A new bundle of joy is enough of a reason to throw a huge celebration. Get a crash course in party planning with our baby shower etiquette guide.
Who should host the shower?
- Technically, it used to be looked down upon if a family member were to host, but we’re not getting caught up on technicality here. These days, just about anyone can host a baby shower; friends, family, colleagues.
Who can attend?
- Friends and family of both future parents. If this isn’t a surprise shower, be sure to run the guest list pass the expecting mommy and daddy before you the invites are mailed out.
Where should it be?
- The host of the party may choose their home or a private room at a restaurant for a small, intimate crowd, while a party hall is most appropriate for larger groups.
When it should happen?
- 2 to 3 months prior to baby’s arrival. This gives the expectant parents enough time to organize gifts and make last minute purchases.
When to send out invitations?
- Invitations should be sent out at least a month before the planned date, but ideally a 6 to 8 weeks before. This gives guests enough time to plan for the day and re-arrange their schedules if needed.
What kind of gifts should you get?
- If the new parents have a baby registry, then this would probably be your first stop, but if you’re looking for a few think-out-of-the-box ideas, we have some suggestions. New parents will LOVE anything personalized with their baby’s name! It gives them a sense of pride and excitement about their soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. Here are some of our favorite personalized baby shower gifts:
- Plush suede pillow
- Velveteen or Sherpa fleece blanket
- Framed sonogram print (Tip: snag a sonogram photo from the expectants parents’ social media page!)