Don’t let pregnancy brain get the best of your Southern manners.
For overwhelmed, soon-to-be-moms who have yet to hear of the latest teething toy, baby showers might be your new best friend. Baby showers are not only a fun reason to get the girls together for blue cupcakes, name games, and diaper cakes, but they often happen to come with a side of baby shower gifts–gifts you can give hints for with your baby registry.
Don’t get us wrong, these parties are mostly about celebrating a beautiful new baby and the soon-to-be mother, but they’re also an opportunity for a new mommy to gather all of her newborn essentials and some adorable baby gifts. But, spreading the word about your baby shower without guests feeling like it’s all about the gifts can be tricky.
The biggest rule to know? Don’t put your baby shower registry on the invitation. We’re not saying you have to go completely old- school and only provide registry information through the grapevine. We’re just saying your baby shower invitation isn’t necessarily the place. Nowadays there are more tactful ways to share your baby registry without making the event feel like a gimmie-fest.
If your entire party is web savvy, an easily accessible online registry may be all you need. If not, it’s considered acceptable baby shower invitation etiquette to include registry information on a separate enclosure, according to Emily Post. Many retailers will provide registry cards for such use in store. Or, if you’d rather be surprised and go registry-free, it’s acceptable to include notes on the invitation such as “the nursery is purple and pink” or “Annie’s expecting a boy.”
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No matter how you choose to approach it, be sure to keep your baby registry discreet while still making it convenient for guests who wish to bring a gift.