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The birth of your best friend’s baby, or your future nephew or niece is definitely an event worth celebrating. Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, the opportunity to throw the best baby shower to get the future mother excited about her new lifestyle is one of the best presents you could give them, and here’s how you’ll be bale to plan it in style.

There are a lot of little things you can do which will both exceed everyone’s expectations and maintain a reasonable budget.

1. Plan in advance

Although it’s usually tradition to organise a baby shower four to six weeks before the due date, it’s completely ok to organise it anytime before the baby arrives depending on people’s schedules. It can get difficult to find the best date for all of the mother to be’s friends and family to attend, so make sure you start planning it weeks (and maybe even months) in advance. You’ll have to pick a location and a theme, but you can always send out date options to everyone on your guest list before you book anything and let them know the plan later! But make sure you send out an invite reminder either by mail or online to confirm everyone’s attendance 2-3 weeks in advance.

The location of the baby shower is where you could save the most money so try and find a comfortable and spacious space. Baby showers usually take place in the hosts’ home, but as we all live in London it can get tricky to have a big enough house to have everyone around! If this is happening in the summer, we highly recommend picking a place with some outdoors space, but you can also consider a restaurant, country club or even a pub! Many have rooms to book that only require a small deposit.

2. Choose a good theme

Choosing the theme of your party in advance will make your planning 10 times easier. Baby shower themes can either be super specific, such as “farm animals” or be as basic as choosing a themed colour. Once you’ve chosen your theme, it will also help you pick the perfect location, decorations and even type of nibbles and foods. This website is my personal favourite for the best inspiration.

Another great detail the future parents will love is the opportunity to announce the gender of their baby to their guests with either a balloon to pop, a cake or just an announcement.

3. Be smart about the food

The last thing you want to be worried about on the big day is whether one of your friend’s family member is lactose intolerant, the aunt is allergic to nuts or even that most of the crowd there won’t be able to eat your pork belly. Which means that before even planning a menu, you’ll need to ask around for any dietary restrictions. You’ll however want to keep the menu varied, without being too elaborate. Think simple finger foods, vegetable platters, cheese and crackers and of course, chips and salsa!

You’ve also got to keep in mind that the mother to be might have some dietary restrictions due to her pregnancy. Most commonly, pregnant women need to avoid raw fish, sugars and lactose products so maybe serving sushi isn’t the best idea? Don’t worry too much however, because she will be able to give you a list of all the foods she can and can’t eat, and whilst you don’t need to make the menu according to her needs, you’ll want to make sure she has a few snacks or two she can have at her own shower!

4. Be the perfect host!

Easier said than done you say? That’s absolutely not true! There are so many ways you can make sure, prior to the day, that your baby shower will go perfectly. For one, make sure you get to the location at least 1-2 hours before everyone is supposed to arrive. This will give you plenty of time to lay out your decoration, choose the right ambiance music and chat to the staff (if at a pub or restaurant) to get to know them for better communication throughout the day. Another great tip is to prepare “Thank You” cards from the future mother and father to be, to all her guests. Follow the guest list and address simple cards to each guests invited. During the shower, you can also take note of what each guest brought to personalise the notes! If you’re on a budget, you can also consider creating home-made thank you notes.

Although everyone will enjoy some activities during the shower, don’t go overboard with the organisation. If your guests are not on the chatty side, you won’t need to fill up the time with games, but that might not always be the case. Which is why you should consider a few things such as creating a book where guests can include baby tips for the future parents, they can write a little note to the baby or even wish them the best or just come up with a simple game of charades!

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