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Checklist for planning a baby shower
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Checklist for planning a baby shower

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Use this use list if you want one less head ache while planning your baby shower

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  • Deadline
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  • Deadline
  • 1
    Determine budget.
    2 Months Prior
  • 2
    Select date.
    2 Months Prior
  • 3
    Create guest list.
    2 Months Prioir
  • 4
    Select location of the party and if required book as early as possible.
    2 Months Prior
  • 5
    Decide the theme or motif of the party (consider the honoree's preferences and taste).
    2 Months Prior
  • 6
    Pepare invitations.
    2 Months Prior
  • 7
    Mail Invitations - make sure to include directions and a map, and an RSVP deadline no later than a week before.
    2 Months Prior
  • 8
    Plan the menu and decide whether it is a traditional brunch tea party or light dinner celebration.
    6 Weeks Before
  • 9
    If hosting in your house check if there are enough tableware, tables, and chairs. If extras are needed, research on the rental options. Make a list of decorations, props, prizes, or party favors that the party will need.
    6 Weeks Before
  • 10
    Order the cake, flowers, and chairs and tables (if needed).
    3 Weeks Before
  • 11
    Shop the decorations, tableware (disposable) if hosting the baby shower at home. Buy party favors and goody bags. Order any other special surprises or entertainment.
    3 Weeks Before
  • 12
    Help with thank-you notes. Print out the invitation list, with complete addresses, to give to the honoree (if not a surprise).
    3 Weeks Before
  • 13
    Prepare some games. Make sure you provide a lot of pencil.
    3 Weeks Before
  • 14
    If the baby shower will be held in a restaurant or party space, confirm the reservation.
    2 Weeks Before
  • 15
    If you are using a caterer, reconfirm plans with them
    2 Weeks Before
  • 16
    Call anyone who has not called to RSVP.
    2 Weeks Before
  • 17
    Make a final count on the guest list.
    2 Weeks Before
  • 18
    If party is being hosted at home, start cleaning.
    One Week Before
  • 19
    Buy your gift for the mom-to-be.
    One Week Before
  • 20
    Assign a photographer.
    One Week Before
  • 21
    If you are going to do the cooking, shop all the nonperishables, and prepare as much freezable food as possible.
    One Week Before
  • 22
    Wrap all gifts and party favors.
    One Week Before
  • 23
    Re-confirm with guests who will bring food or special items.
    One Week Before
  • 24
    Complete buying grocery list.
    3 Days Before
  • 25
    Finish the food preparations, bake the cake.
    1 Day Before
  • 26
    Begin decorating. Set up the party space. Arrange the favors, prizes, and games, and check to make sure you have everything you need.
    1 Day Before
  • 27
    Set up tables, chairs, tables where the food and drinks will be placed.
    1 Day Before
  • 28
    Pick up the flowers, balloons, cake (if ordered).
    The Day of the Baby Shower Party
  • 29
    Finish setting up decorations.
    The Day of the Baby Shower Party
  • 30
    Put all the party favors out on the table.
    The Day of the Baby Shower Party
  • 31
    Setup food and drinks on the .
    The Day of the Baby Shower Party
  • 1
    Determine budget.
  • 2
    Select date.
  • 3
    Create guest list.
  • 4
    Select location of the party and if required book as early as possible.
  • 5
    Decide the theme or motif of the party (consider the honoree's preferences and taste).
  • 6
    Pepare invitations.
  • 7
    Mail Invitations - make sure to include directions and a map, and an RSVP deadline no later than a week before.
  • 8
    Plan the menu and decide whether it is a traditional brunch tea party or light dinner celebration.
  • 9
    If hosting in your house check if there are enough tableware, tables, and chairs. If extras are needed, research on the rental options. Make a list of decorations, props, prizes, or party favors that the party will need.
  • 10
    Order the cake, flowers, and chairs and tables (if needed).
  • 11
    Shop the decorations, tableware (disposable) if hosting the baby shower at home. Buy party favors and goody bags. Order any other special surprises or entertainment.
  • 12
    Help with thank-you notes. Print out the invitation list, with complete addresses, to give to the honoree (if not a surprise).
  • 13
    Prepare some games. Make sure you provide a lot of pencil.
  • 14
    If the baby shower will be held in a restaurant or party space, confirm the reservation.
  • 15
    If you are using a caterer, reconfirm plans with them
  • 16
    Call anyone who has not called to RSVP.
  • 17
    Make a final count on the guest list.
  • 18
    If party is being hosted at home, start cleaning.
  • 19
    Buy your gift for the mom-to-be.
  • 20
    Assign a photographer.
  • 21
    If you are going to do the cooking, shop all the nonperishables, and prepare as much freezable food as possible.
  • 22
    Wrap all gifts and party favors.
  • 23
    Re-confirm with guests who will bring food or special items.
  • 24
    Complete buying grocery list.
  • 25
    Finish the food preparations, bake the cake.
  • 26
    Begin decorating. Set up the party space. Arrange the favors, prizes, and games, and check to make sure you have everything you need.
  • 27
    Set up tables, chairs, tables where the food and drinks will be placed.
  • 28
    Pick up the flowers, balloons, cake (if ordered).
  • 29
    Finish setting up decorations.
  • 30
    Put all the party favors out on the table.
  • 31
    Setup food and drinks on the .
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