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Taking the reins of a family member’s baby shower and donning the decorative title of shower host can be a hefty but rewarding responsibility. From finding the right baby shower theme decor to orchestrating every minute detail leading up to the big day, there are a host of factors to consider.
Whether this is your first rodeo with rattles and receiving blankets, or you’ve already been around the baby shower block a time or two, we’re here to lend a hand. Whenever there’s a baby on board, follow along with these tips on how to plan a baby shower that the mama-to-be will look back on and cherish for years to come.
An excellent time to begin planning the fundamentals and baby shower planning checklist are when the guest of honor is approximately five months pregnant. That gives you two months to organize everything before the baby shower, starting with the basics:
Baby showers typically occur when the guest of honor is about seven months pregnant, but it’s helpful to speak with the mama-to-be regarding a date and time that works best for them.
Why seven months?
By then, they’re often the proud owner of a picture-perfect bump but not so far along that they can’t comfortably enjoy socializing with shower guests. This time frame also gives them enough time to organize their baby gifts at home, so they’re ready to be put to use whenever they bring home their bundle of joy.
From a safari excursion to a fusion of florals,1 there are endless baby shower themes to choose from. Some shower hosts choose to surprise the guest of honor, while others consult her to pinpoint exactly what she’s looking for in terms of a motif.
Here are some popular baby shower themes to spark your creativity:
Knowing the total number of guests can help you determine your budget and give you an idea of how to allocate it towards different aspects of the shower, like your venue, shower baby shower decorations, & what food to add to the menu.
For example, if you’re hosting 20 guests and have a $1,000 budget, you might find that you can splurge on the venue or menu (or both). However, hosting 50 guests on a $500 budget might mean that you’ll have to embrace your thrifty, DIY side to get the most bang for your buck.
With a guest list and budget in place, you can begin jotting down a short list of venues you’re interested in. A limited number of guests leaves room for the possibility of hosting at someone’s house, whereas a more robust guest list might benefit from a larger venue, such as:2
With the basics covered, you’re rewarded with a few weeks of downtime before organizing the following shower details:
Curating a gift registry allows the future mom to list exactly what she and her baby will need—down to the number of newborn one pieces she wants (and in what color).
From big to small, some popular must-have items on registries include:
Our baby registry is tailored to her specific needs and allows her to add nursery must haves from any online store. And because we know crafting a registry can be daunting, we’ve created a personalized quiz that allows moms to receive a suggested list of items we think will be most useful for their growing family. Easy peasy.
It’s essential to send out your invites five to six weeks before the shower. This gives guests ample time to RSVP after they receive their baby shower invitation and make arrangements for their own little ones if needed. Whether you send invites online or mail them the old-fashioned way, be sure to include items like:
Whether mama is craving tacos at all hours of the day or she only has eyes for sweet treats, there’s no shortage of creative ways to make your shower menu delectable from start to finish.
Here are a couple of different ways to come up with a menu that fits your budget—and pairs with your guest of honor’s palate:
As you continue crossing off the days to the baby shower, it’s time to finalize the finer details of the shower:
Is it really a baby shower if there aren’t any festive baby shower decorations? Apart from balloons shaped like pacifiers and baby bottles, you can also shop for items tailored to the shower’s theme.
In addition to purchasing cutlery and plates that coordinate with your theme’s colors, focus on the more nuanced details, like adding creative kitschy accessories at each table that complement the motif.
Before you dive into the rabbit hole that is baby shower games (trust us, it can go deep), consult the guest of honor to determine if they’re the kind of person who enjoys playing Guess Who? with guests’ old baby photos or if they’d prefer to stick to food and fun in the form of conversation and photos.
If they’re up for a rousing game (or three), here are a couple of our favorites:
Providing guests with a parting gift is a kind way to thank everyone for taking the time to come and celebrate the mama-to-be. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve compiled a list of sure-to-impress baby shower ideas:
As the designated cruise director of the shower, it’s up to you to make sure each activity flows seamlessly from one to the next and that everyone (especially the guest of honor) is having a fabulous time.
Some hosts start the shower with an icebreaker game to give everyone a chance to mingle in a fun and collaborative way. Others start with appetizers before moving on to shower gifts and games. You can craft an agenda in any order you like as long as it encompasses the shower’s key activities, like:
Orchestrating an unforgettable baby shower may involve a large dose of precise baby shower planning, but the moment you see the excited gleam in her eyes when she walks in makes it all worth it.
Monica + Andy is here to support the mama-to-be throughout every part of her journey into motherhood—starting with pregnancy. While gearing up for her baby’s arrival, she can curate her own personalized baby registry that covers every item—down to the very last pacifier.
When her registry’s complete, you can browse Monica + Andy for the perfect gift—and happily check one item off of your shower to-do list.
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