Baby Shower Planning - Getting Your Timeline on Track


Ever heard that it’s all about timing?  It’s especially true when speaking of a baby shower planning timeline.  This event is a right of passage. The shower is a portion of the whole pregnancy and childbirth experience, which places no small burden on the shoulders of the host. 

Guest List: 6-8 Weeks Before the Shower

Once you know you are the host, or co-host of the shower the first thing you’ll need is the guest list. 

Why start there? Because knowing who is coming, in addition to whether mom wants her shower before or after baby arrives lets you know when you need to start planning.

Large guest lists mean more time is required if you want to have everything accomplished in time. More people demands more food, more prep, more chairs and more time in general.  Small showers with few attendees do not need as much time to pull off well, as they tend to be less fussy and more intimate.

Pick the Theme: 6-8 Weeks Before the Shower

When you know who is coming, the theme can be selected. Intricate themes will need more time and money.  Large guest lists can be self limiting as the theme just costs too much to adequately incorporate with the added seats and dollar amount. 

Picking the theme very early dictates much else.  The theme should be present on the invitation as well as the colors and center pieces on the tables.  Knowing the theme nice and early allows the hosts to be on the lookout for bargains and must have knick-knacks in the weeks leading up to the party.

Set the Date

The date needs to be close to, but not crowding mom’s due date.  As far as the midwife and OB is concerned mom is considered to be ‘full term’ at 37 weeks gestation. 

Knowing this can help you set a baby shower date that does not run the risk of being bumped by baby. To be really safe pick a party date at least 4 weeks prior to the due date. 

Games: 3 Weeks Before the Shower

Games are not a last minute item. Leaving everything to the last minute will grantee a crazy host who can’t enjoy the party.  Getting the games ready early is easy, and can get one whole item off your list with a minimum of fuss and anxiety.

When getting the games ready early remember that the favors and prizes.

Invitations in the Mail: 2 1/2 Weeks Before the Shower

The invitations can be created and addressed anytime after the guest list and dates are finalized.  It is a great idea to get the invitation itself ready, including the stamp, but don’t mail it out too soon. 

To get the party on your guest’s calendars the invitations need to be in the mail no later than two weeks before the shower.  Because the optimum time for invitation extension is 2 weeks before the party, it is best to allow for a few days in the mail.  Doing so will ensure that the invitation is actually in the guest’s hands for a full 14 days before the party.

The baby shower planning timeline starts right from the day you become host.  Getting the items above completed early on paves the way, allowing you to have a life beyond baby shower planning in the last weeks before the event. 


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