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Ethiopian Adoption Party Shower Ideas

Updated on July 28, 2015

How to Host an Adoption Shower for Ethiopian Adoptive Families

Are you in the planning seat for a friend or family member growing their family through an Ethiopian adoption? Why not throw them an Ethiopian themed "Adoption Shower" party?

Adoption showers may be much like traditional baby showers but with a curve ball; the family may know the gender, name and age in advance but have many many months to wait...and the new addition may not be a baby! Further, the family is welcoming not just a child, but a entirely new cultural connection into their family. This lends some unique opportunities!

When the family is adopting from Ethiopia, as the planner you also have the opportunity to theme the shower to the culture of the country this family owes their newest member to; this can be a lot of fun, and what this page is all about!

Children drawing with Chalk at the Orphanage in Addis Ababa
Children drawing with Chalk at the Orphanage in Addis Ababa

When to hold the Shower

Making the Most of "The Wait"

Adoptions from Ethiopia now require the prospective parents to travel twice; once in order to meet the child and accept the referral, and then a second time to complete the adoption and bring the new child home. Most adoptive parents agree that the 6-12 weeks period in between trips is often the most agonizing and hardest part of the whole 1-2 year wait process. It is also a great time to throw an adoption shower.

Adoption showers are a great distraction during this excrutiating wait time and can really help the new parents satisfy their "nesting impulses." The bonus is that the family had a good idea of what kind of gifts and clothing sizes would be needed. They also might enjoy collecting donations of gently used kids items to take with them as a donation for the orphanage on their return trip.

Throwing an Ethiopian Adoption Shower - Before Travel or After?

With the adoption process lengthening to a two trip process, there's a lot of time to throw a shower. The first wait between referral and travel is a time that the parents could really use distraction, but the parents haven't actually met the child and the adoption isn't totally final. Between the first and second trip the parents have met their child, experienced the culture and may have a much better idea of their needs for the child.

Set the Music Mood with Ethiopian Music

Ethiopian music has its own very exotic sound. This album is a perfect backdrop to set the mood for the festivities with traditional Ethiopian kids songs. If the honored child is older, they may find this memory of home very comforting as well.

Announce your Adoption and their Heritage

I've designed a whole range of fully customizable cards and postcards to use as adoption announcements or shower invites. Fully customizable you can upload your own photo and change the suggested copy to suit your occasion. Where else can you find an announcement with a nod to their Ethiopian heritage? Click here to view all my Ethiopian Adoption items

Ethiopian Amharic Adoption Stationary & Gifts for your Shower

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Special delivery from Africa with the stork carrying a bundle of love with the heart over Ethiopia.This stationary for adoptive families shows a stork carrying a bundle over Africa, with the bundle's heart over Ethiopia. Each item carries a word in Amharic.Adoption is a beautiful thing, and "Kon-jo-no" is the way to pronounce "beautiful" in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. Great for multiple kids.This line of stationary and gifts are based on the frescoes in Ethiopia's historic temple of Gondar. A fitting image for our Ethiopian angels.The Ethiopian Coptic Cross reminds us that the gift of a child through adoption or birth is a blessing.
Special delivery from Africa with the stork carrying a bundle of love with the heart over Ethiopia.
Special delivery from Africa with the stork carrying a bundle of love with the heart over Ethiopia.
This stationary for adoptive families shows a stork carrying a bundle over Africa, with the bundle's heart over Ethiopia. Each item carries a word in Amharic.
This stationary for adoptive families shows a stork carrying a bundle over Africa, with the bundle's heart over Ethiopia. Each item carries a word in Amharic.
Adoption is a beautiful thing, and "Kon-jo-no" is the way to pronounce "beautiful" in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. Great for multiple kids.
Adoption is a beautiful thing, and "Kon-jo-no" is the way to pronounce "beautiful" in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. Great for multiple kids.
This line of stationary and gifts are based on the frescoes in Ethiopia's historic temple of Gondar. A fitting image for our Ethiopian angels.
This line of stationary and gifts are based on the frescoes in Ethiopia's historic temple of Gondar. A fitting image for our Ethiopian angels.
The Ethiopian Coptic Cross reminds us that the gift of a child through adoption or birth is a blessing.
The Ethiopian Coptic Cross reminds us that the gift of a child through adoption or birth is a blessing.

Traditional Handcrafts Set the Stage

Find traditional items such as these woven baskets or serving spoons as decoration or shower prizes.
Find traditional items such as these woven baskets or serving spoons as decoration or shower prizes.

Honor their Roots with Ethiopian Inspired Games and Traditions

Honor their Ethiopian roots

The shower games are a great way to honor the culture of the newly adopted child. Here are some ideas:

A traditional way to honor guests in Ethiopia is by having a coffee ceremony where fresh Ethiopian coffee is ground, prepared and served ceremoniously with sweet rolls or popcorn. Find a Jebena - an ethiopia coffee pot - online as a centerpiece.

Using Ethiopian words, make your own game of Memory. Use the list of common family-oriented Amharic words on my blog post "Amharic for Adoptive Families."

Mancala is a traditional Ethiopian game that could be played at the event. You can find Mancala boards on Ebay. Look for the Ethiopian ones which are often called Gebeta (or Gobeta).


A Heritage Inspired Gift for the New Child

Makeda® The Queen of Sheba Doll 16"
Makeda® The Queen of Sheba Doll 16"

What better way to honor the child than with this keepsake version of the famous Queen of Sheba in traditional Ethiopian dress and accompanied with a book and disc. Its a great way to honor their culture and history.

 

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What other ways have you found to infuse your Ethiopian party with culture? Do you know of any great online shops for Ethiopian crafts & gifts? Add them here. "Amesegenalu (Thanks!)."

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I think it is wonderful to keep a child heritage and throwing an Ethiopian shower would be a wonderful idea for a child adopted from there.

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