Throwing a Baby Shower? Read This First

Updated 09/23/16
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Mindy Weiss is a celebrity event planner with a roster of clients like Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and Heidi Klum. She has written three best-selling books on how to plan and organize life’s biggest events, including her newest book The Baby Keepsake Book and Planner. Here, Mindy provides MyDomaine with a few key tips to keep in mind when hosting a baby shower.

So you’ve decided to throw one lucky lady a baby shower. If this is your first time playing hostess, tackling the event might feel like a challenge, but take a deep breath, relax, and remember to have fun with it. The truth is with the right planning, your event can go off without a hitch—and without sacrificing a good time. As with throwing any event, it’s the details that come together to make it extra special for the honoree: Read these five little tips that can make a big difference at your shower.

When planning décor, it’s nice to ask the mom-to-be what color the nursery is and then bring those shades into the shower décor. That way, she may be able to reuse some of the items afterward in the baby’s room.

As you are coming up with ideas during the planning process, be sure to keep the mom-to-be in mind, like whether or not you should play games. Not every new mom is the type who enjoys trivia or guessing games—and that’s okay! If she does like them, try to craft your selection around her interests. Also keep her in mind when considering food. What has she been craving during her pregnancy? (Or, alternatively, what has she not been throwing up?) We once made a cute sign that said “Enjoy some of Jenny’s cravings!” at a shower. The table had items like mac and cheese, barbecue potato chips, and other fun foods everyone enjoyed.

The pile of gifts at a baby shower can be overwhelming, so plan ahead! When it comes time to open up goodies, bring the gifts to the star of the show, and designate a guest to write down who gifted each item. Opening presents can be a long process, too, so have water standing by so the honoree doesn’t get dehydrated. Try to keep her comfortable throughout the event. Make sure she isn’t on her feet all day or caught trying to lug around heavy gifts and that she drinks plenty of water. At the end of the day, load her car for her too.

Make sure to mention where she’s registered on the save-the-date or invite, and remember that these are the items she really needs. It’s super thoughtful to get creative, but try not to go off list too much. Otherwise she may receive a surplus of baby items she doesn’t need and then have a hard time exchanging or returning them.

Have baby photos of both Mom and her partner at the ready to be used as shower décor. I’ve even seen hosts photocopy the parents’ baby pictures then have guests cut and paste together what they think the baby will look like. This is an easy way to incorporate both parents into the shower and allow guests to do something on their own time (no buzzer involved!).

Don't forget the essentials:

Mindy Weiss Baby Book
The Baby Keepsake Book and Planner by Mindy Weiss $19
Paper Source Rosettes
Paper Source Trend Party Rosettes $25
Anthropologie cake server
Anthropologie Maelle Cake Server $10
Baby shower paper plate
Zazzle Oh Baby Blush Pink Gold Glitter Baby Shower Paper Plate $2
Baby shower thank you cards
Crane & Co. Diaper Pin Thank You Note $19

What’s the one piece of advice you would give a first-time baby shower hostess?

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