Five Things Your Baby Shower Invitation Must Include

Here are five necessities of the baby shower invitation -- and a few extras just for fun.

There are certain things you simply must have on your baby shower invitation. There's no way around it: these five things are those that no baby shower invites can survive without. Of course, there are lots of fun additions you can slip into any invitation, too. Start with the basics, then make it your own.

The five essentials of baby shower invitations

Before you send out those baby shower invites, make absolutely certain that they contain these things:

1. The name of the mother and, if appropriate, the father, as well as the gender of the baby if known.

2. The date and time of the shower.

3. The name and phone number of the person collecting RSVPs, as well as the date they need to RSVP before.

4. The location of the shower.

5. Any registry information, such as where the mother is registered, or registry numbers and websites.

Fun extras and additions

When searching for your baby shower invitation wording, you might want to go beyond the simple time, date, and place. There are many fun additions you can work into your baby shower invitations to make them stand out as more original, unique, and interesting.

1. Manipulate the words to famous songs and lullabies! Suggestions might include:

-Twinkle, twinkle, little star
Baby's coming from afar!

-Rock-a-bye-baby,
On the tree top,
When the wind blows,
Our party will rock!

2. Look up famous quotes and poems that relate to babies. Include them as text in your baby shower invitations. Here are some of my favorites:

-"A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on." -Carl Sandburg

-"A new baby is like the beginning of all things -- wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." -Eda J. LeShan

-"Diaper backwards spells repaid. Think about it." -Marshall McLuha

-"Babies are such a nice way to start people." -Don Herold

3. Include a copied photo of Mom as a baby!

4. Include directions for special games or gifts. For example, if you're having a themed party and want guests to dress up, or if you want everyone to bring a Disney related gift, you'd better put that on the invitation!

5. Create your own invitations, or, if you don't have the time and energy, buy storemade baby invites and add touches like bows, buttons, or designs of your own. You get the convenience of storebought with the personalization of homemade.

As you can see, baby shower invitations can be complicated or simple, depending how you want to do things. But no matter how simple you make your invites, they must include the five essentials above -- and a few extras are nice, too. Use your imagination to make your baby shower invitations an important part of the baby shower.

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