How to plan your own baby shower

So, you’re having a baby and it’s time to have a baby shower. It’s an important event for you, so you don’t want to leave it for someone else to plan. But, of course, you don’t know where to start, especially if you’re a first-time mother. Putting together the perfect event is difficult when you’re growing a human being inside of you. That’s why you’re going to need some help and that’s exactly what this article is about.

You want your baby shower to be amazing. You want to celebrate your pregnancy with your nearest and dearest. Well, here’s how to do just that.

Location

You may want to have the baby shower at home because it’s where you’re currently most comfortable. And that’s great if you have the space to host everyone. It’s a good option because you don’t have to cart around all the gifts and some of your friends will inevitably stay to clean up afterwards. No one is going to let the pregnant woman do any hard labour, after all.

However, you may want to avoid having people in your home when you’re still busy sorting out everything in preparation for the baby. In this case, you could ask your mother or a close family member to offer up their space. Another option is to have it at a restaurant with a scenic view and capacity for all your guests. Just make sure it’s not going to be too busy as you don’t want chaos around you.

Guest list

Who you invite to your baby shower is important. You don’t want any drama at this point in time. And you also want to be surrounded by those you care most about. Of course, there are those people who expect to be invited even though you really don’t care if they can make it. Don’t invite those people. You only want the best people around. Except for your mother-in-law, you have no choice but to invite her. Don’t feel guilty about not inviting your work acquaintances. They’ll get over it. You should only have family and the friends you want around for this special day.

Timing

Chances are that you’re exhausted pretty much all the time. And you’re not exactly the most comfortable you’ve ever been. That’s why you need to ensure you hold the baby shower at a time when you’re most awake and in the least amount of discomfort. Timing is everything. You don’t want to spend your baby shower yawning or in a grumpy mood. That’s why you should avoid holding it in the evening as you most likely won’t be at your best and your non-pregnant friends may overstay their welcome. Mid-morning is always a good idea. But if you’re not a morning person, then the afternoon works just as well. You don’t want to have it too early as you will have to prepare.

Snacks

No baby shower is complete without food. That’s for certain. But what kind of food should you serve? You want to avoid serving a meal as this is not a sit down kind of event. It’s fine if you’re at a restaurant but if you’re at home, you don’t want to have to prepare starters, a main course and dessert. Nobody has time for that. Finger foods are best as people can snack as you all chat and play games.

Foods with a baby theme are cute but it’s not necessary. If you want to have cupcakes with icing made to look like dummies, that’s easy enough to order from a bakery. But leave it at that and serve the usual finger foods you’d find at a mid-morning or afternoon event.

Presents

Having a baby is expensive. You know this better than anyone. And that’s part of the reason people throw baby showers, so they receive things they need as gifts. Unless you’re happy to purchase everything you need, you should have a registry or list of gifts you want. You don’t want three people pitching up with something you only need one of. You don’t want to have to be the person to ask for the receipt so you can try and return the present while making use of the Consumer Protection Act regulations.

Games

The last thing you want is everyone sitting around drinking their tea in silence. Some of these people won’t know each other and groups may form, leaving you to make the rounds. That’s why most baby showers have games. A fun game to try it getting everyone to bring a baby picture of themselves and you put them on the table and everyone has to match the baby picture to the person. And, of course, a onesie decorating station is never not fun. Plus, you walk away with a whole bunch of cute onesies for your baby.

If you follow these tips, throwing a baby shower should be easy and everyone will have a great time!