baby shower planning guide and tips


A typical baby shower lasts about 2-3 hours. As guests arrive, they are offered food and drinks and they mingle. Once all of the guests have arrived and had a chance to enjoy food and drink, about 30-45 minutes into the shower, the games begin. There are usually 3-5 different games lasting for another 30-45 minutes. After all of the games have been played and prizes awarded, the guest of honor opens her gifts. Then cake is served and the party ends. As a host, your day might start with preparing the food to be served at the shower. You should try to prepare as much as you can before the shower to avoid the stress of trying to get everything done before your guests arrive. It’s a good idea to enlist the help of a few friends to set up for the party including decorating the venue.

Host To-Do’s

One-Two Months Before the Shower :

Your first job is to coordinate with the mommy-to-be on the date of the shower, the guest list, and the location of the shower so you can send out baby shower invitations. Here are your first steps to planning an awesome baby shower!

  1. Set the date. – the first thing to do is figure out a date that works for the guest of honor
  2. Make a guest list. – some things to consider are whether the shower will be for just the mom, or a couples? shower, all female, or co-ed, kids or no kids.
  3. Send save-the-dates. – once you have a firm date, it’s a good idea, especially if the shower is more than 2 months away, to send out save-the dates. Save-the-dates can be mailed, e-mailed, or via electronic invitation (such as Evite, Pingg, and Paperless Post). At this time, you may or may not have chosen a venue yet, but it’s still a good idea to get the date on everyone’s calendar
  4. Choose a venue. – baby showers are often held at home, whether it’s the home of the mommy-to-be or the host, but can also take place at a restaurant, tea house, banquet hall, park or any other space that can accommodate the party
  5. Order and send invitations. – once the venue is locked down, order your invitations and mail them to your guests. Consider ordering some invitations that match your baby shower theme or venue.

Planning the Details: 3-4 Weeks Before the Shower

Now that the date is drawing closer, it’s time to plan the details of the shower! This is the fun part when you get to decide on the food, the games, the theme, and decorations.

  • Food – when planning the menu, take a cue from the theme of the baby shower and the time of day. If it’s a tea party, your menu should consist of dainty finger sandwiches, sweets and pastries. If it’s a spa shower, a cold noodle salad and fresh fruit might hit the spot. If the shower starts at 11 or noon, guests are probably expecting lunch, but if it’s an afternoon shower, snacks and finger foods are perfect. If cooking isn’t your thing, ask your favorite restaurant if they cater. and check these food ideas on a budget
  • Decorationsbaby shower decorations can vary depending on the venue and the baby shower theme. A cute banner or garland goes a long way, but don’t forget to accessorize it with plenty of balloons, paper poms, or lanterns. Hang your main decorations where most of the activity will take place (for instance, where the gifts will be opened) so that it makes a good backdrop to the pictures. Get some table settings that match the colors and set out some pretty flowers to add a special touch.
  • Games – Baby showers traditionally involve various games, although they are not strictly necessary. If you do decide to play some games, some popular baby shower games include “Baby Shower Bingo”, “Baby Shower Price is Right”, and “Dirty Diapers” among others.
  • Prizes – Be sure to purchase some prizes for the winners of your games to keep things interesting. Depending on the budget and number of games planned, you can pick up simple yet practical gifts such as stationery or kitchen accessories that anyone would find useful. check out these awesome prize ideas
  • Favors – don’t forget to order baby shower favors as a parting gift for guests. Favors can range from candy to toys or small keepsakes. Edible baby shower favors are always a hit and can make the perfect keepsake for a co-ed shower.

About the author

Amelia .T

Amelia is The founder of planningbabyshower.com. She is a baby shower planner, Blogger, and a time management consultant. Started this blog over a year ago trying to help baby shower planners to plan the perfect party .