A Baby Shower Timeline What You Need To Know Before The Big Event}

A Baby Shower Timeline-What You Need To Know Before The Big Event


Huzaili Aris

You’ve decided to take the plunge and host a baby shower for a good friend but you are not sure where to start. Let’s start the baby shower planning with a timeline.

Six weeks to two months before the shower talk to the mom-to-be and see how she feels about you hosting a shower. Ask about the type of shower she would enjoy and discuss who she would like to invite. If you will be co-hosting the party you should also talk to these folks and make sure you are all on the same page. Get together with the co-hosts, discuss the plans and delegate.

Determine your budget and select the date, time and location. Choose your theme and start looking for the supplies you will need. Make sure you have the invitations well in advance and get a list of the addresses of the those who will be invited.

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A month before the baby shower you should get the invitations ready to send and order a cake if you plan to serve one and will not be making it yourself. Plan a menu or interview caterers. If you decide to hire a caterer do so as soon as you make your decision. These people can get really busy and if you wait too long you may find yourself without a caterer.

Two weeks before the baby shower you will want to start phoning those who have not responded to the R.S.V.P. You can begin purchasing non-perishable foods and also the last minute decorations.

One week prior to the baby shower you should check on the status of the cake and confirm, discuss and finalize plans with the caterer. If you have reserved a party room for the baby shower you should check on those arrangements. You may still have a few R.S.V.P. calls to make. If you are making party favors, now is the time to finish them. Games should all be planned and any gifts purchased and wrapped.

The day before the baby shower you can finish up any last minute cleaning, bake and prepare some of the food. You will want to check on your camera and make sure it is charged and that you have film and batteries if needed.

The morning of the baby shower you should frost the cake or cupcakes if you made them yourself. Otherwise you should pick up the cake or any other food that you ordered. You can put the touch on the final decorations and make sure the serving table is ready and the chairs are set up.

A few hours before the baby shower you can blow up any balloons you will be using. You can place a pad and pen by the chair of the person who will be recording the gifts.

One hour before the baby shower begins you should make sure the bathroom is clean. You can get dressed and put on your make-up. Begin placing the food on the table if the caterers are not bringing it. Otherwise you can get ready to assist them. Fifteen minutes before the guests arrive you can light candles and add ice to the punch.

This baby shower timeline will assist you in planning a stress free party.

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Writing Exercise 4: A Space Alien Might Make A Good Priest

Submitted by: Jenny Harker

As we develop our characters, we often fall into the habit of placing them in a single type of role and plot. For example, for years one of my characters was stuck on a California horse ranch. Having him on the ranch felt comfortable, familiar.

He became boring.

Now my character is a modern day pirate turned Catholic priest with an attitude you would not expect from a priest. He is unpredictable, sometimes shocking, and enjoys every second of it. I have discovered things about his personality I never suspected.

Write a scene involving your character in a completely new situation.

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Has your gentle mother character been in the kitchen for too long? Let her have a wild night out on the town with the girls! Dancing on tabletops and stuffing money into a male stripper s thong would be good for her.

If she is uncomfortable in a nightclub, have something happen that shakes her out of her uneasiness. Maybe she starts a brawl with a gang member? Hey, it could happen.

Have your mysterious dark hero, whether human or alien, attend a PTA meeting in place of his busy sister. Will he volunteer to bring the cupcakes for the next school function or will he upset the meeting in some manner?

Have the new situation force your character to do and say things he or she normally would not, even if stuck with a burning fork. You want your character to express his or her deepest self.

Doing so forces your character to overcome fears and inhibitions. Maybe he or she will develop new fears as a result?

This will open wide your choice of future plot lines.

Placing your characters into unexpected situations is a great way to add dimensional layers to your characters, as well as develop fresh plot ideas.

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