I love parties, especially ones with themes and ones that I can help plan. My vintage themed bridal shower was a huge hit and has been pinned thousands of times, but that was one party that I was pretty hands off with. I mean, I had my say in the theme, but it was my amazing mother and bridesmaids that executed the event.

When it came to my baby shower, I knew that I wanted to get in on the planning. Plus, I’m having a baby girl so I mean…the sky is the limit in terms of how much glitter, frills and pink I could use. Together with my mom, we planned a fun, but on budget, pink and gold baby shower for my future fashionista. Instead of just sharing pictures from the shower, I’m throwing in 8 easy steps to help you plan a baby shower.

Pick a date. Take into consideration how you have been feeling and how you could be feeling, how far along you want to be and the season that you want it in. I chose to have mine in the second trimester while I was still feeling good, rather than waiting until the end when I could feel too fatigued. Plus, I wanted a few months to through my gifts and determine what I still needed to purchase after the shower was over.

Send out invites. I sent out my invitations early because my shower was during the summer when people’s schedules tend to fill up fast! When I chose my invites, I didn’t even know if I was having a boy or girl or what my shower theme would be.

I went to Minted for my invites because I have used them a bunch in the past for thank you cards and artwork. Their baby section had so many adorable invitations it actually took me a full week to decide…

This is an excerpt from the article 8 Easy Steps to Planning a Baby Shower which originally appeared on www.justatraceblog.com.