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How to Host a Wedding or Baby Shower

Are you hosting a baby or wedding shower soon? Our “How to Host a Wedding or Baby Shower” guide will give you all the tips for hosting the best shower ever, from invitations, to decorations, to menu!        

How to Host a Wedding or Baby Shower

First things first! Who to Invite?  

When compiling a guest list for a shower, it’s important to know who to invite. Is it a friend or family shower? Will you invite people from church and/or your neighbors? First (unless it’s a surprise shower) ask the guest of honor to give you a guest list. We have found that compiling a guest list of people who know each other makes for the most comfortable and relaxed party atmosphere.  

How to Host a Wedding or Baby Shower

As a family, we have a tradition of hosting a shower before a first baby or wedding. Years ago, there were rules regarding shower etiquette. Any immediate relative to the bride was traditionally not supposed to host the shower. Luckily, this has changed and (almost) anything goes now. It’s perfectly acceptable for any family member, friend, or group of friends to host a shower now!      

Bridal Shower decoration ideas

Decorations: Keep. It. Simple.

When it comes to decorating for a baby or wedding shower, I like to keep it simple!  I usually decorate one area, either the gift, food, or dessert table. Paper products from My Mind’s Eye make decorating easy and beautiful.  The “Oh Baby”  banner (pictured) is from My Mind’s Eye.  The possibilities are endless when using this one simple banner... “Y A Y”,  “Congrats” or “Mr. & Mrs.”  to name a few!  

Baby Shower decoration idea

For Brooke’s baby shower, my friend Stacey shared a fun idea for a simple decoration: Put up a clothesline with newborn baby onesies I ordered from Amazon. It’s a simple, adorable decoration for any baby shower, and practical too!  The onesies can be given to the  mom-to-be for her little one after the shower is over. Any gathering is better with flowers. I LOVE to decorate with fresh flowers, and I use white about 90% of the time because white is classic and goes with almost any theme!    

Shower desserts

It’s All About the Food

Food is such an important part of any event. I like to concentrate on feeding our guests at showers, instead of games. If you are into games at showers, more power to you! I’d love it if you’d leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite shower games!

Food for a baby shower

A festive drink station with water, sparkling water, juice, or soda with fresh lemons, limes and flavorings is easy to put together. When it comes to food, chicken salad is such a timeless shower food. I usually make Tarragon Chicken Salad or Chicken Salad with Apples and Dill. To make food prep simple, use my How to Cook Frozen Chicken recipe to prepare the chicken in a fraction of the time! I also like to build a Fruit Platter, and for those who are on a special or low carb diet, Cottage Cheese and Dill Dip is a great option, which pairs well with anything and pleases any palate.

Carrot Cake for a wedding shower

Fresh options are always at the top of my list and that’s why I always include salads in my shower menus. For Brooke’s shower, I made Chicken, Pear and Smoked Gouda Salad. Another favorite shower salad is Pear and Pecan Salad; it’s a simple make ahead salad with a delicious sweet and savory flavor.

Apple,Feta and Spiced Pecan Salad
Apple, Feta and Spiced Pecan Salad

My Apple, Feta and Spiced Pecan Salad is a combination of fruit, feta, and greens along with candied spiced pecans, it’s always a crowd pleaser! We also love this Southwest Salad because it’s filled with so many different flavors and is a great healthier option.  

Overnight Rolls
Overnight Refrigerator Rolls

Pair any of these recipes with Lion House Rolls or Overnight Refrigerator Rolls and you’ve got the ultimate baby or wedding Shower menu…

Cake decorated for a wedding shower

For dessert I like to serve White Cake, Almost Swig Cookies, and Black and White Brownies. I’ve also made the White Cake Recipe into cupcakes, which is perfect for showers. Some of our other favorite shower desserts are Strawberries and Cream Sheet Cake, it’s perfect for serving a crowd and pretty enough for any occasion, and my 30 Minute Blondie Recipe, which is so easy to make and full of buttery goodness.

Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Sheet Cake

Another one of my favorite treats to serve are Tried and True Chocolate Chip Cookies. They never disappoint!   Whether you’re planning a baby or wedding Shower or just helping in the process, these tips will help you host the best shower ever. Focus on the bride to be or mom to be, and make it her special day. Keep it simple by decorating one main area. When it comes to menu planning, follow my suggestions for a meal that will please the whole crowd! I promise, you’ll be able to create a memorable occasion for everyone.

Here are a few sample menus for wedding and baby showers to inspire you in the kitchen!

Classic Chicken Salad and Roll Menu

Salad for a wedding shower
Chicken, Pear and Smoked Gouda Salad

We Love Salad Menu

Easy Caramel Brownies made with a mix
Quick and Easy Caramel Brownies!
Fresh Strawberry Quick Bread

Brunch Menu

Liege Waffles
Liege Waffles with Berries

Waffle Buffet Menu

Overnight Cinnamon Oats
Overnight Oats with Cinnamon

Muffins, Yogurt, Granola and Oats

Carrot, Zucchini and Apple Muffins
Carrot, Zucchini and Apple Muffins
Lemonade for a Crowd
Homemade Lemonade for a Crowd!

Make-ahead Menu

Baked Ziti
The Best Baked Ziti

Dinner with the Girls

Coconut Cake
The Best Coconut Cake made with Cake Mix

Cake Buffet

Yellow Cake Chocolate Frosting
Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

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  1. We love to play games at our family shower, but I love to include an activity too. For a wedding shower we have the bride see how well they know the groom and share recipes. For a baby shower we iron on designs to onsies or sew a quilt. My favorite game is to cut dresses out of bride magazines and use a zacto knife to replace the face of the model with a famous male actor. Then guess who the bride is. It is harder than you think to guess.

    1. Jennifer,
      I really appreciate your sharing these great ideas. They are all so creative and I’m sure these activities help break the ice with guests and make everyone laugh! The dress/actor face game sounds hilarious! Thanks for your input.

  2. Bridal shower games: we printed pictures of my sis in law with no makeup on and then got some cheap makeup from dollar tree and did her “wedding makeup”. Then she chose which one she liked the best. It was fun for young girls all the way to old ladies.
    Baby shower: it’s always fun to guess the bump size with a piece of string, could hurt feelings if the mom to be is sensitive though. There’s the “put a bunch of baby stuff on a tray” and then someone walks out and everyone has a look for about 20 seconds and then take the tray away and you have to write down as many things as you can remember. Like bottles, pacifiers, baby powder, etc.

    1. Hi Chanelle!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to share some of your favorite shower games. They really sound fun and I know our readers will be glad someone knows how to do games right! Thanks for reading ABK!