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April Showers: Guide to Planning a Baby Shower (Part Two)

We've dedicated the entire month of April to planning showers of all kinds, but if you've been nominated (or volunteered) to plan a baby shower for a friend or relative you should start with the basics.

Once you've picked your venue, theme and invites it's time to move onto the really fun part.

The small details like menu, music and party favors are often what make a great party wonderful and allow you to pay homage to the mommy-to-be's taste and personality. For some easy tips to help you plan the day,

Menu: Baby shower food and dessert menus are best kept simple. Finger foods, cupcakes, pastries and a signature party drink will help bring your party theme together. Talk to the mommy-to-be about her favorites (and cravings) and come up with a menu that's simple, but elegant.

Music and entertainment: Planning the entertainment element of the shower in advance is a must. You should talk to the mommy-to-be about her music style and make sure it fits in with your theme. Would she prefer the tunes be classic, traditional, punk or pop? Make an iPod playlist that mixes Rockabye Music with fun singers like Gwen Stefani.

Favors: Personalized cookies and sweet treats make the perfect baby shower favors. Personalized lip balm is practical and cute. You can get two-dozen tiny pods with a specialized label from Daisy Days for $20. If don't have time to wait for shipping, put on your apron or talk to your favorite local bakery about making cute cookies, like the ones pictured from Eleni's in NY and wrapping them individually.

Thank Yous: The mama–to–be should thank her hostesses for a soirée thrown in her honor. If you happen to be the hostess, you can help make the thank you process easier on the new mom by keeping track of gift givers and their addresses. The contact information will come in handy when birth announcement time rolls around.

For more baby shower ideas, check out all our baby shower tips, tricks and ideas.

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