Planning a baby shower can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Once you have nailed down the basics like location, date, guest list, and invitations, the fun part of party planning begins. Let’s get this party started!
Start with asking the mama-to-be (both parents, if it’s co-ed) for input or any preferences for the shower. Having an understanding of their vision will help you create a Do’s and Don’ts list and make the baby shower planning a lot easier.
Create a baby shower checklist! It will keep you organized and prepared. Start prepping the party as soon as you can. Most decorations and activities can be created/planned ahead of time.
Finding a theme or even color scheme is sometimes the hardest part of planning a baby shower. If the baby’s nursery has a theme, consider doing something similar for the shower. Once you have a theme, start searching online to gather some inspiration. Pinterest and Etsy are great to reference and make finding decorations super easy. Refer to the theme when planning and simplify the decorating process. Anything can double as decorations, food included!
With decorations, you can keep it simple or go big! Depending on the budget and personal preferences, create a checklist of the items you need to make the space beautiful and memorable. Focusing on a main area such as, where the mama-to-be will open presents, is a great place to start. A lot of attention will be placed on this area, decorating it to double as a photo backdrop will save time and money!
One of the easiest ways to decorate a space is with a balloon arch and fresh flowers! They are affordable, make a big statement, and look great for photos. Baby items such as baby moccs and clothes can double as decorations and make it more personal.
Keep the menu simple! A buffet table with finger foods and treats is perfect. Choose 1 or 2 dishes when creating your baby shower checklist. Those dishes can stand out and the rest can be simplified by picking up pre-made items from your favorite grocery store. A cute idea to make the baby shower more personal is to create a “craving station” filled with all of the mama’s pregency cravings or a mocktail “MOM-osa bar.” Add decorative signs for the food, simple table arrangements, and BAM your food table will be simple and a hit!
A majority of the baby shower will be spent on eating and opening gifts. Plan at least one activity/craft that the guests can do in the downtime as they are waiting. Cards to fill out with words of advice/encouragement for the new mom are great and can double as a keepsake. Include one or more interactive games for the group. Have small prizes for any games with winners!
Mom will be receiving many gifts, so having a gift table with a cute sign is a must-have. The gift table can double as an extra decorative area and keeps gifts out of the way. Remember a paper and pencil to jot down the gifts as they are opened, it will be helpful in sending out thank you notes.
Party favors are always appreciated! Keep it simple and affordable. Consider choosing the party favors based on the theme of the shower. They can double as table decorations.
Being the host can be nerve-wracking but it doesn’t have to be! Asking for help is encouraged. There are always people who will want to help, but don’t know how. Take charge and ask for help when creating your baby shower checklist. Arranging craft nights to help with creating centerpieces or decorations will help take some of the pressure off. Ask for help with food and help for set up and take down. Don’t be afraid to ask and lessen your load. The host also needs to enjoy the baby shower. Try to make it as stress free as possible!
The idea of throwing the perfect baby shower can feel like pressure, but at the end of the day the most important part of the shower is the people. The people that will be the mom’s village, those that will remind her that she is loved and supported. Nothing is better than being loved and celebrated by friends and family as a soon to be mom is transitioning into motherhood. That is what it is all about. The cute decorations, gifts for mom, and yummy food are just a plus.