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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