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A Precious Arrival: The Perfect Baby Shower Timeline

23 Oct 2023

Welcoming a baby into the world is a joyous occasion, and what better way to celebrate than with a well-planned baby shower? Whether you're the expectant mother, a close friend, or a family member, creating a baby shower timeline for this special event is essential to ensure everything runs smoothly and everyone has a memorable time. In this blog, we'll guide you through a baby shower timeline, from about a month out to the day of the event.

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Baby Shower Timeline

One Month Before

[  ] Choose a Date and Time:

     [  ] Begin by selecting a suitable date and time that works for the mommy-to-be and key guests.

[  ] Set the Budget:

     [  ] Determine your budget and allocate funds for various aspects of the shower, such as decorations, food, and games.

[  ] Compile the Guest List:

     [  ] Work with the mom-to-be to create a guest list, making sure to include the most important people in her life.

Three Weeks Before

[  ] Select a Venue:

     [  ] If you're not hosting the shower at home, reserve a suitable venue. Consider options like a restaurant, garden, or community center.

[  ] Theme and Decorations:

     [  ] Decide on a theme for the baby shower and begin planning decorations. Need inspiration? Check out the Baby Shower Party themes on For Your Party!

     [  ] Order personalized decorations that fit the chosen theme, such as custom napkins, balloons, cups, and favors. 

[  ] Invitations:

     [  ] Design or purchase invitations that match the theme.

     [  ] Send out invitations to the guest list, either by mail or electronically, and request RSVPs.

Two Weeks Before

[  ] Menu Planning:

     [  ] Coordinate with the mom-to-be to determine the menu. You can opt for a full meal, light snacks, a simple brunch, or afternoon tea.

     [  ] Make arrangements for catering or delegate cooking responsibilities to friends and family.

One Week Before

[  ] Gift Registry:

     [  ] Ensure the mom-to-be has a gift registry and that it's easily accessible to guests.

     [  ] Share the registry information with attendees.

[  ] Games and Prizes:

     [  ] Plan fun games and activities for the baby shower, and purchase any necessary supplies - try our game napkins

     [  ] Buy or make small prizes for the winners of the games.

Three Days Before

[  ] Double-Check Decorations:

     [  ] Decorate the venue, making sure everything is in place.

     [  ] Confirm the availability of tables, chairs, and any equipment you'll need for the event.

[  ] Finalize RSVP List:

     [  ] Confirm the final guest count based on RSVPs.

The Day Before

[  ] Prepare Food and Drinks:

     [  ] Begin preparing any dishes that can be made in advance.

     [  ] Purchase beverages, including non-alcoholic options for the mom-to-be and guests.

[  ] Set-Up:

     [  ] Set up tables, chairs, and any additional seating as needed.

     [  ] Arrange the decorations and table settings.

[  ] Review Your Timeline:

     [  ] Double-check to make sure nothing has been overlooked. Add any last-minute details.

The Day of the Baby Shower

[  ] Arrive Early:

     [  ] Arrive at the venue well ahead of the start time to ensure everything is in order.

[  ] Host the Baby Shower:

     [  ] Lead the games, activities, and any planned entertainment.

     [  ] Ensure the mom-to-be is comfortable and relaxed throughout the event.

[  ] Thank-You Notes:

     [  ] Collect gifts and make a list of who gave what to aid in sending thank-you notes later.

     [  ] Psst! Custom thank-you cards will help add that special touch to the entire event


A well-organized baby shower can be a beautiful celebration of the impending arrival of a new family member. By following this baby shower timeline, you can ensure that the event runs smoothly and that everyone has a memorable and enjoyable time. Most importantly, the mom-to-be will feel loved and cherished as she embarks on this exciting journey into motherhood. We hope this baby shower timeline made planning a breeze! Tag us in your pictures from your shower @foryourparty!

Baby Shower Timeline