3-4 weeks before your party
1. Choose a party theme and set a budget.
2. Create the guest list. Decide if you will include men and children.
3. Pick the party date and time ( a couple months before the due date). Parties are generally 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours long.
4. Choose where the party will be hosted.
5. Order or buy party supplies, decorations, party favors, activities and prizes for games. Be sure to order enough tableware.
2-3 weeks before your party
1.Send the invitations with an RSVP.
2.Decide on activities and games to play. Plan more games than you expect to use in case you run out of activities before the party is over.
3. Plan your menu.
4. Arrange for extra help on the party day from friends or relatives.
1 week before the party
1. Order cake from a bakery if you are not baking your own. Bake cake and freeze it, if making your own.
2. Make any other foods that can be made ahead of time and store foods in the freezer.
3.Write out a final schedule of activities for the party.
2-3 days before the party
1. Buy remaining food for the party. Buy film and/or videotape.
2. Check batteries for the camera and/or camcorder.
3. Get an exact guest count. Call those who haven't responded.
4. Make sure helium balloons will be filled on the day of the party.
5. Ask someone to record the gifts on the gift checklist to make things easier for the mom-to-be when she writes her thank you notes.
1 day before the party
1. Finish decorating the cake, or pick up the cake from the bakery.
2. Pick up balloons.
3. Child-proof the party area.
4. Print any baby shower games that are printables, and organize your game supplies and prizes.
5. Prepare food that can be made ahead of time.
1. Prepare foods and beverages that could not be made ahead of time.
2. Take plenty of pictures and videos to commemorate this special day.
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