Gone through life without ever thinking of what a baby shower invitation wording is supposed to sound like? We’d venture to say most people are in the same boat. Unless you’ve ever sent out a baby shower invitation, there would be no reason to ponder whether there’s a guest of honor or what a guest of honor at a baby shower even means. You’d have no reason to consider whether baby shower invitation wording should include the gender of the baby or that there are multiple types of baby showers. If you’re here, reading this delightfully helpful post (we promise: lots of help coming up), there’s a good chance you’ve found yourself either hosting a baby shower or getting ready to be the guest of honor yourself. Either way, you’re in the right place to get all the ideas you could ever want about baby shower invitation wording.
What to write on a baby shower invitation: elements to include.
You think you know what goes on an invitation until you’re faced with the prospect of actually creating one. It’s then that you realize you’re unsure. Not to worry. Everything you need is here for your taking. And as always with our handy toolkits: take what you like, leave what you don’t. We’re totally here for the etiquette, but also believe everyone should play by their own rules.
So, what elements do baby shower invites typically include? The following four are a good place to start (and perhaps finish).
- The guest of honor
- Guidance to RSVP
- Registry info
- Any additional requests (books instead of cards for example)
The Guest of Honor: who do you honor on a baby shower invite?
It may or may not seem obvious, but the mom-to-be or the parents-to-be are the guests of honors at baby showers. If the baby shower is more traditional where only women are invited then the guest of honor will be the mom-to-be. However, if it’s a coed baby shower then it’s more likely that both parents will be in attendance and therefore both parents will carry the title.
Guidance to RSVP
Your baby shower invitation wording should include directions to RSVP. You’ll need to include an email, a website, a special URL, or a phone number where the guests should go to respond.
To make it easier on whoever is keeping track of the invite list, you may choose to ask your guests only to RSVP if they’re not able to make it – leaving an assumption of attendance. The baby shower invitation wording for this option is something along the lines of “RSVP regrets only.” If you’re worried that your guests would forget about the event if not for a positive RSVP, then you can still ask for a proper RSVP.
The main reason for a baby shower is, of course, to help equip the parents with all the baby gear they’ll need in the first years of their child’s life. Which brings us to the baby registry. Just add the name of the store/website where they are registered so guests know where to find it.
Any additional baby shower requests
If your baby shower has any quirks about it that the guests should expect, this will be the place to include the information. Your baby shower invitation wording should include any special asks the mom might have like bringing a book instead of a baby shower card.
What are the different types of baby showers?
Who knew there was more than one type of baby shower?! Well, we did of course. If you’re getting ready to create your baby shower invitation wording and aren’t sure what kind of baby shower you’re having or hosting, the following is your mini-guide. There are seven types of baby showers.
- Traditional Baby Shower
- Coed Baby Shower
- Gender Reveal
- Sip and See
- Adoption Shower
- Virtual Baby Shower
What is a traditional baby shower?
The traditional way to celebrate an upcoming birth is to celebrate the mother to be with only women in attendance. These can be as big or as little as is appropriate for each mom-to-be.
“You’re invited to a baby shower to honor Joanna Mitt”
What is a coed baby shower?
With a more modern approach, couples can choose to have a coed baby shower where all genders are invited and both parents-to-be are honored.
There’s a baby brewing… Come cheers to the impending arrival of our little one!”
What is a gender reveal shower?
Neither the parents-to-be nor the guests know the gender of the baby prior to the party. The focal point of this event is usually the part where the gender is revealed to everyone at one time in some kind of showcase.
“What will it bee? You’re invited to join a gender reveal baby shower in honor of Joanna and Dave.”
What is a baby sprinkle?
If the mom-to-be is expecting her second, third, or otherwise not-first born, then she’ll be having a baby sprinkle. The whole point of a baby shower is to ‘shower’ the parents-to-be with baby gear and equipment, but the assumption is that by the second go around the parents already have everything they’ll need so the shower turns into a sprinkle.
Sometimes guests aren’t expected to bring gifts at all and the party is more about sheer celebration. Other times a baby sprinkle is just as gift heavy as a shower- there are many reasons why parents may not have their first childs’ gear.
“Join us for a baby sprinkle honoring Claire Johanson”
What is a sip and see shower?
This celebration is the more casual of all the baby showers and it takes place after the birth of the baby — hence the ‘see’ part in the title. The guests will typically get a time frame in which to stop by for a celebratory drink and take in the beauty of the newborn. This obviously is a lot less pressure and stress on the host, but it’s also typically not as helpful when it comes to getting baby stuff to help the new parents.
“The drinks are cold, the diapers are dry, and we’re waiting for you to come on by!”
What is an adoption shower?
For the lucky family that’s welcoming an adopted child into their homes a celebration is most certainly in order. Adoption showers are not about pregnancy or birth, but more so about the adoption journey and the formation of a new family. Usually parents want to spend a bit of time with their new child to connect before having an adoption shower (this also allows the necessary flexibility that goes with adoption timelines which can fluctuate).
“It takes a village and you’re invited to join ours.”
Baby shower invitation wording samples for various types of showers.
The following baby shower invitation wording samples can be used specifically for different types of showers. Many of these can also be slightly tweaked and applied to whatever kind of shower you’re hosting.
Baby Shower Invitation Wording for a Boy
- Get ready to welcome our newest little man with diapers & beers…
- Oh boy! It’s a boy!
- Our baby boy will be here in no time, come celebrate his arrival…
- Our little man is on his way. Join us in celebrating this joyous occasion.
- A baby boy is on his way!
Baby Shower Invitation Wording for a Girl
- Who run the world?! Girls! And mine deserves a proper queen welcome.
- We’re so excited to meet our little princess!
- A little baby girl is on her way! We’re pleased to invite you to honor…
- Oh boy! It’s a girl!
Gender Neutral Shower Invitation Wording Examples
- A little pumpkin is on the way… Join us!
- Baby, it’s cold outside! Join us in honoring mom-to-be.
- Sugar and spice and everything nice! Join us for a baby shower to honor…
- Join us for a baby shower honoring mom to be…
- Twinkle, twinkle, little star… Mandi & Chris are welcoming a new light in their lives.
- Bonjour bébé!
- Our little wild thing is on the way!
- It’s raining LOVE! Join us in honoring parents to be…
- It’s a human! Let’s celebrate with all the colors of the rainbow.
Coed Baby Shower Invitation Wording
- Babys-a-brewing and so are the beers… Come join us over a cold pint to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our newest family member.
- It’s time to celebrate the lil squirt!
- Join us for a BBQ Baby Shower in honor of…
- Come shower the parents to be with all the love in the world…
- Baby on board! Join us in honoring the parents-to-be beach side…
Baby Sprinkle Wording
- Join us in honoring mom-to-be…
- We’re ready to celebrate and sprinkle mom-to-be
- A little sunshine is on the way…
- We’re beary excited to welcome our second little cub into this world.
- Oops, we did it again!
- A sprinkle of love… Join us in honoring
- Sprinkled with love…
Gender Reveal Baby Shower Invitation Wording
- Join us to find out the gender reveal together!
- Let’s talk about sex baby! Join us for our gender reveal baby shower.
- He or She? What will it be?
- Holy ship! Will it be a he or a she?
- Buck or doe? Soon, we will know!
Bring a book instead of a card or a gift wording
One of the items you can include in your baby shower invitation wording is any additional requirements (already mentioned above). An example of this would be to ask your guests to forgo the baby shower card and bring a book to stock the little one’s library. This is also a great alternative to gifts for parents that already have most everything they need.
“In lieu of a baby shower gift, please consider bringing a book for the baby. Leave a personal note on the inside cover so we can remember you when we read the book!”
How to Send Your Baby Shower Invitations
With everything else going on in your life during the pregnancy (or if you’re hosting the shower, then everything going on with making to-do lists), sending baby shower invitations can feel like an overwhelming task.
But it really, truly, does not have to be.
Send your baby shower invitations in minutes with Postable. Yes, minutes.
- Choose and customize an invitation (there’s a bunch of great ones to choose from).
- Add your mailing list (just upload a spreadsheet or use the free address collector tool).
- Click Send.
That’s it. Postable will print, address, and mail your baby shower invitations for you.
Paper Baby Shower Invitations
Yup, Postable’s baby shower invitations are all paper (no digital cards to speak of). Baby showers are kind of big deals and big deals call for real, hold-in-your-hand invites.
How early should you send baby shower invites?
Give your guests 2-3 weeks notice prior to the baby shower by mailing your baby shower invitations 3-4 weeks in advance. Snail mail is awesome, but keep in mind that it does take 3-7 days to arrive.
If you mail your baby shower invites with less notice, you’re risking the chance of your guests not having a chance to make the proper arrangements (child care, work or travel schedules, and gift purchases).
On the other hand, if you send the invites much earlier than that, you’re risking the chance that your guests simply let the event slip their minds.