Amanda: The best strategy, I think, is to find a great location that has an event planner as well. Make Meaning, which is repped by Alison Brod Public Relations, had the best staff who were able to execute all of our ideas — they really helped pull everything together. It's always great to team up with people on an event. If you are planning the party yourself, though, make sure you keep a list of everything you will need and be sure to cross off each item as you get it so you are not scrambling the day of [the event].
Amanda: Food-related activities are always easy to translate into any theme, i.e., cake decorating, making ice cream sundaes, cupcake decorating, etc. Or simple crafts like painting picture frames or each person making a page for a scrapbook for the mom-to-be can also be geared towards any theme. My personal favorite, though, is painting pottery!
Amanda: I think the food choices really depend on the time of the shower, but I don't think you can go wrong with always having sweets on hand. I do, however, think it is very important to have the mom-to-be involved with the menu choices, because — after all — it is her shower.
Amanda: Melissa is very blessed with her career and her family. She has always and will always be very philanthropic, and any chance to incorporate that aspect into any event she has is very important to her.
Amanda: Really anything that focuses more on an activity offers a lot of fun. I also think another alternative is to focus on the mom-to-be and on her friends with a day of pampering for all the ladies, versus the typical baby shower games that are gender specific.
Amanda: I would be more than happy to! I know she wants a big family.
The Hostess: Amanda K. Ruisi, owner of AKR Public Relations (and good friend of the baby mama)
The Venue: Make Meaning, a creative event venue on the Upper West Side of New York City
The Guests: 20 of Melissa's closest friends, such as Lucy DeVito, actress and daughter of Danny DeVito
The Theme: Carnival... think bright & festive!
The Fun: Cake decorating, crafting, and sparkly faux tattoos
The Sweet Spin: Guests brought piles of diapers in lieu of presents, which were donated to Baby Buggy — a charitable organization that helps kids in need.
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