Jul 302014
 
 July 30, 2014  Baby Shower Comments Off on Baby Shower Ideas: Easy Ways to Make It A Special Day

Baby Shower Ideas: Easy Ways to Make It a Special Day | Alldonemonkey.com

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are my own.

Throwing a baby shower for a friend?  We love baby showers!  They are such a fun way to celebrate the expecting mama and her new little one.  Here are some tips for making it a special day:

1. Choose the Right Style

One size definitely does not fit all, so keep in mind what kind of event would suit her.  Would your friend like a big party, or a more intimate gathering with just family and a few close friends?  Does she prefer something light, with lots of fun baby shower games, or something more reflective and spiritual?  Let her personality be your guide!

2. Pick a Fun Theme

The right theme can set the tone for your party.  Keep in mind her personal style (see above) then pick a theme to match.  For a big bash, you could choose a theme that focuses more on friends having fun (luau!), while a quieter event could focus on relaxation and pampering (spa day!).  Does she like cutesy touches (duckies!), or something more serious (candles!)  Take your cue from her: How is she decorating the nursery?  (Or do they even have one?)  Take a peek at any purchases she’s made so far for the baby, and listen to any hints she might have dropped (“I just want to put my feet up and relax!”)

3. Add Personalized Touches

What really makes the day special is showing her that you have paid attention to her.  Add personalized touches by making favors with her favorite quote, playing music that is meaningful to her, and decorating the space with special photos.  But you can really get off on the right foot by sending beautiful, personalized baby shower invitations.  It’s easier to do than you think!  Monkey_Tribe-1

Courtesy of Basic Invite.  Is anyone surprised that I really loved their monkey invitations??

You can personalize invitations instantly online at Basic Invite.  It is so easy!  Users can to customize the colors and text on every page of the invitation, so you can tailor the look down to the last detail – all in a matter of seconds!

MonkeynaroundCourtesy of Basic Invite

And don’t forget that when the time comes, she can use Basic Invite to create beautiful birth announcements.  How cool is that?

So pat yourself on the back for being such a great, sensitive friend – now go have some fun playing around with baby stuff!

Check out the collection at Basic Invite and let us know which is your favorite!

Jun 062014
 
 June 6, 2014  Baby Shower 1 Response »

5 Favorite Baby Shower Games - All Done Monkey on the Sugar Aunts

I love baby showers!  They are such a fun way to welcome children into the world and, of course, to celebrate the expecting mama.  (For an alternative baby shower, see my post on Mother Blessings).

Today you can find me over at The Sugar Aunts (one of my favorite blogs!) sharing the games we played during the baby shower for Little Monkey – over a year and a half ago, already!  (Don’t miss the candle favor I made for his baby shower using one of my favorite inspirational quotes).  And while you’re there, be sure to take a look around at this amazing site – such great ideas for little ones!  You can find my full post below:

5 Favorite Baby Shower Games {Post on the Sugar Aunts}

May 122014
 
 May 12, 2014  Baby Shower 2 Responses »

Mother Blessing for Expecting Moms {Ultimate Guide to Baby's First Year} - Alldonemonkey.com

This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year.  For more details and to enter the amazing giveaways, see the end of this post.

As often happens when you have mommy friends, when I was expecting Baby I knew a number of other moms that were expecting as well.  In the wonderful Natural Parenting group I belong to there were five of us!  (That is, there were five when we started planning.  As it turned out, two more found out they were expecting shortly before our Mother Blessing!)

To celebrate the expecting mamas, we decided that rather than a traditional baby shower, we would do a Mother Blessing, also commonly known as a Blessingway.  (There is some controversy over the term “Blessingway” and its connection to a sacred Navajo ceremony; as a result, I use the term “Mother Blessing” here).

A Mother Blessing is a wonderful alternative to the traditional baby shower.  Don’t get me wrong – I love baby showers!  But a Mother Blessing filled a different need for me – it is more about spiritual connection to a network of women and to the baby.  It was a very centering and empowering experience, something this busy mama desperately needed.

There is no right or wrong way to hold a Mother Blessing.  Do what feels right for you and your circle of friends.  Here I’ll be sharing what we did for our Mother Blessing, which we based in large part on this collection of Mother Blessing ideas put together by Code Name Mama.

Please note, often a Mother Blessing is held for just one woman, but in our case we did one ceremony for all of the expecting mamas in our group.

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Mother Blessing Program

1. Welcome

2. Introductions (of mamas and babies – due dates and gender, if known)

3. Anointing the expecting mamas

One of our members sells essential oils, so she brought several calming, centering oils for us to use.  Several guests volunteered to help with this part.  (Again, see the great Mother Blessing resource from Code Name Mama for additional ideas).

Each person was responsible for “anointing” a specific body part of each of the expecting mamas and reciting a blessing, as follows:

“I anoint your head for all the decisions you will make.”

“I anoint your arms for all the times they will cradle your baby.”

“I anoint your hands for all the work and play to come.”

“I anoint your chest for all the nourishment and love you provide for your baby.”

“I anoint your belly for your ability to grow along with your child.”

“I anoint your knees for all the times you will kneel to tend to your child.”

“I anoint your feet for all the miles you will walk to care for your child.”

4. Personal blessings

Each guest was asked to bring a blessing to share with the expecting mamas.  It could be a poem, a prayer, or a simple blessing of their own invention.  I shared this beautiful Bahá’í prayer for infants.

5. Birthing necklaces

Each guest brought beads to make birthing necklaces for the guests of honor.  The beads should have some special meaning to symbolize strength and joy for the mother during the birthing process.  For example, I found these beautiful beads that reminded me of the kind of jewelry my grandmother wore before her passing.  We made these beads into necklaces for each of the expecting mamas, who could keep it as a source of strength during labor.

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6. Birth stories

As the necklaces were being made, guests shared (positive!) birth stories.  I personally have always found this storytelling to be such a powerful way to connect with other mothers and share our wisdom and experience.

7. String bracelets

While only the expecting mamas received the birthing necklaces, everyone present received a simple string bracelet to wear as a token of support for the expecting mamas.  We passed a colorful piece of string around the room, and each guests slowly circled her wrist with it, until we were all connected in one big circle of strength.  As each guest was wrapping her wrist with the string, she evoked her female forebears and she gave a wish for the expecting mamas, so for example: “I am Leanna, daughter of …, granddaughter of … and …., and I wish you joy.”

8. Labor candles

Finally, our hostess passed out beautiful candles to the guests, to light when we heard that one of the mothers had gone into labor.

Prayer Flags

Afterwards, we enjoyed the yummy treats everyone had brought and made prayer flags for the babies’ rooms.  I got the idea from this photo I found online.  To keep things simple (and avoid sewing, since I don’t have a sewing machine!) I cut out the flags from felt – one chain for each expecting mama – and each person decorated one flag on each of the chains.  It is such a lovely keepsake for the mama and a sweet decoration for the baby’s room!

A Mother Blessing is a special way to welcome babies into a caring community.  For me it was a calming, centering way to connect with my baby and my friends.

Have you ever participated in a Mother Blessing?

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Taking Time For Mom

5 Things New Parents Really Need ~ BPhotoArt

Ways to Reset When Suffering From Postpartum Depression ~ Trust Me, I’m a Mom

Ways to sneak in me-time when you have a new baby ~ Mom Favorites

Look Better Feel Better ~ Plain Vanilla Mom

5 Fast Ways to Refresh as a Mom ~ Peace but Not Quiet

How to be Supportive When Birth Doesn’t Go as Planned ~ The Realistic Mama

Getting Through the First Months: 5 Golden Rules for New Parents ~ Let the Journey Begin

10 Post Baby Must-Haves That No One Talks About ~ Pink Oatmeal

Gift Ideas For New Parents

Gift Ideas for Parents of a Newborn Baby ~ Powerful Mothering

Mother Blessing for Expecting Moms ~ All Done Monkey

Little Mommy Luxuries – Must Haves for Every New Mom ~ The Eyes of a Boy

Tips for Newborn clothes~ La Cité des Vents

Never Go Wrong With Fantastical Flowers – Conceiving Piper

Helping Hands

How to Plan a Meal Rotation for New Parents ~ Still Playing School

Hand the Baby Over to Dad: Fun Bonding Activities for Dads and Babies ~ The Jenny Evolution

What is a Mother’s Helper and What to Look For ~ Lalymom

Frugal Tips for Parents

6 Tips for Getting Dinner on the Table After Having a Baby (or babies!) ~ The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide

Frugal Living: Our Tip Five Tips for Saving Money with a Baby ~ Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Tips for Parents of Multiples/Preemies

5 Things You Need to Know About Preemies ~ True Aim Education

Parenting Multiples ~ Bambini Travel

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Apr 152014
 
 April 15, 2014  Baby Shower 8 Responses »

Baby Shower Favors {Multicultural Kid Blogs Virtual Baby Shower} - Alldonemonkey.com

This post is part of the Virtual Baby Shower being held at Multicultural Kid Blogs.  For more details and to share your own posts, see the bottom of this page.

It seems incredible to me that it has been nearly a year and a half since my baby shower for Little Monkey; yet, when I try to remember our family without his dimpled grin and bright spirit, it seems a lifetime ago.

Today I am sharing the favors I made for his baby shower, inspired by a quotation that to me encapsulates all the hope we carry for the new little beings that enter into this world and the joyous burden that falls to us as parents to help them reach their potential:

“Every child is potentially the light of the world.”        

– Bahá’í Writings

To make these I first create the template in Publisher (download the pdf version here) then printed them on cardstock.

Baby Shower Favors {Multicultural Kid Blogs Virtual Baby Shower} - Alldonemonkey.com

These make lovely cards as is, but I wanted to send everyone home with a little something special, so I simply glued a scented tea light onto each.  I kept several for myself, and they still smell heavenly!

Baby Shower Favors {Multicultural Kid Blogs Virtual Baby Shower} - Alldonemonkey.com

 

Multicultural Kid Blogs - Virtual Baby ShowerAt Multicultural Kid Blogs, we consider ourselves a (very large) extended family, and so today we are taking time to celebrate those members that are about to or have recently welcomed new little ones into their lives. We are so happy for them!

The co-hosts of this blog hop, listed below, have each written posts related to baby showers or more generally about becoming parents, plus we’d love for you to link up yours below.

Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to leave your advice and well wishes for our guests of honor!

Co-hosts

the piri-piri lexicon
Vibrant Wanderings
Creative World of Varya
La Cité des Vents
Spanish Playground
Dad’s the way I like it
Tiny Tapping Toes
All Done Monkey

 


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