Post # 1
My best friend is pregnant (it’s a boy!) and I told her once I found out that I would love to throw her a baby shower. I’ve always been into party planning and I already have a ton of ideas on Pintrest and favors/games on my Amazon wish list. I am just interested in some tips on things that perhaps I can’t find online or in books.
If she gives the ok, I am planning on throwing it at her house because I live too far out of town, and I was thinking of enlisting her other friend to help shoulder the costs of decorations and food. (Her other friend and I used to be friends too, but now she barely speaks to me, and I fear her taking all the credit) Anyway, to lessen the cost of food I was thinking of asking in the invites for people to bring a small dish, and I would get a cake for the main dessert. I prefer actual invites to facebook, is that best? What all should I include in the invites besides date, time, and place? Her registry? Her due date is in May and I was thinking of having the shower in April, is that a good time? I have a theme already. Can boys be allowed as well? What about small children? Or should I leave that up to her? Is it wise for me to shoulder all of this on my own, or should I suck up my personal feelings regarding her friend and ask her for help?
Thank you all for your advice, I really appreciate it I am a perfectionist when it comes to get togethers and I just want this to be the best baby shower she will have
Post # 3
Definately ask her what kind of shower she prefers. Things to ask her-who to invite, games (yes or no-some don’t like games, themes). A potluck would be fine. I would do the cake, punch, and maybe deli sandwiches if I were hosting. My two favorite things I have seen at baby showers (one was at my one) was a game racing to drink juice out of a baby bottle, it is harder then you think it would be and a diaper raffle- bring a pack of diapers and enter a raffle for a prize.
Post # 4
@bubbles83: Hmm. I’ve never hosted a baby shower before, but the ones I’ve been to have been rather simple and low-key. Instead of having people bring dishes, maybe do something in the afternoon so it can be a simple aps, cake, and punch type of thing between lunch and dinner. I’d include the registry info on the invite as well as the other info you mentioned.
I’d check with your pregnant friend about whether it should be a couples’ shower or if kids should be invited, and go from there. It’d be best to get a definitive answer from her first so that you can field questions from guests.
If it’s going to be a lot of work to politely work with the other ‘friend’ and it’d be tough to watch her take credit for all of the work, then I’d skip out on co-hosting. I’m sure that if you make the RSVPs to you, people will understand that you’re a host/organizer, so you shouldn’t have to worry about people listening to her talk. And if you do a simpler cake and punch type of shower, it should be reasonable cost-wise to handle yourself.
Hope that helps a little. Maybe some pregnant bees or those that’ve thown a few showers can give you more advice.