As we covered in a recent article, moms-to-be generally don’t plan or pay for their own baby shower.
But this does not mean they shouldn’t have a say in who is invited, or indeed how many people are invited, to their baby shower.
In terms of averages, the typical baby shower is a fairly intimate event with around 15-20 guests in attendance.
But this doesn’t mean you need to stick to this range, especially as there are some important things you should consider when deciding on the number of guests to invite, including the type and size of the venue, the budget, and how intimate a celebration mom would like.
So let’s take a look at baby shower attendee numbers in more detail, to help ensure the host, guests and most importantly mom-to-be all has a great day.
How Many People To Invite To A Baby Shower?
Deciding on the exact number of people to invite to a baby shower can be tricky, because there is no one-size-fits all approach.
If you are looking to follow traditions, then baby showers are normally quite small and intimate affairs, with only around 15-20 guests.
However, these are just averages and certain considerations like the size of your family and social, resources of the host and mom’s preferred vibe or atmosphere all play their part in how many people to invite.
So for this reason some pregnant women prefer to have a baby shower with as few as 5-10 guests, while others will invite up to 40 or 50 guests.
It’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong answer, and as with many things it comes down to personal preference, in addition to some of the key considerations below.
What To Consider When Creating A Baby Shower Guest List
1. Venue Type & Size
It goes without saying, but clearly a smaller venue, such as someone’s living room, will have a lower capacity compared to a large backyard or restaurant.
Not all large venues need to be expensive – think of a park, which is likely to be free of charge and capable of hosting as large a group as you wish.
But many times the type and size of the baby shower venue are influenced by the budget, which leads us on to our second point.
A typical baby shower can cost anywhere between $150 to $1,200 depending on the venue, food and size of the the guestlist.
Some of this budget will go towards paying for the venue, especially if the baby shower is held in a fancy hotel conference room or private section within a nice restaurant.
But even if the venue doesn’t cost anything, the number of people invited to a baby shower will directly impact the amount that the host needs to spend on food and drink.
This means that even for a relatively small baby shower, the cost of food, drink and a cake can easily be $300 to $500.
3. Desired Level of Intimacy
Smaller celebrations with fewer people are naturally more intimate and cozy than a larger gathering.
So if mom-to-be prefers a more intimate celebration, then you may want to consider reducing the size of the guest list to a number that includes the important people below, but still feels personal and cozy.
If on the other hand the guest of honor (mom-to-be) likes bigger, louder and higher-tempo celebrations, then the number of people invited will naturally be larger, and can easily include 30,40 or even 50 people.
4. Size of Family
The next thing to consider is how large the guest of honor’s family is, because the last thing anyone wants to do is offend someone by leaving them of the invitation list.
Again, it sounds obvious but if the parents-to-be have a large family and are close to many of their relatives like their aunts, sisters, nieces and cousins, then you’re probably going to need to invite quite a few people to the baby shower.
5. Size of Friendship Group
Lastly, another very important consideration is how large mom’s friendship group is.
If the guest of honor is someone who has a large and active social circle, and would like to also invite work colleagues and potentially clients, then the number of people invited will quickly rack up.
If, on the other hand, mom-to-be has a small group of close friends, and prefers to keep the list quite tight, the number of people invited to the baby shower might barely reach double figures.
It’s also worth stressing that there are other ways to include friends and extended family without inviting them directly to the baby shower.
Two examples of how to include wider friends, family and associates in the celebration include a gender reveal party or a pregnancy announcement.
Gender reveal parties in particular are a great way to include any close male friends mom might have, as unlike baby showers, gender reveal parties aren’t traditionally limited to female guests.
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