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Last summer, my best friends found out they were expecting, and considering how much I love them both, I am pretty excited for them. With that being said, I had the honor of planning and throwing a baby shower. There is only one problem…I had never thrown one in my entire life. With that being said, here are 5 things to consider when planning a baby shower.
When it comes to things to consider when planning a baby shower, your budget should be the number one thing to think of. You need to think about how much you can spend, should spend, and how big of a shindig you are planning on having.
Something that I did not do prior to planning this baby shower was to actually set myself a budget for what I wanted to spend. Luckily, I am at a point where I can spend what I want to create a great party for my friends. If you are on a strict budget, make sure you take the time to write down what you want to spend and how much you are allocating to different aspects of the baby shower.
Time of Year
Due to the holidays and the current pandemic we are in, we decided to have the baby shower the first weekend in January. This gives everyone time to recover from the holidays but also gives Amelia plenty of time to have time to sort out gifts and send out her thank you letters.
Since we are having a winter baby shower, we really had to consider the weather when planning the baby shower. Unfortunately due to the current state of the world, many of her family members are opting out. We chose to have the event at our house to keep it smaller and with less exposure to others. While it would be better to have it outside, the weather is probably not going to be on our side.
Guest Count and General Vibe
Since we are having it at our home, I needed to seriously think about how many people are attending and how to have enough space and room for everyone. Based on the current guest list, it is looking to be around forty people if everyone actually came. Will that happen? I’m not sure. Am I going to have massive amounts of hand sanitizer? Yes.
Something else to consider when planning a baby shower is who is attending your event. Are they more into a glam event, or do they just like to be around family and friends? This can help you determine the food, drinks, and even the decor that you should have at your baby shower.
The Mother’s Likes and Dislikes
I know that this is supposed to be a surprise for the mother-to-be, but I think knowing what they like and do not like can help you make decisions. If I did a BTS themed baby shower amelia might kill me. I also know what kind of colors she likes, the different aspects she would want at a baby shower and her general expectation.
You want the mother-to-be excited when she sees the party for the first time, so make sure that you have someone who also knows her to help you make decisions about invites, colors, and even desserts if you are not sure about making those decisions on your own.
Your Personal Time
Lastly, how much time do you want to put into the baby shower? My aunt and I started our planning process in August just to make sure that we were not rushed or sacrificing other aspects of our lives to get everything done. I highly recommend starting early! The process has been so much easier and besides food and flowers, I could have the party tomorrow.
Don’t be afraid to run your ideas by others and outsource anything that you need or want. I have gotten so many things from Etsy just to cut down on the time that I am investing in the party. By doing this, I am getting the exact outcome I want without stressing myself until I become sick.
Also, I will be sharing more about the baby shower as it approaches, the mommy-to-be reads the blog, and I can’t spoil the surprise!