The keys to an awesome ‘Burgh baby shower are planning, place, and keeping the pregnant lady happy. There are a few other things to keep in mind, though, like centerpieces and games, for example. I think my family, friend, and I did a pretty good job at having a successful baby shower for my younger sister, so I’d like to share these tips with you. Hopefully this blog will help you if you ever have to throw a baby shower (ladies) so that you will have a great turnout, and have fun while you’re at it, too.
My first big tip is to pick a great place to have said baby shower. I got a tip from an invitation store owner/my old boss when we first started planning the baby shower: she advised having the baby shower at a restaurant. The main reasons were because you can reduce the amount of planning, and have less clean-up at that. Normally restaurants are good at being hospitable, also. I know the restaurant we picked even helped us do a lot of the heavy lifting, helping to bring decorations in and moving around tables in the closed-off party room, also. This was a huge help, and in the end, clean-up was a breeze. Having the food provided (besides the cake) was a great assist, too.
Do yourself a favor and get great invitations. In my opinion, this makes people more likely to come to your event, and you never know; maybe you’ll get some advice from your invitation-maker, also. I recommend Invitations Plus in Shadyside. Look them up, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. They always do a great job of proofing, and the owners throw in some fantastic discounts every once and a while, too.
Plan ahead. Make sure you have the baby shower 2–3 months ahead of the birth. I say this because just in case the mother were to have the baby early, it’s less likely that she will give birth 3 months ahead of time. Also, you want to leave time for your guests to RSVP in due time. Most people recommend sending your invitations out at least a month to a month and a half ahead of time.
KISS: Keep It Short and Simple.You also don’t want the mother to be in discomfort for a long period of time.
You can expect about 20–25% of invited guests to show up, so keep that in mind when planning the amounts of food, cake, and decorations to have at the party.
Play games, but not too many. Most of us ladies can admit that we’ve been to at least one baby shower that went on far too long. Either there were too many games played or there were a lot of people to keep track of, etc. Try to keep your shower games to a minimum. And DO NOT play that candy-bar-sniffing-the-baby-diapers-game. Anyways, 2–3 games is not too many. You can find many online, also. My personal favorite was our Baby Price is Right game. We had guests guess on the prices of common baby items, and they won prizes for being the closest to the target prices.
DIY centerpieces and party favors are both cost-efficient and fun (as in above). I’m sure you’ve all heard of Pinterest. Check this site out for ideas, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
I’ll leave with two more important tips. Get the mother to make a pretty stocked registry or two, and keep the mother happy. Having good registries for the guests to turn to when buying gifts for the mother, especially if they’re not that close to her and/or know how much they want to spend from the get-go. Keeping the mother happy is the most important thing, though. Pamper the crap out of her, and you’re bound to make her happy and be proud of your baby shower in the end.