be best gal pal of the day make yourself her "liaison". Place her in a comfy chair, bring her food and lots of water and maybe a little footstool. Massage her shoulders and generally meet her every need.
Another game is Guess the Number of Nappies in the Jar. It's just like guessing the lollies in the jar, except in this case the guest of honour gets to keep the nappies.
Here's another game especially for the mummy-to-be: place a tray covered with baby items, such as a dummy, rattle, muslin face cloth and teething ring in front of the blindfolded pregnant mum and see how many she can guess using her hands
Props and partyware
Photography: Fiona Tomlinson Photography (www.fionatomlinson.co.nz),