Depending on the number of guests planning a baby shower can be a difficult mission with lots of different aspects to align. But why shouldn’t planning the event be as enjoyable as the baby shower itself?! We think it should. We’ve listed some tips in the order they should be performed to cause minimum hassle and maximum efficiency. Read on to discover our hassle-free baby shower planning guide to help you with the planning process.
Pick a date and set a budget
The most important aspects for planning any event are when to have it and how much to spend. Be realistic here, do your research and jot down a few calculations of how much all the things you want at the baby shower will actually cost, then adjust accordingly to match your budget. In terms of the date, get in touch with all potential guests at once, perhaps by way of a group email or Facebook post to get a general consensus on when the most people are available to attend.
Choose a theme
This is certainly the next most important step for a baby shower and indeed for any celebratory event. Picking a theme will give the event real life and soul, and it could be as simple as “blue” if the mother is expecting a boy, or perhaps a floral theme for a girl with fresh flower arrangements.
Plan the menu and decorations
Next, it’s time to start buying the food and decorations for the baby shower. Don’t forget to ask your guests if they have any dietary preferences as this can be easily overlooked but is absolutely essential to avoid any fiascos on the day. A brunch or tea party is a good idea for a baby shower, or perhaps a light lunch or finger food, but don’t go out planning a three-course meal as this is not that kind of event. Try to have the food match the theme and the decorations where possible, perhaps by hiring some professional culinary help if your budget will allow for it.
Order a cake
The cake is going to be the centrepiece of the table, so it’s important that you put some thought into it. Of course, it should match the party’s theme, but it should also be big enough to feed all the guests with at least once slice each. Again, remember to offer alternatives to any guests with specific dietary requirements.
Clean and set up the party space
A few days before the event be sure to clean up the space where the party is to be held to ensure it’s fully ready for everything to be set up. Then, perhaps the night before or early in the morning before the shower, enlist some help to get everything to the venue including decorations, goodie bags, and any last bits of food and drink. This might also be a good time to reach out to the final RSVP stragglers to see if they could make it at the last minute.
So, there you have it, our guide to planning the main aspects of a hassle-free baby shower. Write yourself a list, take it step-by-step and you’ll be sure to not miss anything because after all, who wants to be rushing around at the last minute?!