The Ultimate Baby Shower Planning Guide

Is one of your bests friends about the deliver and are you in the midst of planning a baby shower? Or perhaps just getting started and starting to thing about it? Either way, this ultimate baby shower guide is specifically designed to take you by the hand and make the process a whole lot easier. If you're looking for inspiration, don't look any further because we've got you covered here on everything and anything relating to baby showers.

Hosting a baby shower is not a small feat by any means. There's a lot of planning that is involved, and if you're the one that has been asked to host it, all that responsibility falls onto your shoulders. It can be especially nerve-wracking if you have never hosted one before. 

What is a Baby Shower?

So before we get too deep into it, let's have a look at exactly what is involved in hosting a baby shower and what the purpose is. In order to get a feeling for what exactly is involved in the hosting of a baby shower, make sure you check out our handy checklist, but for now we'll take you through the basics.

Why Host a Baby Shower?

Ultimately, the purpose of a baby shower is to celebrate a new life coming into the world, and what that usually translates into is showering the mother-to-be with loads of gifts and items that she and her newborn will likely be needing after giving birth. This could be anything ranging from diaper bags, clothing for the new baby, to toys and other essentials. You get the point.

Where Should It Be Hosted?

The baby shower is most often held later in the mom-to-be's pregnancy, and generally in a location that is different than the mom-to-be's home. The last thing she wants to do is to have to worry about cleaning up before everyone arrives, and perhaps more importantly, after everyone has left. As a result, it's frequently hosted at the home of one of her friends that may also be responsible for organizing it. From time to time, 3rd party venues can be used as well.

Who Should Be Invited?

Generally speaking the mum-to-be should decide on the final guest list for the baby shower. The last thing you would want to happen is certain people show up that she would rather not have there, or forget someone that the mom-to-be would love to have there!

Traditionally speaking, baby showers are for women only, but more and more frequently, men are becoming part of the guest list as well. It all depends on ​the type of party you're planning.

What Should We Do at the Baby Shower?

Below are some activities you might consider that are usually part of a baby shower.

  • Generally speaking, baby showers are held together by a certain theme that ties everything together. Although it is not absolutely necessary, it can help you make decisions during the planning process to rule out or include certain elements.
  • Most likely, you'll be wanting to serve some food and drink at the baby shower - ideally which falls within your theme. For some inspiration on the type of food you can serve, check out our baby shower food ideas here.
  • A baby shower, also wouldn't be a baby shower, without some silly and fun games and activities.
  • It's also common to give everyone that attended a favor or goodiebag as a "thank-you" for attending the baby shower.

Some Baby Shower Inspiration

Sometimes the best ways of getting some inspiration for holding a baby shower is by looking at what others have done. That's why we have compiled a list of some awesome baby shower ideas that you could follow.

Unique Baby Shower Decoration Ideas

Baby Shower Decoration Ideas

Check out this cool post that we put together that should give you some inspiration on decoration ideas for the baby shower you're planning.

We've compiled a list of 37 unique ideas that should give you plenty of inspiration.​ Here you'll find anything ranging from ideas on how to host a "royal baby shower", "boho chick baby shower", to even a Japanese-inspired baby shower.

​Check out our article here on unique baby shower decoration ideas.

Outstanding Baby Shower Favor Ideas

Baby Shower Favor Ideas

Are you still looking to finding the what the best baby shower favor idea would be? Well, look no more. You have come to the right place.

We have put together a list of 39 outstanding baby shower favor ideas that will blow you away, and will give you plenty of inspiration. This list includes anything ranging from DIY Bath Bombs, to mini hot air balloons. If you're looking for something, you'll be sure to find it on this list somewhere!

Check out our article here on some inspiring baby shower favor ideas.

Delicious Baby Shower Food Ideas

Baby shower food ideas

Anyone feel like some heart shaped rice crispy cakes? Or perhaps some quiche bites, or taco wheels? You'll find all of these and more on our list of the most delicious baby shower food ideas.

​This article features a list of 38 mouth-watering treats that are perfect for any baby shower. If you're planning one and unsure as to what you should be serving, it will definitely get your juices flowing and give you enough inspiration.

Check out our article on the most delicious baby shower food ideas here.​

Baby Shower Dresses

Baby Shower Dresses

Looking for what to wear when going to a baby shower? Look no further. We've compiled a list of 32 baby shower dresses that you just have to see.

Whether you're planning on wearing something formal, or you'd rather rock in with a more casual approach, we've got you covered with a multitude of options on baby shower maternity dresses. You'd want to be looking your best!

Check out our list of the 32 baby shower dresses that will simply blow you away!​

Baby Shower Centerpiece Ideas

Baby Shower Centerpieces

Looking to add a little bit of decorative touch to your baby shower? Or perhaps you'd just like to get some inspiration on what types of centerpieces were used in other baby showers?

We have compiled a list of 41 relatively easy-to-make centerpieces that can still give your baby shower a little bit of decorative flair. Whether you prefer a more elaborate approach, or would rather go with something a little bit more simple, we've got you covered.

Check out our compilation of 41 baby shower centerpieces here.​

Baby Shower Cake Ideas

Baby Shower Cake Ideas

And now onto the most delicious part of our guide: baby shower cakes! There's one thing for certain that this compilation of the most delicious baby shower cakes will do, and that is leave your mouth watering.

Baby showers are the perfect occasion to let a go a little bit, and what better way to indulge yourself with a nice baby shower cake? Have a look at our list of these 44 baby shower cakes for your special day and you'll certainly get inspired.

Check out our list of baby shower cake ideas here.​

Don't Forget To Enjoy

Now that you've got the most important parts and all the little details covered, it's time to relax a little bit and try to reflect and cherish these moments.