How to Throw a Last Minute Baby Shower

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It’s happened to the best of us—we realize just a little too late that no one took on the task of planning that baby shower for our sister, friend, neighbor, etc. Sure, you might think you have six or seven months to plan the event, but if you thought someone else was taking control or time simply slipped away from you, your only choice might be to try to throw the gathering together at the last minute. You might think there’s no time to gather baby shower decorations and plan the activities that make a great shower, but there is! There are plenty of ways you can create an awesome baby shower, even if it is last minute.

1. Make the guest list.

Standard invitations are available just about anywhere you can find baby shower decorations, but if you want something more personalized, you might consider getting only and finding a template that you can plug your information into and print off of your computer. For very short notice baby showers, it might be more prudent to simply send out an email or a Facebook invite to everyone, just to make sure you can lock down their schedules, before sending out a more formal paper invitation.

2. Send out the invitations.

While a large portion of the shower will be spent opening gifts for the expectant mother, there will also be other time to fill. Coming up with a few games or activities can help round out your last-minute baby shower. A baby shower word game is a great option, but there are a myriad of other games you can play. If the mother-to-be hasn’t yet revealed the sex of the baby, casting lots for the sex of the baby or when he or she will be born are all fun.

3. Plan the activities.

While a large portion of the shower will be spent opening gifts for the expectant mother, there will also be other time to fill. Coming up with a few games or activities can help round out your last-minute baby shower. A baby shower word game is a great option, but there are a myriad of other games you can play. If the mother-to-be hasn’t yet revealed the sex of the baby, casting lots for the sex of the baby or when he or she will be born are all fun.

4. Nail down the menu.

As with any party, food is going to be a major part of the baby shower. While some food might be dictated by whether or not the mother wants to do a sex reveal (lately, Pinterest has been buzzing with ideas like “sex-reveal cakes,” where they have a baker make a cake in a certain color and then frost it, so they reveal the sex of the baby when the cake is cut for the first time), cake, cupcakes, and finger foods are all good options. While not common at baby showers, serving a full meal, depending on the time of day, might also be great.

5. Choose a venue.

Most baby showers are simply held in someone’s home, but an alternate venue might be a good way to shake up what could otherwise be a very standard baby shower. A restaurant is a good option, especially if they have a private room that you can rent on short notice and you want to have a full meal during the shower. This is also a good way to bring the shower to a definite end. Instead of having to shoo people out of your house, when the food is finished and the presents are opened, everyone will simply go their separate ways. On the other hand, someone’s home might make for a more intimate baby shower. It’s really up to you and what kind of shower you want to throw.

6. Buy baby shower decorations.

Buy baby shower decorations. It’s not hard to find baby shower decorations. While many of the decorations will be blue or pink-themed, it is also possible to find yellow or green decorations, if you do not want to stick to the standard colors or the mother and father have not revealed the sex of the baby yet. Parties 2 Order also has a line of BaBEE Shower products that feature cute little bumblebees, for a sex-neutral party. Other decorations might include rattle cutouts, hanging paper lanterns, confetti, and banners for both boys and girls. Check out all of the baby shower decorations Parties 2 Order has to offer.

7. Decorate the space.

If you have chosen to have your baby shower at a restaurant or other venue, it would be worth your time to show up early and decorate the space before the rest of the guests or the mother-to-be arrive. If you are throwing the shower in your home, you will have a little more time and flexibility when it comes to decorating.

8. Have fun!

The primary goal of having a baby shower, even if it is last notice, is to have fun and to celebrate with the woman who is about to become a mother. This is the time to shower her with gifts and attention and show her support and love. Don’t be so preoccupied with planning and actually throwing a short-notice shower that you don’t have time to actually enjoy the party you’ve planned and the woman who’s about to have a baby.

Planning a baby shower on short notice doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to put together a great shower that the mother and your guests will love!