There’s a lot to think about when hosting a baby shower for an expectant mommy. It’s her big day and as the host, you want everything to be perfect and stress-free for the mommy-to-be. Ultimately, the success of your shower will all boil down to your level of organization. Here are important things that every hostess with the mostess should consider to ensure that her shower is a big hit.
First and foremost, you must decide on the theme of your shower because the theme may affect the time and location. In addition to the theme of your party, this is also the time to decide whether you want your shower to be all women or co-ed and if you’re going to have the shower before or after the baby is born. At this point, it is also good to outline your budget. Remember to include all of your expenses so that you can plan accordingly. Items to consider in your budget are location, party favors, food, decorations, invitations, Thank You notes, games, prizes, etc.
Once the theme and budget have been determined, the next step is to set a date, time and location. Most showers happen four to eight weeks prior to the baby’s due date. Baby showers usually take place on Saturdays or Sundays to accommodate guest’s schedules. When deciding on a location, the most important things to consider are the number of guests it can accommodate and the cost. Showers often take place at restaurants, rented spaces or in a home.
Next comes the guest list and invitations. This step includes obtaining current names, phone numbers and addresses for the mommy-to-be’s friends and family. Keep this list after you mail out invitations because you will need it when you send Thank You notes. When selecting invitations, you want to ensure that they are cohesive with your theme.
Now it is time to decide on a menu for your party. Do you want to serve appetizers or a full meal? Will you do the cooking or have the shower catered? These are all things to consider. Once your menu is finalized, you can outline your party itinerary and purchase supplies (decorations, party favors, games and prizes, plates and utensils if you’re having the party in your own home, etc.) Try to purchase as much as you can in advance to simplify your to-do list on the day of your event.
On the big day, it’s all about making sure that the food and décor look beautiful, getting the party favors ready to go, taking photos, keeping a list of gifts that guests bring to help with Thank You notes and making sure that mommy-to-be has the time of her life. Happy hosting!