How to Throw a Baby Shower: Our Guide to Successful Party

Celebrate the parents-to-be with a baby shower at the Historic Acres of Hershey, and experience your momentous occasion amid our scenic rolling hills. This special milestone event is your opportunity to gather friends and family before the little one arrives. When planning your event there are many details to consider, including the date, venue, guest list, and party details. But don’t feel overwhelmed. With a bit of planning and organization, you can throw a baby shower with ease. 

How to Throw a Baby Shower

When throwing a baby shower, start with the most important details and then work your way to the fun stuff. Here’s a checklist for you to get started on planning. 

Set your budget. Consider all costs that go into hosting a baby shower, including the venue, food, invitations, and decor. Be sure to set a budget that is comfortable to you and your partner, and don’t be afraid to keep things simple. 

Get the guestlist together. Unlike a wedding, your guestlist doesn’t have to be extensive. We recommend you keep it intimate by inviting just family and close friends to the event.

Pick your venue. Once you have a headcount in mind, choose a baby shower venue that suits your needs and aesthetic. You want the space to be comfortable, functional, and, of course, beautiful! 

Choose your date. It’s a good rule of thumb to plan your baby shower about two months prior to your due date. That way, mom-to-be is close to the end of the pregnancy but will still have enough time to plan for baby’s arrival, get any necessary items that weren’t gifted at the event, and mentally prepare for this next life stage. 

Send out invitations. You can use digital invitations or traditional paper invitations for your guests. Be sure to send them out about four weeks before the event. Virtual RSVPs are increasingly popular and an easy way to get a headcount and direct guests to your registry. 

Plan your Party Details

Once you’ve pinned down the who, what, when, and where details of your baby shower, it’s time to think about the fun stuff. Don’t overthink it. Your baby shower can be as laid back or formal as you’d like it to be. 

Party games. Choose whether or not you want to play games or activities at your baby shower. Games can be a fun way to engage with your guests, but can feel overwhelming to some. There’s no right or wrong way to do it!

Gifting. You have the option to ask your guests to bring gifts wrapped or unwrapped, which is considered a “display shower.” Ultimately you should decide whether or not you want to spend time opening gifts at the event.

Decor. While our venue is beautiful as-is, you might want to include some additional decor to personalize the event. Think photos, streamers, flowers, and balloons.

Party favors. Party favors are a great thank you to your guests. Think of something everyone can enjoy like a tasty take-home treat, a mini candle, body butter, soaps, or bath bombs.

Plan Your Baby Shower at Historic Acres of Hershey

Our smaller space, The Coop, is ideal for baby showers. With space for up to 54 guests, this renovated banquet room boasts charming farmhouse details, exposed wood beam ceilings, large bay windows, and crystal chandeliers. If you’re looking at baby shower venues in Hershey PA, give us a call or submit a form on our contact us page to learn more about our options. We’re excited to help you plan your special day.