Meet The Baby Party – A celebration of life

My little froggy is 3 months old!  This past weekend we had her coming out party and invited friends and family over to meet her.

She was a trooper for the party.  She went from person to person and smiled and cooed at everyone.   She is such a little flirt!

Oliver liked having everyone over, especially his little buddy.  I’ll have to get permission from his folks before I post a pic of him, but Oliver and his friend are so adorable.  They bring out the best in each other.  His friend was eating raw veggies and for the first time ever, Oliver wanted to eat raw veggies too!  He ate an entire bowl.  :-)

When Oliver was 3 months, we also had a meet the baby party.  It wasn’t until Evelyn that I realized these parties are becoming popular and that there are so many questions floating around on the internet.  Should I have a baby shower or a meet the baby party?  Should we throw it ourselves or does someone host it for us?  When is the proper time to have one-  2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, etc…?  Should people bring gifts?  What do we serve?  Who do we invite – men, women, children?

Let me clear a few things  up – you are inviting people to come meet your baby – you do it any way you want to, simple as that!  You are the hosts of your party (it’s your kid after all), you decide when you are ready to have guests and when your baby is strong enough.  If you want gifts or not, that is up to you to specify on the invite.  Some people are skipping the baby shower all together and create a registry for the meet the baby party.  Others specify that presents are optional or not necessary.  You serve what you are up to serving.  If you love cooking, whip up some gourmet appetizers.  If you work full-time, have two kids, and are busy, busy, set out a veggie tray, chips and dip, and sodas.  You invite whoever you want to meet your baby, whether it’s men, women, familes, etc…

For us, we chose 3 months for both the kids.  At 3 months, they are healthy and strong.  Their sleep and eating schedules have settled down and become somewhat predictable.  Their immune systems have toughened up and their little heads aren’t so floppy.  At 3 months, mommy and daddy have somewhat recovered from new baby craziness and the house is somewhat clean again.  Presents were not necessary for us and we served up a simple fare of chips, dip, veggies, brownies, soda, and water.  The party was scheduled from 3-5pm and lasted until 6pm.  We kept it simple and everyone had a great time.  Oliver had an awesome playdate and Evelyn got to charm everyone.  What more could you ask for?

If you are having a baby, you might want to think about throwing your own party.  It’s nice for the people in your life to get a chance to meet your little bundle of joy and you get a chance to be the proud parent.

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