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Baby Shower Checklist

Are you throwing a baby shower for a friend or family member? Why not throw the greatest shower ever! For a successful baby shower be sure to plan ahead. Use the following checklist as a guide to planning your shower.

2 Months before the Shower

  • Set the date for the baby shower
  • Make the guest list
  • Choose the location
  • Decide what type of shower to have (formal or informal) (co-ed or women only)
  • Plan the menu
  • Decide on a theme
  • Order baby shower invitations

5-6 Weeks before the Shower

  • Send the invitations
  • If necessary, order party rentals such as tables and chairs

1 Month before the Shower

  • Finalize the menu
  • Order the cake
  • Purchase decorations and party favors
  • Purchase plates, napkins and utensils
  • Decide on party games
  • Purchase prizes for party games

1 Week before the Shower

  • Compile a final guest count
  • Purchase a gift for the guest of honor
  • If the event is not catered, place your order for food platters, etc.
  • Decide on background music
  • Order balloons in your party colors
  • Begin to prepare and clean your house

1 Day before the Shower

  • Purchase or prepare food, pick up any platters ordered
  • Purchase beverages
  • Buy ice and any other last minute items needed
  • Wrap gifts
  • Pick up the cake
  • Pick up rentals that aren't delivered

The Day of the Shower!

  • Start decorating
  • Display foods and beverages
  • Prepare a gift table
  • Arrange tables and party favors
  • Have your camera ready
  • Relax and have fun!