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Who Should Host a Baby Shower?

However mom-to-be has made her big announcement, one thing that’s certain is that you and her inner-circle are over the moon to hear the news and eager to start planning a memorable baby shower. It’s never too early to start the planning, but the question is where do you begin?  

Planning a successful shower starts with staying organized and allowing yourself enough time to lay out the details. One of the first steps to planning a baby shower is to determine who will host the party. Follow the etiquette guidelines below to help you determine who should host your baby shower:

Who Hosts a Baby Shower?

Most baby showers should be hosted by a sister, mother, mother-in-law, or close friend. Baby showers were traditionally thrown by family members who weren’t close with the parents-to-be, to avoid the assumption that close family members wanted to collect gifts for themselves. However, most baby showers are hosted by a close family member of the parents-to-be nowadays. It is also becoming more common for two people close to the honoree to co-host the shower. From selecting custom baby shower invitations to figuring out how to address baby shower invitations and organizing a day-of agenda, it can be reassuring to have a few extra helping hands around. Lastly, while the mom-to-be will be consulted during baby shower planning, she shouldn’t host her own baby shower.

The next time someone close to you announces her big news, you’ll know exactly where to start the planning and who should be in charge.

If you’re looking for more detailed planning information and guides to ensure a memorable baby-welcoming party, take a peek at our collection of baby shower articles. In the early stages of baby shower planning you may want to reference our guide to baby shower invitation wording or tips for when to send baby shower invitations. Games are a must-have at any shower,  take a peek at our baby shower games inspiration list complete with free printable games you can use at your own soirée. If you’re unsure what to gift the winners of the games, use our guide for baby shower game prizes.

Regardless of what baby shower theme you’ve selected, these baby shower tips, tricks and etiquette guidelines will help you plan a memorable shower for mom-to-be.