BABY SHOWER 101
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Baby Shower Checklist

Two months before the Baby Shower

Create the baby shower guest list
Determine a budget for the baby shower
Set the date of the baby shower
Decide on the baby shower location


One month before the Baby Shower

Decide on the baby shower theme
Select and mail the baby shower invitations – include directions
Plan for the baby shower menu

Three weeks before the Baby Shower

Order a the baby shower cake
Order balloons and flowers if they are planned decorations
Order tables and chairs if you’re hosting the baby shower a at home
Order any other special entertainment or surprises

Two weeks before the Baby Shower

Buy baby shower decorations, game prizes and party favors
Buy plates, cups, eating utensils, tablecloths, etc. if you’re hosting the baby shower at a home
Finalize the baby shower menu with the Caterer or Restaurant
Plan which baby shower games you want guest to play


One week before the Baby Shower

Establish a final count on your baby shower guest list
Call invited guests who have not RSVP’d to the baby shower
Wrap baby shower game prizes and party favors
Buy film and batteries for camera and video recorder
If you’re hosting the baby shower at a home, begin to clean the home
Prepare a printed baby shower menu, table assignments and name tags (if desired)
Buy your baby shower gift for mommy-to-be


The day before the Baby Shower

Begin decorating if you’re hosting the baby shower at a home – you will need tape and scissors
Set up tables, chairs, food table, drink table, etc. if you’re hosting the baby shower at a home
Buy baby shower drinks if you’re hosting the baby shower at a home
If you’re cooking anything for the baby shower, do whatever you can today
If you are baking the baby shower cake, today is the day
Get the baby shower games ready – make sure you have plenty of pencils
Prepare a timeline for the day of the baby shower so that you stay on schedule.
      The timeline should include last minute tasks before the baby shower begins and a schedule
      to keep the party on track (baby showers are generally 2 to 3 hours)
Double-check that every item on the checklist before “The Day of the Baby Shower” is done

The Day of the Baby Shower!

Follow your baby shower timeline to stay organized and calm
Pick up balloons, flowers and/or other centerpieces if you have ordered them
Pick up the baby shower cake if you are not baking it yourself
Finish setting up baby shower decorations and put party favors out on a table
Buy plenty of ice for drinks and setup up drinks and cups
Set out food on tables if you’re hosting the baby shower at home
Designate certain guests to take pictures and video of the baby shower
When mommy-to-be is opening baby shower gifts, keep trash bags close by
Write down the baby shower gifts and who they were given by – use the Invite/RSVP
      list to make sending thank you cards easy for mommy-to-be
Have fun and rest assured that you have planned a wonderful day for mommy-to-be!

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