When the honor bestows itself upon you to plan a baby shower, there are a million and one thoughts that play out in your head. Some people take this opportunity and look forward to every minute of it, while others just can’t fathom getting through it. Planning a baby shower can seem overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be. (You can use this printable checklist to help aid in the planning part of it, and these tips for baby showers to get started in the right direction.)
Baby shower planning really just boils down to 8 simple things. Once you get rolling with making the necessary arrangements for the absolute must-have’s…the rest will seem like a piece of cake! (No pun intended.)
The Basic Essentials of Planning a Baby Shower
- Date and Time
- Prizes for Games
Yep, that’s it. See how easy it is?
Let’s break down the 8 essentials into more detailed items. The more detailed you are, the easier it’s going to be to plan for the shower.
Date and Time
Choose a day and time for the shower. Talk to the mother-to-be and see what her schedule is. A typical baby shower lasts for only a couple of hours, and Saturday or Sunday’s tend to work best. Weekdays can be okay sometimes too, just remember a lot of people will be coming from work so you want to make sure the hours will be accommodating.
Once you’ve chosen when the shower will be, you have to determine where it will be held. It is perfectly acceptable to host it in your own home. If you have a large guest list, you may want to consider renting out a room for parties somewhere.
Get invitations out about 2 weeks before the event. You’ll need a guest list from the mommy-to-be. Also, having the guests R.S.V.P to you will be very helpful when planning the food for the shower. Knowing about how many guests to expect will help to alleviate some of the pressure of the unknown.
Feed your guests. They deserve something in return for giving their time. It doesn’t have to be a meal. Finger foods and easy appetizers are perfect for a baby shower. Included in the baby shower food category are beverages and eating utensils. Keep it simple – plates, napkins, etc. (even though plates and napkins could be considered in the decoration category), iced tea, coffee, lemonade. You could serve wine also if that’s something you had in mind.
Baby shower games keep the shower moving. You don’t need too many games, just enough to keep the festivities going for about an hour or so. Having activities at the baby shower will really make it a special event for the guests and the mommy-to-be.
You can go all out on this one, or…you guessed it…you can keep it simple. It’s really a matter of preference. You can shop online for baby shower decorations, or just go to a local party store and pick some up. Try to pick a theme for the baby shower. It adds a nice touch.
Gotta have the baby shower cake. It’s tradition.
Prizes for Games
If you’re going to play games at the shower, you have to have prizes to give out to the winners. Don’t go overboard with this. Really…the dollar store or something very small is perfect for this. You may want to pick up some baby shower favors while you’re out too…something for the guests to take home and remember the celebration.
So there you have it, in a nutshell! If you’re planning a baby shower, rest assured. You’ll survive it, and if you follow the outline above it’ll be (as much as it can be) a breeze! Check out our other posts throughout this site for other great baby shower tips and ideas that will really help to pull off the perfect baby shower.
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Happy Baby Showering!
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