In this fun article, we look at the ins and outs of how to plan a baby shower. 

How to Plan a Baby Shower

Any person in a new mom’s life can host her baby shower, including her friends, relatives, and even her spouse. With this step-by-step guide to planning a baby shower, you’re guaranteed to throw a fun and festive celebration! 

Select a date and time. 

Consult with the guest of honour to choose a date and time for her party. Most baby showers are held when the expectant mom is about seven months pregnant⁠—she’s well into her pregnancy by then but still comfortable enough to enjoy a party. This time frame will also give her plenty of time to organize gifts after the shower and decide what she’ll still need to purchase before the little one arrives. 

Determine the guest list and budget. 

Once the mother-to-be has given you the complete guest list (be sure she gives you emails or addresses, too), come up with your budget. This will guide your selection of a venue and food services.  

Choose a venue. 

Consider the time of year, the number of guests, and the budget. If the guest list is large, or you have an extensive budget, consider a nearby hotel or restaurant. The setup, catering, and cleanup will be managed by their staff, so the host can simply enjoy the event. The best part of choosing Umdlalo Luxury Lodge & Venue to host your baby shower is that we can offer both an indoor and outdoor experience!  

Sending the invitations. 

Guests should receive their invites about six weeks before the shower. That way they’ll have plenty of time to reserve the date, RSVP, shop for gifts, and find a babysitter if necessary. 

Plan the menu and decor. 

When planning a baby shower, nail down these details about three weeks before the shower. Purchase decorations that aren’t perishable (wait until the day before when buying flowers, for example) and make or buy place cards. Finalize the menu to mesh with the guest of honour’s tastes. If she’s craving comfort food, try mini sliders, mini fried chicken, small bowls of potato salad, and mini cupcakes. Expectant moms who are into Mexican cuisine might like tacos, guacamole, salsa, and nonalcoholic margaritas. Consider serving miniature portions to make it easier for guests to manage the food and take part in the event. We are happy to accommodate your specific menu requirements for your baby shower if you choose us as the venue! 

Come up with an agenda. 

Next up is planning a baby shower timeline. Most showers include games, gift openings, eating, and drinking. The key is to organise these activities to create a fun flow that keeps guests entertained and engaged. Give guests 15 to 20 minutes to arrive and offer drinks to people as they come through the door. Once everyone is there, start an activity. You might want to set up a bodysuit-designing station, for example, or have guests add photos and thoughts to a scrapbook for the guest of honour. Serve food while gifts are being opened, followed by dessert and coffee. 

Pick baby shower favours. 

A parting gift is an effortless way to thank your guests for attending, and it doesn’t have to be extravagant. One approach is to stick to your theme—for example, give iTunes gift cards for a musical theme, and give take-home bags of candy or homemade chocolates for a sugar-and-spice theme. 

When considering how to plan these favours, think about your guests. Other moms might appreciate magnet picture frames, while pencil cups and paperweights are thoughtful if your party is packed with coworkers. Scented soaps, candles, or bubble baths are also crowd-pleasers. 

If you are in the market for the ultimate baby shower venue, look no further! At Umdlalo Luxury Lodge & Venue we offer custom venue hire solutions to meet your unique needs and budget!  

We have the flexible capability to offer up to our guests unique and bespoke venue hire services for day conferences, weddings, and private functions! Our newly remodelled Zizi’s Cafe overlooks the picture-perfect veranda, garden, and Indian ocean! 

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Source: https://www.parents.com/baby/shower/planning-a-baby-shower/how-to-plan-a-baby-shower/