Thursday, August 7, 2008

Etiquette Question

I have a friend who is hosting a baby shower next month. She just had a baby and is living in a rental house while there new home is being built, none of the other hostesses will offer to have the shower at their homes. The mom-to-be said she didn't mind having it at her house.

I recently went to a shower in NYC where we had it at the mom-to be's apt and it worked out great because we were able to see the nursery and all her clothes and she didn't have to worry about getting all those great gifts in a cab.

The question for all of you from my friend: how would you word the invitation to make it not seem "bad?"

Maybe... come shower mom-to-be and see her nursery! Anyone have the perfect words?

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9 comments:

Randall said...

I think the "come see the mom to be" option is good. I would note a "Hosted by Sally Smith" so people know that the mom isn't throwing her own shower.

nottryingforaboy said...

I'd include Hosted by sally smith as well. I'd probably leave out come see the mom to be stuff. Anyone recognizing the address will know it is her house. If it comes up at the shower, the hostess can explain why it was there instead of her house (leaving out the other hostesses of course).

Wait, I guess that causes a problem because it sounds like there is more than one hostess.

In that case, I probably wouldn't even draw attention to it on the invitation. Anyone close with the mom will know the backstory.

LucyinStLou said...

I frequently read your blog, but have never commented (sorry!). Recently, I did attend a shower at the mom-to-be's house. The invitation said something like "please join us at a shower for Jane Doe hosted by Sally Smith". They actually did a party activity that involved making something for the nursery and at the end of the day we got to see where she put it. Even though I can be an etiquette nazi, the whole thing seemed charming rather than "bad".

Barefoot in the Park said...

Come by amd see Baby (last name)'s new digs and shower the mom to be...

then you can do the typical hostesses names below.

just an idea!

Kappa Prep said...

I like what you came up with, but you need to be sure to add all the hostesses names at the bottom. Otherwise people might get confused!

Anonymous said...

I've been to a few baby showers that are called Sip and Sees. They typically take place after the baby is born, but you could do some cute poem about the nursery and something like "Sip and See honoring _______, the Mom to Be" or something like that! Good luck!

Sunshine In The City said...

I agree with Nottryingforaboy. I think you should go with hosted by Sally, Betty & Sue and then just list the address. No need to say who's home it is.

Lauren said...

This is tricky. I can't think of the right wording, but I do think it is a fun way for everyone to see the nursery.

I hope an etiquette expert will help!

Shannon and Nathan said...

My baby shower was at my home, which is what I wanted. I don't think there's any need to point it out on the invite. Just list the hostesses and the address.

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