While most expectant parents plan thoughtful baby showers to celebrate the newest member of their family before the baby is born, adoptive parents have just as much reason to celebrate and may want to throw an adoption welcome party.
Like a baby shower, an adoption welcome party is meant to welcome your new child to the family. Although throwing an adoption baby shower before the child arrives may be appropriate if they are under the age of two, you might consider hosting an adoption welcome party where the child is included if they're any older.
This way your child can meet all of their new family and your friends as they begin to get adjusted to their new life. If you're not sure where to start, keep reading for a few ideas to help you throw the perfect adoption welcome party.
Avoid Surprise Parties
While a surprise party may seem like a good idea, in theory, it could be overwhelming for a child who is still getting used to new people and new surroundings. Many children and their new families need time to settle in and meeting so many new people all at once may be too much without advance notice.
Carefully Prepare the Guest List
If you're planning an adoption welcome party for a friend or family member who just adopted a child, be sure to include the new parents in the planning process, especially when it comes to the guest list. In some cases, not everyone in the new parents' life may be supportive of their decision to adopt and you'll want to make sure you won't be inviting anyone who could stir up negative drama.
Time It Right
Many baby showers are thrown before the baby is born, but with a welcome party, the whole point is to welcome the child to their new family and community, so be sure to host the party after the child has a good amount of time to settle in. Even though family and friends will be eager to meet the new addition, it may be a good idea to wait at least a few weeks before introducing them to so many new people.
Although baby showers are traditionally just for the mother-to-be and the women in her life, an adoption welcome party can be for both new parents and all of the people that are important to them.
Pick a Theme
Consider choosing a fun theme for your adoption welcome party. You could make it an international affair and celebrate the culture of the child's home country if they are from somewhere far away. Or, you could base your theme off of the décor in your child's bedroom. For instance, if you've decorated their room with animals, host a wildlife themed event. Finally, if the adopted child is gaining siblings by joining the family, allow their new brothers or sisters to invite their friends and be a part of the planning process.
Send Out an Announcement
If you're planning on sending out an adoption announcement, this might also be the perfect way to invite friends and family to an adoption welcome party. This way you won't double up on announcements and invitations.