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Follow this planning timeline for a successful baby shower.

Baby shower planning timeline

When friends or family announce they have a little one on the way, it may spur your party-planning mind on toward baby shower heaven. Before you dig into any projects, remember to scheme with simplicity in mind. Give your friend a shower that will send her off blissfully into motherhood. The planning timeline below should help you keep track of all the tasks and projects you will need to complete, and when you will need to complete them by:

After accepting the job – five months before
Once you know that you have been deemed host, ask the mom-to-be whether she wants to have the shower before her baby arrives or after. Let the mother know that a shower can be a great way to introduce the newborn to extended family, but that having the shower before the birth can offer the mother-to-be a chance to enjoy her friends and relatives one more time on her own. Another bonus is that having a party pre-birth will set up mom-to-be with any necessary baby supplies. At this time, you will also want to figure out a definitive guest list. If the lineup is extremely long, your planning may require more prepping, which can push your date back some.

Eight to ten weeks out
You should now have a definitive date and location set for the party. At this time it is wise to pick a theme for the baby shower. Choose one that will suit both your budget and leave you enough time to execute it, while also giving a nod to the mother-to-be’s style. It is OK to surprise the guest of honor with the theme, but she may appreciate a little bonding and do-it-yourself time with you and any other co-host and help prepare for the party. Once you know the theme, pick out and order your baby shower invitations.

Six weeks until the shower
Check the spelling, map and details on the baby shower invitations and send them on their way. Be sure to include your phone number on the cards so the guests can conveniently call in their RSVP.

Get together with your party helpers and start to design your party decorations. If you are planning on purchasing most products, it is best to begin shopping now. If your party will feature DIY projects, start making them within the next week or so. At about this time, also think of menu ideas, and make a list of ingredients you will need to feed the guests.

In the last month
Just before party time you want to follow up on any unknown RSVPs, as well as finish all decor or food errands you still have to run. Set up the decorations around your event space if it is at home, and make any of your goodie bags to night before or the morning of the celebration.

Don’t forget to make sure the mom-to-be is included in any planning or decorating if she wants to be.

Host a fantastic animal-themed baby shower!

5 baby shower invites that bring out the child’s animal side

When your friends have a little one on the way, things are bound to change, but you can help them prepare. For the baby shower, celebrate this new vibrancy in their lives by taking a walk on the wild side. Decorate and design the baby shower to represent how cute and cuddly their baby will soon be with a fuzzy animal theme. These clever baby shower invitations are designed with the animal loving parents in mind. Choose an animal that you feel represents their baby to be, and make it king of the shower party.

Little duckling
For a baby due out in April showers, it is more than appropriate to decorate the party room with ducklings and umbrellas. You want the baby to enjoy those wet and blustery days of spring, and who better to set an example than a baby duckling? The Pear Tree Greetings’ Baby Duckling baby shower invitations are ideal. These invites come in the shape of a little duckling, and will introduce your party theme with a splash.

Night owl
All parents know that when their baby arrives there will be many nights without sleep. It takes time for children to acclimate to our sleep patterns, so celebrate the future little night owl with Pear Tree’s adorable Whimsical Hoot Owl baby shower invitations. These invites also say the parents have a future little Einstein on your hands. Let all the family and friends know of your excitement with a baby shower filled with little owls.

Monkey business
All kids enjoy the opportunity to act a little wild, and what better way to welcome a new family addition than with a monkey family embrace? Pear Tree’s Loving Family Embrace baby shower invites bring out the caring side of life. Proof that having a baby is more about the cuddles than the spilled milk.

Laughing giraffe
You don’t have to come from a tall family to love the giraffe. This tall and peaceful jungle creature can represent an adorable leaf-eating future that is in store. Pear Tree’s Spotted Giraffe baby shower invitations are a wonderfully cute mailing to send to the guests. Keep to this animal theme by sitting a stuffed giraffe at the party entrance with balloons tied around its neck.

Jurassic call
If the parents think their child is out of this world, why not celebrate his or her future birth with a dinosaur themed party? The parents may have a future paleontologist on the way, so surround him or her with signs of a past world. Pear Tree’s Dinosaur Dreams in Yellow invites are a great way to let the guests in on the party theme.

Welcome your little one to the family with a global adoption shower.

Great ideas for hosting an adoption shower

Every set of parents deserves to have a baby shower for the new member of their family. When it comes to adoption, the child can be of any age, making the planning process slightly more difficult. The ideas assembled below are to guide whoever decides to host a party for this new family on the path to adoption shower success, regardless of whether you choose to host the event before the new child comes home, or after he or she has become part of the family. Remember, a shower is an important step in welcoming a new member to the extended family of relations and friends, so be sure to host one.

Adopted from afar
If your friends have decided to step outside of the United States to find that missing link to their family circle, incorporate their journey into the adoption shower theme. It is not necessary to host an event that reflects the child’s home country, but to acknowledge that this family is a global family now. Decorate the party with globes of various sizes, with one at each table. Globes are printed in beautiful blue colors, so continue the color scheme with shades of aquamarine. Instead of napkin rings, cut strips of your child’s home country’s map and tape them around each napkin. Incorporate the globes into the party by hosting a travel game, quizzing the guests on global trivia. For another intimate touch, include pictures from the family’s travels throughout the room.

Already part of the family
For a child who is older, it may be nice to host the adoption shower after he or she has moved in and become an integral part of the family. The important part of this party will be to show how much family love there is to offer this child. A beautifully symbolic gesture is to have the new family plant a small tree, giving their child the opportunity to leave a permanent mark on the home. So the child will always be reminded of the size of his or her loving family, have the guests apply green thumbprints to a printing of a bare tree. Each person should sign their name below their thumb print. Have this framed and then hung in the child’s bedroom.

Soon to come home
If the child is not going to be home for the adoption shower, be sure to still include him or her in the party by sending out invitations with his or her face on them. This personal touch will make the adoption shower invitations a keepsake for every friend and family member. The Pear Tree Greetings’ Treasured Timeline adoption notices are a great way to tell the family’s adoption story to all. This is also a great way to give a preview to guests of the upcoming shower theme.

A few key things to remember when planning the adoption shower is to first consider whether you should wait until their little one has arrived. This party can be a great way to introduce the family as its new whole. Second, make the party age appropriate. If the new child is slightly older, have games for him or her to play with the other children who come to the party.