Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017
Timing is everything and as the host of a baby shower, it may seem like you never have enough of it. Between selecting a date, picking out a venue and ordering the cake, it’s safe to say you have your hands full planning a baby shower.
Planning a successful shower requires staying organized and budgeting the right amount of time to celebrate mom-to-be. You’ll want guests to have enough time to enjoy themselves without being rushed but, you also don’t want anyone to feel like the celebration is too long.
So, what is the right amount of time? How long should a baby shower last? There are a few factors you should take into consideration to assure a fun baby-welcoming celebration for all guests and especially for the expectant mom.
How Long Should a Baby Shower Last?
Baby showers usually last around 2-3 hours although, depending on what you have planned for the celebration, the time can vary. It’ll be important for you to budget enough time for all of the guests to arrive including, anyone running late. In addition, it’ll be beneficial for you to take into consideration all of the baby shower games and activities you have planned for the day. Factor in things like the opening of gifts, snacking on hors d’oeuvres and cake as well as socialization. Two to three hours will give guests enough time to bond and get to know each other, if they don’t already. Plus, you should also keep in mind that the expectant mother will be pretty tired after two hours of all this fun and celebration. Although as we mentioned, depending on what you have planned for the celebration, it may go longer. To get an accurate depiction of how long the shower will last, you can make a list of everything you have planned. Estimating how long each activity should take will also help you keep the shower on track.
Remember to enjoy all of the little details you spent so much time putting together and spend some time with mom-to-be on the day of her celebration.
If you’re looking for more planning tips and tricks, you can reference our helpful guides and assure you’re following proper etiquette:
- If you haven’t planned out the day-of activities just yet, take a peek at our guide for what to do at a baby shower along with our article featuring free printable baby shower games for some inspiration.
- If you’re unsure who to invite to a baby shower, use our article and tips while creating the guest list to be sure you don’t miss any of mom-to-be’s VIP’s.
- Make sure your invitations get to where they’re going and your guests know what time to arrive with our guides for baby shower invitation wording and etiquette for when to send baby shower invitations.
- If youre looking for more inspiration, take a quick peak at our article that features baby shower themes and favors to assist with the overall theme of your shower.