Party Planning - Planning a Baby Shower - Do's and Don'ts

Updated: Mar 12


Have you ever thought about hosting a baby shower for someone, but have no idea where to start? I am here to help with a few tips on what to do to host a baby shower without going insane. This is the most recent baby shower that I have co-hosted and was the most difficult. It was worth it all in the end though. Everyone had a great time, enjoyed the food, drinks, games, and showering the mom to be.

Things to Do when planning a Baby Shower


  • Plan games in advance! Whether you make them or buy them, have them ready to go a few days before the big day.

  • Have the theme and decorations planned in advance. If decorating the day of, then have everything set aside and ready.

  • Try and plan for easy food items. Finger foods like veggies, fruits, and crackers with toppings are good go to's. If the mom to be has a food preference in mind, have it ready to go in advance if possible.

  • Be resourceful! Planning a party doesn't have to be expensive. Use things you have like outdoor rugs, throw pillows and a table on bricks. My coffee table was perfect to hold the gifts and the bird cages are from my office! The curtains were reused from another event and the flowers were a thrift store purchase! Candles, branches from a friends yard, twinkle lights and paper lanterns at a discount. Throw it all together and you have an amazing Boho/Zen baby shower.

  • Do ask for help if you need it. We are all Super Women, but sharing the load makes it less stressful, more fun, and you have more energy to enjoy the event after its all finished. This vision was a friends. I provided the place, some items, and the kitchen, but the curtains around the tent, flowers, lanterns, and the seating was all her. Another friend brought branches that we decorated with twinkle lights and fresh mint for tea.

  • Have your drinks planned and made in advance, ready to pull from the fridge and serve.

  • The cake... We didn't have any. The mom to be wanted brownies and it worked out great! The cake can be scary, but I find getting plain cupcakes or cake without decorations from the grocery store is the cheapest and easiest option. Then Amazon or buy the toppers to dress it up.

  • Do as much as you can in advance. It will save you time and sanity.

Things to Avoid when planning a Baby Shower


  • Don't try and throw it all together in one day. The games, the cake, drinks, decorations. You will go insane.

  • Don't try to make the Baby Bingo game or any Bingo game. It is so not worth it. Just print or buy them. Trust me.

  • Don't start prepping food one hour before the party.

  • Don't expect it all to be perfect. Something usually always goes wrong, but it's how you handle it that counts. We had wind and rain blowing our candles out and plates around. The curtains and tent kept everyone dry though. It passed quickly and everything else was perfect!

  • Don't forget the prizes for the games! They don't have to be elaborate. They can be candles, lotions, chocolate suckers made for the party. Its a small token of appreciation for your guests and part of the fun!

  • Don't be afraid to keep it simple either. It is easy to get carried away once you get started.

Have fun with it!

Baby showers are about celebrating the mom to be, showering her with gifts, and having a good time. This baby shower was pulled off by four amazing women, including the mom to be who made her own food! It is totally possible to host a baby shower on your own too. Just do as much as you can in advance and it will be wonderful!

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