Baby Shower: T-Minus Three Days!

I can’t believe I only have three days until the baby shower. Yikes! In the spirit of keeping it real, I thought it’d be crazy fun to share with you my last minute to-do list broken down by the day. Keep in mind that the shower isn’t until 6 p.m. Saturday, so I have most of the day to finish up.

Baby Shower T-Minus 3 Days

To-Do Thursday

  • Make rice krispie treats.
  • DIY food flags.
  • Finish deep-cleaning the main areas of the house. This will take most of the day.

To-Do Friday

  • Buy all the food for the shower and begin assembling dishes: caprese skewers, potato salad, punch, sweet tea, etc..
  • Pick up cake and cupcakes from bakery. (Here’s the cake’s inspiration.)
  • Assemble rice krispie treats into cute packaging for favors or shower snacks.
  • Assemble s’mores basket.
  • Pretty up the water bottles.
  • Arrange flowers clipped from yard and purchased at store.
  • Sweep and mop all floors.
  • Celebrate my Dad’s birthday!

To-Do Saturday

  • Spray off deck early in the morning.
  • Arrange furniture, fire pit and corn hole sets outside.
  • Set up umbrellas outside.
  • In the event of rain, move living room furniture out to accommodate large (borrowed) dining tables.
  • Buy ice.
  • Pick up balloons.
  • Decorate! Decorate! Decorate!
  • Finish preparing dishes, and then clean the kitchen so it sparkles!
  • Set up all food.
  • Remind Dad to bring Keurig.
  • Lock Winter and her litter box in the bedroom. I would hate for someone to accidentally let her outside. (In the event of rain, our dogs will spend the day at my Dad’s.)
  • Fire up the grill right before party time. Note to self: don’t forget Travis’ new apron!
  • Take lots of pictures and enjoy!

I think the best way to accomplish everything on Saturday will be to divide and conquer. I’ll handle all the food prep and decorating, while Travis sprays off the deck and arranges the furniture. I’ll ask my Dad to pick up the ice and balloons, so we won’t have to leave the house at all.

As you can see, it’s going to be a busy end-of-the week for me. I’m sure I’ll get it all done, but I might have to pull a couple of all nighters. Wish me luck! I’m going to need it…

Planning a Baby Shower

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

Our Moving Plan

Moving preparations are moving along in our house. With only 16 days left in our beloved first home, I’m beginning to feel the pains of moving.

I shared my moving binder contents last week, and it has been a huge help in keeping me organized. I’m finding that the weekly to-do lists I typed up are the most helpful. This week I know that I have to:

  • Have the comforters/quilts in our house dry cleaned
  • Throw out expired foods/medicines (Done!)
  • Finish packing downstairs (Done!)
  • Shop at Sam’s Club since we’re moving an hour away from the nearest store (Done!)
  • Pack upstairs (Nearly done!)
  • Find a new allergy shot location
  • Finish calling companies to schedule shut-off dates

If I don’t cross everything off the list, it’ll just move over to the next week. This system is working out really well for me.

In other news, we rented a storage pod to relocate all of our things from one house to the next. The pod was delivered last week, and I’m happy to report that we’ve already loaded a lot of boxes and furniture.

We’re using Go Mini’s, which is similar to PODS. It’s surprisingly affordable, plus our pod will be stored at the Go Mini’s secure location while we’re waiting a few days to close on our next house. We won’t have to worry about where to keep all of our furniture and boxed items for that weekend, which takes off a lot of stress.

Also, Travis and I can load items into the pod as we have them ready. We won’t have to rely on movers or friends and family to load and transport all of our items from one house to the other. With all of the injuries in our families lately, having the pod is a huge help.

Our friends and family are still graciously helping us pack and prepare for our move, and we’re so fortunate to have their help. My best friend spent a day with me last week helping me pack all of the decorative items in my house. My in-laws helped us load all of the packed boxes and a lot of furniture into the pod last weekend.

My in-laws will be back in a week or two to take our deep freezer to their house and to help us finish loading the pod. My aunt and grandmother will be visiting after Thanksgiving to help pack my kitchen. I’m quite attached to my kitchen and all of the items in it, so it’s going to be great to have their help with my most beloved items.

We’re trying to eat out of our freezer as much as we can. I’m trying a lot of new recipes, but I’m not doing much grocery shopping. At this point, we’re only shopping for necessities: milk, bread, etc. I’m expecting to eat out a lot during the last couple of weeks in our house, which is just fine with me.

I feel really good about everything that we’ve already accomplished for our move. I’m pretty confident that we’ll be out of our house on time with little stress. Hopefully, those aren’t famous last words…

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