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How Long Are Baby Showers?

How Long Are Baby Showers?

A baby shower is a celebration held to honor a pregnant mother and to welcome the soon-to-be born child. This tradition has been around for centuries, and there are many versions of baby showers depending on the culture in which it takes place. 

Baby showers usually involve friends and family gathering together to give gifts to the new mom and baby-to-be, as well as lots of food, fun games, and shared stories about pregnancy experiences.

Location And Guests

The length of a baby shower largely depends on its location and how many people attend. A traditional baby shower lasts anywhere from two to four hours; however, they can be as long or short as you want them to be. 

Generally speaking, an indoor baby shower will last longer than an outdoor one due to the added amenities that come with an indoor setting such as bathrooms, electrical outlets for sound systems or heaters/air conditioners if needed.

If you plan on having additional activities like theme-based events, this will also add length to your event.

When deciding how long a particular baby shower should run for, consider these variables along with what works best for both mother-to-be’s schedule and her guests’ availability too—ultimately it should fit within all parties involved convenience and availability so that everyone can enjoy it without feeling rushed or overwhelmed at any point during the event itself.

Adjust Accordingly

Finally, while two or three hours is typically considered enough time allotted for a standard style baby shower celebration with games and food (not including decorations if required), bear in mind that no two mothers-to-be are alike nor do they want their celebrations planned out the same way either – so always adjust accordingly based on individual preferences when establishing how long your own specific get together will run for!

Planning Your Baby Shower

How Long Are Baby Showers?

When hosting a baby shower, there are several things that should be included:

1. Invitations

The invitations should be sent out at least a week before the event and should include the date, time, address of the party venue, and any specific dress code or theme request.

2. Decorations

Baby shower decorations can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like them to be. For a traditional baby shower, you can use balloons, paper lanterns, and banners to create a festive atmosphere. 

You can also add some fun touches, like streamers or a banner with the baby’s name on it. You can also use decorations such as centerpieces, cutouts, and hanging decorations to add some personality to the party. 

If you’re having a themed baby shower, you can use decorations that correspond to the theme, like a white and pink color scheme for a princess-themed baby shower or a blue and yellow scheme for a baby boy shower. 

No matter what type of decorations you choose, they should be fun and in keeping with the theme and will make the baby shower an even more memorable event.

3. Gifts

Make sure there is ample space available for family members or friends to give their presents, whether it’s a general gift table area or one specifically dedicated for each guest. 

Wrapping paper and ribbons can be provided, along with sticker labels to note who gave which present! (so you can thank them later).

4. Food & Beverages

A baby shower should be a fun and light-hearted event, so the food should reflect that. Some delicious options are:

  • Finger sandwiches: These can be filled with a variety of fillings, such as cream cheese and cucumber, egg salad, and tuna salad.
  • Vegetable platter: Serve a variety of fresh vegetables, such as carrots, celery, cucumber, and bell peppers, with a creamy dip.
  • Fruit platter: Serve a variety of fresh fruits, such as melon, grapes, and apples, with a yogurt dip.
  • Cupcakes: Cupcakes are a fun and tasty way to celebrate the upcoming baby.
  • Cookies: Serve a variety of cookies, such as sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies.
  • Mini quiches: Mini quiches are a great savory option that everyone will love.
  • Cheese platter: Serve a variety of cheeses, such as cheddar, brie, and goat cheese, with crackers and sliced baguette.
  • Popcorn: Serve a variety of flavored popcorn, such as caramel, cheese, and cheddar.
  • Muffins: Serve a variety of muffins, such as blueberry, banana, and zucchini.
  • Tea and coffee: Serve a variety of hot beverages, such as tea, coffee, and hot cocoa.

5. Entertainment & Fun Activities

How Long Are Baby Showers?

Depending on how many people will be in attendance and what activities they would enjoy playing together (if desired), make sure you plan some sort of interactive games that have prizes offered up as rewards! 

Baby trivia quiz works really well too—ask questions related to pregnancy tips & labor advice—mom-to-be will certainly appreciate those afterward when she reads them out loud again!

Games are not only lively additions, but also create opportunities for meaningful conversations with guests about parenting. 

Some other popular games include:

  • Guess the baby food. Guests must guess the flavors of different baby foods. The person with the most correct guesses wins.
  • Diaper Derby: Guests race each other using diapers as a sled. The first person to the finish line wins.
  • Baby Shower Bingo: Guests can fill out a bingo card with items related to the baby such as onesies, diapers, and bottles. The first person to get five in a row wins.
  • Name That Baby Tune: Guests must name the song being played. The person with the most correct answers wins.
  • Diaper Raffle: Guests can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a prize. The person whose ticket is drawn wins.
  • Baby Word Scramble: Guests must unscramble baby-related words. The person with the most correct answers wins.


Baby showers are a wonderful way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a new baby and should be planned with care. 

The length of the shower will depend on the location, number of guests, and activities that you plan, but on average a baby shower should last two to four hours. 

When planning your baby shower, make sure to include invitations, decorations, gifts, food and beverages, entertainment and fun activities. Enjoy!

Jessica Daniels

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