Planning a baby shower? Start by choosing a baby shower invitation design that reflects the mom-to-be’s style, the type of shower she and her family would like to have, and the theme of the event. There are many different types of baby showers (sprinkles, virtual showers, gender reveals, etc.) and in this article, we will help you better understand each one, provide you with baby shower invitation wording ideas, and sample designs for each style.
So what do you write in a baby shower invitation? No matter what theme or style of shower you host, there are certain elements that should be included in baby shower invitation wording, like the mother’s name, baby shower time and date, address of the party, and RSVP info (email address, phone number, etc). Once your invites are complete, the final question in your mind will most likely be: When should invitations be mailed out? The best practice is to mail baby shower invitations out in the fifth month of pregnancy for a shower that takes place in the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.
This get-together 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 coordinated theme for the invitations (like Safari, Woodland, Elephant, or Twinkle-Twinkle) and match them with your day-of decor. If you know the gender of the baby, you may wish to include this information on the invitation, so guests have the opportunity to purchase gender-specific gifts.
Traditional baby shower etiquette requires dressing nicely but not formally in accordance with the venue. You should bring a gift for the guest of honor and anything else the host asks for, such as photos of yourself or the mother-to-be as infants. A traditional baby shower guest list includes her mom, sister(s), aunts, and female friends and colleagues.
This celebration honors 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. With the baby shower invite wording, make the language inclusive and highlight that the party is intended to prepare both mom and dad for a new baby.
Dress for a couples’ shower can be more casual than a traditional event but should match the venue. Invite the guest of honor’s close friends and relatives, making sure to include the ladies’ significant others in your baby shower invitation wording. Consider asking guests who are parents to bring their best parenting advice.
Oh Boy! by Michelle Shanaman
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. When selecting your baby shower invite wording, be sure to include that you’ll be learning the gender identity at the same time as your guests, which will add an extra layer of excitement to the event.
These events tend to be larger in scale and more casual than a traditional baby shower. Etiquette requires including the word “shower” somewhere in your baby shower invite wording if guests should bring gifts for the expectant parents. Themes for a gender reveal can vary, but it’s a fun idea to ask guests to dress in either pink or blue to indicate their guess.
“Sip and See” is commonly a more low-key party held after the baby̦’s birth to introduce him or her to friends and family members. Sip and sees are also a great way to celebrate your little one if you were unable to have an in-person baby shower while you were expecting. Like an open house, guests can come and go, enjoy a beverage, and meet the new baby in a casual setting. If you have a large family and a big friend group, you may decide to have a couple smaller “welcome baby” parties instead of one large one. That is perfectly acceptable!
For this type of event, include in your baby shower invitation wording details about how the new parents would like to handle guests touching or holding their infant. This can offer guidance on hand-washing, mask-wearing, and other concerns. Invite anyone linked to the happy little family for this easy-going, unstructured shower.
Ice Ice Baby by Corie Page
After their first child, some families prefer a "sprinkle" instead of a full-blown baby shower because diapers may be all they need!.Baby shower invitation wording for this kind of event usually indicates a more informal gathering and highlights a few items they may need “sprinkled” in to bolster their baby supply rather than a full registry. This gathering will be more about support and celebration and less about presents!
The etiquette for a baby shower for a second child is looser than for traditional events, allowing guests and parents to relax and enjoy the day. Invite close family and friends, including couples — unless the new mom wants to opt for a ladies’ only outing.
Baby Sprinkle by Susan Asbill
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. When crafting the adoption baby shower invitation wording, share the child’s exact age and size so guests have an idea of what types of clothing and toys to gift.
Adoption baby shower etiquette is all about the comfort of this new little family. For example, the baby shower invite wording should not include any form of “adoptive baby.” Instead, consider mentioning the country of origin the child has arrived from: “Please join us in welcoming baby Kai who traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo to be in Mama Britney’s arms.”
We Adopted Love by Louise Kay
Virtual showers have become popular during the age of COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines as a way to bring everyone together in a safe, inclusive way. Because these online parties are still somewhat new, it’s important your baby shower invite wording cues guests in on what to expect during the virtual event. Will games be played? Should a beverage be made ahead of time?
An expanding family is a joyous thing! Etiquette for a baby shower for a second child leaves more room for personalizing than a traditional event. Consider making the party co-ed and family-friendly so that dads and other kids can participate. Mention on the invitation whether guests are expected to bring a baby shower gift. Etiquette does not require baby shower games, but they’ll help keep everyone engaged in a big party like this.
What venue is appropriate?
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. For a virtual baby shower, consider digital backgrounds that reflect the mom-to-be’s personality or places she has traveled to. Unique venue choices include:
Traditionally, showers are hosted by a close friend of the guest of honor, but it has become acceptable for family members to host.
Are there any special requests to include on the invite?
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.
Baby shower games keep guests engaged, but include instructions in your baby shower invite wording if you want attendees to bring photos, song names or parenting advice to contribute to the fun.
Join us for a baby shower
January 20 2 o’clock
Le Chocolat Du Bouchard | Naperville, IL
RSVP by January 10th to Catherine at 489-2873
Registry at Serena & Lily
Ahoy Little Boy
by Ashley Hegarty
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
vintage baby truck
by Karidy Walker
Join us in celebrating
David and Megan’s
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
by Amy Payne
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia is registered at Land of Nod
Sugar and Spice
by JeAnna Casper
It’s a girl
Join us for a baby shower honoring Meredith Deegan
June 23 | 12 PM | 2525 N Pine Grove Ave, Chicago
RSVP email@example.com | Registry – Babies “R” Us & Target
by Erin Deegan
To celebrate Jennifer Talbot’s baby shower
Saturday, July 7th at 1 PM
1886 Martin Avenue, Mountain View, CA
687 Mountain Drive Hyde Park, VT
hosted by Megan Holden & Georgia Drew
registered at Pottery Barn & Babies “R” Us
RSVP by July 2nd to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Design Market
Is preparing for the joyful arrival of
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
by Amy Kross
Olivia is expecting
Please join us for a baby shower on August thirteenth at two pm
Hosted by Annie Kipling at 2015 Maplewood Court
Please RSVP to email@example.com by August second
Registries at Land of Nod and Babies R Us
by Lori Wemple
Megan Anderson is having
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan is registered at Pottery Barn Kids & Target
by Jennifer Wick
Join us for a
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 email@example.com
It’s a Baby Bash
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 3.10
It Takes a Village
by Shiny Penny Studio
Their greatest adventure
Let’s celebrate the parents-to-be
Maya & Elliott Harris
Saturday, August 19th at 1:00 PM
Hosted by Jessica Thompson, Katie Lim & Alicia Genovese
Regrets only to email@example.com
Find their registries at Pottery Barn Kids & Target
Nursery colors are navy, sky, gray, and yellow
by Olivia Raufman
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
What Will It Bee
by Erica Krystek
Boy or girl
Which will Baby Morris be?
Join us for a gender reveal party!
Brand & Ashley’s house
271 S. Walnut Street
RSVP to Jenny at (172) 827-2816 by June 10th
Blow The Surprise
by Laura Hankins
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
Join us for a sip and see
To meet the newest member of the Roberts Family
Saturday, August 12 at 12 PM
The Roberts’ Home | 5125 Walnut Avenue, Manhattan Beach
RSVP to Sarah at 310.555.5125
Sip N See
by Shirley Lin Schneider
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
by Kimberly Chow
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
by Erica Krystek
Let’s celebrate Ava Miller with a
Saturday, September 10 from 2-4 PM
555 Springfield Ranch Drive
San Antonio, Texas
RSVP by 8.20 to email@example.com
Sweet Sprinkle by Lauren Chism
Sunday, April 23rd, 1 PM
39 Windmill Lane, South Hampton
Regrets only to Juliet84@gmail.com
Chloe is registered at Buy Buy Baby
by peetie design
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
Sprinkle by Lori Wemple
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Land of Nod
You are Ours
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
by Snow and Ivy
Matt & Nancy Livingston are adopting a baby
Let’s celebrate with an adoption shower!
5078 West 5th Ave.
3PM - 5PM
Please RSVP by July 1
to Sarah Carter
Adventure with Adoption
by Stephanie Strouse
Join Us To Celebrate
Virtual Baby Shower
With Parents Rachel & Damien
At four o’clock in the afternoon
On October 17th
RSVP to Rachel by Oct. 1st
Link to follow
by Christie Elise
Julia and Mark are still having a baby!
Please join us virtually to celebrate
Saturday, April 25th | 2PM-4PM
Mail gifts to 14 Grand Ave, Oakland, Ca
Then tune in to share their joy and see them open baby’s gifts!
Rsvp by 4/18 to receive the virtual invitation link
by Roxy Cervantes
Tiny Human Virtual Shindig
A baby shower for these weird times.
Let’s safely “get together” to celebrate parents-to-be
Alexa & Tristan Sulivan
September 27th at 2 - 4PM<
Link to follow via email
by Corinne Malesic