Planning a successful baby shower takes a lot of work on behalf of the person who is putting it on, generally family of the expecting parent. When considering how to plan a baby shower, perception is reality. The more prepared you seem, the more likely your family and friends are to show up for the big event.

Select a date and time. Consult with the guest of honor to choose a date and time for her party. Most baby showers are held when the expectant mom is about seven months pregnant⁠—she’s well into her pregnancy by then, but she’s probably still pretty comfortable. This time frame will also give her plenty of time to organize gifts after the shower and decide what she’ll still need to purchase before the little one arrives.

Determine the guest list and budget. Once the mother-to-be has given you the complete guest list (be sure she gives you emails or addresses, too), come up with your budget. This will guide your selection of a venue and food services. “If you have $500 and 10 people, you can probably splurge a bit on the venue and food,” says Sabrina Hill, of Everyday Event Planner in Los Gatos, California, and co-author of The Everything Baby Shower Book. “If you have $500 and 50 people, you might need to scale back.

Choose a venue. Consider the time of year, number of 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. If the guest list is large, or you have a bigger budget, consider a nearby event venue – like Greenwood Springs Event Center. The setup, catering, and cleanup will be managed by our staff, so the host can sit and enjoy the event.

If you are planning a baby shower, bridal shower, class reunion, party, gala, or charity event, please contact the event planners at Greenwood Springs Event Center in Joplin MO and schedule your venue tour today.