What kind of invitations should I use?
You can send traditional invitations through the mail or email invitations.
In addition to including the basic who, what, where, when, and RSVP instructions on the invitation, it never hurts to spell out the theme of the shower. If the expectant parents are registered anywhere for baby gear, it’s fine to mention that, too. Or you can offer registry information when guests RSVP.
When should I send the invitations?
Plan to send invitations out early enough to give the guests at least a few weeks’ notice: This allows them enough time to work the shower into their schedules and shop for the perfect gift.
What should we do at the baby shower?
There are a bunch of things to consider:
You may want to select a theme to tie everything together. It’s certainly not necessary, but it can help you make decisions about the various elements of the party and it’s often fun for guests.
You’ll probably want to serve some type of food and refreshment, depending on time of day, budget, and how fancy versus informal you want the shower to be.
Baby showers usually aren’t complete without some fun or silly games. If you’d rather skip the competition, there are plenty of other kinds of festive activities to keep guests entertained.
It’s common to provide favors to everyone who attends the baby shower, or you can just offer prizes to the guests who win games.
Aside from socializing and honoring the mom-to-be, the main event at a baby shower is often the opening of gifts. If any of the invitees need help figuring out what to bring, you can have them check our list of top baby shower gifts and our roundup of readers’ favorite baby shower gifts.