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Heidi Kallett is the CEO & President of a The Dandelion Patch by day, and the hostess with the mostess by night. A transplanted Texan, Heidi has a degree in marketing from Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Joel, have two children. Heidi enjoys entertaining friends and family, and is active in planning many successful charity events. While Heidi envisions making The Dandelion Patch the area’s leading stationery retailer, she strongly believes that the true definition of success includes playing a meaningful role in the community in which she lives. Having served as President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, she continues to be committed to giving back to the DC community, serving/having served on many non-profit Boards, including: ChildHelp USA, Volunteer Fairfax, Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia, Medical Care for Children’s Partnership, Advisory Social Services Board of Fairfax County, Greater Washington Boys and Girls Clubs of Fairfax County, Charity Works and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Her volunteer commitments expand into her professional life too. Heidi serves as a Board member for the Association of Wedding Professionals, is President-Elect for NAWBO, and is a member of the Reston Chamber of Commerce, Success in the City, Women in Technology, and the National Retail Federation.

If you have a question concerning party planning, entertaining, or being a gracious guest that you would like to see covered on Miss A, please contact Heidi at heidi@thedandelionpatch.com.

Out With The Baby Shower, In With The Sprinkle?

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According to etiquette gurus (including Emily Post), it is never truly improper to celebrate the impending arrival of a new baby with a shower even if it is a second, third or fourth child. With each new baby comes excitement and friends and family close to the parents usually enjoy celebrating life’s newest blessing. However, there are definitely mixed feelings on the topic and people who will show outright disdain for the idea if you even mention it. People argue that second-time parents have all of the supplies necessary for bringing a second child into the home, even if that child is of another gender, and that a hosting a subsequent shower is greedy and excessive. On the softer side, one can argue that each baby is a blessing and deserves his or her own celebration.

Recently an invitation came across my desk that tickled me pink (pun intended, as it was a darling cherry blossom-toned piece of stationery). A pink baby carriage was nestled in the center surrounded by curvy font—a baby shower? Not at all. A baby “sprinkle.”

We know that baby showers are appropriately named as the recipient is showered with gifts. On the flip side, what do we do when we want to celebrate the birth of a second, third or fourth child in a tactful manner? We sprinkle the mother. How ingenious!

Now, I’m loving the idea of the baby sprinkle. The emphasis is not so much on the gifting as it is on the celebration, which is the essence of a party of this nature. Encore mothers (as I like to call them) need fresh burp clothes, onesies, diapers, etc. and the sprinkle gives friends and family the opportunity to offer a small gift to help the parents get ready for the next child. More importantly, it gives the mother an opportunity to gather, socially, with the people who love her most before her life is once again turned upside down by baby.

The bottom line here is that less is more and to me– that is what is so endearing about a baby sprinkle.

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