Baby Shower Checklist

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  • If it is a surprise shower, ask for help from her family and friends to ensure no-one is left out.
  • Figure out how much funds are available, and allocate carefully.
  • Pick a day when most people will be able to come - this is usually a weekend, and in fact, after church on Sunday is a traditional time.
  • The home of a friend or family member, a restaurant or recreation center, or even the church family center are great places to hold a baby shower.
  • If you know the gender of the baby, this may be easy - if not, be creative
  • Have invitations made up and sent out with directions to the location included.
  • Catered is best! Finger sandwiches and cake are traditional - sort of a 'high tea' type of party. Couples' parties may require more substantial food.
  • Now is the time for the mom and dad to register online - create a wish list that updates every time an item is purchased.
  • Place your order for flowers - simple arrangements of baby breath and carnations or rosebuds are ideal for an elegant party
  • If you are having a more casual bash, go all out with balloons that match your theme and add a banner that guests can sign for a keepsake.
  • Reserve extra tables and chairs if needed to ensure everyone is comfortable. Make sure the expectant mom has a comfy place to sit.
  • A baby shower cake can be so fun and creative. Get one big enough for everyone to have a piece; half chocolate, half yellow or white is best.
  • Decide what games you will play at the party, and get supplies
  • Games should have prizes, and you will want a favor for each guest to take home.
  • Themed paper products and utensils should be stocked well in advance of the party.
  • You should have nailed down a game plan and menu at this point, and all systems should be go.
  • Check with invitees who haven't confirmed their attendance.
  • Make sure someone is designated to capture the event on film.
  • Purchase gifts for the shower, and check the wish list to ensure no major gifts are overlooked.
  • Arrange for deliveries to be made early or even the day before to ease stress.
  • Pick up the cake or have it delivered in the morning.
  • These should be delivered by the florist or picked up.
  • Assign someone to keep track of who gave what in order to send out thank-you notes later.
  • Have large plastic bags placed in corners for easy discarding of wrapping paper and other trash during the event.
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