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It’s baby shower time! I know you want it to be perfect and you want everything to flow smoothly. That’s not a problem. You deserve to have everything go well. Maybe you don’t actually know quite where to start with the planning. You may be planning a baby shower for someone really important in your life like your sister or best friend and to see their eyes light up with joy is all you want out of this experience. Well, I can help you get those eyes to twinkling. I am going to give you 11 areas to focus on when planning this special event.
1. Decide on a Date, Time & Place
This is the very first step you should take after deciding to throw a baby shower. First, you should check your schedule and decide on what date would be best. It is a good idea to check with the parents-to-be if you are planning this event for someone else. If it is a SURPRISE then you’ll have to work with what you got. Try not to schedule on dates that are usually reserved for other important things like doctor’s appointments. The weekend such as Friday or Saturday is likely the best day!
As far as time goes, this is completely up to you. Of course, you don’t want to keep anyone out too late, especially older family members and friends who may attend so try to plan the shower early in the day but not too early. If you were to schedule it too early it may be hard for certain ones to attend.
It is very important that you decide on a venue really early in the process. You should also have a backup venue just in case something goes wrong with the other venue on the day of the baby shower. Last minute things do happen, as we all know. I know of someone who planned her baby shower completely and the day of the shower everything went completely haywire. Things eventually worked out but the point is that she wasn’t prepared for those unexpected events and this caused her a lot of stress and frustration. So find a venue, schedule it early, and find a backup venue just in case.
You may want to have the baby shower at the home of a relative or close friend. If this is the case you should work those arrangements out with them. If it is your home then you should make sure everything is in working order and that you have all you need to keep the guests comfortable.
2. Prepare & Send Baby Shower Invitations
To inform everybody of the date, time & place for the shower you will need baby shower invitations. This is one of the fun parts if you ask me. I love the idea of being able to send invitations over the internet & text message. Technology has come a long way and you can use it to your advantage to spread the word.
You could send invitations the traditional way by handing them out or mailing to everyone. Or you could save yourself a lot of time by sending the invite through an email or text message using a company like Punchbowl. They have so many beautiful invitations to choose from and their website is user-friendly. Not to mention, they have a lot of free invitations as well.
3. Choose a Theme
Now, it’s time to choose a theme. There are so many themes that you can choose from. Here are just some of the themes that I have seen around the internet:
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Little Prince or Little Princess
- Boss Baby
- OH, Baby!
- Honey Bee
- Movie Night
- Baby-Que (Barbecue)
Those are just some of the many themes that I have spotted around the internet. I think they are all so adorable so close your eyes and pick one if you’re having a hard time making up your mind. The choices are unlimited because there are so many different themes to choose from or you could even create your own theme.
You’ve finally decided on a theme, now what? Now, you should be putting together the decorations. It is okay to wait until one day before the baby shower to decorate the building. However, you should have your decorations picked out, long before that day arrives. This way you will know if something is missing or you are needing to adjust based on what you were and were not able to find.
If you’re anything like me, when it comes to events I like to be prepared. I don’t like those kinds of surprises where you remember that you forgot to buy a banner or streamers for the party. Speaking of banners and streamers, here are some decorations that you may want to consider when you go shopping:
- Balloon Weights
- Diaper Cake (A great addition to any baby shower).
Many of the decorations you will need will depend on the theme you have chosen. Speaking of decorations, Kate Aspen has a HUGE selection of baby shower decorations and several themes to choose from. Click here to check her out!
This is by far the greatest part of the baby shower, deciding on the food menu. You could feed your guests buffet style or you could get some volunteers to help you serve the food. Or you could even hire a local caterer. It can be something fancy but then again the food doesn’t have to be all that fancy. It’s whatever works for you. For a real chill and laid back baby shower, I would probably get one of my favorite restaurants like Zaxby’s to come and cater the event. However, you could always get someone in the family like mama, auntie, and grandma to help prepare the food. In a lot of families, mama’s, grandma’s and auntie’s are the ones who can throw down in the kitchen. That’s who I would want to cater an event of this sort. It’s totally up to you, though.
One of the most important parts of the baby shower would be the cake. The person who is cooking the food may be skilled and able to prepare the cake as well. This is especially the case if you want a basic cake. However, most people get their cakes decorated to match the theme of the shower. In this case, you may need to consult a professional cake decorator or a self-taught baker and cake decorator.
Two cakes that I see a lot at baby showers are the pregnant belly cake and the baby’s bottom cake where it looks like the baby is hiding under a blanket. Both of these cakes are nice and this may be the type of cake you would prefer. If you want to be creative, try to get a cake to truly speak to the theme of the baby shower.
If you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a professionally designed cake you could go to Walmart or Kroger’s Bakery and they may be able to decorate your cake for a lot cheaper. Be aware though, you get what you pay for. If the cake is really important to you I would go to a nearby professional with excellent reviews online.
So, when people go to a baby shower they are expecting some form of entertainment. It could be something as simple as watching a homemade movie or singing karaoke. Or you could set up a series of baby shower games. Some of the most popular games played at baby showers are:
- Dirty Diapers
- Don’t say baby!
- Guess the baby food
- Guess the mother’s measurements
- How many skittles or m& m’s are in the huge baby bottle
- Baby Shower Bingo
- Pin the Pacifier on the Baby
- Bottle Chug
- Baby Price is Right
- Baby Ice Cube
You can find the instructions and rules of these games by visiting shutterfly.com and you can even find more game ideas. Click here to check out their list of games. Door prizes can really add to all this fun. I love winning things and I know a lot of other people do too.
Mostly everyone will bring gifts. It is okay to let everyone bring what they want. A lot of new parents will go on to make a baby registry for those who aren’t sure what to buy. Also, it is not new for parents to request people to bring a signed book rather than a signed card. This is just an idea.
When opening gifts, it could be a good idea to refrain from saying who bought what present. You wouldn’t want someone who couldn’t afford a bigger or more expensive gift to feel left out or like their gift wasn’t just as special as the next person. The parents-to-be will be thankful and appreciative of everyone who brings a gift and that’s all that matters. Right?
9. Party Favors
Party favors are a good way of thanking those who show up to the baby shower and bring gifts. These gifts can be very inexpensive and you can find the cutest party favors here at Kate Aspen.
10. Photobooth & Photographer
A photobooth or backdrop, as well as a photographer, can be a great addition to your party. People love taking pictures and this is a moment that many will want to remember forever. And what better way to remember this special moment than to take pictures of it. You could get a photographer to come and record the entire shower and take pictures of all in attendance who want pictures. To help pay for the photographer you could charge a small fee of $5 per picture or you could give them the pictures free. Again, this is where you come in.
11. Thank You Notes
When it’s all said and done you want to be sure to thank everyone for coming. It would make the event special and more memorable if the parents-to-be would send out handwritten notes to all those who came out and supported them at their baby shower. A handwritten note is a lot more special in this day and age because no one hardly does it anymore.
Conclusion: There you have it, 11 tips on how to plan the cutest baby shower ever and make it a sure success. If you remember these tips then you will be on your way to creating a fabulous event that will be remembered for years to come!
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