20 THINGS YOU CAN’T MISS IF YOU ARE PLANNING A BABY SHOWER!

What is your first thought when your best friend shares her pregnancy announcement?

Oh yes, time to be a good hostess! When my friend shared the good news, I had already started imagining what the baby shower is going to look like if I were to plan it. I will share an exhaustive list of what you must jot down the moment you decide to host a baby shower. Here you go –

  1. Will you be the only host? Always better to arrange for a co-host who can help you with all the planning and execution.
  2. Venue – Home or outside? If outside, which hotel/hall/lawn?
  3. Budget – Depending on the venue, set a budget for the whole event.
  4. Date and Time – Mostly, baby showers are done around the 7th month of pregnancy so that the mom is comfortable yet can flaunt the cute baby bump. Decide on the date accordingly, consult the Mom to be. If it’s a weekend and you got a sunny afternoon, nothing like throwing a baby shower outside in the lawn. If it is in the evening, look for a nice place where you can play with lights in the décor.
  5. Theme – Choose a theme and then pick the colors for décor. The time of the event is definitely going to be a deciding factor.
  6. Décor – Do you want to do it up yourself or hire an event manager?
  7. Choose your guests – Is it a young friends only party (you can get wild with the décor and the games) or a more formal family and friends shower? Is it an all girls or co ed shower? Consult the mom for the list, there will always be few you might not know well.
  8. Invitation – Make a quirky video or design a picture which can be sent over Whatsapp to all concerned. Do you plan to do it yourself or hire a designer? A teaser or precursor makes it more fun to reveal the theme.
  9. The menu – Giving miniature food items is always a good idea as the guests can play the games while munching on the starters. The food items should also reflect the theme – Like a “ready to pop” theme can have a popcorn bar.
  10. The cake – Please order well in advance!
  11. How to set up the cake table? – Do you want to put additional cupcakes/dessert jars?
  12. Baby Registry – The Mom to be is supposed to put together a list of all the items she expects to have but you must have all the details of the same well in advance.
  13. Baby Shower Favors – A personalized thank you gift always creates an impact. Something with a message when the baby is born will be even more thoughtful e.g. a candle with the message “Light the candle and spread the warmth, when little Joe takes birth”.
  14. Games and prizes– Decide on fun games depending on whether it’s an all ladies or a co ed shower. Keep extra prizes to be given in case there are multiple winners for each game.
  15. Photo booth – Depending on the theme, design a funky photo booth and place it somewhere near the entrance so that the guests do not miss clicking fun pictures with the Mom to be.
  16. Stationery for the games – If you are hosting the shower at home, you must procure the stationery well in advance. If you are hosting it at a destination, the event manager must be instructed to procure the same.
  17. Photographer – Hire one to capture the fun moments!
  18. The ‘Mommy to be’ sash – This is a must! Of course, the Mom to be must feel like a princess.
  19. Don’t miss coordinating with the “Daddy to be”!
  20. Don’t forget your gift !!!:D

 

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