In the past, baby showers were "women only" events during which an expectant mother was showered with practical gifts in neutral colors that could be used by any child. Today, baby showers often include the expectant couple as well as friends of both genders and piles of pink or blue gift bags. One thing that has not changed much is that someone still has to host the party and worry over choosing the right words for the invitation. If you're that lucky someone, the task will be easier if you remember to tailor the invitation to the style of the party and the expectant mother's taste.
Sweet and Simple
It is perfectly fine to get right to the point when wording a baby shower invitation. Something like "You are invited to a baby shower to celebrate Barbara and Ed's new bundle of joy" or "Join us in celebrating Barbara's pregnancy" is clear and concise.
Follow a simple introduction with the day, date, time, and address of the party as well as the name of the hostess and a phone number. Opinions vary about whether or not it is polite to include gift registry information with an invitation.
In her interview for the website Pregnancy Today, etiquette expert Colleen A. Rickenbacker states "you can very professionally place on the bottom of the invitation that name or names of stores where [the expectant parents] are registered."
Including a poem or verse in addition to the pertinent party information is a whimsical way to announce the party's purpose. The website Cutest Baby Shower Ideas suggests verses such as "We are tickled pink/blue and happy to say, a sweet little pea is on her/his way" or "Ten little fingers, ten little toes, boy or girl, no one knows." More serious or sentimental mother's-to-be may prefer a poem such as Shel Silverstein's "Listen to the Mustn'ts."
In invitation sets the tone for the type of event you are hosting. Typically, baby showers are lighthearted affairs with fun, silly games. However, sometimes a more formal event is needed because of the expectant mother's career or family connections.
If this is the case, the invitation might be worded to include the name of the hostess, such as "Ms. Ann Adams invites you to a baby shower in honor of her sister, Barbara Smith" or it can be personalized with the name of the recipient, "Mrs. Mary Jones is invited to celebrate the birth of Richard Smith at the home of Ms. Ann Adams."