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How to Organize a Baby Shower

Tips and Tricks
-- By Monica Ricci, Professional Organizer

If you're glowing and great with child, there should be no worries about the baby shower! All you have to do is show up, drink some punch and let yourself be "showered" with gifts and the love of your friends and family. I think that's why they call it a shower in the first place.

If you're the sister, mother or girlfriend of a mom-to-be, why not step up and offer to host the event? With a little advance planning and some creative ideas, you can throw a wonderful shower without stressing yourself out.

Timing Is Everything

A general rule of thumb is to host the baby shower 6-8 weeks before the baby is due. It's a good idea to throw the shower well in advance so you don't run the risk of having the happy event interrupted by labor pains. Also, having the shower several weeks in advance will give the parents time to purchase remaining items that they didn't receive as shower gifts.

Plan to have the shower last between 2-4 hours. One hour is too short and feels rushed and impersonal, unless you are throwing a lunchtime shower for a co-worker and your time is limited. More than four hours can be taxing on the mother-to-be and can drag out for guests. It is perfectly acceptable to indicate a start time and an end time on the invitation. This takes the pressure off mom-to-be and allows everyone to plan their day.

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Member Comments About this Article
"I don't understand why more people don't do thank you cards! I LOVE sending them AND receiving them. I don't stock up on them, I buy them when I need them, and I don't save them when people send them to me, so it's not an inconvenience, it's just a nice way to say "I appreciate what you've done for me". I don't expect anyone to cherish my thank you note forever, I just want them to know that I'm thankful and that their efforts were worth my time writing them a thank you note! And I also don't se..." -- ALAPIERRE84
"My Dad is throwing my shower but he is streeing me out Im about to say I dont even want one." -- DEVINWIFE
"I dont do thank-you cards either. I actually let me guests know that I will be giving $50 to a charity of my choice instead of spending the time and money on the thank-yous. Most people appreciate this because they don't want the clutter as well and love the idea that I am supporting a charity." -- BABYE22
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About The Author
Monica Ricci
Monica is a professional organizer, motivational speaker and author of Conquer Chaos, Change Your Life. She regularly consults and offers seminars that teach more effective organizing methods at home and work. You can learn more about her company at
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