Mom To Be Hosting The Baby Shower

by Lovley
(Springfield, MA, USA)

Is it appropriate for the mother-to-be to host the baby shower?

Our Answer:

Hi there,

Thank you for your etiquette question. As far as baby shower etiquette rules currently stand, the mom-to-be is the only person who is not allowed to host the baby shower. Anyone else can host the shower for her, but it is considered bad taste for her to host her own party.

There is an exception to this rule, after the baby is born. If there was no baby shower thrown for the mom, she can host a "meet and greet" or a "sip and see". This is an open house for close friends and family. They are invited to come see the new baby and share their well wishes with the family. There are usually light appetizers served and since it is an open house, guests can come and go as they please.

While gifts are not required for this, guests usually bring gifts with them as a token of friendship and love.

Whether a baby shower is thrown or not, people that care about the mom and the baby will often send gifts once the baby is born. The birth announcement allows everyone to know when the baby arrives so they can join in with the well wishes. So if you don't end up getting a baby shower, make sure to send out birth announcements to your friends and family to let them know of the new arrival.

I hope that helps. Good luck!

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by: Anonymous

I agree. The mom to be should not be hosting her own baby shower. It is tacky to do so. I like the idea of the "meet and greet" or "sip and see". We all have different circumstances and I never was able to have my own baby shower. It does make me sad, but I think the sip and see idea is great for a casual get together. At that point, it's not about the presents like a baby shower is. It's about getting together and celebrating the cute little baby that came into the family. I think it is the perfect solution for a friends and family to all get together and meet the baby.

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