Being a mother is one of life’s greatest gifts and many women celebrate the impending birth of their bundle of joy with a baby shower. Organizing a baby shower can seem like a ton of work, but you can make it much easier by planning in advance and enlisting the help of others. Whether you’re throwing the shower for yourself or a friend, the tips in this article will help to ensure that the baby shower is a success.
Who’s hosting the party?
Approximately nine to ten weeks before the shower, you need to determine who will host the shower. Will it be you alone or will you share the responsibilities with another person? If you are cohosting with another person, make sure that you clearly communicate who will be responsible for what. You should check in with your cohost on a regular basis and make sure everything is going as planned.
After a host has been selected, you should set a budget for the shower. Are you paying for it all, or will others pitch in? Then you should decide where you will have the shower. Will you have it at your home? A restaurant? A friend’s home? If you are using an outside venue such as a restaurant or catering hall, research your options and book it early.
The next step is to pick a date. Talk to the honoree and her friends and family members to choose a date and time that works well for everyone. Keep in mind that some people may have to travel to attend the shower. You should choose a date that is one or two months before the due date.
After you have selected the location, date and time of the shower, you should make a guest list. Decide if it will be a women only shower or a couple’s shower. Obtain the contact information of the guests like phone numbers, address and email address if you’re sending electronic invitations.
Now you should decide on a theme (if any), decorations, and food. Make a list and go shopping for supplies such as tableware and favors. Plan a menu that the guests will enjoy. A brunch or tea party is most common and a light dinner works well if the shower will be held in the evening. Don’t forget to order a cake!
Send out the invitations
Approximately six weeks before the shower, you should send out the baby shower invitations to the people on the guest list. The invitations should include all of the pertinent info, such as the date, time and location of the shower. If the honoree is registered at a store, you can include that on the invitation or as a separate enclosure card. Provide a map or directions to the location and include a contact number or email address in case anyone has questions. You should also set a RSVP deadline of no later than 7 days before the date of the shower. A week before the shower, you should contact any guests who did not RSVP to see if they will be attending the shower.
It All Comes Together
On the date of the shower, decorate the venue and put together the goody bags. Setup a table for the gifts and have extra bags or boxes on hand to get the gifts home. All of the food should be prepared and ready to serve. Remember to pick up the cake and other items like balloons and flowers.
It is a good idea to assign someone to assist the mother to be at the shower. Help her with making a list of people who gave her gifts so that she may send out thank you cards after the shower. Also designate someone to take pictures or hire a professional photographer.
Enjoy the shower! All of the hard work you put into planning will pay off in the end. The mother to be will appreciate the time and effort you put in making her day so special. Just remember that the key to throwing a successful baby shower is proper planning and organization.