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Baby Shower Tips From a Professional Event Planner

I asked a professional event planner all the important questions that every hostess needs to know. These are her top baby shower tips.

Updated May 16, 2024

by Nina Spears "The Baby Chick"

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert
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So you’re planning a baby shower! Whether you volunteered or were asked to plan/host the event, it can be a lot of work and sometimes quite overwhelming to get it all together. Where do you start? What do you need to have, and what are the most important things you need to know or remember?

This is why I went to a pro! Kameela from Tutus & Bowties Events is a true professional and the guru of all soirees! She helped us plan our Mother’s Day Soiree as our event planner, and I know I couldn’t have done it without her knowledge and help. Not everyone can hire (or want to hire) an event planner when planning a shower, so I asked Kameela the most pressing questions on how to host the best baby shower. 🙂

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Kameela, what are the first things someone should consider when planning a baby shower?

Planning a baby shower for a loved one or a friend can be an exciting and rewarding experience. And I am sure you may have many ideas you want to include. However, we recommend taking time to ensure you truly honor the Guest of Honor’s wishes. Believe me, they have a vision of how their special day should be. Before making any plans, set aside some time for a quick chat to gather the important “must-haves.” Perhaps schedule some time to discuss the celebration over lunch or even dessert! I am pretty willing to bet the moms will thank you for the sweet treat!

When looking at venues, what should people consider before agreeing on a space?

Venues are one of the most critical aspects of the planning process. You cannot move forward with save the dates or invitations until your venue location is secured. Here are a few important questions we recommend asking during your venue search:

  • Is the venue available on the desired date?
  • What is the room capacity?
  • How much time will you have to set up and break down?
  • Is outside catering allowed?
  • Will the space allow your guests to move around comfortably if stations, like a photo booth or game area, are set up?

Budgeting is so important. What are things that people should consider when trying to determine a budget?

Oh, that “B” word! Yes, I am referring to a budget. Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone has or should have one. Having one allows you to set a parameter on what elements to create. If you don’t have one yet, take a moment to determine what that magic number is.

Remember we mentioned keeping the Guest of Honor happy and honoring their requests. We recommend gathering a list of her must-haves and determining the cost to incorporate those ideas into the celebration. Consider your overall budget and how realistic each request is. Ask her to prioritize.

Also, keep in mind there are other critical elements you should consider, including the food, venue, decor, professional photography, guest favors, and desserts. I know you are thinking, “Aren’t desserts considered food?” I think it’s important to keep these two areas separate when planning out your budget. Whether you hire a caterer or make the food yourself, this area will be the most expensive component of your budget.

Take a moment to research local vendors in your area for each section of your plan. Reach out to them to determine the costs for their services and determine if their fees match your needs. However, I also firmly believe that just because it’s cheaper does not mean it’s a better option. Schedule an appointment to meet over the phone and check out their online portfolio. Doing these things will help you make a solid decision.

What games do you recommend to keep it fun and interesting at the party?

We love a good scavenger hunt, which can be created to complement any theme. We typically use them as icebreakers because they get your guests mingling and engaging with others. Check out our favorite baby shower games for more fun games.

Any shower décor that you think is a must?

Did you say shower décor? Well, that happens to be our specialty! Once you have identified a baby shower theme, you can choose décor pieces to incorporate into your shower to bring the theme to life. Your most important elements include signage, centerpieces, and props to help carry them throughout your setup. Our favorites are florals. They really set the tone for your event and can be created to complement your color palette.

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I recommend conducting an inventory search in your home to locate baskets, small suitcases, fabric, candle holders, and anything else that complements the style you are going for. Once you have secured the critical pieces, purchase party décor that spells out the theme or the word “BABY,” like our Candy Letter Dishes and Mylar Letter Balloons. Use cups, plates, and eating utensils to add the finishing touches.

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What party favors do you think will be the biggest hits?

We feel party favors should be useful and complement your theme. Our favorite baby shower favors are sweet! I am referring to a gourmet dessert station filled with delicious macarons, cake pops, and chocolate molds! It will be a focal point for your event space and a sweet take-home baby shower favor for your guests!

What invitations do you recommend the most? Are email invites a no-no?

Call me a traditional girl or old-fashioned, but I love myself a paper invite. Baby shower invitations set the tone for your event and get your guests excited about the upcoming celebration. Email invites should only be an option if you are short on time.

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Do you have any tips for planning the layout and flow of the party?

Planning an event is like telling a story. There is a beginning and an end. Your event should have a smooth flow and process. I recommend creating a schedule of events for the celebration and putting a time limit on each activity. This will help ensure you do not exceed the specified time limit for your event. Create a schedule draft and make edits as you work through the planning process.

What are the most forgotten points that all event planners need to consider?

As I mentioned earlier, be sure to consider your Guest of Honor’s wishes during every step of the process. Planning can be exciting, and we can sometimes forget what’s really important. Be intentional about every aspect of your plans.

Do you recommend any must-haves for a baby shower?

A professional photographer is my absolute must-have. The GOH will appreciate the gorgeous photos of her celebration for years to come. A photographer will be the best person to ensure your story is recorded and captured.

What should a hostess prepare the week of the shower?

The hostess should take time to reconfirm with all vendors involved, whether a caterer, baker, or photographer. Be sure to confirm their arrival time, provide directions, and make any last-minute payments. Making a checklist throughout the planning process will help as well. It relieves some of the additional stress of possibly forgetting something!

What should a hostess check on and prepare on the day of the shower?

The hostess should contact the GOH and thank them for allowing you to plan their event. See if she has any questions or needs anything. Believe it or not, the GOH can get nervous, too! Be sure you have all the supplies needed, such as cake knives, safety pins, tape, scissors, or other crafting tools if you are responsible for decorating!

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Why is it a good idea to hire an event planner for a baby shower, and what are the benefits?

Hiring the right planner is always a good idea, in my opinion. I may be a bit biased, but it’s true. How often have you hosted a party for your child, a friend, or a family member, and you looked at the pictures after the event and realized you made it in only one photo because you were busy setting up, putting out fires, or even taking the photos? Hiring a planner to serve as the day-of-coordinator can relieve the additional stress of setting up or hosting an event. We also are pretty good at avoiding disasters, saving money, and offering clever suggestions to bring your theme to life. Hire a planner and be a guest!

How can our readers find a great event planner in their area?

There are several ways to find a great planner in your area. Word of mouth is probably the best option for securing the right planner. If your close friends or family do not have recommendations, try searching on Google or using online tools such as Gig Salad or Thumbtack! These tools connect party hosts and professionals on one platform. They allow you to enter your requests using a survey and professionals to respond.

Do you have any last tips and recommendations that you can share?

My last tip is not to stress out. I know it can be a challenge if you are a perfectionist. However, if you plan correctly, secure the appropriate professionals, and remember your GOH wishes, everything will work out just fine.

Thank you so much, Kameela! These are some great tips that I know will help our readers plan the perfect baby shower. xoxo

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