Planning a baby shower is no easy feat. And while you may not be the one actually planning, be kind to those who are… AKA pass these helpful tips along. The first step in planning a baby shower is finding your inspiration, keeping in mind the future mother to be – her style and personality, and the things and colors she likes. Then go on and be bold in choosing the creative direction, theme and colors to tie it all together. For my friend, whose shower is pictured here, I designed the overall theme after being inspired by old-fashioned wooden toys that I stumbled upon while street shopping in Washington D.C. To complement the old toys and depart from the traditional light pink and baby blue palettes, I went with a pale yellow and grey color combination, with giraffes and elephants as the theme for the tablescape and atmosphere. For those of you who like to get crafty, it can be quite fun to make a baby shower your very own DIY project. However, if DIY is not for you, you can still give your friend a personalized and beautifully decorated shower by ordering printables online. There are a lot of options available, so you can get creative with different fonts, colors, shapes and patterns to highlight the theme you chose. It is always a nice touch to include your friend’s name, date of the shower and the gender of the baby in decorations too. Here are 5 high notes that are sure to make any baby shower a hit.