With all of the planning and anticipation
that comes along with a newborn there’s one thing you don’t
want to miss out on… the baby shower! And believe it or not,
being a good host doesn't mean rushing around in a panic. In fact,
in many ways, it means taking it slow and easy. Allow yourself plenty
No one is going to show up if they’re not invited are they?
That’s fairly obvious. It’s hard to know what to do
for the baby invitations though if no one tells you. So we’re
here to fill you in. Planning is the key. Slow and easy, remember?
This means be sure to plan well ahead of time, like 8 to 9 weeks
ahead of time. A lot of things can go wrong, misprints, misspellings,
the wrong address, did you forget someone? The list goes on and
on about what could go wrong. So plan ahead! We’re here to
alleviate the stress though, not to scare you into a tizzy. This
should be fun and we’ll make it fun.
Okay, so make a list and check it twice. Include everyone you want
to invite and when you’re ready to make the invitations have
some extras because you’re bound to miss someone. Before the
invitations are even made, plan what the theme is going to be. Every
shower should have a theme and your guests will need to know if
it’s going to be a formal occasion, pajama party, or just
a casual giggle fest. At the same time you are getting your invitations
together, be sure to get the thank you cards. That way you can be
sure they match. If you wait until after the shower is over to get
the thank you cards, then the vendor may run out of the ones you
wanted, then you’re stuck with something you might not be
too happy with.
While paper invitations are the best way to invite guests, there
are also several other options. The phone, but that can be time
consuming and hard to keep track of the RSVP’s, and what if
you missed a call! You don’t want that. E-mail is another
choice gaining popularity. With e-cards you know the vendor is never
going to run out, and they have tons of options that will fit your
baby shower. It’s always nice though to have an actual card
to remember special events. Finally, who says you have to buy invitations
and thank you cards? You can make them yourself! Hand stamped cards
may be just what you need, and with so many companies out there
specializing in just this sort of thing, you’re bound to find
something that fits your occasion perfectly.
Now with time to spare you’re ready to send out those invitations.
Remember to give your guests about six weeks warning so they’ll
have plenty of time to RSVP, and so you’ll know ahead of time
who is showing up. Just stuff the envelopes, address them, and mail
them out. What could be easier than that? Wait, I know! A list of
everything you’ll want to include in the invitations, spelled
out for you in black and white. Kind of like a checklist:
- Invitation: More important than the theme or
even what kind of invitation it is, you’ll need
3. Location with directions
4. Telephone number
6. Gift registries
8. Whether it’s women only, or for couples
9. And proper postage!
- RSVP: Give options. Include a phone number, an
email, and if you would like the RSVP mailed back to you, include
an addressed and stamped envelope.
- Directions: Did we mention directions? Every
guest needs these. Try to include a map if you can, and a phone
number incase they get lost along the way.
- Well I hope that was helpful! Have a wonderful
baby shower, and come back to us for all your baby needs!