Are you expecting your first child? If so, you probably know how nerve-wracking it can be to plan your baby shower. After all, so many details must be considered before the big day, from picking a venue and date to choosing activities and games that everyone will enjoy.
However, once you’ve sorted everything, you will feel much more relaxed about the upcoming celebration – which can only be a good thing! Read on to learn more about the preparation you need for this event and how to get the most of it.
1. Decide on a date and venue
Select a baby shower date at least eight weeks before the baby’s estimated birth date. If you’d like to throw the party at home, ensure you have enough space for guests to eat and mingle. The host should be able to accommodate up to 50 guests. If you expect a larger group, you may wish to book a venue.
Another consideration for the date of the shower is the weather. If you’re hosting outside, make sure the forecast looks good for that day. You don’t want to ruin a beautiful day by getting rained on!
2. Baby shower games
One of the highlights of any baby shower is the selection of activities and games guests can enjoy. There are lots of baby shower games that you can select from, so you’ll have no problems finding the right one for your specific needs. This is where you can have fun and get creative.
The most common baby shower games involve guessing the baby’s gender, the due date, a rhyme or fact, or the guest of honour’s favourite things. If you’re planning a themed baby shower, you can incorporate the theme into your selection of games. For example, if you are hosting a baby baseball shower, you can have guests throw a baseball at a target or try to hit a piñata filled with baby-themed candies.
3. Select your theme and menu
A baby shower can be themed in any way you choose; it doesn’t necessarily have to be “themed” at all. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate both the baby and the mother-to-be. Some popular themes for a baby shower include:
The New Arrival – This can be ideal if you don’t know if you’re having a boy or a girl.
The Little Prince or Princess – This is a popular theme for a baby shower and can be easily achievable with a few pink or blue decorations and tableware.
The Loving Couple – This theme can be ideal for couples expecting their first child and wanting to share their joy with loved ones.
The Modern Family – This can be a fun theme, especially if you want to include your pets in the celebration.
4. Prepare a guest list
You will first need to decide on a guest list before you can start planning your baby shower. The number of guests you invite will depend on a few factors, such as the venue you decide to book, your personal taste, and the availability of your guests.
A good rule of thumb is inviting guests you want to see at the event and who you are comfortable having at your house. Aside from the number of guests, you will also need to keep track of who has RSVP’d and who has not so that you can tailor your plans accordingly. You will also need to keep in mind any special dietary restrictions your guests may have.
5. Decide on a gift registry
As all new parents know, a baby can be rather expensive to keep up with. This is why most couples will set up a baby registry, which is a list of items that their guests can buy as gifts. If you are planning a baby shower, you will most likely have a couple of options here, such as registering for items online or at a store.
It’s also worth clarifying where guests can locate your online registry, should you establish one. You may also request that your guests bring cash or gift cards to your event. This is a great choice if you haven’t decided what you want or need. You can then use the money to buy whatever you want or need for your baby.
Whether you are hosting a traditional baby shower or want to go for a themed event, you now know what must be considered before the big day. That being said, remember that no matter how elaborate or simple your plans are, what matters most is that you are having a good time with your loved ones.