Baby showers are happy occasions celebrating the arrival of a child. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid when planning your shower.
Mistake #1 – Inviting Too Many Guests
Coming from a large family I know first hand that a “small” family gathering can turn into a huge event in the blink of an eye. I understand that you don't want to offend or alienate anyone, but think about this – who is this event for? Mommy to be, of course! When creating the guest list ask the following question: How Well Does Mommy to Be Know this Person?
Mistake #2 – Going Over Budget
Budgets are guidelines and not set in stone. So I'm talking about going WAY over budget. It is so easy to get carried away with all the adorable decorations, favors, games, gifts, etc. However, you can create a beautiful shower without blowing the bank.
Mistake #3 – Creating a “Mish Mash”
It can be easy to create a mish mash of a baby shower by going overboard. For example, Judy planned a shower for her daughter. She decided on a teddy bear theme with blue colors (for a boy). For each of her 40 guests she ordered candles, bath salts, and chocolate shower favors. Only the chocolates actually had blue teddy bears on them. Having 3 completely unrelated favors seemed like she couldn't make up her mind. Favors are supposed to be tokens of thanks, not full gifts.
Mistake #4 – Not Enough Food
There is nothing worse than attending any event and there isn't enough food. Can you imagine a room full of cranky, hungry guests? Who wants to attend that shower? Always err on the side of having too much food. You can always freeze the leftovers for mommy to be to reheat after baby is born.
Mistake #5 – Serving Food Pregnant Women Can't Eat
Keep dietary requirements of mommy to be in mind when planning her shower. Can you imagine attending a party in your honor and you can't enjoy the food? Search the internet for specific examples.
Avoid these mistakes and you'll be well on your way to planning a beautiful shower.