A royally good reason to party

Hints for hosting a Royal Baby Shower for friends and neighbours include music, snacks and charitable donations in lieu of gifts.

A royally good reason to party

Looking for an appropriate way to celebrate the birth of the royal baby boy?

The Monarchist League of Canada offers some wonderful suggestions on how to host a Royal Baby Shower for friends and neighbours.

Instead of bringing gifts (anything smacking of soliciting “objects” would not be favoured by the royal parents, the League helpfully points out), guests can bring a small amount of cash the host can then consolidate and forward to an appropriate Canadian charity of choice.

Guests can also sign a card to let William and Catherine know of the gift.

The League suggests holding the Royal Shower in your home or backyard, over the course of an hour or two on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Invitations should be simple.

Serve your guests ice tea or coffee and maple leaf-shaped cookies, using paper plates, glasses and napkins.

“Some music in the background is a great help during the moments of the first guests’ arrival, especially if you are inviting strangers,” reads a special bulletin on the Monarchist League of Canada’s website.

Invite friends and slip invitations into your neighbours’ mailboxes on your block, it continues. “Tell everyone to come casual; it’s summer, not the time for fancy dress or exciters (which would scare most babies we know!)”

A banner “can add presence and identification to the event,” it adds.

Cards of congratulations to the proud parents may be addressed to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Clarence House, London SW1A 1BA, United Kingdom.

Well-wishers will be relieved to learn there’s no need to use elaborate forms of address within your card. Salutations may include Your Royal Highnesses or “Dear William and Catherine.”

The League can provide hosts with a door prize. Email domsec@monarchist.ca. The League can also notify other members in your area, and post event details on their website.

A list of suggested charities include the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ronald McDonald Charities Canada, and the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

According to MacLeans Magazine, their son will be third in line to the throne, bumping Prince Harry to fourth in line, and will be head of state in 16 countries.

– Jennifer Lang is the editor of the Cloverdale ReporterFollow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook.