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Etiquette for How to Write Baby Shower Invitations

It's such an exciting time in life when you're expecting. Whether you're an expectant mother, an aunt-to-be or an excited grandmother, the addition of a new family member is a joyous occasion worthy of celebration. Express your excitement while helping the mommy-to-be prepare for her upcoming bundle of joy by throwing a baby shower in her honor. Set the right tone for your baby shower with a perfectly worded baby shower invitation.

Information to Include on your Baby Shower Invitations

While it's easy to get carried away with extra information about the upcoming arrival, keeping your baby shower short and sweet is always a good idea. Stick to the basics when writing your baby shower invitation, but make sure you have the following information:

purpose of your invitation
name of the mommy-to-be
date of the shower
time
location
host name
RSVP
baby registry information

Example of a formal baby shower invitation

Please join us for a
baby shower
in honor of
Amanda Harrison
Wednesday, the eighth of March
Two thousand and fifteen
at one o'clock in the afternoon
125 Stone Drive
New York, New York
Hosted by Kathryn Meeks
Amanda is registered at Pottery Barn Kids

Example of a casual baby shower invitation

Bottles and booties and bibs and more,
Let's shower the baby with gifts galore!
Please come to a Baby Shower for
Amanda Harrison
Wednesday, March 8th
1:00 PM
125 Stone Drive
New York, New York
Given with Love by Kathryn Meeks
RSVP by March 1st to Kathryn@email.com
Registered at Babies R Us & Target

Hosts

If you have more than one host, be sure to list each host alphabetically by last name. If you have a large number of hosts, consider printing the hosts' names on the back of the invitation, or the name of the organization that the hosts belong to, such as a company name, a sorority name or a charity name. This helps to prevent attention from being drawn away from the purpose of the invitation - celebrating the mommy-to-be!

Mailing & Baby Shower RSVP Etiquette

Baby shower invitations should be mailed about approximately 2 to 4 weeks before the shower date in order to give guests time to RSVP, make travel plans if necessary and to shop for a gift.  If you will be including an RSVP date, set the RSVP date to 1 to 2 weeks prior to your event to allow yourself time to plan for food, games and seating.

Use these guidelines when writing your baby shower invitation to make sure guests are given all of the information necessary to attend as well as plenty of notice to make sure the party is a success.