How To Host The Perfect Baby Shower?
Being asked to host a baby shower is not only a great honor it can also be super stressful. Not only will you be in charge of entertaining your mom-to-be, you’ll also be responsible for the guests that plan on attending.
However, you don’t have to be a natural born party planner in order to pull off a successful baby shower. There are a number of ways to go about planning this special event and with the right info and know-how you can throw a shower that everyone will be talking about afterwards (in a good way!).
The first and foremost factor you need to keep in mind throughout the entire process is that the baby shower is for the mom-to-be. As a result, the event from beginning to end should be all about her and the things she is interested in. If you have been chosen or volunteered to coordinate this occasion, chances are you know the mom-to-be very well (if you don’t, you better learn as much as you can, pronto!).
Make a list of her likes and dislikes. Be sure to apply this to any food choices, activities, colors, etc. Choose an appropriate theme that is instantly identifiable with the mom-to-be. The theme should appear throughout each stage, from the invitations to the decorations and other aspects.
Once you have decided the theme, plan the guest list. There are a couple of ways to go about this. It is a good idea to find out if there are other baby showers planned so you can schedule your event accordingly.
Decide whether you’ll go for a traditional, all female baby shower or a co-ed shower. These days many people enjoy co-ed baby showers since they typically have a greater turnout and increases the number of activities you can host. Family members are among the first people you should put on the guest list. Close friends should be next.
However, don’t go overboard and invite everyone under the sun. The guests should all be people the mom-to-be knows very well and enjoys the company of. Send out your invitations well in advance. This will give you plenty of time to figure out how many people to expect, which in turn helps with the budgeting.
When planning the final details of the baby shower, remember to be practical. If the number of guests is going to be small, then hosting the event in someone’s home (maybe yours?) will be ideal. Expecting a big turnout? Then you’ll want to look into venues that can accommodate everyone.
When it comes to food, catering can be expensive, especially if you have a large headcount. One great solution is to have a potluck style baby shower where each guest can be responsible for bringing a dish. This method is cost effective and allows each person to feel like they have contributed to the event.
Need some ideas for baby shower games? Ask family and friends for their recommendations. The Internet also has plenty of information about baby shower games. It is a good idea to make sure that the games you choose are ones the guests will actually participate in. Look for trendier games that include both male and female guests (for co-ed parties) as well as one or two traditional games.
Don’t want to be overwhelmed by all the planning? Assign a close friend to be your assistant. This person should be responsible, dependable and know the plan inside and out. While you tend to the mom-to-be during the shower, your assistant can make sure the guests are taken care of.