The above articles about
etiquette cover different aspects of the following subjects:
Party Etiquette - Code and Rules
For mom to be and
How to throw a party!
Etiquette - Thank you cards
History and Origins
Planning! Gift Registry
Hints, Tips and Ideas!
What is a Baby Shower?
Definition of a Shower. The word
'shower' is used to describe a party of friends assembled to present
gifts (usually of a specified kind) to a person; "her friends
organized a baby shower for her when she was expecting". The great
Bard himself, William Shakespeare used the word to convey 'a copious
"He and myself have
travail'd in the great shower of your gifts".
Timon of Athens: Act 5
History and Origin
The History and origin of the Baby
Shower tradition was started by
an Austrian immigrant named Franz Schauer, who settled in New York
during the late 18th century. Franz Schauer
was a silversmith, engraver and merchant looking for his fortune in
America. There is little information about Franz Schauer however his
name is mentioned in a book which was published in 1759. The book
contained pictures of "plates from drawings by Susanna Sophia Betzin and engraved by von Franz Schauer".
It was the first book to have hand colored plates drawn by a woman.
This leads us to believe that the history and origin of Baby Showers
commenced sometime after 1759, but well before 1800. Franz Schauer
specialised in silver an engravings but he was also a merchant.
Selling his silver was his main priority and it was Shauer who came
up with the brilliant idea to encourage the wealthy upper-classes of New York
to give silver gifts to newborn babies. The tradition of giving
gifts to new babies dated back thousands of years to the ancient
Romans and Ancient Egyptians. Franz Schauer no doubt capitalised on
this tradition by encouraging sales of his silver merchandise which
could be personalized by engraving!
The tradition of giving Showers for wealthy
mothers-to-be started in America during the evolved. The popularity
of this type of party steadily grew as the wealth of people
increased, especially following WW2. It has now become an American
tradition which is being adopted across Europe, especially in the