Things that can be done weeks in advance.
Decide on a co-host and/or volunteers to help with the party.
Get together with the guest of honor regarding the date and time for the party.
Choose a location for the party.
Choose a theme for the party.
Make or purchase invitations
Assemble a guest list and address and mail invitations
Plan a menu and figure out what can be made ahead and placed in the freezer.
Place order with your deli or caterer, if applicable.
Place order with your bakery for rolls, cake, etc.
Plan the games and activites
Make or purchase favors.
Make or purchase prizes.
Make or purchase name tags.
Make or purchase place cards.
Create, purchase, borrow or rent decorations.
Purchase and wrap your gift
Decide what you will wear to the party.
Things that can be done 1 to 2 weeks in advance.
Place order with your florist.
Call any guests who have not responded to the invitation to see if they are coming.
Based on the responses to the invitations, start filling out the name tage and place cards.
Wrap your own gift for the shower so that you don't forget and leave this until the day of the party.
Assemble and clean all crystal, china, silver, linene, etc.
If you have an ice maker, empty it frequently into plastic ba