Baby Showers
Invitation Wording & Etiquette

The basics.

Planning a baby shower? Start with the invitations and choose a baby shower invitation design that reflects the mom-to-be’s style, the type of shower the family would like, and the theme of the event. Below are a few rules of thumb to get you started.

Anatomy of a Baby Shower

Rules of thumb.

Types of Baby Showers

Traditionally, a baby shower is held in honor of the mom-to-be and is typically organized and hosted by a close friend. Choose a classic blue, pink, or gender-neutral color scheme; you could also choose a fun theme for the invitations and day-of decor.

A couple's shower celebrates both parents, so be sure to include both names on the invitation if you're going that route. Also consider using "celebration" as opposed to "shower," and pick an invitation design that will appeal to a co-ed guest list.

A "gender reveal" celebration is a special moment to share with friends and family. Have your sonographer write the baby's gender on a notecard and seal the envelope before giving it to you; open the envelope together at the party to reveal the surprise in front of your guests.

A "Sip and See" is a low-key party held after the baby's birth to introduce him or her to friends and family members. Like an open house, guests can come and go, enjoy a beverage, and meet the new baby in a casual setting.

After their first child, some families prefer a "sprinkle" instead of a baby shower (diapers may be all they need!). Let guests know by indicating it on the invitation.

When celebrating an adoption, the timing of the event will vary depending on the nature of the adoption and the comfort level of the parents-to-be. The family may prefer to have the shower before the baby arrives or after the baby is welcomed home.

VENUE

Showers are often held at the host’s home, but a hotel banquet hall or a favorite restaurant of the parents-to-be are also good choices.

HOST

Traditionally, showers are hosted by a close friend of the guest of honor, but it has become acceptable for family members to host.

SPECIAL REQUESTS

Including registry information or special gift requests like books or diapers helps avoid duplicate or unneeded gifts; however, you may decide to omit this and let guests enjoy finding a gift on their own.

Sample wording for baby shower invitations.

Need some help wording your baby shower invitations? Follow our handy invitation wording guide below.

What kind of shower are you hosting?

Sample wording for a baby boy shower invitation.

Sample wording for a baby boy shower invitation.

Join us for a baby shower
Honoring
Caroline Nixon
January 20 2 o’clock
Le Chocolat Du Bouchard | Naperville, IL
RSVP by January 10th to Catherine at 489-2873
Registry at Serena & Lily

It’s a Boy!
Join us as we celebrate mommy-to-be Jessica Williams
Saturday, August 21st at 2 PM | 2212 Sunset Dr. Stanwood, WA
RSVP to Candice at 360.421.2151 by August 10th
Baby Williams is registered at Target & Land of Nod

Join us in celebrating
David and Megan’s
Little Man
October 16 | Three o’clock in the afternoon
RSVP to Katie (503) 259-7593
Couple’s Shower at the Wilson’s Home
4789 Williamette Avenue | Portland, OR 98745
David and Megan are registered at Buy Buy Baby and Target

Sample wording for a baby girl shower invitation.

Sample wording for a baby girl shower invitation.

Olivia Anderson
Is having a girl
Join us for a baby shower to celebrate
Saturday April 24 at 2 PM
687 Mountain Drive Hyde Park, VT
RSVP by March 25 to amysmith@gmail.com
Olivia is registered at Land of Nod

It’s a girl
Join us for a baby shower honoring Meredith Deegan
June 23 | 12 PM | 2525 N Pine Grove Ave, Chicago
RSVP edeegan@gmail.com | Registry – Babies “R” Us & Target

Tickled Pink
To celebrate Jennifer Talbot’s baby shower
Saturday, July 7th at 1 PM
1886 Martin Avenue, Mountain View, CA
hosted by Megan Holden & Georgia Drew
registered at Pottery Barn & Babies “R” Us
RSVP by July 2nd to meganholden@gmail.com

Sample wording for a twins or multiples baby shower invitation.

Sample wording for a twins or multiples baby shower invitation.

Amanda Reynolds
Is preparing for the joyful arrival of
Twins
Lets celebrate her on July 27 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon
Kimbell house | Charleston, SC | Hosted by friends
RSVP: 616.753.8800 | registry: Amazon

Olivia is expecting
Triplets
Please join us for a baby shower on August thirteenth at two pm
Hosted by Annie Kipling at 2015 Maplewood Court
Please RSVP to annieklp@gmail.com by August second
Registries at Land of Nod and Babies R Us

Megan Anderson is having
Twins
Join us for a baby shower in her honor
Saturday, May 16 | 1-4 PM | St. Thomas Roasters
163 Linglestown Road | Hershey, PA | Hosted by Cara Reed
Regrets only to Cara | creeds524@gmail.com
Megan is registed at Pottery Barn Kids & Target

Sample wording for a couples shower invitation.

Sample wording for a couples shower invitation.

It takes a village
Please join us to help prepare and support parents-to-be
Joseph and Emily Martins
3 PM | April 14 | 6424 W Parkside Dr, Wheaton, IL
Registered at Target
RSVP to Mandy at mandy.wells@gmail.com by 3.10

Join us for a
Baby bash
Celebrating Josh & Jenny
And baby on the way
July 17th at 6 PM
At the Perry’s | 101 Pine Ave
Registry at Target
RSVP to perryfamily@gmail.com

Their greatest adventure
Let’s celebrate the parents-to-be
Maya & Elliott Harris
Saturday, August 19th at 1:00 PM
The Thompson Home | 4389 Willowbend Way
Hosted by Jessica Thompson, Katie Lim & Alicia Genovese
Regrets only to jthompson@gmail.com
Find their registries at Pottery Barn Kids & Target
Nursery colors are navy, sky, gray, and yellow

Sample wording for a gender reveal invitation.

Sample wording for a gender reveal invitation.

What will it bee…
A he or a she?
Join us for a baby shower
Honoring Rachel & Bradley Clarke
Saturday, August 20th at 12 p.m.
2134 Milan Drive, San Diego
RSVP by August 10th to 619.651.7421
Hosted with love by Rebecca Banks
The Clarkes are registered at the Land of Nod

Boy or girl
Which will Baby Morris be?
Join us for a gender reveal party!
Jun 19
Brand & Ashley’s house
271 S. Walnut Street
4 PM
RSVP to Jenny at (172) 827-2816 by June 10th

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Join Elizabeth & Liam for a gender reveal party
Sunday, June 3, 1 PM till 4 PM
Elysian Hotel, 11 Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois
RSVP to Corrine McDonald 545-321-4566

Sample wording for a Sip and See invitation.

Sample wording for a Sip and See invitation.

Join us for a sip and see
To meet the newest member of the Roberts Family
Parker James
Saturday August 12 at 12 PM
The Roberts’ Home | 5125 Walnut Avenue, Manhattan Beach
RSVP to Sarah at 310.555.5125

Hey baby!
Please join us for a meet the baby shower honoring
The Hendersons & Baby Emerson
Saturday, October 12th at 2 PM – 1535 SW Upper Hall St, Portland
Regrets Only to Caroline | caroline.henderson@gmail.com

Jessie Devon Russo has arrived
Please join us for a sip & see
Sunday June 4th, 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.
41175 Penrose Street, San Diego

Sample wording for a baby sprinkle invitation.

Sample wording for a baby sprinkle invitation.

Let’s celebrate Ava Miller with a
Baby sprinkle
Saturday, September 10 from 2-4 PM
555 Springfield Ranch Drive
San Antonio, Texas
RSVP by 8.20 to kjones@gmail.com

Baby sprinkle
Honoring
Chloe Chang
Sunday, April 23rd, 1 PM
39 Windmill Lane, South Hampton
Regrets only to Juliet84@gmail.com
Chloe is registered at Buy Buy Baby

A baby sprinkle
Please join us for a little baby sprinkle
For Julie Steele on Saturday, April 5th at 2 PM
Amelie’s Bakery in Downtown Charlotte
RSVP to Candy Jones at 704.432.3421 by March 20th
Registry at Babies R Us and Target

Sample wording for an adoption shower invitation.

Sample wording for an adoption shower invitation.

Rachel & Abe Parks are adopting
It was written in the stars for you to be ours
Join us for a baby shower
On Sunday May 28th at one o’clock
895 East Haven Court, Chicago
RSVP to twinsies@gmail.com
Land of Nod

It’s official!
Welcoming home
Addison Moore Jackson
Please join us for a celebration
Saturday, April 29 | 12-3 PM
The Jacksons’ | 714 S. Maple St. | Ferndale
Regrets only to Lisa at 184.609.6904

Matt & Nancy Livingston are adopting a baby
Let’s celebrate with an adoption shower!
5078 West 5th Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia
3PM - 5PM
July 18
Please RSVP by July 1
to Sarah Carter
scarter@gmail.com