You have everything set: the food, the setting, the guest list, the gifts and the activities. And then it hits you – what if everyone doesn’t have fun? Even worse, what if the mom-to-be doesn’t have fun? Your party-planning just went from fun to fiasco. But, with a few considerations and a little extra planning, you can ensure not only do your guests have fun, but you also have fun.
- Don’t have your guests and especially the mom-to-be bring anything. Parties are supposed to be fun and part of the fun is being able to attend without a worry. Unless a guest is adamant about bringing something, provide everything you need for the party such as food, decorations and activities. If it’s too overwhelming financially or logistically, ask another close friend of the mom-to-be to help co-host.
- Don’t underestimate pregnancy. Especially the closer she gets to her due-date, the soon-to-be mommy will probably have swelling, backaches and increased tiredness to name just a few ailments. Having the shower outside in 100 degree heat or with no seating is going to make the party harder on her than it needs to be. Ask her if there are any foods she has an aversion to right now. A comfortable pregnant lady is a happy pregnant lady.
- Don’t make your shower theme inflexible. Themes are a great way to tie the party together. However, making your guests dress a certain way or jump through a bunch of hoops to keep the theme alive is a great way to turn the party from fun to annoying.
- Don’t let the guest list slip your mind.The mother-of-honor’s 90-year-old grandmother is probably not going to dig the ‘Bobbing for Bottle Nipples’ shower game you came up with. But, that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. Just make sure there is a mix of activities, games and food so everyone there can get behind the party.
- Don’t forget a roadmap, but enjoy the journey. Perfect the art of party-planning; do just enough planning to make it look effortless. Make sure you’ve planned for unexpected weather if it’s outdoors. Be able to measure the barometer of your own party. If everyone is having a great time just talking and mingling, don’t make everyone stop to play the ten games you had scheduled.
- Finally and most importantly, don’t miss who the party is really for! The mom-to-be should be the focus of the party after all. You don’t have to give up all your party-planning, but make sure that you are working her wishes into the plans as best you can. Your end goal is to make sure that the mom-to-be has a wonderful and memorable time shared with her friends and family.