Planning a baby shower? This can be an exciting, joyous experience. Let us help you plan an unforgettable baby shower that all your guests will enjoy.
BABY SHOWER ETIQUETTE
**Cultural and religious traditions should always be taken into account when planning a baby shower. Due to certain cultural/religious traditions, some parents prefer not to receive gifts until after the birth of the baby. Make sure to check with the parents-to-be.
Who Throws the Shower?
As tradition dictates, the person throwing the shower should ideally be a non-relative. This is so as to not give the impression that the family is asking for gifts. Usually, a close friend or co-worker will be delighted to help you celebrate this joyous occasion.
PLANNING & PREPARING FOR THE BABY SHOWER
Date and Time
Consult with the expectant mother to find out the ideal time of day for her. Always make sure to take into account all major holidays and cultural events.
Baby showers are typically thrown between 2-3 months before the baby is due. Plan it far enough into the pregnancy and early enough in case the baby decides to make an unexpected appearance!
Baby showers can be thrown after the birth of the baby as well. This is a good way for everyone to meet the new little bundle of joy and you can ensure that the gifts are gender-specific (if the gender of the baby was not known during the pregnancy or the parents-to-be preferred to keep the gender a surprise).
There are several places a baby shower can be held. Make sure to take into account some important factors such as capacity, costs and available dates and times and convenience for all guests.
- The home of the organizer
- A favorite restaurant
- A rented reception hall
- Outdoors party area (ex: a park – ideal for other children to play)
- Have a day at the spa – help the mother-to-be relax and be pampered before the arrival of the baby
Make sure to consult the parents-to-be to help you set up the guest list. This way, you can ensure that no one is left out.
BABY SHOWER PLANNING GUIDE