Planning a Baby Shower

Honor the mom-to-be with a memorable baby shower. A little planning and some smart shopping will help you achieve that goal. Use this handy idea list for all your baby shower needs.

Choose a Theme

Don’t limit yourself to blue or pink. Baby-shower themes should complement the new mom’s personality. Here are a few ideas:
 

  • For a traditional mother, try a classic theme like baby ducks or teddy bears.
  • Is she an active mom? Use a sport or game theme.
  • Plan a coed shower. The dad-to-be will love being included.
  • When in doubt, check her registry for inspiration.

Get the Word Out

Choose baby-shower invitations that complement the theme. Send them out as early as you can. Guests need time to save the date and shop for the expecting mom.
 

  • Sneak a cute photo of the mom-to-be. Then, use it to print personalized invitations.
  • Enlist a friend with great handwriting to address the envelopes.
  • When shopping for invitations, don’t forget theme-complementing stamps.

Feast on Fun

Don’t overdo the menu. Ask a few close friends to bring side dishes. It’ll make for an easy feast.
 

  • First, order the baby-shower cake. The cake should match the theme.
  • To save on time, use a slow-cooker to cook a main dish the night before.
  • Think finger food. Small sandwiches and cheese platters are easy to grab and go.

Decorate for Less

Shop for coordinating baby-shower decorations. Bring a list with you — it’ll help you avoid extra shopping trips.
 

  • Use the cake or a gift basket as a centerpiece.
  • Hang balloons and streamers around the mom-to-be’s special chair.
  • Include festive paper napkins, cups and plates.

Fanciful Favors

Don’t forget favors and keepsakes. It’s a great way to thank friends and family for their support.
 

  • Tea tins, candy tins, candles and small plants all make great favors.
  • If you know the baby’s gender, go with blue favors for boys and pink for girls. Is the gender a surprise? Pick a neutral color, like yellow or green.
  • Baby items serve as cute reminders of the shower. Consider giving rattles, rubber duckies, stuffed animals and baby shoes, to name a few.

Give Thanks

Help the mom-to-be keep track of her thoughtful presents.
 

  • Have a close friend or relative write down gifts as the guest of honor opens them. Include the gift type and who brought it. Want a great keepsake idea? Write it all down in a blank baby book.
  • Give the new mommy a head start on thank-you notes by bringing stamped, preaddressed envelopes.

Shop Smart

Don't forget:
 

  • Invitations
  • Thank-you notes
  • Utensils, plates and napkins
  • Baby-shower cake
  • Party decorations
  • Party favors
  • Easy menu items
  • Prizes for game winners
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