When one of my best friends and her husband announced that they were adopting two older children from Ethiopia I was so excited for them! I wanted to celebrate my friend and as they were her first children, her journey into motherhood. We also wanted to celebrate these beautiful children that she was receiving and the culture that they were coming from. As many family members and friends (myself included) didn’t know a lot about Ethiopia, we thought the shower would be a great opportunity to immerse everyone in the culture and learning about where these beautiful children were coming from. With these two objectives leading our way we went about creating an “Adoption Shower” for my friend.
Celebrating the Journey
I wanted to create a very special homemade invitation for the Adoption Shower and the verse from the bible, “I will not leave you as orphans I will come to you,” John 14:18, kept coming back to my mind. So I cut out the shape of the continent of Africa out of white card stock and wrote this quote on it. I then adhered the white card stock to the invitation card.
These were going to be my friend’s first children so we also wanted to celebrate her journey into motherhood. We had corsages made for my friend and for both the grandmas to celebrate them. We also encouraged each guest to stop at this table and write a letter to my friend about motherhood. The letter could include advice, lessons learned, funny stories, whatever the guest wanted to share with my friend about motherhood. After the party we put all the letters together for my friend in this scrapbook. At this table we also had a picture of my friend and her husband with the kids from a recent trip that had taken to Ethiopia. I added hearts to the frame to tell the guests about the kids, their names, favorite hobbies, etc.
Immersion in the Ethiopian Culture
We incorporated fun facts about Ethiopia into the party decor. Similar to the invitation, I had cut out the shape of the continent of Africa and had written interesting facts about Ethiopian culture and hung them from branches in the middle of each table. As guests ate they also enjoyed reading the facts at their table.
To further immerse guests into the Ethiopian culture we served Ethiopian food at the shower. We were able to get the food from an Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago. One of my friends made cards for each of the dishes to talk about what they were.
As the kids would need so many things when they arrived from clothes to toys we asked each guest to bring a gift card for stores like Target, Kohls, etc. We had a gift basket for guests to put them in on one of the tables.
If you have a friend that is adopting I would highly suggest creating an Adoption Shower for them! It was such a blessing to be able to do this for my friend and welcome her into motherhood and celebrate her beautiful children!