Have you ever heard of a Grandmother Shower? I hadn’t either, until recently. Grandmother Showers are becoming a popular trend. It’s a chance for friends to celebrate the new grandmother-to-be. And it’s a way to help her stock her home with the supplies and fun stuff she will need as a new Grandmother. The excitement of being a grandmother for the first time is even greater when sharing that with your closest friends. This is the perfect reason to throw a party!
So here are some tips and ideas for hosting a Grandmother Shower for someone who is becoming a Grandmother for the first time.
Keep it simple.
Keep this celebration a little low-key. A new grandmother may not want you to make a big fuss but probably wouldn’t mind a “little fuss”. And your party should not overshadow any shower plans for the Mom or take the attention away from her.
Invite close friends.
Make it a small gathering with just her closest friends. This shower should be an opportunity to share the entrance into grandmother-hood with the special people who are sincerely happy for her. Make it a lot about celebrating. The gifting is an important part of the shower, too, but should be secondary to celebrating.
Have the party in the evening.
Most baby showers are held on a weekend afternoon. Having the shower in the evening is less apt to compete with Mom’s shower. If you’d like to make this Grandmother Shower a surprise, having it in the evening will surely be more unexpected.
Meet at a restaurant or park.
Hosting the Grandmother Shower at a restaurant or park removes the need for elaborate decorations and desserts. Having the shower at a neutral location makes it easier to share the hosting responsibilities with others in the group as well.
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Pass the New Grandma Award.
Are you wondering what I’m talking about with this one? Well, my story is simple, sweet and meant a lot to me when I became a Grandma for the first time. I have a group of friends who all became Grandmothers within a short time frame. The ribbon was passed from one new Grandmother to the next. It is a simple award ribbon, like this one. It didn’t cost much but was a gesture that meant so much to me. I didn’t keep it for long, though, because another Grandma was born a few months later. Start the New Grandma Award tradition in your group.
Play a Grandmother Shower game.
This could be fun, especially if you go to a park or to someone’s home. Some may even be appropriate for a restaurant setting. Baby Shower Bingo or Baby Word Scramble would be fun games. I can send you a copy of my own Word Scramble game. Just ask!
Give Useful Gifts.
When I became a Grandmother the first time, it had been almost 25 years since I had a baby in the house. I needed baby supplies. If Grandma lives close and the baby may visit often, give gifts to the Grandmother-to-be that will help her stock her home.
Baby essentials that she might need in order to make life easier with a grandbaby would probably be appreciated. Bibs, baby wash cloths, wipes, diapers, a blanket, books or even a used stroller or Pack ‘N Play. If she doesn’t live close to her grandbaby, give things like a photo album, brag book, picture frame or a bottle of champagne to celebrate the day the baby arrives.
She could probably use items to make her home safe for her grandchild. Read more about that here: “Be Prepared: Make Your Home Safe for Your Grandchildren“. Consider the new Grandmother’s situation and choose accordingly.
The women in attendance who are already in the role should share their wisdom with the newbie. Becoming a grandmother for the first time can be overwhelming and life-changing. Hearing from those that have gone before can give the new Grandma insights that only other Grandmas possess. This could be verbal, around the room, or written on cards to give to the new Grandma.
Make it a Couple’s Shower.
If your friends are mostly couples, you could include Grandpa in the celebration. Couples wedding showers have become popular, why not have a Couple’s Grandparent Shower? Grandpa’s life is changing, too. A Grandparent Shower will celebrate the new Grandpa as well. Here is a cute gift for the happy Grandparents.
A New Grandma Starter Kit.
Instead of everyone bringing a gift, consider pooling your dollars and make a Grandma Starter Kit for her. Every new Grandmother needs to have supplies on hand. Make and fill a basket, wagon, or baby bathtub with gifts.
If the new Grandma is someone who has everything, has already shopped for her new addition, or you would just rather not make the shower a gift-opening event, “green” is always a great gift. Giving “green” to help Grandma start a savings account for the new baby would be appreciated by Grandma and the baby’s parents.
Plan Your Grandmother Shower.
Ok, so maybe I’ve given you something to think about. Being a new Grandmother is a very special event. Help celebrate this momentous occasion by hosting a new Grandmother Shower.
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