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Planning a Baby Shower

January 30, 2013

My sister-in-law is expecting a little girl in May, and she’s asked me to host her baby shower. This is their second child after several disappointing years of full of miscarriages and failed pregnancies. So, needless to say, our entire family is beyond excited to welcome my niece into the world this spring!

Her nursery has a hot pink and zebra theme, so I’m going to coordinate the shower to match her nursery as best as I can. Hot pink and zebra are not my go-to palate choices, so I may have to get creative with the decor.


As of right now, the shower date is set for March 2nd, and there’s so much to do before then!

To do list:

  • Finish decorating, renovating, painting, unpacking, etc. our house. This is a priority No.1. Not all of the rooms have to be perfect, but the main areas of the house need to be presentable.
  • Plan a menu — This is done pending approval from the expecting mom! See below.
  • Coordinate pet sitters for the day of.
  • Craft a corsage for the guest of honor.
  • Buy paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins.
  • Purchase food. Ask mother-in-law to help.
  • Purchase balloons for outdoor decor and to alert friends and family where we live since this will be the first time most people have been to our house.
  • Rent or DIY table linens.
  • Rent/borrow extra tables.
  • Rent/Purchase ice bucket and scoop. Don’t forget to buy ice on the day of the shower!
  • DIY/Purchase decor. I’ve got some cute ideas!
  • Do I have enough serving dishes for food? Rent/borrow/purchase extras, if needed.
  • Order invitations. Ask grandparents to address and mail out.
  • Plan and coordinate games. I don’t want to do the typical baby shower games, so I’m thinking door prizes instead.
  • Purchase favors. This is done! I bought these cuties and can’t wait for them to arrive.
  • Decorate favor display stand.

I think the shower will function best if it’s a drop-in shower that spans most of the afternoon. I’m expecting around 50 guests, and I’m just not sure my home can accommodate that many people at one time comfortably. The menu needs to be something simple that people can grab and go without requiring a seat.

The menu:

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Veggies with dip
  • Mini quiche
  • Pinwheel sandwiches
  • Fruit salad
  • Mixed nuts
  • Chocolate candies
  • Chocolate-dipped pretzels
  • Baby girl mints — already purchased!
  • Chips and salsa
  • Cake — will be provided my sister’s-in-law mom
  • Bottled water
  • Sweet tea

Obviously my sister-in-law will have final say on the menu, but I fell pretty good about what’s planned above.

Here’s hoping I can pull it all off!

Want to read more posts about the baby shower? Click any link below to read more!

Baby Shower Gifts

A Baby Shower Menu

Drop-In Baby Shower Games

Pretty in Pink [and zebra] Baby Shower

Baby Shower Entertainment for a 5 Year Old (I Hope)

Baby Shower: T-Minus 11 Days

Baby Shower Decor: How To Make A Tutu Wreath

Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

Getting the House Ready

Planning a Baby Shower

All comments are encouraged and appreciated!