A few years ago I hosted a bridal shower at your restaurant and it was fantastic! I'm going to be hosting a baby shower in September and would love to have it at Jane's!

What does bridal shower and baby shower mean in this context?

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    shower (Def 5) A party associated with a significant event in a person's life, at which the person usually receives gifts.
    – Jim
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 6:51
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    I was taught the word gets its name because the bride-to-be (or mother-to-be) gets showered with gifts. At many showers, the gifts are designed to help the woman transition to her new life. So, for a baby shower, most of the gifts will be things a mom will need for her new baby: perhaps a crib, a diaper bag, a baby swing, some baby clothes, etc. Instead of the new mom incurring all those expenses, her friends shower her with many of those items as gifts.
    – J.R.
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 10:20
  • this is as much sociology than English but it's worth mentioning that (as is explained in the accepted answer) showers are typically parties celebrating women -- i.e. you don't call it a shower if you throw a party for a man getting married
    – hunter
    Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 18:22

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The word shower is quite commonly used in North America.

shower (North American English) -a party at which you give presents to a woman who is getting married or having a baby.

In particular,

baby shower - a party given for a woman who is going to have a baby, at which her friends give her presents for the baby.
bridal shower - a party for a woman who will soon be getting married, at which she receives presents

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    Thanks I was imagining that they would bath the baby first time I saw it. Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 22:39
  • @JonathandeM. Nope, it's something like blessings or gifts falling on them as water falls in shower.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 4:46

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