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Shower styles for the 21st century girl

Looking for a way to celebrate a stylish mom-to-be? Contrary to popular belief, there are no rules that regulate how a baby shower should be thrown, and many modern ladies are skipping traditional decorations, foods and games in favor of hip, glamorous galas. Hosting a shower for a close friend or family member is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the expecting mom in style, and developing a theme can make party planning an easy feat. If you're looking for ways to bring your baby shower into the 21st century, here are some tips and tricks that can help.

Hosting a dinner party (instead of an afternoon gathering) is an easy and fun way to celebrate the mom-to-be in your life. Although baby shower invitations are traditionally mailed to the homes of invitees, sending an E-card is a simple and inexpensive way to let your guests know about the event. Several websites are available that offer cutesy card designs that you can mass mail to guests for an easy-to-track invitation. E-card sites are also generally equipped with lists that you can modify to easily sort through R.S.V.P information for an accurate guest count. Modern hosts may wish to consider inviting the proud papa to the event, along with attendees' spouses and male family members, instead of limiting the bash to female friends only.

If you're looking to update your event, it might be best to skip out on the traditional baby-friendly decorations that accompany showers. Instead, decorate in the same way that you would for a high-class dinner event, using cloth table covers and fine china place settings. Silver plated diamond tea-light holders will add sparkle and shine to the table and can be used as take-home party favors at the end of the night. Use engraved glass vases filled with baby blue or light pink flowers in the center of each table to add a pop of color that will contrast with white linens. You can even tie in a subtle baby theme by placing crystal choo-choo trains and crystal baby pacifiers on the plates of guests.

Skip out on traditional finger foods in favor of serving a high-quality meal featuring several courses to add a wow factor to your event. Although you can host a buffet style dinner, hiring servers for the night can class up the dining experience. After serving desert, hand out "It's a Girl!" bubblegum cigars and have guests retreat to another area for photo opportunities and to finish up the night's conversation.