Baby Shower Guest Count: Is it Personal
It’s the big question every pregnant woman asks herself when invited to someone else’s baby shower: “How many people should I bring?” While having extra guests at your own shower might be viewed as overkill (or even greedy), it can make a much bigger impression on expectant moms if you up the guest count.
But does the number of guests you can invite to someone else’s shower depend on what type of relationship you have with the mom-to-be?
Average number of guests at a baby shower
While there is no “magic number” of guests to have at a baby shower, the average number of guests tends to be around 10-12 people.
This gives plenty of people to celebrate the new arrival while still keeping the party intimate. If you’re expecting a bigger crowd, consider throwing two smaller showers instead of one large party.
How to decide how much you should spend on a baby shower gift?
How much the guest should spend depends on the relationship they have with the mom-to-be and how well they know her.
If you’re close friends, highly consider spending no less than $25, as this is a common price range for baby shower gifts. If you’re less familiar with the mom-to-be, or if it’s a more distant relationship, $10-$15 is a more appropriate range.
Who should host a baby shower?
Most often, the shower is hosted by the mother’s close family members, such as her mother or sister. However, it may also be hosted by a close friend of the mother-to-be. If the mom is expecting more than one child at once, there might be separate showers for each baby.
Make sure to check with the mom-to-be about who she would like to host and what type of shower she would like.
What should the theme of a baby shower be?
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to themes for baby showers – it all depends on the preferences of the mother-to-be and the hosts. Some popular ideas include: a garden tea party, a circus carnival, a “mommy-to-be” spa day, or a “meet the baby” theme.
What games can be played at a baby shower?
Some fun and popular games that can be played at a baby shower include: guessing the mom-to-be’s due date, baby name game, and the diaper race.
Be sure to check with the mother-to-be about any games she would like to play, as some may be off limits (due to her pregnancy).
What should I wear to a baby shower?
There is no one “right” answer when it comes to what to wear to a baby shower. However, most people tend to dress in light and airy clothing, as the weather is usually warm during this time of year. You may also want to consider wearing something in either pink or blue, depending on the gender of the baby.
What should I bring to a baby shower?
Ideally, you should bring a gift for the expectant mother. However, if you forget or can’t afford to buy a present, bringing snacks and beverages is still an acceptable alternative.
If the shower is held at a restaurant or public venue, be sure to bring cash for food and drinks as many places do not accept cards.
Who should be invited to a baby shower?
In most cases, the only people who should be invited to a baby shower are family members of the mother-to-be and close friends or coworkers of hers. If you have a question about whether or not someone is allowed to attend, ask the mother-to-be before sending out invitations.
When it comes to baby showers — or any type of party — there’s really no “right” answer when it comes to figuring out how many people you’re supposed to invite. Just remember that the average number of guests at a baby shower tends to be around 10-12, and aim for that number whenever possible.