If you are planning a baby shower for the first time or even planning an event for the first time, it can be intimidating or even stressful. You may have quickly found out that there is more to planning a shower than just setting a date and mailing invitations. There is working out a menu, finding a venue, making a list of guests and ordering invitations. There is planning the decor and so much more. It is fun, but it can get overwhelming if you don’t have a lot of experience planning an event.
Pinterest and the internet in general can be a great resource for inspiration, recipes and other ideas but if you don’t have a lot of time it can be very difficult to put it all together or even know where to start. The best news may be that it doesn’t have to be stressful, you can enjoy the event even as the planner and/or host. Just sit back, take a deep breath and read this before you go any further.
Do: Ask the mommy-to-be what colors she is using in the nursery.
If you aren’t sure what colors or even what kind of theme to go for, talk with the guest of honor and find out if there is a plan yet for the nursery. We see this a lot with our own clients and what’s great about it is that in many cases, some of the decor can be reused in the baby’s room after the party.
Don’t: Plan games if the mommy-to-be doesn’t enjoy playing games.
If the guest of honor isn’t one that likes to be the center of attention, or doesn’t enjoy games typically, then plan other ways to keep the party moving instead of playing games. If you are comfortable that mommy-to-be would enjoy some games then try to plan games around interests that she has. Pinterest is a great resource for lots of fun baby shower games if you need some ideas.
Do: Plan your menu around mommy-to-be.
If you aren’t sure about the food menu, it may be fun to consider whether there are certain things that mommy-to-be has been craving or that has simply been able to keep down. Think simple foods or finger foods that are easy to eat but have fun with it. If you plan the menu around the guest of honor’s cravings, consider a fun sign for the food table that says something like, “Enjoy some of Sarah’s Cravings”.
Don’t: Don’t forget the registry.
If mommy-to-be doesn’t’ have a registry, encourage her to have one. This list should be for the items that she really needs. This is especially important for a first time mom. Then be sure to include this registry on the invitations so guests know the items that are actually needed.
Do: Take Notes at Gift Time.
We are seeing more and more showers where the hosts are requesting gifts to arrive unwrapped or other alternative options to actually having a gift opening time. If you do plan to have mommy-to-be open gifts at the shower, be sure to take notes as she opens so that she will have a list afterward that includes what each guest gave her so she can easily write her thank you notes.
Planning an event like a baby shower can be overwhelming when you don’t have a lot of experience. You may find that there is more to it than just planning the time and place that you didn’t think of or plan for. By keeping some of these do’s and don’ts in mind as you plan the baby shower, you will ensure that the party will be a success and even give you the opportunity to enjoy the party that you planned. If you have other tips that may not be as obvious we’d love to hear them!