Whether you’re planning a baby shower for yourself or for someone close to you, this checklist will help ensure you stay on track for the big day!

Nine or 10 Weeks Before
Determine who hosts.
Set a budget.
Decide where to have the party.
Pick a date.
Make a guest list.

Six Weeks Before
Choose a theme, if you’d like.
Send out invitations.
Go shopping.
Plan the menu.
A Month Before
Line up some extra hands.
Order the cake.
Help with thank-you notes.
Prepare some games.

A Week Before
Follow up on RSVP stragglers.
Put together the goody bags.
Plan to get the gifts home.
Assign a photographer.
Clean up.
Shop and cook, if needed.

Three Days Before
Complete the grocery shopping.
Finish up the food preparations.

The Day Before
Do a quick cleaning sweep.
Give your house the once-over.
Set up the party space.

On Party Day
Pick up the cake.
Designate someone to help the honoree.

Happy planning!