Yes, I’m holding a baby shower this evening. All plans are pink, so you know who we’re expecting – a baby girl. I’ve held numerous showers in my life, as I enjoy hosting baby showers.

Yes, I’m holding a baby shower this evening. All plans are pink, so you know who we’re expecting – a baby girl. I’ve held numerous showers in my life, as I enjoy hosting baby showers.

The expectant mom is due in June, and her little one is in a hurry. I have much to do before the ladies arrive.

In the basement, I found a surplus of pink ribbon from one of the kids’ wedding receptions. I plan on tying pink ribbons around the railing to the front door. Won’t that look cute?    

I also wanted pink balloons outside the front door. However, balloons may not work, because of the expected heat wave.

I’ve often wondered where and how baby showers began? I understand showers began during the Roman and Egyptian times, but who knows about that.

I’ve also read that showers began after World War II, coinciding with the beginning of the baby boom. I’ve asked mom, but she can’t remember.

Anyway, during those early showers, the expectant mom received inexpensive hand-made clothing and blankets. In those days, gifts were hand-sewn and “showered” upon the recipient. Hence, we have the name “baby shower.”

The gifts used to be very plain but not today. With Wal-Mart and Target, baby frenzy has hit. Some of these gifts are unbelievable.

Several years ago, I attended a baby shower where the shower host offered to purchase a group gift. A group gift is a gift where someone shops for one gift for several shower invitees.

As a result, the invitees can contribute their dollars to the purchase of a larger gift for the baby. This allows someone else to do the work of gift shopping for them. Many women like this idea.

In this case, the host purchased a group gift called an ExerSaucer.

This group gift, the 3 in 1 ExerSaucer, which included patented folding legs that folded compactly for easy travel and storage and had a built-in carry handle, 11 age-appropriate toys, a variety of songs, sounds and phrases, plus 10 cute developmental milestones. And it cost only $127.

Whew, I only wish I had the same age-appropriate playthings in my last two vehicles. I can barely afford a CD player.

Oh well, the gift was appreciated and enjoyed by all.

Baby showers are known for fun games with great prizes. At a recent baby shower, the moment I walked in the front door, the host introduced a word game to me, gave me five diaper pins and instructed me not to say the word “cute” during the evening. If I said “cute,” I had to give up one diaper pin. The winner at the end of the evening was the woman with the most diaper pins.

Now that was hard, especially during the time when the expectant mom opened gifts. “Cute” was flying all over the room – as were diaper pins.

Well, I better get back to cleaning the house and tying my pink bows. I can’t wait to see the gifts. That is the fun part.

Well, I do have one more word to say about baby showers.

They are so cute.