Planning a baby shower can be stressful. It can take time and leave you confused about when, where and how to go about it. Hiring someone is a way to not worry about it, but babies are expensive as it is.
Do you really want to pay someone to do it for you?
I know I didn’t have a budget for a planner. So, I did it myself.
By now, you must know I love lists! I make lists all the time. If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know this.
So we’ll begin with a basic walkthrough:
- Pick Time & Date
- Guest List
- Game Plan ( Games/Gift Unwrapping/Cake Cutting)
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Now that you have an idea of what a Baby Shower will need then I will share some ideas and ways to make it easier and simpler as well as fun!
1. Pick Time & Date
Picking a date and time is individual to your lifestyle. Still, I would suggest a Sunday after midday.
This is because whether your guest or you, go to church or not, it is a day where typically most people will be available.
It will also guarantee that your guests won’t hang around too late as the week starts the next day for most working people.
2. Guest List
Once you have a date and time picked, grab a snack and come up with another list… This one will include all the people you want to invite.
Remember to add any children that might come with or if they will bring a date. It will help decide how much food you need and what kind of food goes best with the number of people who will be present.
Piece of advice? Make sure they RSVP at least 7 days ahead. That way if you are renting chairs and tables you have leeway to remove or add chairs. It also helps with the amount of food you will make or order…
Now, you must decide where you want it to be. I chose my home, as I didn’t have a large number of people ( ~30 ). They all fit and it was inexpensive.
If you do decide to do it at an activity center then you would probably save on chairs and tables as most places already include them in the package for the rental of the center.
You can also ask a friend or a family member, this way you can still save on the venue.
Picking a theme is another one of those fun/annoying things you can experience.
There are so many ideas out there and so much variety while at the same time trying to have something unique.
When you DIY, you need to have in mind that most of the decorations will need to be done and put together by yourself…
Related: Simple Baby Shower Themes & Tips
Now the yummy part… I mean, who doesn’t love food?
First, you want to make sure at least 90% of the people will be able to eat some of it. Whether it be with having a universal appetizer chips and salsa, hummus or something similar.
Try to get someone to be in charge of the appetizers and someone else of the dinner.
When I planned my Baby Shower I had my mom in charge of the appetizers and the food was done by different family members.
I bought the ingredients and they cooked it.
Always ask for help from family and friends, most will say yes! Besides, who can really deny anything to a pregnant lady? No one, that’s who!
Try to do something universal that you know almost everyone will like.
-Pigs in a Blanket
-Chips n Dip
-Cheese and Crackers
-Veggies and Dip
Some Menu Ideas:
-Mexican ( Tacos, Chili, Burritos, Chips, and Salsa)
-Italian ( Breadsticks, Pasta, Pizza )
-Latin ( Rice and Beans, Pork, Potato Salad, Fried Plantain)
-American ( Hotdogs, Burgers) or BBQ ( Salads and Meats)
Depending on how your family and friends are you may also want to include alcoholic beverages.
You can make a Virgin Sangria, Beer and Wines.
I know as a certainty that most people will throw out any paper invitation. Rarely will you find someone who keeps them. So, why would you spend your hard-earned money on something that will definitely end up in the trash?
It is not good for the environment or your pocket. So why don’t you do E-Vites! Everyone has a phone or email address.
So just whip up some electronic invitations, save money and help the planet!
Favors can turn expensive really quick. So, pick something sweet and small. This is another one of those things that everyone does because of tradition but most people just throw out.
So, choose a simple favor; like sweets and useful items like scented candles or a bottle opener keychain.
8. Game Plan ( Baby Shower Games/Gift Unwrapping/Cake Cutting)
Last but not least, the Game Plan!
You must have at least 3 baby shower games for your guests as well as simple prizes for the winners. Inexpensive prizes can be gift cards for $10.00 ( Amazon, TacoBell, Chick-fil-A). It’s thoughtful and nice!
Easy Baby Shower Games:
- You can find bottles for one dollar at the Dollar Tree or Local Dollar Store
- Measure The Belly
- You just need yarn or ribbon for this and you can also find it at the dollar store.
- Don’t Say Baby
- You can get the little pacifier necklace at the dollar store.
- Guess The Baby Food
- These any grocery store, no more than 4 and you should be fine.
After the games, some videos, and pictures, you can sit and start unwrapping gifts while thanking the person who gave it to you.
You can take a picture with the gift and the person so later on, you can send a thank you card ( e-card ).
Once you’re finished with the gifts, then comes the cake.
Cut and serve!
Thank ALL of your guests and ta-da! You’ve had a beautiful and fun Baby Shower!
Here is a printable Baby Shower Checklist, you’re welcome!
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