How to Successfully Pull off the 7 Steps of a Baby Shower (Yes, There’s Really Only 7)

Tips for Hosting a Successful ShowerIf you are the hostess of the very coveted spot of hosting a baby shower, I say congratulations! That means you are very trusted and important to somebody. It must also mean that your hosting abilities are apparent and successful. I’m sure that makes you feel like a million bucks! Okay, I’ll get serious now. Hosting a baby shower is hard work, and it’s nothing short of tireless planning. Not to worry though. We’ve prepared a quick checklist for you so you can make sure you have everything covered.

Quick Checklist For Hosting a Baby Shower

  1. Invitations – Including the date, time and location of the shower
  2. Decorations and/or theme of the shower – Including plates, cups, napkins etc.
  3. Games – Including any door prize games, printables, or other activities you plan on having
  4. Prizes for Games – Include any chance of ties, or tie breakers
  5. Favors – Include all guests who have R.S.V.P’ed plus some
  6. Menu – Including drinks and anything else you’d like to serve
  7. Cake – This doesn’t really include anything. Just make sure you have one.

So there is your quick and easy checklist for hosting a baby shower! If you have all 7 items planned for and checked off, then you’re in good shape. Keep reading below for tips on how to successfully pull off all 7 steps.

Quick Tips on How to Successfully Pull off the 7 Steps of a Baby Shower


  • It’s a good idea to get the invitations out at about two weeks before the baby shower.
  • Make sure you have a way for guests to R.S.V.P to you. It will help in planning for the menu, prizes and favors.
  • Don’t schedule the shower for a prime time that may hinder your guest attendance.
  • Don’t schedule the shower during a prime meal time – unless you plan on feeding the guests a full meal.
  • Make sure the invitations match the feel you want for the baby shower. For example, if you plan on doing a color scheme of blue and yellow, then the invitations should also reflect that color scheme.
  • Before sending out the invitations, be sure there will be enough room and seating areas for all guests. You may want to use an alternative location if your home is not big enough.

Decorations and/or Theme of the Baby Shower

  • The decorations don’t have to be extravagant. Simple and pleasant is always better than overwhelmingly covered in design.
  • Balloons make great decorative pieces. Place a few of them around the room, or bundle them together to make a nice cluster decoration.
  • Paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils are a part of the decor. So make sure they match the setting and style you are going for.
  • Table clothes really add a special touch to the decor as well. They also make for an easier cleanup at the end.

Baby Shower Games or Activities

  • It’s nice to have baby shower games or activities inline for the guests to play, so make sure you have something. They help to break the shower up and to keep it going at a nice pace.
  • Between 6-8 different games or activities are the perfect number. Any more than that your guests may start to feel like it’s dragging on. And on. And on…
  • You can mix up the games – for example, play a few printable games, do a few door prize games, and play a few hands-on games. The variety of games will be pleasant for them.

Prizes for Baby Shower Games

  • When planning for baby shower game prizes, make sure you take into account the games you are playing – how many you will need, what prize goes with what game, etc.
  • Always plan for ties. If you don’t, then Murpheys law says you will have a tie for every game. Will you have a tie breaker game, or just give away two prizes?
  • Do you want a first place and a second place winner?

Baby Shower Favors

  • Favors are a great way to say thank you to the guests for coming, but they are also a nice little added bonus to the shower.
  • Favors are meant to be small – don’t worry if you can’t go overboard on this part of the shower. Think little candies wrapped in tulling or something similar.
  • Place the favors around the tables of the shower to make it look more festive.

Menu – Food and Drink Tips

  • Appetizers and finger foods are the best types of food you can serve at a baby shower.
  • Think variety – give the guests a variety of things to choose from.
  • Always buy for more people than you’re planning for. It’s better to have more than you need than to not have enough.
  • Drinks can be minimal – just a few choices for the guests is fine. Coffee, Tea, Lemonade, or whatever else you would like to serve.

The Baby Shower Cake

  • The number one tip for the baby shower cake is this – make sure you have enough to serve all the guests at least one piece!
  • The cake should reflect that it is a baby shower cake…other than that, there are no limits or requirements for this part of the shower planning.
  • Pull apart cupcakes, sheet cakes, homemade, or bakery bought…it doesn’t matter. As long as there’s a cake.

So there it is – easy and quick tips for pulling off the 7 steps of hosting a baby shower! (See? I told you there were only 7 steps.)

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Happy Baby Showering!

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