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There's something so magical about a baby shower. There's so much love, hope and an abundance of cuteness! It is a time to celebrate new beginnings.
If you are hosting a baby shower though, there's some work to be done. Today we are sharing our top 10 tips for throwing a fantastic baby shower where the mom to be will feel loved and the guests will have a wonderful time celebrating the new mama and baby.
pick a date
You'll need to speak with the guest of honor and pick a date and time for her baby shower. Most often baby showers are held around the 7th month of pregnancy. That way its not too early in the pregnancy but also not cutting it too close to the due. It will also give the mom a chance to go through her baby shower gifts and organize the gifts.
DECIDE ON THE GUESTS
Have the mama-to -be give you a complete guest list of friends and family she would like at her baby shower. Make sure you ask her for their email addresses and phone numbers as well.
SET THE BUDGET
Once you have the guest list together, you should set a budget. With the guest list and budget in hand, you are able to calculate the per person cost for each guest. This will help you as you try to determine the next steps.
choose a venue
Choose a venue for the baby shower depending on the guest list, your budget and time of year. You could host the baby shower at your home and make it more intimate or host it at a hotel and have it catered. It all really depends on your budget and guest list!
send out invitations
Normally guests should receive their invitations about 6 weeks before the baby shower so they have ample time to reserve the date, shop for baby shower gifts and make the necessary arrangements!
FINALIZE THE MENU
You'll need to finalize the menu for the baby shower as well. Are you going to make the dishes at home or are you getting it catered? How much do you expect to spend for food? Remember, you only need to make miniature sized portions and some cute goodies to go with the baby shower theme!
choose the DECOR
Purchase decor and favors for the baby shower that will go with the theme you've already picked. You can shop for most of the items well in advance but will need to pick the floral arrangements on the day of the shower.
DECIDE & ORGANIZE GAMES
You'll need to come up with a timeline for the baby shower-games, gift opening, eating and drinking. Choose a few fun baby shower games to keep the guests entertained and engaged.
select baby shower favors
You'll need to also pick baby shower favors to gift to the guests as a small token of appreciation. Scented candles, soaps, bubble baths and chocolates make great favors!
don't stress out
You are doing something so wonderful and thoughtful for your friend. You are doing the best you can with good intentions. Don't stress out. Use the checklist below to keep you on track when planning a baby shower.