Planning a baby shower for your friend or sister can be a nightmare if you haven’t done the proper planning. We hope our skeleton outline of what to do can ease the process for you!
My friend and I recently hosted a baby shower for our best friend. And though we had to work hard around our busy schedules and deadlines, coming together and browsing through the Internet for tips and ideas made the planning process a breeze. It was supposed to be a surprise, but a few slip-ups here and there made it hard to keep everything on the down low. The important part was that on the day of the shower, we had a happy mom-to-be and the guests were also happy and fed.
Baby showers are supposed to be fun, but we know how hard it can be for the planners. Because we care about your sanity, we’ve taken a few tips from our diary to help you host the best baby shower. We’re not saying that our tips are the best out there, but maybe they can give you a push in the right direction.
1. Be an attentive listener
Knowing what your friend likes and doesn’t like will make your task easier. Have a general conversation with her, or just pay extra attention when she talks about things concerning baby showers. This should help you decide on the theme, colours, food choices, entertainment, invitation cards, etc.
To get the best ideas on anything concerning baby showers, be it games, decorations and such, Pinterest has it all! Knowing the baby’s gender is always helpful; however, if you don’t know the gender, you can never go wrong with neutral colours.
3. Dates and venue, and schedule for the day
Now that the theme is set, start working on the date and venue for the shower. Some prefer having the shower before the baby is born, while others like it after the baby is born. Again, it’s best to ask the mother what she would prefer. Once that is out of the way, you can send out the invites early so people can work around their schedules.
4. Programme, games, gifts and food
To avoid unnecessary stress, keep your programme short. Have interactive games and don’t go overboard when it comes to the food – but you also don’t want to run out of food before the day is over. Whatever you do, make sure you have a gift registry, my friend! Go to your friend and ask her what she needs for herself and for the baby. Once the gift registry is complete, send it out to everyone invited way before the shower.
5. The Big Day
When the day comes, make sure your friend enjoys herself. Spoil her, and attend to her every need, keep a smile on her face and have tissues ready in case she sheds a tear or two.
What’s important is that your main guest has the time of her life. A happy mother means a successful baby shower. There will be emergencies here and there, so make sure that you have back-up plans just in case.
- Try to host the baby shower around people’s paydays, at the beginning or the end of the month.
- Remember to visit Pinterest for simple DIY decoration tips, and for gift registries, baby stores like Baby City offer registry services.
By Thina Mthembu