Baby showers and baby sprinkles are such great ways to help the mama-to-be and baby-to-be get everything they need. It is important that the mother focus on taking care of baby and herself immediately postpartum, and not have to worry about running to the store. Not to mention, baby showers are just a fun way for everyone to get involved!
If you are the thoughtful one who has decided to plan the baby shower, then you likely see all of the work ahead of you. In order to plan a successful baby shower, it’s best to get started a few months before the planned shower date, so that you can ensure you don’t miss a thing. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have some type of baby shower planning checklist? Yes!
Here is a baby shower planning checklist and timeline of everything and anything that you might need to throw the baby shower. Also, never be afraid to ask for a helping hand; many people would jump on the opportunity to be a part of the planning! Also, No procrastinating!
Baby Shower Checklist
3 months before:
|If the mama-to-be is finding out the gender, you will have about three to four months to plan the shower, so the first thing you should do is set a date! The date should be no more than one to two months out from the estimated “due date.”|
|Maybe it’s you!|
|Preferably an early afternoon time, before the mama-to-be is completely exhausted.|
|Set a realistic budget and stick to it!|
|Everything will be centered around this. Hint: Center the theme around the nursery theme, so decorations can double as nursery decorations!|
|Consider the season. Avoid the great outdoors if it’s too cold or too hot! It’s important to book in advance because hotspots book up quickly!|
|Consult the mama-to-be, unless it’s a surprise, then get feedback from family and friends.|
|Don’t try to do it all on your own; it’s overwhelming!|
6 weeks left!
|Make sure to include date, time, location, and any special instructions. The RSVP date should be about one to two weeks from the date of the shower.|
|Consider easy to make foods. Buying already prepared food is much more expensive, but can save you lots of time.|
|Begin shopping for decorations, favors, game prizes, and any needed supplies.|
1 month to go!
|If you were planning on getting any party rentals, now is a good time to call around and make some reservations.|
|Game supplies will depend on what games you are playing, so here are some tips for planning the games:
|Never forget a pregnant woman’s cake!|
1 week left!
|Follow up on no-reply RSVPs|
|Put party favors together|
|Finish up any DIY decorations|
3 days left!
|Clean the house (if the shower is in home. Wait until the day before if you have busy kids!)|
|Get those decorations up! It’s easy to underestimate the amount of time it takes to wrap those streamers around every surface of the house!|
|Finish any shopping that you might have left.|
|Call all vendors you’re using such as the baker, florist, etc to make sure everything is on schedule and there are no surprises.|
The day before:
|Get any cleaning that needs to be done out of the way.|
|Get all of the chairs and tables that are needed into the room.|
|Prepare all food that’s not being cooked at the shower (i.e. don’t start grilling burgers and chicken yet!)|
|Finalize all of the decorating.|
Day of the shower: Crunch time!
|It’s amazing what can get dirty in a day, especially if you have kids.|
|Pick up the cake, flowers, balloons and anything else you may have ordered.|
|Do one last sweep to make sure all decorations, food and other arrangements are in place.|
Baby Shower Shopping Lists
Below are some shopping lists for each of the above stages that you might find useful.
3 Months Before Shopping List
- Writing utensils
- Planning Calendar
- Glass of wine 😀
6 Weeks Before Shopping List
Tip: Purchase invitations online at Etsy or Zazzle.
Tip: Be sure to cover all bases: Walls, ceiling, floor, doors, windows, tables, mailbox, road signs for direction, and so on.
- Stuffed animals
- Table cloths
- Art supplies to DIY
Favors/Game Prizes ideas:
Since there is no one-size fits all for favors and game prizes, here’s a list of ideas for you!
- Goodie bags
- Bottles of wine/liquor
- Picture frames
- Stuffed animals
- Mason jar treats
- Gift cards
- Body lotion
- Bath gift baskets
Tip: Make a list of what you already have and go from there.
- Cake Server
- Serving spoons
- Cocktail forks
- Fondue fountain
- Cupcake stand
- Cake stand
- Serving dishes
- Casserole dishes
1 Month Before Shopping List
- Photo booth
- Bounce houses
- Cotton candy machine
- Sandwich platter
- Fruit Juice
- Other game supplies needed
1 Week Before Shopping List
No shopping list for this stage.
3 Days Before Shopping List
- Ice cream
- Rice Crispy treats
- Cake pops
Day Before Shopping List
No shopping list for this stage.
Day of Shopping List
We don’t procrastinate! No shopping list for this stage either 🙂
Baby Shower Checklist Wrap-up
Now that you have a good on what you will need form this baby shower planning checklist, it’s time to get organized! Be sure to keep all of your baby shower planning stuff in one place to avoid anything getting lost. A binder is a good idea because it can help keep your organized while keeping paper secured in a single location.
Have fun planning it all, because your attitude during the planning process will surely show at the baby shower. What are you waiting for? Make that guest list and address those invitations! The clock is ticking, and the mama-to-be isn’t getting any less pregnant (yet)!