Having a baby shower? Let’s get organised!
A time to celebrate new life and share advice on parenting, baby showers are usually held during the last two months of pregnancy and hosted by a family member, close friend or colleague for the expectant parents.
Here’s how you can plan a baby shower in a jiffy:
Step 1: Pick a date and time. Ask the guest-of-honour, of course! The best time to do is at the beginning of the third trimester, when the pregnant mum is still feeling pretty comfortable. Talk to the guests that you really want to be there too. Weekend afternoons would be most ideal.
Step 2: Determine the guest list and budget. Consider the number of guests within your budget and get the mum-to-be to come up with a list of guests. You may also want to check the availability of the baby’s grandparents. Nothing is worse than planning a party and sending out invitations, only to find that the most important people can’t make it.
The best way to cover the cost is to ask each guest to chip in. When working out on how much it might add up to, factor in the costs for main combined present, venue, food, drinks, utensils, party favours, cake, decorations, prizes for games and so on.
Step 3: Select a venue. Depending on the number of guests, the venue options can range from a café or a hotel to a community hall or a local club. If budget is limited, ask around to see if anyone else is prepared to host the event at their home. Then send out the invitations three to four weeks before.
Step 4: Choose a theme. Although this is optional, it’s easier to work on the event when you have coordinating colours and elements in mind. It looks trendier and is also more fun for the guests.
Step 5: Decide on the menu, décor & party favours. Nail down these details about two to three weeks before the shower. Purchase or DIY the decorations; you can find lots of ideas in Pinterest. What will the guests eat? Make sure the menu appeals to the guest of honour’s tastes. Finger foods makes it easier for guests to manage the food and take part in the event. As for party favours, take-home bags of candy, homemade chocolates, scented soaps, candles, or bubble bath are regular crowd-pleasers.
Step 6: Create a baby registry. To avoid guests doubling up on presents or getting items that the expectant parents already have and won’t need, get them sign up for a baby gift registry. The Happikiddo Baby Registry allows parents to search for products by criteria. Simply create an online account, add the chosen items and let your guests know.
Step 7: Draw up the programme. Most showers include games, gift opening, eating, and drinking. The goal is to create a fun flow that keeps guests entertained and engaged.
On the day of the event, try to relax knowing you have done al you can, and that it’s now time for you and your guests to have fun, shower the mum-to-be with love, and celebrate the new addition to the family. Enjoy!