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Every event leading up to the grand finale--your baby's birth--is just as exciting as the rest. You have already announced your happy pregnancy, and now the time has come to have a baby shower so that you can share the excitement with your nearest and dearest. Invite everyone you care about, be it family, friends, and even coworkers, to attend the shower with baby shower invitations and baby shower cards from Paperlust.
With our baby shower cards, there is no end to the options you have laid out in front of you in the way of creating completely unique baby shower invitations. For both genders including baby shower invitations for girls, baby shower invitations for boys, twins and neutral options you can find an array of fun styles to choose from. This includes different styles like princess, tea party, summer and picnic themes. If you prefer to reveal the gender at the party, you can still spice up the cards by picking different design styles like pretty, adorable, cute and sweet themes.
Whatever you choose to do for your baby shower cards, you may pick to print them in a number of ways like--digital baby announcement cards, letterpress, foil stamp and metallic prints. This way, you can be sure that your cards are as unique as your child, giving your guests a taste of the bright personality that is sure to come. What's more, you can include other beautiful stationery like - baby announcement cards and baby shower invitations in your mailings to really entice your guests to attend the shower.
What to include on your baby shower invites?
When choosing your baby shower invites you should think about the baby shower invitation wording and what information you need to include on the invitation. It’s up to you how many details you want to include on the invites, just make sure you don’t leave any crucial information out. Some main details to keep in mind in regards to your invitations are:
Who? Think about the size of shower you want when thinking about the guest list. Do you want something small with just family and close friends or are you happy to invite people from work or extended family members for a larger scale baby shower party?
It’s then a nice touch to individually address each invitation to your guests for a special touch.
How formal or casual the shower is? If you want to set a certain dress code, make sure to include that on the invite so it’s clear for everyone what kind of shower it is. It’ll make it easier for your guests as well.
The baby shower invitation design you choose can help you to reflect the level of formality expected at the shower.
Where? Is it at someone’s house or at a venue? Make sure to list the address even if you think people might already know, it’s better to be safe and cover all bases just in case.
When? Once you’ve decided to host a baby shower you need to decide on the date as soon as possible and then send out the invitations soon after. Be sure to give guests a few weeks’ notice at least so they have time to get presents and make sure their schedule is clear.
Is there a theme? If you want people to follow a particular theme, either with presents or anything else it’s worth making mention of it on the invitation.
What people can expect? Will there be games? Activities? You don’t have to list this of course, but it doesn’t hurt to mention by including something like “come along for some fun and games with the mum-to-be”, so guests will have an idea of what will be involved on the day.
Do people need to bring anything? If people need to bring anything with them, eg, food, drinks, presents be sure to include that on the invite.
RSVP. Set an RSVP date to ensure you get the number of guests attending as soon as possible so you can make preparations for the shower. Make sure you make it easy for people to RSVP by including a phone number or email address for people to easily get in contact.
Picking a theme for your baby shower invitations
When choosing the invitations for a baby shower something to ask yourself first is: Is there a theme to your baby shower?
Some people if they already know the sex of the baby might choose a colour theme, or they might just prefer to go neutral if the baby’s gender is a surprise. Paperlust have plenty of different colour options to choose from, and then you can also choose something minimal and plain or something patterned, like polka dots, stripes or even the ever popular gingham checks.
Or maybe animals or cute characters are more the style you’re looking for we have some beautiful, cute baby shower card designs to choose from. If it’s a colour theme or a particular pattern, you can choose the invitation that matches, and if you are wanting gifts to follow on the same theme then you should also include a note about that as well.
You baby shower invitations can help set the tone of the shower.
You can have a lot of fun with the theme of your Australian baby shower invitations, and you don’t have to just stop at the shower invites. There are plenty of cute baby decorations out there to suit every style of baby shower, from balloons, streamers and even party favours, maybe the theme even matches the style of the baby’s room. There is also a great range of baby shower thank you cards to match in with your invitation.
Whether you’ve already chosen your theme or the invitations chooses this for you, from our beautiful designs you’re sure to find something you love that will help make your baby shower extra special, you can read more about party invitation templates here.
Baby shower etiquette
Now whether you’re the one throwing the baby shower or you’ve been invited to one, there are a few things you should know about what’s expected on the day from what to wear, to the gifts, to what will actually be involved on the day.
Now it’s generally not the mum to be's job to host the shower, usually that role is taken on by a close friend or family member, whether they have offered or the expecting mother has asked them. When choosing the invitations and planning the details of the shower, it’s a good idea for the person hosting it and the expecting mother to work together to get the details just right, then on the day all the mum-to-be has to do is sit back and enjoy the shower.
Something else to think about is whether the baby shower will be a women-only event. Customarily it has been usual that baby showers are seen as a women’s party, but these days it is becoming more common for men to be invited. It’s something to think about depending on what kind of baby shower you want, as inevitably the presence of men will change the style of the day. But if you want men to come along then, include them in the fun.
Baby showers can be one of those events that if you’ve never been to one before it can be difficult to know what to expect, so here are some other aspects to keep in mind. For more baby shower ideas check out our latest article on great baby shower ideas and games such as bingo.
Gifts are non-negotiable when it comes to baby showers. Other than of course celebrating the upcoming arrival of a new baby, a baby shower is an opportunity for friends and family to help out the new parents with some gifts and baby necessities.
If you show up to a baby shower and don’t bring a gift expect to potentially not be invited ever again. Even if it doesn’t specify on the invite, it’s expected. If you can’t bring a gift with you for whatever reason, at least bring a card and send a gift at a later time. You don’t need to buy anything expensive, just something thoughtful.
Usually something practical that the mum-to-be can use with the baby, like a toy or piece of clothing for the baby are very acceptable gifts. Anything baby related you bring is sure to be highly appreciated.
While there is no hard and fast rule that there have to be games at a baby shower, it is the general norm that there will be a few baby related activities that everyone is expected to take part in.
When accepting a baby shower invitation be prepared to get involved, because it is likely to be considered rude if you attend and then don’t join in (unless you have a really good reason). The games and activities involved in a baby shower are usually designed to be silly and fun, so why not take part?
Location and Dress Code
The location of the baby shower can do a lot to tell you what kind of shower it will be. If it’s at someone’s home, generally that means it will be more of a casual event, if the shower is being held at a venue, whether a restaurant, park or a party room, it will dictate more so what the dress code might be and if it’s a slightly fancier event.
Unless it is specified on the invitation as to what kind of dress code is expected, then take your cue from the location, just be aware that even if it’s a casual home affair you should still dress nicely for the occasion.
There are lots of different details that go into planning baby shower stationery, and the invitations are just the first of them. Choosing the right baby shower invitations can seem troubling, but this is made easy with Paperlust's wide selection of invitations and cards.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help getting started! And also check out our great article here on Trend Forecast: Top five baby shower invitation trends in 2017.
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