A Successful Baby Shower in 10 steps

 Throw a Successful Baby shower in 10 easy steps

Throwing a Party can be very Stressful , But if you start planning early
you can have a Successful Party with very little stress.

As a woman who suffers from OCD, and panic attacks I have figured out how to throw successful parties without triggering a panic attack.

Here is my list of 10 questions you need to answer in order to put together
and successful Baby Shower with NO STRESS.


1) Where are you going to have the party?
2) What time should you have the party?
3) What day should you Schedule the party?
4)What theme and color scheme will you be using?
5)Who will be on the guest list?
6)What will be on the Menu?
7) How long will you need for setting up and tearing down?
8)What is your party budget?
9)Should you play Baby Shower games?
10) How soon should you start preparing?

Ok so now that we have are 10 things we need to Answer let's walk thru the list.

Where?  If you have a large area with plenty of seating at your home, you could just have the party there but what if you don't have a large area in your home or its Winter and you can't
use the Patio?
Here are some Options:

1) Neighborhood Club House - We have a Club House in our neighborhood renting for 4-5 hours cost around $300.However price may be lower in your neighborhood.

If you live in an apartment complex, They may have a clubhouse
that you can book for free or for a small deposit. (I recommend booking 3-4 weeks early).

2) Hotel Conference Room: (This is what I choose to do.)
I booked my shower at the Holiday Inn Express I got 5 hours
for $75.00.
The hotel Provides Tables and Chairs for Guest, Food and Gift tables, and it's all setup and taken down by the Hotel Employees.
Once again BOOK EARLY 4-6 weeks at least.

Time :
If you have decided to serve finger foods and desserts, you may want to schedule your party between 11 am and 1 pm, however if you have decided on a desserts only party you might want to set the time after Lunch 1 pm to 3 pm or after Diner 6 pm to 8pm       

Date:
Pick a day that works for you and the guest of honor.
I know you're going to want to choose a date that works for everyone, but you're not going to be able to please everyone so
take into account the work schedule for the majority of your guest list and just hope everyone else can make it work.
 You can set up a Facebook event page 2-3 weeks early to invite guest this way, so they know to save the date.  I Like to send Invites thru the mail a week before the party
that way they have that last-minute reminder PLUS paper invites are so much more personal than Facebook.


Theme/Color Scheme:
Choose a Theme,  you can find lots of great ideas on Pinterest.
If you're renting a remote location be sure to ask them what color
the table clothes they use are as you may want to find away to work it into the color scheme.

Guest List:
Write out your Guest List and collect addresses at the same time.
Keep this list for the Thank You cards you're going to want to send after the Party.

Menu:
Write out your menu, if your list consists of recipe you found online
but have never tried PLEASE try them 1st.
Not everything that looks good in a picture taste good.

Things like Tortilla Wrapped Sandwiches and Crescent Sandwiches
are super easy to make and too transport to a remote location.

Pasta Salad, Caesar Salad, Veggie Trays, are all easy to make and travel well.

Then just add a couple of Desserts you can make these the night before or even better yet buy them already made.

You can add interest to your table by choosing serving trays
in different shapes and Sizes.
(check out Amazon and Party City Online for affordable options).

Setting up and taking Down
Make sure you allow 1.5 hrs for decorating and setting up food tables etc.
I would also allow for 1 hr. for clean up.
Don't short yourself the time needed to set up properly it's
 only going to make things more stressful, And you don't want your guest showing up why you're still trying to decorate.

Should You play Games

Well, this is up to you, but I would try and keep it to no more than two games. There is a lot of game ideas online.
The Price is Right, Guess the Mess, Diaper Raffles, Guess the Baby Food. They also have games like word searches.

If you're doing the party at a HOTEL, you may not want to skip games like Guess the Mess (I figured that out that hard way! Let's just say
the Hotel Smelled like Smoke for a while.
Diaper Raffles are An excellent way to collect some Diapers,you could buy a Monogrammed Bucket from Lavington Designs bucket and make a Candy Bar Bouquet for the Raffle Price.
For the Monogramming you could simply have it say " Enjoy Life."
or "Treat Your Self" or some clever little saying.

Budget:
Figure out a Budget you can live with and STICK to IT!

You can Spend $100 or $300 and still have a great shower its all in the planning.

When should you start getting ready?

4-6 weeks before the event

1) Booking the Party Venue, Date and Time
Be sure to book at least 2 hrs for the party plus 1.5 hrs for setting up and a min. of 1 hr. for clean up.

2) Set up a Facebook Event for the Shower and Invite guest.
Be sure to Post to the event regularly with details on the shower
like where the Parents are registered, and details on the Diaper Raffle,  be sure to Post about the menu so People know if they should eat before the shower or not.

3) Have The Mother to Be Register for Baby shower Gifts.

3-4 weeks Before Event

1) If sending Mailed Invites get them Ordered now.
2) Get all your addresses together.
3) Buy or make the Decorations during this time TRUST me this will make life easier later.

4) Buy any serving dishes you are needing. (Put the servings dishes and decorations in a box marked Party Decorations.

2-3 weeks out

1) Decide on the Menu and make that grocery List.
2) Address and Stamp the Envelopes for mailing the Invitations

3)Choose any Games you want to play and buy all items needed to play the game.(keep this all in a box marked games).

1 week before event

1)Mail the Invites this will also serve as a reminder to your guest that the shower is next week.

2)  Make sure you got things like tape and Scissors, a Box for the Raffle tickets, Pens for Games, and Prizes for Games.

1-2 days before

1) Grocery Shopping

2 ) Prepare any foods that can be made before the shower.

The Morning of the Party

Prepare the rest of the food
Pack food for transporting if needed.
Get yourself dressed and ready to go.
Pack up the Car and be ready to go to the Location allow your self time to get to the location. YOU want to be 10-15 minutes early to check in and to unload the car so you can start Decorating and setting up the Minute the room belongs to you.

You don't want People showing Up why you're still decorating.

LAST, of ALL Start your Event on time. The worse thing about parties is when you get there on time then the Hostess spends 30 min to an hour waiting for people who are late before starting the event.
Keep Things moving, so you make sure the event is over on time so you don't get charged for going over your allowed time for rented space. Plus People are busy, so you don't want to keep them all day.

Good Luck
I know your Shower will be a Success.
Teresa

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Balloon Arch around $35 and it's reusable.

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 To Stay on Budget I just used the Table Cloths and Skirts the Hotel already had on the Tables. They did promise me BROWN table cloths and we did choose are colors with Brown in mind only to get to the hotel and find BLUE and this dirty cream color but at this point I could not do anything about it so I just took a deep breath and got to work setting things up. The Hotel did Credit me $25 off the Room Rental for the error.

To Stay on Budget I just used the Table Cloths and Skirts the Hotel already had on the Tables. They did promise me BROWN table cloths and we did choose are colors with Brown in mind only to get to the hotel and find BLUE and this dirty cream color but at this point I could not do anything about it so I just took a deep breath and got to work setting things up. The Hotel did Credit me $25 off the Room Rental for the error.

 Diaper Raffle Candy Bouquet $36.00   

Diaper Raffle Candy Bouquet $36.00