The Invitation List
Is it appropriate to invite friends (and/or family) who you know will not be able to attend?
What if you haven't seen a friend for over a year - or maybe even 2, is it appropriate to invite them?
UGH- hope you can help!
This is a difficult question for me to give a solid answer on since everyone's circumstance is a little different. The best advice I can give to is to look how close your friendship to them is. I have an old roommate that I had not seen or spoken to for a good year. I had gotten married and she was still single. But we were close enough friends that when I had my first baby shower, she was on the list. Part of the reason we did not speak very often was that she lived in a different state. But she had moved close to me a little before the baby shower was held so it was not a big deal for her to come to the party.
If your friend(s) live in a different state, ask yourself if they are close enough friends that you would feel comfortable calling and inviting them to the party and asking if they would like you to send an invitation to them. If that is something that makes you feel uncomfortable, then I would not send them an invitation. Send them a birth announcement once the baby is born, instead.
If it has been 1-2 years since you have seen them and you still have a pretty strong friendship, go ahead and send them an invitation. If done correctly an invitation will help close friends and family feel part of the celebration. If done wrong, it can appear as a request for a gift.
I hope that helps you make a decision. Good luck with the baby shower!
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