Planning Your First Baby Shower

It’s almost that time! Baby is kicking, the world seems just a bit warmer, and it is time to start planning your baby shower. By the time you’re in your second trimester, your friends and family are probably expecting an invite anyway. Planning your first baby shower might seem a bit daunting. There’s already so much going on. And on top of that, one always feels the need to have it just right. You may toggle between a lavish gathering or just an afternoon with friends. You may even spend a bit too much time trying to set the decor. Either way you cut it, party planning puts one under a bit more stress than they need, especially if you’re expecting. But have no fear! Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you navigate your way around all the details of hosting a wonderful and memorable first baby shower.

Getting Organized

The first thing you’ll want to do is get out a pen and paper and organize. Select a time and date. You might want to make a few calls and find a date when all your closest friends are free simultaneously. You can always just pick a day on the calendar, but you run the risk of having one of your closest relatives or buddies away on business. Be sure to set a date at least six weeks in advance so that people can make the proper arrangements. Also, be sure to reserve a venue in advance. If you live in a smaller house or apartment, it’s always a good idea to have it elsewhere. You can bypass cleaning and having to set up decorations on your own, as well as be as loud as you want.

Budget And Activities

After you’ve set a date and a guest list, it’s time to start budgeting. If you’ve got a big budget and a few friends, you can definitely go all out. As long as everything is accounted for, you really have no problems in that situation. If you’re on a tighter budget, plan around the people. Make the interactions themselves the highlight of the party. You can do this by having a bake off, setting up unique baby shower games, or having a potluck contest. Whatever takes the focus off of the place and setting, and reroutes it to the people within the party.

To a Theme

The menu and decor should compliment to your overall theme. This starts at the invitation and ends at the party favors. Your theme can be anything, just as long as it’s directly translatable to those two key factors. From there, you can choose a color scheme, shop for decor, and even pick out a dress. With a good theme, you can set the events and the food in a seamless manner that people will absolutely fawn over. It doesn’t take much. All it takes is consistency.

These are the main points to look at while planning your first baby shower. Plan ahead, choose a venue, stick to a theme, and plan around a budget. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be sure to host a baby shower that you and your friends will never forget.

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