Baby shower planning ideas
Baby shower planning ideas to help make your life, and party hosting easier.
Work sheets for your baby shower planning ideas
1.)Talk with mom-to-be, or your guest of honor and choose a date
for the calendar. Weekends usually work best. The time of day
will depend greatly on the style or type of baby shower you want
to throw. Is it a brunch, lunch, BBQ? Don’t worry too much
about pinning the exact hours of the day right now, there will
be time to fill in the details later. You can probably plan on
the shower lasting about 2- 2.5 hours. Keep in mind, some
guests may linger a while as they’re wrapping up conversations
and saying their good buys.
Keep her mother and mother-in-law in mind when you are choosing
your day. Their presence is often important to the guest of
honor. Of course, if this is a couple’s shower, get dad’s input
•TIP: Baby Showers are generally given in the last trimester of
mom’s pregnancy (months 6-9). I highly recommend, month 6 for
mom’s carrying twins or multiples. Also, if mom-to-be is
experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, month 6 may be better for
her too. These are two classic scenarios of woman who could end
up on bed rest the latter part of their pregnancy. In both
cases, a welcome party after mom delivers may be the best
option. Just ask your guest of honor what she prefers. If bed
rest does interfere with your planned event, you can take the
party to mommy. Otherwise, a party after the baby arrives will
2). Ask mom-to-be for a guest list. When you ask for the list;
have your budget in mind. Have a co-host or two, in mind as
well. If you’ve already selected co-hosts-that’s great.
Please, DO NOT discuss money with your guest of honor. Simply
ask for a list of her closest friends and family. If you are at
all concerned about the number of people she may want to invite,
be more specific. Ask for a gust list of 20, 30, 35, whatever
your budget can handle. If mom-to-be has many close friends and
a large family, you should expect a long list. Don’t panic.
Remember, you have the help of others who want to plan and host
the baby shower with you!
TIP: Planning and throwing a baby shower is seldom done alone
anymore. In fact, trying to do it alone can be a big mistake.
The exceptions: a small venue (15 people or less); or the host
hires out for services such as, planning, catering, etc.
The list you receive should include: Full names, addresses, and
phone numbers. If she has an email list, ask her to include
that. It may take her some time to get everything together so,
good thing you are asking her well in advance.
TIP: If you can get most, or all of her guest’s email, consider
sending out an announcement of “SAVE THE DATE”. People really
appreciate the heads-up. You can use a service such as
www.evite.com it’s free, and easy to use. Your announcement can
be something like:
Baby is fast on her way, so please save the day. Details will
soon follow. Include the date of the shower, and any other
general info, such as time and location (if known). There is no
need for much detail at this point. You just want people to
mark their calendars.
Keep in mind, SAVE THE DATE is completely optional. It’s a good
idea if, you’re shower is scheduled for a busy time of the year
like- Summer or the Holidays.
3)Choose a theme. Again, get some input from your guest of
honor. Better yet, have a few ideas ready to share.
The THEME of a baby shower generally refers to the look of the
shower, and is supported by the invite, party supplies, menu,
etc. The style or TYPE of shower refers to more to the venue.
Is this a co-ed shower, family shower, second baby, baby
shower, elegant, casual, women only, adoption, etc.
You can host a co-ed (couples shower) with a luau theme.
You can host a ladies baby shower with a tea party theme.
Baby shower planning ideas 6-8 weeks in advance.
Time to get to work on your baby shower planning ideas…
Once everyone has decided what type of shower this will be, and
the theme that will bring it all together, it’s time for
action. If, you haven’t already discussed the responsibilities
of all those involved with planning and preparations, now would
be a good time. Will you be splitting the budget and tasks down
the middle? Do you plan to carry most of the load, while
delegating the help you need? Make sure everyone is on the same
page with the baby shower planning ideas Sign up genius, is a
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SIX-EIGHT WEEKS IN ADVANCE:
Order, design, make or purchase invitations. Consider ordering,
making, or purchasing thank you cards as well. This is not
expected of you, however, it’s a common gesture of those hosting
a baby shower.
The invitations should be MAILED or post-marked, four weeks
prior to the event. So, don’t delay on ordering, making, or
purchasing the best invitation for your party.
Baby shower planning ideas 4-6 weeks
FOUR TO SIX WEEKS IN ADVANCE:
Start shopping or getting ideas for decorations, party favors,
and the baby shower supplies you will need. If you plan to make
any of the said items, gather or purchase the supplies you will
need to get started.
Baby shower planning ideas for party LOCATION:
Will it be at someone’s home, a church, tea house, restaurant,
community center, or park? Make reservations for selected space
If, there will be several out of town guests, consider reserving
a conference, or party room at a hotel. Guests will appreciate
the option of having their hotel reservations and party in one
Be sure to ask about any hidden charges and specific policies
when booking reservations.
If, you plan to reserve a party room at a restaurant; ask what
their policy is for off-site food. Some restaurants may prohibit
the baby shower cake you had planned to bring and serve.
Many restaurants will allow you to bring your own bottled wine.
The restaurant will usually charge, what is called, a “cork fee”
to do so.
If the party is at a community center, or any other rented
location, be sure to ask their policies on alcohol if, you plan
on serving wine, cocktails, or even spiked punch.
Baby shower planning ideas for entertaining at home.
If, you’re hosting at home, it’s time to get rid of the
clutter. This might be a great time to finish up some of those
simple home-improvement chores too! If you plan to use the back
yard, do the same-
Eliminate clutter, clean-up rock beds and gutters; give a little
TLC to the lawns and patios if necessary.
You may even want to plant some nice flowers or plants. The
bottom line for your home and yard:
Get rid of the eye sores and add a little polish.
TIP: If this is a winter shower, clear some space on your coat
rack or in your coat closet for guests to
hang their articles.
Reserve any rental items you may need such as, chairs, tables,
shade umbrellas, etc. If you have a great neighbor or friend
you can borrow from, now is a good time to ask.
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