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Baby showers are a lovely way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a little one, and to help you prepare for parenthood.

Whether you’re throwing a shower for yourself or a loved one, here are some steps to help get you started.

1. Decide Your Budget


Baby Shower 1Some people pay for the baby shower themselves, while others ask guests to help. When you decide how much money you have to spend, you can begin to map out a plan for the event: from how many people to invite, to how much to spend on party supplies, including food and drink.
 

2. Find a Location


Baby Shower 2Your location helps determine how many people you can invite (how many can fit in the space?) and whether it will be a casual or more formal affair.
 

3. Choose a Theme


Baby Shower 3Once you decide on a theme, you can start working on your invitations, gathering decorations, selecting food and beverages and planning activities that fit that theme.
 

4. Start Your Baby Gift List


Baby Shower 4To help your guests choose baby shower gifts, make a list with a few retailers who stock or specialise in baby things. Make sure you list essential items as well as higher-priced items, so that your guests can purchase items individually or purchase a larger item as a group.

A list helps guests pick out the perfect gift for the new baby.

 

5. Decide who to invite


Baby Shower 5Ask key invitees (like grandparents) about their upcoming calendar events before setting a date. If you’re hosting for a loved one, ask them for a list of guests to invite.
 

6. Send Invitations


Baby Shower 6You can post traditional paper invitations, send an online invite or get creative!
 

7. Prepare early


Baby Shower 7If you’re cooking for yourself, plan a menu and, closer to the date, buy the food and drinks you need. Prepare what you can ahead of time; freeze or refrigerate it until the day.
 

8. Celebrate!


Baby Shower 8The most important thing is that Mum, Dad and guests have fun. If something unexpected happens (you forgot the cake!), laugh it off. Motherhood is not about being perfect — it’s about love, and baby showers are about sharing this love with family and friends.
 

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