The baby shower is usually sometime around four to six weeks before the mother's due date. Some baby showers are held after the baby is born, it's a matter of personal choice.
Try to choose a Saturday or Sunday between four to six weeks before the baby is due to have the shower. Check with out of town guests and "must be there" guest to try to find a date to accomodate them.
If you're having the shower at a restaurant or hall, you'll need to start looking for a location early. The sooner you can settle on a date, the better chance you have at getting the date you want at an outside venue. If you are having the baby shower at someone's home, you are much more flexible but do not wait too long to choose a date. Try to follow the baby shower planning timeline found here :
You'll get an idea of how many people will be invited to the baby shower once you create a guest list.This is a must in planning, it determines howeverything from how much space youneed to how much food you'll need to provide.
The best way to create your guest list is to ask the parents-to-be. They have all the addresses and phone numbers you'll need, and you'll be sure to include the friends and family they want to share this celebration with. This is the time to decide if you are having a ladies only or a couples shower.
Print out the Baby Shower Guest List to keep yourself organized. Besides the usual name, address, and phone number you can keep track of RSVPs on the list. Somepeople may need a phone call from you to confirm if they are coming, even the best of us can be forgetful in regards to RSVPs. This will give you the most accurate count.
Baby showers are fun, and the theme is where you can let your creativity shine! You can choose as simple or as elaborate a theme as you like, it's all up to you.Keep your budget in mind, using creativity and the suggestions in the Baby Shower Themes section to have the shower the mom-to-be will love. Have fun with it!