A baby shower is a particularly important party for every parent and one thing which requires careful thought is choosing your shower invitations.
Your baby shower is a special event and so it is only right that you should want to formally invite the guests. So, unless a baby shower is going to be a surprise or is being arranged rather quickly, then a written invitation is invariably the best method to use. Where this is not possible then inviting your guests personally by telephone is acceptable but e-mailing your invitations should be avoided in spite of the fact that they may seem convenient and fast. As long as your finances allow then your shower invitations can be custom ordered although this is really not necessary as there are many very good pre-printed invitations available locally or on the Internet. Alternatively you can always design and make your own invitations if you have the time and a little artistic talent.As is the case with any party invitations your guests will have to have some basic details including the name of the person for whom the shower is being given, the full name of the host, the date and time of the shower, the location and details of how to RSVP.One other thing to think about including is details of any theme for the event or the shower gift registry and this can be a little tricky because a lot of people feel this is a bit presumptuous and puts excessive pressure on your guests. This is naturally a matter of personal preference, but one answer which usually works is to leave this out of your invitations, ask you guests to reply by telephone and then than slip this artfully into the conversion if guests do confirm that they will be attending. Do not forget though that you will need to have this information on hand when your guests call and etiquette dictates that you should only give out your shower gift registry information if your guest asks for it. If your baby shower is to be a formal event then you cannot go wrong if you stick to etiquette but, if your shower is not so formal and involves just close friends you can probably relax the rules.The timeline for a baby shower is important and the more advance notice your guests are given the better. consequently, you should aim to mail the invitations out some 4 to 6 weeks ahead of the shower date and this is especially important if out of town guests are being invited. If this is not possible then you should certainly aim to get your invitations out at least 2 to 3 weeks before the event. Advance notice allows your guests time to organize their personal schedules, RSVP and shop for appropriate gifts. It is also important for you to ask your guests to phone you to let you know whether or not they will be attending. With everything involved in organizing the shower the last thing you want to do is to have to telephone around to find out if some of the guest will be attending. However, there will invariably be some guests who do not reply and so a week or so before the party date you should make time to contact those individuals to find out their intentions. Having accurate numbers will be a great help when it comes to making the necessary arrangements for your special event.