A baby shower is a way to celebrate the expected or delivered birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother at a party, whereas other cultures host a baby shower to celebrate the transformation of a woman into a mother. The event has different names in different cultures.
The term shower is often assumed to mean that the expectant mother is “showered” with gifts. Alternatively the term possibly denotes a “first showing” of the new baby to the wider family and circle of friends.
In South Africa it is expected and customary for a close female family member to host the baby shower, often the baby’s maternal grandmother.
The guests are normally treated with sweet cakes and other snacks, with a centrepiece of a Baby Shower Cake that is elaborately decorated and is created specially for the baby shower.
Baby Shower Cakes are created by specialist bakers due to the amount of artwork and detail that go into it and can cost quite a bit. The Directory on this site (coming soon) will lists a number of bakers that specialise in creating Baby Shower Cakes.