When sending out invitations – specifically formal ones – etiquette says that a response card be included as well. This response card (also called RSVP card), along with a matching, self-addressed, stamped envelope, is the traditional way of requesting a response from invited guests. Simple in wording, the RSVP card serves a singular purpose: To inform the hosts of who will – and who will not – attend the event.
It is always advisable to consult with friends as you may find that they may have invaluable input or advice on the selection of the napkins and they could offer to do window shopping in advance on your behalf as the mother-to-be. This can save you a lot of time and energy.
The best way to compile the guest list is by simply asking the mother-to-be who she would like to attend the shower. If the baby shower durban is a surprise, work closely with the father-to-be to create a guest list. The guest list usually includes friends and family, but a few close co-workers may also be invited. Get address, phone numbers, and email addresses. Also decide if it will be a “girls only” shower or a “couples” shower.
If you know the sex of the baby, it is much easier to buy something personal. If you know what the parents plan to name the baby, you are batting a thousand.
Just like the guests attending a baby shower are apprehensive about what gift to get for the mother or the baby, the same is true for the family holding a baby shower as far as baby shower favors are concerned. A baby shower favor should essentially be something that is memorable and not a waste.
When choosing a location, make sure it is easy to get to and will accommodate the needs of the party. Oftentimes, baby showers are held at the home of the hostess (that would probably be YOU!). Try to get a rough idea of how many people will be attending before finalizing any details.
It does not matter how much money you have to spend, it is the thought that counts. When you give a gift that you have put a great deal of thought into, it definitely shows. The new mom will be impressed by your thoughtfulness and be very thankful for your consideration. Do not be afraid to think “outside the box” when deciding on what to gift for a baby shower.