Baby Shower EtiquetteWritten by Cathy Cripps
Years ago, baby showers were never hosted by a family member. This practice was thought by most people to be tacky, appearing as if family was asking for gifts. Thankfully, that tradition has changed where now it is acceptable for family members, friends, or co-workers to host shower. The only exception to this rule is that parents should not throw their own shower since this is considered inappropriate.
Baby Shower Gift RegistryWritten by Cathy Cripps
Baby Shower Gift Registry Just as with weddings, couples today can now register in person or online at most of their favorite stores. This provides couple an opportunity to determine gifts they will receive, specific colors, sizes, and so on. Additionally, with so many companies offering online baby shower registers, both high end and affordable stores can be chosen so every guest can choose their price range.
Interestingly, some people still consider baby gift registers as cold and impersonal. You want guests to know that gift is their choice since it is something that comes from heart. To ensure no one is offended, wording is very important so recommendation of using gift registry is not seen as offensive.
Remember, you do not want to include information about gift registry in invitation. Now, some people will add this information on a separate piece of paper slipped inside invitation but etiquette experts state this is an incorrect way of handling it. Instead, when guests reply with RSVP, you can then send them a note in mail or via email, providing gift registry information.
This message could say something like, “Thank you for your confirmation for attending John and Sue’s baby shower. We look forward to you joining us for celebration of life and enjoying this time of fellowship among family and friends. Although baby gifts are welcomed, they are not mandatory. If you are unsure what couple needs, they have registered at a few stores to include…”