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Your Baby Shower Checklist

Planning a baby shower checklist

A new arrival is definitely an excuse for a party. Whether friends or family are planning a baby shower for you, or you’re doing it yourself, here are some baby shower ideas to get you started. You can always get your bestie to do lots of these.

  • Think about where to have a baby shower. A cozy get-together at home? Or hiring a hall or restaurant?
  • Maybe your best friends could help arrange it. You have lots of other things to think about.
  • What’s your budget? You’ll need to save some money for when baby gets here. Read our Baby on a budget checklist for more on that.
  • Consider who you’re inviting. A traditional all-female group? Or a general mixture of friends and family?
  • Try to pick a day that’s not too close to the baby’s due date. You’ll need to have your feet up nearer the time.
  • Why not create an online gift registry? In case people ask what you would like for baby.
  • Think of a theme: whether it’s outrageous or sophisticated—themes are fun.
  • Consider whether the sex of the baby is relevant to the theme.
  • Consider a spa day if games and cake aren’t your thing.
  • Send out your invitations with date, time, and address, and a clear RSVP deadline. If there’s a theme or a wish list, include these too.
  • Confirm the guest numbers with your venue.
  • Balloons, decorations, paper plates, plastic knives and forks. Buy what you need to suit your theme.
  • Buy a cake or cupcakes.
  • Buy baby shower favors and game prizes.
  • Consider getting a photographer or ask someone to take lots of photos.
  • Choose a fun mix of baby-themed party games.
  • Set up the baby shower decorations in good time—you’ll definitely need someone else’s help for this.
  • Choose an area for gifts to be placed.



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