by Della H. Harris
Have you ever wondered what the etiquette is for the multitude of baby shower and life event invitation that are out there?
Whether you're planning a baby shower, baptism or your child's birthday, the invitation will be the first impression your guests have of your celebration or event.
Make sure your invitation conveys the same theme, style and message that you are planning for your occasion.
Use these how-to's to get started!
This really depends on the type of event. Please reference the below events for specific details.
If a party is informal, invitations should be extended two to three weeks before the event. For more formal events, six to eight weeks are required.
You have many different styles and themes to choose from depending on your occasion. The best way to generate verse ideas is to browse through our sample verses. Typically, an event invitation would include the following:
-- Opening: Short phrase inviting your friends and family to the event.
-- Description of Occasion: The purpose of the invitation and what the event is about.
-- Host(ess) Name: Full name of the host(s) or hostess(es) hosting the party
-- Honoree Name: Full name of the child (children) being honored, such as the birthday boy/girl, the mother-to-be.
-- Date and Time: Day, date of the party followed by the time. Avoid using abbreviations if it is a formal event.
-- Informal Event: Saturday, September 27th 8:00 p.m.
-- Formal Event: Saturday, the twenty-seventh of September
at eight o'clock in the evening (Note: it is acceptable to include an end time on an invitation. If time is an issue, you should include it to let guests know to arrange pick up times for the children).
-- Location / Place: Name of the place you are holding the party if the venue has a name (Crossings Restaurant). The address should only include the street and city. You can include the state if out of town guests are invited. Zip codes are excluded.
-- Other Instructions: Indicate appropriate attire if you think there may be any ambiguity. If your party requires specific directions such as what to bring, it is acceptable to print this on the invitation.
-- RSVP: RSVP is an abbreviation of "réspondez s'il vous plait." Put your name, phone number (or email address) and RSVP deadline date after your RSVP wording. Here are a few standard
For informal events like birthday parties, a reply by email or phone is acceptable. For formal invitations like christenings and baptisms, including a response card and envelope is recommended as a way to encourage your guests to RSVP quickly. You should also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Lastly, it also helpful if you enclose a map of the venue to help the guests find their way.
Generally, close friends and family of the mother should be invited. It is a good idea to ask the mom-to-be to finalize the guest list to ensure no one has been accidentally forgotten. If the shower is not the first shower for the mom, one acceptable way to shorten the guest list is to only invite close friends or those who have not been to previous showers.
Showers are typically thrown for an expecting mom a month or two before the baby's due date. This allows the expecting mother to take inventory of what she still needs to buy after the shower and before the baby arrives. A Welcoming Shower can be thrown a few weeks after the baby is born to accommodate special out-of-town relatives who come to see the baby after the birth but cannot travel to the baby shower.
It is commonly accepted to send out invitations 2-3 weeks prior to the event. If guests include out of town guests, you may send the invitations a little earlier.
The printed invitation is the preferred way invite guests to a baby shower. Printed invitations should include the important details including the party theme and specifically any items the guests are supposed to bring for the mom.