If you are planning a baby shower for a friend or family member, it can seem a little daunting. There seems to be so much to do! You have to make an invite list, decorate like a pro, offer refreshments, play games and more! If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, use these tips and tricks to make planning the baby shower easier.
Smartly Schedule the Shower
The last few weeks of a mother’s pregnancy can a terrible experience, and the baby can come at any minute. It is better to throw a shower when the mother-to-be is still able to get around easily and will be able to enjoy the party. Most people throw baby showers between 28 and 35 weeks, although some people think that 35 weeks is too far along. Having a baby shower a little early will allow the guest of honor time to shop for things she hasn’t bought yet as well as return things she won’t be needing. If anyone else is throwing a shower for your future mother, make sure that you schedule with them so that you don’t overlap dates.
Send Out the Invitations Early
You should send out the baby shower invitations at least six weeks in advance. Attendees of the party are either young mothers with busy schedules or older women who love to plan things in advance. Give your attendees plenty of time to clear their schedules for the event. About a week before the event, give a quick phone call to those who have not yet RSVP’d so that you have a better idea of how many people will be there.
Keep Your Decorations Simple
While there is a little part of you that wants to decorate the entire house with adorable pinterest-worthy decor, it may be better to keep it simple. Find decorations that can do double duty, like using the presents as a centerpiece, or make your favors cute so that they can decorate a table. This blog had a great idea to turn something that you’re going to give to the mother-to-be anyway into a garland — like the adorable onesie garland or a garland made of baby socks, bibs, or stuffed animals. Also, don’t be afraid to center your decorations around the gender of the baby.
Keep the Food Light
No expectant mother wants to wolf down ribs and potatoes at a baby shower, and nor will your attendees. Most baby showers take place in the mid afternoon, so keep your food choices light and airy. Some good ideas are: cucumber sandwiches, fruit, chocolate fondue, eclairs, cheese and crackers, and other light foods. If you want to, you can theme the foods towards the baby like serving “pigs in a baby blanket” and “baby bump sliders.”
Use The Seasons
Use the current season to decorate and cater the baby shower. For example, if you are throwing a baby shower during the summer, take the party outside and serve watermelon and basil/tomato/mozzarella kabobs. However, if you are throwing a party in the fall, use fall leaves to decorate and caramel apples for the food.
Play a Game that Lets Attendees Give Advice
You know that everyone there has plenty of advice for the mother-to-be, so play a game that lets them do just that — without stressing her out too much. One idea is to have everyone write a piece of advice on a paper, and then put it all in a box. The guest of honor then has to guess who wrote which piece of advice. Another idea is to have everyone write their favorite baby item on a paper (ie diaper warmer, baby bath, etc.). Once everyone is finished, gather the papers and have the mother read them out loud. You can do it anonymously like the previous game, or just have everyone share why they love that item.
Make Present Time Quick
Spending too much time on your presents can exhaust not only the future mother, but everyone else at the party. Lay out the presents and have her quickly open one at a time, and have someone off to the side writing down who gave her what. Have a place to put all of the presents once they are open, so that you can streamline the process.
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