Planning a baby shower can be a stressful process however, if you were to plan early then it would likely be less stressful and more efficient.
Before you decide on the date and the time of the party, you first need to ensure the new mother to be is free because if she cannot make it then there is no point of having a shower. Therefore especially if the shower is a surprise then you need to carefully plan to ensure that she is clueless about the shower.
Deciding on a theme first and then a location will be a good idea as the location could depend on the theme of the shower. For example, if you want a garden theme then you can have a garden party or if you want a rustic themed shower then you can opt to rent out a barn. Therefore first decide on the theme and then the location.
When you are picking out a location you should factor in certain aspects such as the weather and convenience. If it is a garden party that you want to throw then you should factor in the rain and have tents or a backup plan to move the party indoors. You should also think about how far the location is and whether it is convenient for people to make it. If it is too far then some of your guests may find it difficult to attend due to the traffic and the distance. Therefore you should take into consideration these factors as well.
You may be busy with the planning process that you forget about buying a gift until the last minute. However, in order to make things easier for yourself, you should buy the gift early and get it out of the way so that it does not interfere with the planning process. For example, if you do not have the time to physically go to a shop to purchase a gift you can opt to purchase something online. You can look around for stores for American mothers that have a variety of great items. Therefore shopping from the comfort of your home will likely make things easier for you however, in order for the gift to be delivered on time you need to make sure that you order it early on.
When you are setting a time for the shower you need to consider whether it is a weekday or a weekend. If it is a weekday then you need to think about the aspect of work. Therefore having a shower during the weekend will likely be easier and more convenient as more people will be able to make it. The guest would also likely be more comfortable as they would not have to come straight after work and would therefore feel fresh and less tired.
When you are ordering the food you should keep in mind that there may be some food that the mother to be maybe averse to during her pregnancy therefore to avoid feeling nauseous at her own shower you should try and be mindful of what you order.