Baby Shower Planning Timeline

Baby Shower Planning Timeline

6 to 8 Weeks Before the Shower

  1. Sit down with your friend and decide on the type of shower she wants to have.
  2. Choose a date, time and location for the party.
  3. Develop a guest list with addresses and phone numbers.
  4. Order or go out and purchase shower supplies and invitations.
    Note: Include an extra invitation for the baby book.
  5. If possible, assign some of the tasks to other friends.
  6. Make a list of gifts that your friend would like, or help her register at a few stores, such as Babies 'R' Us.

3 to 4 Weeks Before the Shower
  1. Mail invitations, then place a list of invitees by the phone to record responses.
  2. Consider keeping a list of requested gifts or places the mother-to-be is registered by the phone, too, in case some of the guests ask for ideas when they call to RSVP.
  3. If playing games, decide which ones and what supplies you will need.
  4. If serving a meal, decide on the menu.
  5. Select shower favors. A few ideas include small potted plants, decorative soaps, or chocolates.
  6. Order a cake (unless you plan to bake one).
  7. If children will be attending the shower, consider hiring a babysitter.

1 Week Ahead
  1. Decide on the agenda for the party. Usually showers move from games or lunch to gifts and, finally, cake.
  2. Try any games or activities with which you are unfamiliar.
  3. Prepare the favors.
  4. Call any guests who have not responded.

2 to 3 Days Ahead
  1. Shop for food and drinks.
  2. Prepare any food that can be made ahead.
  3. Charge video camera and/or put fresh batteries in your regular or digital camera. Make sure you have enough video tape/film on hand.

The Day Before the Shower
  1. Clean the party area.
  2. Bake or pick up the cake, and purchase flowers.
  3. Set out a punch bowl and other serving dishes.
  4. Go through the order of events to ensure that you have everything you need.

4 to 5 Hours Ahead
  1. Decorate and set the table.
  2. Prepare the food.
  3. Get balloons filled/pick up pre-filled latex or Mylar balloons appropriate for the occasion.
  4. Place any game items in the shower area.
  5. Locate paper and a pencil for recording gifts (for thank-you notes).
  6. Set out camera(s).

1 Hour Ahead
  1. Put your pet(s) in an area away from guests.
  2. Set out food and drinks.
  3. If you're having the party at home, tie some balloons to the mailbox or front porch to mark the location of the shower.

At the Shower
  1. Assign the jobs of recording gifts and taking pictures/videotaping to a couple of your guests.
  2. Have a great time!

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