It’s the end of April and it’s been quite an eventful April this year. I’ve helped to plan a baby shower AND a bridal shower even though I’ve never been to either one before.
It was a lot of work, but it was fun and I sure hope everyone enjoyed themselves too. Planning isn’t easy, but definitely always expect the unexpected. Don’t stress it. People are here to celebrate the happy occasion with the star of the party. Here are a few tips for anyone who’s looking to plan a shower of any kind:
1. Accept help if help is offered
You never want to turn down help because that’s just silly. You most likely have a day job to keep and a lot of things to prep for or set up. An extra pair of hands on the day of or even an extra person to share the load with or to delegate to will lighten your load and make you less frazzled.
2. Don’t buy your cutlery until guests RSVP
Do what you need to do such as figuring out whether you want plain and simple white/clear cutlery and plates/bowls/cups versus themed stuff, but don’t buy it until you figure out your numbers. You don’t want to be stuck with extras or not enough and having to do a second run. If you like to see how everything goes together, but the minimal amount (unless you plan to buy enough that you can get some sort of wholesale rate) and put it all together as a sample.
3. Have a back up plan
You may want to make, bake or prepare something for the shower. Always have a back up plan in case that fails. Starting your prep the day before usually gives you enough time for a back up plan (likely purchasing instead of DIY). This leads to my next point…
4. Minimize the DIY
You can opt to minimize on the DIY and see if your budget can afford purchasing upfront. You could purchase the food and the cake, meaning you only have to prepare appetizers or dessert treats. If you don’t have the time or skills to prepare those, buy them. All supermarkets carry frozen finger foods that are easy to heat up or veggie platters that are cut and ready to serve. Just plate them all on the day of and you’re set to go! There are plenty of things that you can DIY and you’ll be doing room set up and decor anyway. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to minimize on the DIY. That doesn’t mean you need to buy a packaged party plan. You still need to do the coordination work and figure out where you’ll get everything from. It simply means that the less help you have or the less confident you are about your DIY skills, the more stress-free paying for the goods will be. Just focus on the coordinating and you’ll have yourself a sure win.
5. Keep in mind who the guests are
This one is a big one. You definitely want to take into account the star of the show as well as the guests that they’ve indicated they want to invite to the shower. If it’s more of a family celebration, have a chat with the star about what the family is more accustomed to. Always try and make sure that you’re inclusive with this party planning. It could be a matter of the types of food being served, any allergies to keep in mind or even people’s sensitivities towards certain games.
All in all, I believe that the two showers I helped out with were successful. I’ve had people asking me whether I enjoyed planning for these showers. I am very much a DIY kind of person, so the answer is yes, I did enjoy planning. My biggest worry was whether everyone enjoyed themselves. I’m definitely not good enough to do this full time but planning parties once in a while is fun and it’s great to see people come out and enjoy themselves. Until next time!