If you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby into the world, it might be time to think about planning your baby shower. It’s a great way to not only get friends and family together, but also a way to celebrate one of the most special times in your life. It can certainly be a hectic time for you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be! Here are our 5 best tips to make your special occasion stress-free and enjoyable.
1. Set a date and place
Timing is everything, so planning the perfect time for your baby shower is absolutely essential. You don’t want to appear bloated at your party, so it’s best to plan your shower 6-8 weeks ahead of the scheduled due date. This buffer serves as a great window to prevent any sort of unforeseen event from happening.
With that in mind, be sure to send your invitations 4-6 weeks ahead of your scheduled shower date to give your guests ample time to plan and to RSVP.
The location will be important to think about ahead of time as well. Whether you decide to host your party in your home or book a venue, planning ahead of time will be important to keeping everything and everyone organised.
2. Manage a guest list
Having a guest list for your shower will save tons of time and stress on your behalf. Guest lists are great for gathering numbers and names so you have an expectation going into your party. For things like food, seating, and space, having an idea of how many people you’ve invited and
are expecting gives you a realistic vision of how things are going to turn out. For the best success, try out online ticketing solutions that can help streamline the RSVP process for your guests. Setting up an event page online is a great alternative to sending out invitations individually and can make the invitation process much easier for both you and your guests.
3. Keep food and dessert in mind
With any great party comes good food and dessert, and this is seemingly the easiest way to please your guests. Looking into catering options can take the pressure of feeding your guests off your shoulders and looking to sites that have creative edible cake designs can help brighten up the food selection.
4. Be smart with your gift wishlist
Your registry will be a big part of your shower and the gifts you receive will help you nurture your child when they are born. With that being said it’s important to be smart and selective when it comes to putting a list of prospective gifts for your party. Start by thinking about “big ticket” or more expensive gifts that can be split by multiple guests before thinking about smaller items. One great tip to keep in mind while crafting your list is to remember to value practicality over “eye-catching” items. Ultimately, the goal of your registry is to receive items that are going to help you, so consider your priorities going into it.
Another great gift idea is a Nappy Cake, these are designs using practical baby items like disposable nappies, baby socks, blankets, clothing and other toys to create a wonderful and lasting gift. They can also double as a centre piece for your gift table.
5. Have a theme and decorate
To tie the whole shower together, be sure to decorate your event space well and have a theme that will make the shower memorable. An easy way to craft a theme is to centre it around the gender of your baby. However, if you have any other special or creative ideas in mind this is your time to show them!
Themed or even personalised name decorations (if you’ve decided your child’s name) are a great way to prepare for the birth of your child! Be sure to check your local stores for fun decor, or even check online for DIY crafts if that’s more your cup of tea.
If you like this post but are looking for more detail you can checkout this video – Responsibilities of hosts & guests at a baby shower.
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