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The baby shower is a celebration of the arrival of a new member of the family. To do this, the mother's friends and family get together to share a good time. It's called a baby shower because the mother-to-be literally receives a shower of gifts and love during this day!

You are the lucky one who is in charge of organizing a baby shower? Here are the 5 steps to follow for a successful party!

Step 1: Event basics

First of all, it will be necessary to establish the basics that will allow you to organize the baby shower. You will need to think about the budget, guests, menu and theme, among other things!

The budget to plan

You can't start contacting different vendors until you know how much money you want to spend on the party.

If Meghan Markle's baby shower cost over $200,000, you should know that you can get by just fine on a small budget! On average, you'll be able to pull off a beautiful day with anywhere from $100 to $300.

Complete the guest list

The baby shower was traditionally reserved for women, friends and family of the mother-to-be. Nowadays, men can participate as well.

The important thing is to invite people who are happy about the arrival of a new baby and who are appreciated by the mother-to-be. Don't hesitate to ask her if there are any people she shouldn't invite.

Think about the menu

Depending on your budget and the time of the event, it will be necessary (or not) to serve a meal to the guests.

Some people prefer to have it in the afternoon to avoid having to prepare a dinner. Instead, they will offer a bite-sized snack and a cake.

Morning baby showers are also a trend. Mimosas (without alcohol, of course) and brunch are served. The mother-to-be is then in good shape to enjoy the party.

There's really no one type of menu you can't use for a baby shower. You can very well call upon a caterer to remove a task from your list or prepare a dinner with love. It's up to you to decide what your mom-to-be likes and what your budget is!

Choose the date, time and location

It is advisable to aim for the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy of the mother-to-be to hold a baby shower. At this time, she is not yet too tired and will have the energy to enjoy the event.

It's up to you to choose, always according to the preferences of the mother-to-be, which time of day will be the best. A brunch? A happy hour? A small party in the afternoon? All the answers are good!

In the summer, we like to hold baby showers outside, in your backyard or at a relative's house, but it can also be in a place that you rent. Try not to be too far away from the mother-to-be so as not to tire her out in transit.

Choose the theme

It's not mandatory to choose a theme for the baby shower, but it's a super fun detail that adds a little extra to the event!

It can be any time of the year. For example, if the baby shower is in October, it could be Halloween themed. It can also be a color (all blue, all pink, all green) or an animal.

Step 2: Reservations

Now that the groundwork has been laid, you need to send out the invitations and make the necessary reservations with the vendors you will need.

We advise you to do this at least 1 month in advance!

Don't forget:

  • The cake
  • Catering if needed
  • The flowers
  • The balloons
  • Other decorations

If you're thinking of making decorations yourself, you may want to start several weeks in advance to make sure you have all the materials you need to be ready on the big day!

Step 3: Plan the details

About 2 weeks before the event, you may want to take care of planning all aspects of the baby shower.

  • Buy plates, napkins and glasses
  • Think about the games you want to play and the prizes you want to win
  • Store for guest gifts and wrap them
  • Finalize the menu if necessary

Don't forget the gift you're giving to the mom either!

Step 4: Implementation

The big day is coming! The day before the baby shower, take care of the last details and put up the decorations.

Make sure you have a charged camera to take pictures and videos. Set up the table, put up the decorations, prepare as much food as possible and make sure you have enough drinks for everyone.

Step 5: D-Day

Set your clock to get up early on the big day! Besides, if the baby shower is in the morning, you'll probably want to pick up your orders the night before.

During the party, you will be responsible for welcoming the guests and gathering the gifts. You will also animate the baby shower by proposing the games and making sure that everything goes according to the plan you made!

Stay close to the mother-to-be in case she needs anything.

The important thing is that she feels the joy of welcoming a new member to the family!

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