Planning a Successful Baby Shower
When someone you love is expecting you would move mountains to make her shower a special day. Luckily you don’t have to – a successful baby shower can be pretty spectacular without a whole lot of fuss, provided you stay organized and calm. Keep these tips in mind if you’re planning a baby shower.
Who, What, Where, When
You’ll certainly want to check in with your mom-to-be – it’s her party, after all, and if she has a theme in mind or a color scheme, she should be accommodated. Decide if you’ll be hosting alone or with help and set a budget.
Next, create a guest list with your VIM (Very Important Mom), collecting full names and addresses.
Decide where you’ll be having the event, whether in someone’s home, in a restaurant or in some other space, like a banquet hall, fire hall, VFW or church gathering center. That will also probably help you set the date, as you’ll have to work around your venue’s schedule, but in general, you should try to start planning at least a month and a half in advance.
Invitations and Registry
Take some time to fill out the invitations and let the mom-to-be set up registries at any stores she likes (Target and Babies R Us are popular choices). Including a little card with this information on it in the invitations is a great way to ensure that Mom gets the things she needs. If you really want to make the event special and you have a knack for crafting, consider hand-making the invitations, so that they’re utterly personal keepsakes on their own.
Mailing, Menu and More
Send out the invitations about a month before the party date. Now is the fun part for most – planning the menu. If you’re at a restaurant or somewhere that caters, you’ll simply be choosing which foods to offer. If you’re in someone’s home, decide what you’d like to offer and divvy up the cooking.
Now is also a good time to start planning your decorations, party favors and games. Consider a festive and colorful diaper cake as a surprise center piece for the almost-mommy. Make sure the edible cake is ordered as well.
The Final Details
As the big day draws near, make sure you dot your Is and cross your Ts. About a week before the shower, confirm reservations, call up stragglers who haven’t yet RSVPed and make a list of all the last-minute details that will no doubt pop up (writing it up and keeping it close is a good way to stay organized). A few days before you can decorate and set up tables a chairs; the day before get all your cooking done and check-in with the guest of honor to see how she’s feeling.
Finally, the day of, keep your calm, know that you were organized and everything will fall into place and focus on celebrating the wonderful and life-changing joy with your loved one.