So you’ve decided to throw a baby shower for someone you love. Baby showers have been around for hundreds of years--the origin can even be traced back to ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations. Victorian era baby showers were celebratory tea parties with the mom-to-be and a select group of women. Nowadays, showers are known for being these big co-ed bashes with colorful festivities that everyone remembers for years to come.
No pressure, right? Hey, you’ve got this! If you’ve never thrown a baby shower or maybe you haven’t even attended one before, you might be wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into and questioning where and how to even start. This doesn’t have to be complicated! You can absolutely pull this off!
Here’s a comprehensive list from, start to finish, of everything you need to do to throw an epic baby shower that the parents-to-be are sure to be thrilled with.
These are the concrete things you’ll want to decide on together, with your parents-to-be, before beginning any other preparations.
Decide on a budget and stick to it! There are lots of ways to be budget friendly from DIYing decor, cooking/baking your own menu, to asking a crafty friend to help you create some great party favors like candles, hand sanitizers, baked goods, etc. Your options are limitless, just take a few minutes to browse Pinterest for some inspiration, then make your budget-friendly plan!
There are certain details you can prepare ahead of time. If you’re making any decor or party favors yourself, you will want to get the ball rolling on those projects at least a month ahead of time.
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If you’re using disposable plates and utensils, you’ll want to go ahead and purchase all of those items now. This gives you enough time for the vendor to restock in case they’re short on anything and you need an extra package of napkins, for example.
You can also see some fun games to play for a couples shower in my Blog: 5 Baby Shower Games for a Couples Shower
This is your chance to go over your list and party plan to make sure you’ve got everything you need ahead of time. This might include game supplies, sashes for the parents-to-be, special centerpieces, etc.
You can use my Day-of Party Timeline to keep your day on track!
The day is here! Take a deep breath and enjoy all your detailed planning and hard work. Everything is going to be great!
Baby showers can be fraught with expectations, but by planning ahead and getting some personal touches in there, you’ll look like you spent a million bucks and months of planning. A few decorating ideas you could do is create fun layered centerpieces and decor for all your food and dining tables such as wood slices underneath your vases of flowers with fresh eucalyptus laying on the table and battery operated candles scattered throughout. Hang tissue pom-poms, fairy lights, banners or balloons around the room(s) to create a festive atmosphere.
You could also find out the mother-to-be’s favorite flower and use those for centerpieces or discover dad-to-be’s favorite beer and offer that in tubs of ice.
Use music to tell a story--there are many songs out there dedicated to parenthood and babies that are guaranteed to get someone emotional. Emotions are good! That’s where memories are made.
These are just some quick ideas to help you get started. The magic is ALL YOU. Start jotting things down, gather some ideas on Pinterest and you’ll be off and running.