Who should I invite?
(Orange County, California)
I have some friends and family that live far away in other states. I really doubt that they will make it to my baby shower unless they are able to coordinate it with a trip that they were already planning on making.
Should I send them an invitation or would they take it as if I were just trying to get them to send a gift?
Hi Karen. Thanks for your etiquette question. In most cases, a birth announcement is the best way to let people know of the new baby coming to your family. If you would like to send an invitation, I would reserve it to close, immediate family and/or very close friends.
The rule that I like to go by is if you feel comfortable calling them to ask if they would like an invitation, then they are probably close enough friends/family to send it to. People you rarely are in contact with should get a birth announcement instead.
I hope this helps! Good Luck With Your Baby Shower!
NOTE: We have received many requests about out of town/state relatives and friends. It seems that our original advice is being missed so we are adding it to our questions pages. Please note that in "MOST" circumstances, a birth announcement is more proper and better received than an invitation to a baby shower.
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