Looking for the top 10 best baby shower invitation ideas? We’ve done the research and have picked our 10 favorite baby shower invitations for 2018. We’ve thrown in some great modern baby shower ideas we found on Pinterest, too!
But first, did you know how and why baby showers began? Here are some fun facts you can share. We call it “The baby boom of modern baby showers.”
The Baby Boom of Modern Baby Showers
Modern baby showers began sometime after World War II during the baby boom era. It started as an economic function to take the financial burden off the mother by supplying her with the necessities to raise a child. As the years progressed, traditions emerged from buying only the necessities to creating modern baby shower registries, organizing special shopping trips with the mother-to-be, and throwing parties with fun, baby-related games.
Not Your Mom’s Baby Shower Invitation Ideas
Even in the last couple of years, however, modern baby showers have evolved immensely (technology being the reason for most of this). The best baby shower invitation ideas, which were traditionally mailed, are often emailed or sent through Facebook. Not only does it save on cost, but also allows the sender to have elaborate graphically designed baby shower invitations—usually related to the theme of the party and/or nursery. Modern baby shower themes became especially popular thanks to Pinterest—popular themes including Woodland, Nautical, and Floral Nurseries.
Modern Baby Showers Are Not Just For Girls
Another popular modern baby shower trend is to have co-ed baby showers (often called “celebrations” in deference to the guys) where both men and women are invited. This allows the dads to get involved. The co-ed movement seemed to come with an amendment that allows alcohol at the parties, (sorry mom). “A Baby is Brewing,” “Baby-Q,” and “Tacos and Tutus,” are a few coed baby shower invitation ideas. Here are some of the best baby shower invitation ideas for co-ed baby showers.
Congratulations! It’s A…
One of the major changes we have seen happen within this last year is the party people are throwing before the baby shower. Party before the baby shower? Wait, what—? Yes, everybody. I’m talking about Gender Reveals. This generation loves to party!
Gender reveals used to happen at birth. A couple of deep breaths, and pushes later… “ITS A..” the doctor would exclaim. Then with new advancements, ultrasounds were possible. Usually, at around 16 weeks, expectant parents could find out if they were having a boy or a girl, then follow up with an exciting phone call to the family. But no longer. Couples now find out the sex of the baby and throw a gender reveal party to inform friends and family if it’s a boy or girl. This is also a fun way to get everyone’s opinion on whether they are #TeamBoy or #TeamGirl. The ultrasound results are sealed in an envelope, then handed over to the designated trustee (real top secret stuff) whom will be in charge of planning the party, and ordering the right color (pink or blue) cake, confetti, or whatever they choose to reveal with. ♀♂
Best Baby Shower Invitation Ideas For The Newborn Party
Lastly, there’s a trend that originated in the South called Sip n’ See. It is the final party (until the 1st birthday at least) to “show off” the new baby. This event is usually a brunch—because who doesn’t love brunch— for friends and family to come see the newborn while sipping on coffee, tea, or a cocktail!
Over time, modern baby showers and parties have changed and are constantly more and more sophisticated, modern, and ahead-of-trend… just like Liz and Roo, whose broad collection of luxury bedding for the nursery is always modern and ahead-of-trend.