Your Checklist Guide for Planning a Baby Shower

A baby shower is an absolute celebration of all things tiny socks, giggles, and adorable onesies! Friends and family, all gathered to shower the mum-to-be (the ultimate guest of honour) with love, laughter, and a mountain of baby essentials. It's a joyous occasion filled with games, themed decorations, and heartfelt gifts, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Planning a baby shower is like curating the perfect party playlist. I's all about setting the tone, creating an atmosphere of love and excitement, and ensuring every little detail is just right. Whether you're the designated host or the mum-to-be herself, there's plenty of fun to be had in bringing this magical event to life.

From choosing the perfect theme and crafting delightful invitations to whipping up scrumptious treats and dreaming up entertaining games, we've got you covered. So sit back, relax, and let's embark on a journey to plan the most unforgettable baby shower for the glowing mum-to-be and her soon-to-arrive bundle of joy!

Learn how to plan a brilliant baby shower for mum-to-be and her soon to arrive beautiful baby.

Planning a Baby Shower: Your Checklist

Setting a realistic budget

Planning a baby shower entails setting a realistic budget that aligns with the guest of honour's preferences.

Have an open discussion with the mum-to-be to understand her desires. Some may prefer a low-key gathering over an extravagant affair. It's crucial to ensure that the celebration is enjoyable without breaking the bank. Communication is key to aligning on the theme and budget.

If you are worried about being able to afford the baby shower, be honest with the guest of honour. A baby shower shouldn't bankrupt the person organising it! Talk things through with mum-to-be so you can align on the theme and budgets.

Choosing the perfect venue

Selecting the ideal venue for a baby shower depends on two main factors: the mum-to-be's preferences and the guest count.

Smaller gatherings may thrive in cosy home settings, while larger parties may require spacious venues like hotels or restaurants. These venues often offer catering services, easing the planning process.

Don't forget to factor in the weather. Opting for a summer shower allows for delightful outdoor events, but it's wise to have a backup plan for unexpected (or rather expected in the UK) rain showers!

Getting creative with themes

It's quite common for a baby shower to have a theme. Adding a theme to your baby shower can elevate the celebration to the next level of fun and excitement. However, it's essential to consider the potential costs associated with elaborate themes and ensure they align with everyone's budget.

With countless themes available, ranging from classic to quirky, you're sure to find one that resonates with the mum-to-be's style. Need inspiration? Here's a list of our most loved fun baby shower themes for little girls to get you started.

Crafting the perfect guest list

Collaborate with the mum-to-be to compile the guest list, ensuring it reflects her preferences and includes her closest friends and family. Consider using email for invitations to streamline communication and gather RSVPs efficiently.

While messenger apps may seem convenient, they pose the risk of spoilers if not managed carefully. It's very easy for someone to make a mistake and accidentally reply to the guest of honour with details that might ruin a surprise!

Opting for email ensures confidentiality and facilitates easy dissemination of important event details.

Crafting a delicious menu

Tailor the menu to the guest of honour's preferences and the chosen theme, ensuring to accommodate any food aversions or dietary restrictions. Avoid serving dishes that the mum-to-be dislikes or may find unappetising.


Take into account any allergies or specific dietary needs of the guests to ensure everyone can enjoy the spread. Remember, a 'Wild West' theme won't bode well for vegetarian guests craving steak alternatives! Consider serving tapas-style mini-portions to cater to diverse tastes and preferences.

While alcohol is typically off the menu at baby showers, exceptions may exist based on the mum-to-be's preferences. When in doubt, consult with her to ensure everyone's comfort.

Invitations that wow

In today's digital era, go for email invites or opt for a classic touch with mailed ones. Need a snazzy design? Canva has got your back!

It's a free graphic design tool with loads of templates to jazz up your invites. Once you've created your masterpiece, just download it, attach it to an email, and voila! Send out those invites at least eight weeks before the shower, giving guests ample time to prep and plan.

Make sure you set an RSVP date that provides you with enough time to agree the menu, especially if you're getting someone else to do the catering.

Let's Party: The Big Day Arrives!

The big day is finally here and it’s time to chill out and let the good times roll!

You've nailed the planning, so kick back, relax, and soak in the joy. It's all about spreading love, laughter, and celebrating the mum-to-be and her little bundle of joy!

Guests' grand entrance!

As your fabulous guests strut in, make them feel extra special by having them sign the baby shower guest book. It's a sweet keepsake for the mum-to-be to cherish down the line. And why stop there? Set up a corner for advice cards or a message wall and let the wisdom flow, and the wishes for the baby and parents roll in!

Let the games begin

Prepare for some belly laughs and joyful cheers as you dive into a plethora of interactive fun baby shower games!

From team challenges to trivia showdowns and printable games, make sure there's something for everyone. Remember, variety is key so consider the diverse tastes of your guests, offering both group and individual activities. After all, inclusivity is the name of the game, and your thoughtful planning will earn you brownie points with your guests.

Throughout all of your planning, do keep in mind that everyone is different. Some guests may enjoy large group games while others might prefer a short and simple baby shower activity. Do your best to look after all the guests and make sure everyone is included. Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Welcoming special guests with open arms

In the grand orchestration of your baby shower, it's essential to earmark a place for those extra-special guests.

Take a moment to identify those who may want to sprinkle some heartfelt words into the festivities. Whether it's a hunky stripper, the glowing mum-to-be, the excited dad-to-be, or the beaming grandparents, their speeches can add a touch of warmth and sentimentality to the occasion.

Consider the timing of these speeches with care. You may want to bring these speeches in during a lull in the festivities or nestled between something to eat. By weaving these moments seamlessly into your event, you ensure that each word resonates deeply with your guests, leaving an mark on the memory of this brilliant celebration.

Bidding farewell with fond memories

As the curtain falls on your spectacular baby shower, it's time to bid adieu to your cherished guests. But before you part ways, ensure each guest departs with a sprinkle of sentimentality wrapped in a cute baby shower party bag. These thoughtful tokens serve as keepsakes, preserving the magic of the day long after the last crumb of cake is gone.

Crafting the perfect party bag need not break the bank. Think simple yet meaningful items like old group photos or baby pictures of the guest of honour to evoke nostalgia and joy.


For an extra touch of whimsy, consider capturing candid moments throughout the day with a polaroid camera. Take enough pictures throughout the day to place one polaroid photo into each party bag. This is a lovely (cheap yet thoughtful) way to provide your guests with a real reminder of a wonderful special day.


As we bid farewell to this guide on planning the perfect baby shower, let's reflect on the journey we've shared.

From setting budgets to selecting themes, and from crafting invitations to orchestrating entertainment, every step is infused with love and anticipation. Remember, amidst the planning frenzy, the essence of a baby shower lies in celebrating the miracle of new life and showering the mum-to-be with warmth and joy.

So, as you embark on this delightful adventure, may your baby shower be a tapestry of cherished memories, laughter, and love, woven together to welcome the newest member of your family with open arms and hearts and your special guest be a hunky stripper.

Happy showering!