5 Things to Consider Before Holding a Baby Shower

 Baby showers are a fun tradition that soon-to-be moms look forward to. Aside from being showered with gifts for the baby, the sense of love and support that revolves around their upcoming bundle of joy is what matters most.

If you are planning a baby shower for a family member or friend, there are a couple of things you need to consider in order to make the event a success.

The Right Timing
Setting the date for a baby shower is highly important. You don’t want to set it too early in the pregnancy or too late that the celebrant may go into labor anytime soon. Ideally, a baby shower works best when done at least four to six weeks before the mom-to-be’s due date.

The Guests
The host, who is usually a tight-knit friend or close relative, should prepare a list of who to invite to the baby shower. As the organizer, you should be able to tell who matters most to the celebrant and who she wants to be there with her to celebrate the occasion. Usually, this list is composed of the celebrant’s close friends, co-workers, and immediate family. You should also take responsibility of asking these guests if they are planning on a separate baby shower for their circle; that way, you can settle the timing of the events among yourselves.

Knowing Your Traditions
Baby showers may be a universal thing, but it is celebrated in many different ways from all over the world. Each of these cultures has its own tradition of welcoming new life. Before planning to hold a baby shower, it’s best to know your baby shower traditions first, especially if the celebrant comes from another country.

Baby showers are more likely the same in countries such as the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, but if the celebrant comes from countries such as China, Japan, or India, there might be certain rituals that you need to apply as respect to the pregnant mother.

The Perfect Venue
Before deciding on how many guests to invite, it’s best to decide on the location of the baby shower first. You wouldn’t want to hold it at the mom-to-be’s place as you don’t want to give her the hassle of cleaning up afterwards. A good venue would be a private room, may it be at a community hall or the nearest club, where you can celebrate the occasion intimately with the celebrant.

Preparing a Program 
While a baby shower can be spontaneous and chill, you’ll want to know what to expect during the celebration. Before planning the activities, choose a theme for the baby shower as this will tie things up together. To make things more enjoyable, organize some fun games that will put a smile on everyone’s faces. As for the food and drinks, you’ll have to consider the time of day and how formal the occasion is before deciding. Finger foods will do well in the afternoon and on more casual parties.

There are many ways to make a baby shower memorable for everyone, especially for the mom-to-be, and the most surefire way to do so is through proper planning and preparation.

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