Shower hostess roles have evolved and can include pretty much anyone in the guest of honor’s life, including friends, relatives, and even spouses. Check out the
party-planning basics steps below to host a fun and festive party!
Select a date and time. Even if you want to surprise the honoree, you may need to consult her on which weekends she’s available, or ask someone close to her. For baby showers, about 7 months into her pregnancy is a safe time, and for bridal showers about 2 months in advance of the wedding date so guests don’t feel like they’re giving gifts too close to the wedding.
Establish the guest list and budget. Once the guest of honor has given you the guest list (including addresses!), come up with a budget that works for you and your group so that you can choose a venue and start thinking about the food you’d like to serve.
Choose a venue. Consider your theme, time of year, how many guests, and budget. Hosting a shower in your backyard or living room is intimate, and you won’t have to pay a fee to reserve the space, but sometimes it can be overwhelming and you have to deal with the cleanup. Parks are also a good option, but make sure to have a backup plan in case it rains. If the guest list is large, or you have a bigger budget, consider a nearby restaurant or venue. Don’t have time to research and visit venues? Detailed Events by Derrin can research venues in your area within your budget!
Decide on a theme. Whether it’s just the honoree’s favorite colors, or a full out tea party, having a theme helps with decorations and setting the mood for the event.
Send the invitations. Guests should receive their invites about six weeks before the shower. That way they’ll have plenty of time to reserve the date, RSVP, shop for gifts, and find a babysitter if needed. Detailed Events by Derrin will create an invitation that matches your theme, and mail them out for you!
Come up with an agenda. Most showers include games, gift opening, eating, and drinking. The key is organizing these activities to create a fun flow that keeps guests entertained and engaged. Make sure you don’t forget prizes for game winners! Detailed Events by Derrin has many game options already, but is always willing to make one that you may have seen on Pinterest or at another event!
Pick up favors. A parting gift is a simple way to thank your guests for attending, and it doesn’t have to be extravagant! One approach is to stick to your theme, but should also consider your guests. Scented soaps, candles, or bubble bath are also common crowd-pleasers. Detailed Events by Derrin personalizes all favors with the guest of honor’s name, date, quote, etc. to match your theme!
Plan the menu and decor. Nail down these details about three weeks before the shower. Purchase or make decorations that aren’t perishable (wait until the day before to buy flowers or make your famous cupcakes, for example). Finalize the menu, making sure that it matches the guest of honor’s tastes. Detailed Events by Derrin can provide a guest book, banners, favors, and other decor in their event packages or a la carte options that will help your event blend seamlessly with your theme.