Baby Invitation Etiquette
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Whether you are planning a baby
shower, a baptism, or
your child's birthday, the
invitation will be the first impression your guests have of your celebration.
Make sure your invitation conveys the same theme, style and message
that you are planning for your occasion.
GENERAL INVITATION ETIQUETTE
Who to Invite
This really depends on the type of event. Please reference the below events for specific details.
If a party is informal, invitations should be extended two to three weeks before the event. For more formal events, six to eight weeks are required.
What to Include
You have many different styles and themes to choose from depending on your occasion. The best way to generate verse ideas is to browse through our sample verses. Typically, a event invitation would include the following:
- Opening: Short phrase
inviting your friends and family to the event.
- Description of Occasion:
The purpose of the invitation and what the event is about.
Example: A birthday party for Christina Williams
- Host(ess) Name: Full name of the host(s) or hostess(es) hosting the party
- Honoree Name: Full
name of the child (children) being honored, such as the birthday boy/girl,
- Date and Time: Day,
date of the party followed by the time. Avoid using abbreviations
if it is a formal event.
Saturday, September 27th 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, the twenty-seventh of September
at eight o'clock in the evening
Note: it is acceptable to include an end time on an invitation. If time is an issue, you should include it to let guests know to arrange pick up times for the children.
- Location / Place: Name of the place you are holding the party if the venue has a name (Crossings Restaurant). The address should only include the street and city. You can include the state if out of town guests are invited. Zip codes are excluded.
- Other Instructions: Indicate appropriate attire
if you think there may be any ambiguity. If your party requires specific
directions such as what to bring, it is acceptable to print this on
- RSVP: RSVP is an abbreviation of "réspondez s'il vous plait." Put your name, phone number (or email address) and RSVP deadline date after your RSVP wording. Here are a few standard RSVP verses:
RSVP at your convenience
Kindly reply to
Regrets only (you are asking only the people who aren't coming to let you know.)
For informal events like birthday parties, a reply by
email or phone is acceptable. For formal invitations like christenings
and baptisms, including a response card and envelope is recommended
as a way to encourage your guests to RSVP quickly. You should also include
a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Lastly, it also helpful if you enclose
a map of the venue to help the guests find their way.
will .. attend
The favour of a reply is requested
The favour of a reply is requested before (date)
will . attend
Generally, close friends and family of the mother should be invited. It is a good idea to ask the mom-to-be to finalize the guest list to ensure no one has been accidentally forgotten. If the shower is not the first shower for the mom, one acceptable way to shorten the guest list is to only invite close friends or those who have not been to previous showers.
When to Throw a Baby Shower
Showers are typically thrown for an expecting mom a month or two before the baby's due date. This allows the expecting mother to take inventory of what she still needs to buy after the shower and before the baby arrives. A Welcoming Shower can be thrown a few weeks after the baby is born to accommodate special out-of-town relatives who come to see the baby after the birth but cannot travel to the baby shower.
When to Send Out Invites
It is commonly accepted to send out invitations 2-3 weeks prior to the event. If guests include out of town guests, you may send the invitations a little earlier.
How to Invite Guests
The printed invitation is the preferred way invite guests to a baby shower. Printed invitations should include the important details including the party theme and specifically any items the guests are supposed to bring for the mom.
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BAPTISM AND CHRISTENING INVITATION ETIQUETTE
A christening or baptism are religious services in which a child is introduced to the Church. These special occasions include family and close friends and typically have a broad range of ages attending.
Invitations to baptisms or christenings should only be extended to those with close relationships or friendships with the parents.
About a month beforehand to ensure that guests have ample time to ensure their attendance.
Guests may travel a long distance to attend a christening, so information for out of towners should be included. You may want can include a list of local hotels, parking directions, and details of the nearest public transportation.
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You should put together the guest list with your child. While you do not need to invite everyone in your child's class, it is important to be sensitive to those who do not get invited. You can encourage your child's friend's parents to attend a party for your child. It is acceptable to specifically encourage parents to attend on the invitation. For example, you could add, "Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy the party." Just make sure to offer them coffee and food for volunteering to help baby sit!
Two to three weeks is ample time for an informal birthday party for a child.
Mail or hand-deliver the invitations. To avoid hurt feelings, do not allow your child to distribute them in class.
If you don't want guests to feel obligated to bring gifts, it is perfectly acceptable to specify "no gifts" on the invitation.