Expectations for a baby shower have changed drastically over the last few decades. Baby showers used to be thrown only by friends, and men were never to attend! Nowadays, we see baby showers often thrown by the expecting mommy’s family and everyone (including dad) is invited.

A baby shower is all about celebrating the parents, not dividing the men from the women. Before anything, consult with mama and see if she wants to go traditional or more contemporary. Whatever her decision is, make sure you go over this checklist so nothing is forgotten on her big day!

One to Two Months Before the Shower

Get with the expecting mother and decide upon:

  • The date that the baby shower will be held.
  • The location of the shower.
  • The number of guests.
  • The theme.

All of these things go hand in hand, meaning that making a decision on one thing will directly affect another. If her ideal location is booked on the preferred date, she will need to compromise on either location or date. Keep in mind, the location should be large enough to accommodate all of the guests.

You should ask the momma for her list of guests and their addresses so you can send out invitations.

Think of as many games or activities that you’d like to do. Also, make a list of the food and drinks that will be served. Furthermore, if the baby shower is being catered, call and make those arrangements.

Choose the invitations and send them out, making sure to include the theme of the baby shower.

Two to Three Weeks Before the Shower

Finalize the menu along with drink options, then send out the invitations, and be sure to include directions to the venue. If you’re having a cake made, call to order it.

Order the decorations, which would include, but are not limited to:

  • Streamers
  • Balloons
  • Banners
  • Diaper cake

Purchase the items necessary to play the games or do the activities. Purchase the party favors for guests, as well as the prizes for those games. These should be in line with the theme of the party.

One Week Before the Shower

Gather as many tables and chairs that will be needed. Don’t forget, there should also be a special comfy chair for the expectant mommy.

Take a final count of the RSVPs, and contact those who have not responded yet. Confirm reservations if the shower is taking place at a venue rather than a residence.

Make sure that you will have access to a camera, and that it is fully charged. Encourage your guests to take photos with their own cameras or cell phones as well.

If the shower is at your own home, now is the time to clean up and make preparations for the big day!

The Day Before the Shower

You will need to review the games and make sure that it is clear how they will be played with easy explanations.

Run your last errands, including picking up the cake and food. Don’t forget ice for the beverages!

The Day of the Shower

Take your balloons to be inflated. Place some at the end of your driveway (or on the mailbox) to make sure guests will know where the party is.

Set out all of the food and beverages with ice, along with the plates, cups, utensils, and all other necessities. All of these things should be easily accessible to everyone.

Have your notebook ready to keep track of the gifts as they are opened.

When guests begin to arrive, greet them with a smile and get ready to have fun. Enjoy the party that you worked so hard to plan!