Plan a Baby or Bridal Shower in an Hour: It Can be Done!


How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

Bridal showers. You’ve been there. Your friend is getting married. Amazing. You start looking into Indianapolis wedding photography services, local venues, and good places to get bridesmaid outfits from. But you decide to offer to host a shower- in addition to caring for your own family, killing it at the office (or at home with your kids), and honoring your expanding list of volunteer commitments that you wish you never signed up for in the first place.

Shoot me.

You need to get this planned, and fast! No worries, with the assistance of Tracie Domino of Tracie Domino Events, here are some tips on how to quickly plan a shower, with it looking you spent days making Pinterest projects.

To illustrate this work-in-progress, I included photographs from my sister’s bridal shower in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Set the Date and Time: This will help dictate the rest of the planning process. Work with the Guest of Honor to select a date and time that is convenient for her, usually 2-3 months before the baby is due or 2-3 months before the wedding. If you choose an evening event, you might want to include the father or groom-to-be and invite other men. Guys typically don’t like baby or bridal showers, but you can entice them with booze and good food.

Pick a Venue: Hosting a shower at someone’s home is often the most cost effective, but if nobody has the space, there are other options. Private rooms at restaurants and clubs work great for this. Make sure you ask the venue about minimum fees for food and beverages so you don’t have a heart attack when you receive a ridiculous bill.

Choose a Theme: The theme of the event should jive with the venue. Depending on the location, and the taste of the guest of honor, you might not need a theme. For Amanda’s shower, the hostess’ home was beautiful, and we didn’t want to spend money on decorations and ruin the flow of the home. Should you choose a theme, which is usually better for baby showers, you can order everything you need in one click on Etsy, and the decorations will usually arrive at your house pretty quickly. Etsy is a lazy person’s (me!) manna from heaven.

Send the Invitations: I prefer digital invitations over hard invitations because you can send them on the same day that you create them and they make it simple to track the RSVPs. My hands-down favorite company for this is Paperless Post.

Choose the Menu: Don’t drive yourself nuts by committing to making food that requires massive preparation the day of the event. Either order everything from a local restaurant that delivers or make platters the night before. Costco or Sam’s Club will be your God. If you are after some local options, a quick search for sandwich shops near me should also bring up some local places that you can go ahead and get some platters made that you can just pick up the morning of the event. For my sister’s shower, we went to Costco and purchased three large tubs of chicken salad, two dozen croissants, two dozen dinner roles, kale salad that’s already bagged, and pre-cut fruit. All of those items were enough to feed around 25 people and cost only $110. The shower hostess already had beautiful serving bowls, so we put the food in those and it was picture perfect. We purchased a couple dozen white cupcakes from Publix and placed them on a three-tiered platter.

What to Drink: One of the biggest mistakes people make at baby showers is not drinking because the Guest of Honor is pregnant. Absent religious or health reasons, don’t do that to your guests. With regard to bridal showers, alcohol is often expected. For my sister’s shower, we set up a bar that contained two signature cocktails: orange creamsicles and mimosas. With mimosas, you can use the inexpensive champagne, like my college preference of Andre, and nobody will ever know. Except when they wake up the next morning. But that’s their problem.

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Play a Game: While shower games can be lame, they can be an ice breaker for your guests. Some of my favorites are here for a baby shower and here for a bridal shower. Most people like gambling for fun, so have everyone guess the date the baby will be born or it’s weight, gender, and length of the baby. If it’s a bridal shower, have them bet on a “Newlywed Game” where the groom answers certain questions ahead of time and the bride is tasked with correctly guessing his responses. Regarding whether games will be played, leave it to the Guest of Honor. And please skip the “poop in the diaper” game if you’re throwing a baby shower. If you don’t know what game I’m talking about, then you’re lucky.

Opening Gifts. Years ago, it was an absolute requirement to open gifts at a shower. This is no longer the case. If you have a huge invite list or you are inviting men, you might want to skip this altogether and let the couple open gifts after the shower. Trust me… with the exception of the Guest of Honor’s mom and some great-great aunts, nobody would mind. I recently attended a baby shower where all the guests sat in a large circle with each guest holding another guest’s gift. One by one, each guest introduced themselves, stated how they knew the Mother-to-Be, gave one piece of motherhood advice, and then opened the other guest’s gift and stated what the gift was. I loved this idea. It was a way for all the guests to interact and spared the Mother-to-Be the trouble of opening tons of gifts in front of everyone. I liked that the guests were interacting with each other, and shared where they got their gifts and the ideas behind them. One of the guests said that she got the idea for her gift from a review site similar to
Mommyhood101. I thought the whole thing was a great idea. Cheers to that!

Below are some photographs of my sister’s shower.

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

The bar featured mimosas and orange creamsickles, our “signature cocktail” for the bride-to-be and guests. The recipe is awesome because you don’t need to “measure” anything… just start pouring and tasting. Combine Liquor 43, vodka, orange juice, fat free, non dairy vanilla creamer, and a touch of vanilla extract (only if you’re using plain, non-flavored creamer). Blend it all together and you’re good to go.

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

The hostess rented tables and chairs, and decorated the place settings with a variety of winter-colored flowers. She used her own China and rented the linens. The China is Spode and was purchased in Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom.

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

This table wear is so special that I couldn’t resist photographing it. The hostess purchased this in 1997 in London at “Bermondsey Fair” and it is dated around 1840.

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

The hostess made this shrimp salad and it was a hit. She took 6 lbs. of cooked, deveined, shelled and cooled shrimp, chopped celery, mayo, and Old Bay Seasoning to taste, and combined everything together. She then refrigerated it until it was ready to serve.

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

The cupcakes are from Publix, which supplied the heart-shaped toppers.

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

Me and the Bride-to-Be.

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

The Mother-of-the-Bride, Mother-of-the-Groom, Bride-to-Be, and Me.

How to plan a baby or bridal shower in just an hour | The Champagne Supernova

Some of the awesome guests who helped to make the day so special for my sister.

About Tracie Domino: Tracie is the Founder and Creative Director of her own company, Tracie Domino Events. Her stylish expertise and relatable sophistication have made her a trusted wedding planning consultant to business leaders, professional athletes, and high society since 2004. She and her team make fun, memorable weddings happen on the west coast of Florida, and are available to travel to destination weddings worldwide. She is a fan of beach vacations, Florida State football, Vegas casinos, guacamole, and one smart and sexy six-footer. Tracie can be reached at 813-810-0621 or via e-mail at Tracie@TracieDomino.com. Cheers!

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    17 Comments on Plan a Baby or Bridal Shower in an Hour: It Can be Done!

    1. Fredro
      September 23, 2019 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

      Nice post!

      Reply
    2. Fredro
      September 20, 2019 at 6:10 am (3 years ago)

      Nice post!

      Reply
    3. Laci Carlson
      May 5, 2015 at 10:47 pm (7 years ago)

      Love this and yes i agree it can be done. #homemattersparty

      Reply
    4. Lorelai
      May 5, 2015 at 8:54 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – We hope to see you again next week!
      ~Lorelai
      Life With Lorelai

      Reply
    5. Aspen Jay
      April 27, 2015 at 9:20 pm (7 years ago)

      Love all the fresh flowers in the pictures… simply beautiful! Did you pick those all out?

      Reply
      • jenniferdaku
        April 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks for stopping by and glad you loved the flowers… the hostess picked them out. They were gorgeous!

        Reply
    6. Catherine
      March 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm (7 years ago)

      What a lovely shower, Jennifer! Beautiful setting and decor. Love the cupcake tower with the roses – gorgeous! 🙂 Cheers, Catherine (newest subscriber to your blogging adventures)

      Reply
      • jenniferdaku
        March 29, 2015 at 8:50 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks so much Catherine! Glad you loved it and thanks for stopping by!

        Reply
      • jenniferdaku
        March 30, 2015 at 8:50 pm (7 years ago)

        Aw, Catherine, thanks so much for stopping by and for the feedback. Cheers!

        Reply
    7. Sandra
      March 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm (7 years ago)

      Beautiful shower and awesome pictures! Our youngest daughter is getting married in July and we’re having a blast planning her shower which will be in April. This event has taken on a life of its own, the guest list is up to 72. Yikes! To top if off our oldest daughter is getting married in September. Yes, it is going to be very busy around here. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

      Reply
      • jenniferdaku
        March 7, 2015 at 7:15 pm (7 years ago)

        Sandra- thanks for stopping by the blog and for the feedback. Sounds like your next 5 months are going to be chaos! Enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast. Please share pictures and let me know if you were able to use any of the food, drink, or decorating ideas for any wedding events. Cheers to your daughters!

        Reply
    8. Ally
      March 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm (7 years ago)

      Hey Jennifer! Just read through all your blog posts and love, love, love your style of writing and sense of humor! So glad I came across your blog!

      Reply
      • jenniferdaku
        March 2, 2015 at 8:25 pm (7 years ago)

        Ally, thanks for the kind words! Finding time to blog quality posts after working all day and taking care of two kids is freaking hard, and I appreciate the encouragement from you to keep going!

        Reply
    9. Sara (Lane) Glomski
      February 26, 2015 at 3:35 pm (7 years ago)

      That shower is so gorgeous! Love the baby shower gift opening idea you gave and yuck, hate that poop in the diaper game too.

      Reply
      • jenniferdaku
        February 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks, Sara! Maybe you’ll have a fourth Glomski so you can implement this game at another shower… 🙂

        Reply
    10. Tracie Domino
      February 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm (7 years ago)

      This was a fun one Jennifer! Thanks for including me in your article.

      Reply
      • jenniferdaku
        February 26, 2015 at 8:48 pm (7 years ago)

        Thanks, Tracie! I’m glad we could work together. You’re the best. Cheers!

        Reply

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