Baby Shower Etiquette: The Dos and the Don’ts

Great ways to brush up on your baby shower etiquette

So you’re going to a baby shower and you’re worried about brushing up on your baby shower etiquette? Worry not! Patti the Perfect Party Planner is here to give you the inside info on the dos and the don’ts of baby showers and baby shower etiquette.

Baby Shower Etiquette: Who Should Throw the Shower?

First things first. Who’s supposed to plan the baby shower? The answer to this one is quite simple. Anyone can throw a baby shower. Anyone, that is, except for the expectant couple.

Although traditional rules have dictated that relatives must not throw the baby shower, that’s no longer the case and relatives are welcome to throw the baby shower in today’s day and age.

Baby Shower Etiquette: Who Should Be Invited to the Baby Shower?

If you’re throwing the party, you probably have a good idea about who should be invited to the baby shower, but you really shouldn’t finalize the guest list without first checking with the mom or dad to be.

By checking with the new parents, you’ll make sure that you’re not leaving anyone off the list or that you’re not including someone that the guests of honor would really rather you not invite.

If you’re questioning whether or not to invite the dad to be, the answer to that question is totally up to you. Co-ed baby showers are hot in today’s day and age. If you do invite dad, make sure there are other men on the guest list as one man in a room full of women can feel a bit overwhelming to the man, especially when baby showers are concerned.

Baby Shower Etiquette: When to Throw the Party

When to throw the party is just as important as who you invite to it. First, check with the parents to be before you set a date. You’ll want to be sure that there are no conflicts in schedule on the big day. Then plan a date for the third trimester. You can actually have the party any time after conception, but the third trimester is usually the best time to throw the party.

Baby Shower Etiquette: When to Send the Invitations

Send the invitations at least two to three weeks prior to the shower. You want to give the guests plenty of time to plan their schedules accordingly and to get a gift for the baby.

By following proper baby shower etiquette, your party is sure to be one of the best on the block.


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