One of the most important aspects
of planning your baby shower, your invitations say so much about
the event. Without the invitations the party really does not exist!
There can be many mishaps when it comes to sending out invitations,
but they can be the highlight of the baby shower if chosen thoughtfully
and completed correctly.
You want to arrange for your invitations
8 or 9 weeks before the date of your shower. About this time you
should have details such as your shower theme, whom you’ll
invite and the location worked out. It is very important you purchase
matching thank you cards at this time as well (a thoughtful present,
you may even send along pre-addressed envelopes, to the mother-to-be!)
this makes for a running theme.
Invitations also set the theme of the shower. The recipients will
get a feel for the expectant mothers’ taste, be informed about
registries and know what and whether or not a meal will be offered
at the occasion.
Other perfectly acceptable ways to inform your guests about your
upcoming celebration exist as well. You may telephone to invite,
but this is often not a time effective system, as it requires waiting
on return calls. Emails and e-cards are wonderful and great for
the environment. Make sure, however, you include a request for RSVP.
Another way to notify guests is to make your own baby shower invitations. Nothing
could be more personal and original. A great way to make this process
more enjoyable is to choose hand stamped cards. There are kits available
complete with accessories and pre-folded cards for convenience.
You must be warned, however, this may become addictive!
Yet another available choice is the pre-made invitation purchased
online or in a store. You can custom order them or purchase blank
inside and fill the details in yourself. You may be able to find
just what your looking for this way. There are even companies that
offer cards that appear handmade. Whatever method you choose, make
sure you have your invitations in the mail at least six weeks before
Here is a checklist for your review so your invitations will be
- Date and time as well as location (directions
or printed map) phone number and possible email. Include information
about gift registries, whether or not a guest can be accompanied,
if the shower is for women only, and what if anything should be
brought. Details about food being offered should be included as
- Directions-include detailed instructions and
a cell phone number for emergency contact in case guest gets lost.
A printed map might be most effective.
- The RSVP is a must! Make sure you have included
a telephone number where you can be reached. An email might be
included as well.
In closing, invitations can be a wonderful way to get your baby
shower started. You can also look up our recommended printed invitations
and our guest list advice as well. You may also do a Google search
for "shower invitations" for more assistance.