Planning and Celebrating a Baby Shower

By Terence Sim

You’ll find everything you need to create a perfect baby shower, from great ideas for baby shower games, which restaurant, food, flavours, and themes.

Baby shower

The term shower is often assumed to mean that the newly born baby is “showered” with a variety of gifts.

A baby shower is a way to celebrate the recent birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother at a party.

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What is a baby’s full month?

“Mua Guek”, which means “Full Moon” (滿月, which literally means “Full Moon”), signifies the new born baby’s attainment of a full month’s survival in good health, which calls for a celebration.

In Chinese culture, proud parents introduce their new born baby by holding a celebration during the baby’s first month birthday. Traditionally, the baby’s name is also announced at this time.

According to Chinese custom, when a baby turns one month old, a ceremony is held to celebrate his/her first full month of life. This coincides with the end of the new mum’s confinement period.

Before unveiling the party, the baby traditionally undergoes a host of rituals. Once that is over, a party is held to celebrate the health of the baby. Relatives and friends gather to give their blessings and gifts to the new baby, and traditional treats such as ang ku kueh and red eggs are on the menu.

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Where to celebrate

Where should we hold the baby shower?You need to consider the location before deciding on how many people to invite.
Full moon parties today range from full-fledged catered events, with a buffet spread for guests, to smaller family-only get-togethers. Parents normally host the celebration at home if they have the space, or book and rent a venue (hotel or large restaurant) to accommodate everyone.

What does celebrating baby’s full month involve?

Different cultures around the world celebrate baby’s full month in many different ways. Typically, in Singaporea family celebrating a baby’s full month will hold a party and invite guests to come to the party. Most of these parties usually take place at home orin restaurants.  It is common to cater a buffet for the guests, with traditional ‘auspicious’ treats like red-dyed eggs, ang ku kueh and pickled red ginger.Your guests will come bearing red packets (ang bao), baby hampers, toys or gift vouchers for your baby.

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Why do we offer auspicious foods?

In Chinese culture, red represents luck, prosperity and happiness. Therefore it is very common to see that ‘red’ foods are served for this occasion. Eggs represent new life and fertility.  Ang Ku Kueh, a traditional Hokkien rice cake, shaped like a turtle and stuffed with a variety of pastes like peanut andbeans, represents longevity andfortune. It is considered a must-have at baby’s full month celebrations.

Theme

A party is always more interesting and engaging when it is themed. Themes are lovely ways to involve the children of your guests to enjoy.

Traditional vs modern

Some families hold fast to traditional ideas; others find it more practical to do things differently. For example, tradition dictates that you shave your baby’s head, but most parents don’t observe this practice anymore. Instead, they trim a little bit of hair off, to symbolise the shedding of the birth hair (sometimes referred to as “hair from the womb”). After the first hair cut, both the mother and the baby bathe in water mixed with pomelo leaves, to symbolically wash off evil vibes or negative influences. With creativity, it isfascinating that the present generation can put modern touches to the traditional occasions.

Gifts

At a baby shower, guests would be showering the baby with loads of gifts. Expect baby products in the forms of strollers, baby’s clothes, gifts vouchers, toys and even hampers coming your way. Some would givered packets as a symbol of blessing. Preparing small gift packs as giveaways is a great way of showing your appreciation for your guests’ attendance.

 

 

 

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