Celebrate a little one on the way with a fantastic fête in honor of their arrival. If you’ll be hosting a baby shower this spring or summer, do so in style with these tips to hosting a fabulous affair. 
Pick a date
Baby showers are traditionally held a few weeks or months before the predicted due date. This will give the expectant mother time to plan for and purchase any items she does not receive. However, some mothers are now choosing to have their celebrations a few weeks after the baby is born. A party after the baby is born is referred to as a “sip and see” party. A sip and see gives guests the opportunity to meet the new baby, and is often more of an open house. Consult with the mother-to-be to see what she prefers. 
Decide who will be invited
Traditionally, only female guests are invited to a baby shower. However, traditional rules no longer apply, since the expectant father and other male guests often now attend showers. If the shower you are hosting is mostly a family gathering, then you may consider sticking with the traditional route and inviting only female family members to the shower. If you are hosting a shower for a close friend and intend on the guest list mostly containing friends, you might want to go with a coed shower and invite both the mother and father’s friends to the party. 
Choose a meaningful theme
Choosing a theme for the party will make selecting invitations, décor, and food easier. The theme or food does not have to be elaborate. Select a theme that reflects the mother-to-be’s interests. For example, if the expectant mother is a bit of a bookworm, plan a shower around a classic children’s book, like The Velveteen Rabbit. For the father-to-be who happens to be an avid golfer, a “Little Putter” golf themed shower for a baby boy would be perfect. If you are hosting a shower for a second or third baby, consider a Sprinkle theme. Since moms welcoming their second or third baby already have many baby items, moms can be “sprinkled” with a few gifts instead of being “showered” with many baby gifts. Just remember that the best baby shower themes are the ones that have some meaning to the expectant 
Focus on the food
The best way to impress your shower guests is to serve fabulous food. You do not have to prepare a full meal for guests. Instead, finger foods and heavy hors d’oeuvres will allow guests to mingle and eat at their leisure. The theme of the party can help to dictate what menu items you choose. Most importantly, make sure to have enough food for all the guests you are 
Enlist some help
If you have some friends that have volunteered to help with the shower, take them up on the offer. Before the party, designate a few friends for specific tasks. For example, baby showers are a memorable event and the mother-to-be will cherish pictures from the day. If you have a friend or family member who enjoys photography, ask them beforehand to take some pictures of the celebration. Also, don’t be afraid to ask friends or family to help with the food and drinks. With just a little help, you will be stress-free the day of the shower and able to spend more time enjoying the guests and mother-to-be! 

Posted on 2015-05-01 by Deanna Talwalkar, Party Planner Extraordinaire