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When you’re getting ready to welcome a little bundle of joy, it’s important to take a step back and remember that, besides choosing the safety crib and stroller, you should be celebrating the miracle of your little one. And the most popular way of doing so is a baby shower!
Whether this is your first time planning one or you’re celebrating baby number five, we’re sure you could benefit from having the ultimate baby shower checklist laid out.
Who Hosts a Baby Shower, and Who is Invited?
Typically, a baby shower is hosted by a close friend or relative of the mom-to-be. She also tends to decide who to invite to the shower.
Where Is the Shower Hosted?
You can hold a baby shower in your home, but then you have to make sure you’re prepared to decorate and clean up the place yourself. If you hold the shower at a catering hall or restaurant, the staff will handle all that for you, which can be a big stress-reliever when it comes to party planning.
What Decorations Should My Party Have?
You can decorate as much or as little as you want for a baby shower. When it comes to what decorations to use:
- Cake Toppers
What Food Should I Serve?
We’ve said it before — food can make or break an event. To keep everyone happy at the baby shower, make sure you have a mix of hot and cold food, boozy drinks and mocktails — the Mama to be should be able to sip on something tasty too — and plenty of sweet treats for dessert.
Pro Tip: If you know the guest of honor has been craving a specific food, make sure you have plenty of it at the shower.
What Do I Bring to a Baby Shower?
More often than not, the expecting mama will have a gift registry for her baby shower. However, if there isn’t a registry to choose from, there are a few presents that are always safe choices, such as:
- Baby Clothes
- Baby Bottles
- Diapers (New parents can never have enough of these.)
What Do You Do at a Baby Shower?
Besides “showering” the mother-to-be with gifts and compliments and munching on yummy snacks, there are a few games you can play during the shower that will enhance the fun.
- Baby Bingo: Use bingo cards with baby items on them.
- Guess the Baby Food: Have people taste baby food while blindfolded and guess what flavor it is.
- Drink Up: Give people baby bottles with juice in them. First one to finish the drink wins!
- Diaper Derby: Make teams use toilet paper to give each other fake diapers. The first team to finish with the best diapers wins.