Second on the list _ A budget is the next thing to think about. Is money no object or will it be important to get the most out of every dollar. In either case you can present a lovely party for the mom to be. If more than one person is helping to pay for the shower get together and have an honest discussion about what you can afford. If one person has less money to contribute maybe they can offer their house as the place to hold the party. A lot is involved in getting ones home in top shape for entertaining. Discuss ways to stay in budget. Does someone know where to get a good discount on something that is needed? Do you enjoy crafting or baking? How can your skills contribute? When the budget is finalized check it off the list.
You're about to start planning a party, but don't know where to start. You run to the grocery store, looking at this and that, deciding on a few things you may need, knowing the whole time you've forgotten something. Now it's time to head over to the local department store for some decorations. You follow the same unguided principles you went through at the grocery store. Then once again you missed a few things at the liquor store.