I (Julie) organized a baby shower last night for our youth pastor's wife. They are a young couple and don't have a lot of money, so it was really fun to "bless her socks off" with lots of useful items for her baby layette.
I enjoy planning fiestas to celebrate life stages. I believe it's really important to recognize rites of passages in one's journey.
This was the program:
We sang a few songs
Our pastor's wife gave a meditation on motherhood
I did a bunch of fun baby shower games:
*Can't say the word "baby" during the evening, or someone will take your sticker. The person with most stickers at the end of the night wins!
*List as many baby items that you can that start with the letters of the baby's name (or you can do the mom and dad's names).
*Guess the mom's waist measurement by cutting yarn...the closest measurement wins!
*I had 15 baby items on a tray and the women got to observe the items for 30 seconds, then had to recall them all. No one got all 15, but one woman got 14. She won a prize.
The mom-to-be opened her presents and she had to guess what was inside. If she guessed right, she got to decorate the gift-giver with make up, if she guessed wrong, the gift-giver got to decorate her. This was a HUGE hit.
Disclaimer: you have to know the mom if she has the personality to like being "made up".
I made a scrapbook for the mom and all the women wrote down their best advice and encouragement on a page. We assembled the book and I presented it to her.
Lastly, we prayed for her and asked God to give her wisdom as a new mommy. She was really touched. This baby shower reminded me once again what a blessing it is to serve a child as his/her mom. No one else was chosen for the job, but you!