Baby shower planning guide

Below is a list of activities that are crucial to planning a wonderful baby shower.

First things first:

  • Determine who will be involved with hosting the shower
  • Set a budget(optional)
  • Start compiling the guest list, including mailing addresses. The mom-to-be can help you with this part.
  • Select a shower theme and/or style
    Take a moment to think about the type of shower you want to give. Talk to the mom-to-be to get a feel for what kind of shower she'd like. Do some general reading and brainstorming to help make this decision.
  • Put together a general outline of the shower
    Don't get too focused on details at this point!

Details:

The initial detail planning should revolve around gathering all the information that is needed to prepare the invitation. Below is a minimum list of things to decide prior to mailing the invitations.

  • Select a date
  • Decide WHERE the shower is going to take place
    Check availability and make reservations for the location if applicable
  • Decide WHAT is required of the guests, if anything
    This last item is only going to be relevant if you're choosing a theme with which you want the guests to participate in some fashion. For example, if you decide to hold a recipe shower, you'll need to request that each guest bring a copy of her favorite recipe to the shower.

Now, it's time for some action.

  • Purchase invites or the materials you need to make them
  • Assemble invitations
    Use this invitation checklist to ensure you've included all necessary elements before mailing.
  • Mail invitations

Finally, you need to make detailed decisions regarding the menu, decor, and games and activities.