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How to Plan a Baby Shower

Of all the reasons to celebrate and plan a party, a baby on the way is one of the most precious.  We have created a baby shower hosting guide that includes baby shower theme ideas as well as proper baby shower etiquette to help you begin your planning process.

Baby Shower Theme Ideas
Before you can successfully plan an adorable, festive baby shower, you have to decide on a shower theme.  Aside from the traditional baby boy blue and baby girl pink shower traditional themes, there are a few more unique theme ideas that you can use, like these:

  • “Build-a-Baby’s-Library”- This baby shower theme is perfect for those who do not want or need expensive baby gifts and would rather accumulate baby books and baby music CDs for their future child’s enjoyment.  This theme is a great option for a second-time-around baby shower as also.
  • “Nursery Set-Up”- Have your guests help set up the baby’s crib and other nursery room furniture.  For those creative/artsy guests, ask them to take charge of a paintbrush for added baby room decoration.
  • “Tea Party”- This theme is for more elegant baby showers, with finger sandwiches and a variety of tea served on fine china.

Once you’ve selected a theme for your baby shower, next you can decide on baby shower invitations, decorations, games and baby shower cake to bring your party theme to life.

Baby's first library is a great gift theme.
Baby’s first library is a great gift theme.
Have friends and guests put together the nursery for a unique baby shower idea.
Have friends and guests put together the nursery for a unique baby shower idea.
Tea party-themed baby shower.
Consider a tea party-themed baby shower.

Baby Shower Etiquette

These questions are common when it comes to hosting and/or attending a baby shower.  Our answers should help you figure out your role:

  • Who should host a baby shower?  It is most common for the mom-to-be’s best friend, mother, aunt, sister, godmother or mother-in-law to throw the shower.  Really, as long as you are a close friend or family member, then you can (or should) throw the shower.  Speak with other women close to the new mom and see if you can combine your shower efforts to create a super-party.
  • When should a baby shower be thrown?  Traditionally, baby showers are thrown 1 or 2 months before the baby is due.
  • Where should a baby shower be hosted?  Baby showers are usually held at a house, church/temple or at a restaurant.  Other great places to host a baby shower include (but are not limited to): country clubs, spas, away-destinations or the party room at a bar or café.
  • Who should be invited to a baby shower?  Closer friends, close co-workers, siblings of the new mom- and dad-to-be, aunts, cousins and other family members—usually only females, of course.  Make sure to check in with the grandmothers-to-be before you send out the baby shower invitations because you wouldn’t want to forget any important people in the new mom’s life.  After you make the baby shower guest list, don’t forget to mention the baby shower theme in the invitations, where the new mom has registered for baby items and if guests are supposed to bring a certain type of baby gift.

No matter the theme, activities and gifts, the important thing to remember about baby showers is that you are celebrating the new life that is about to join the world—which is the true gift and celebration.



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