Baby shower invitations with elephants or woodland animal themes are trending right now, and we think they couldn’t be more adorable!
Their versatility allows for color schemes adaptable to a boy, girl, or gender-neutral shower, and their charm factor is through the roof. Read on for a look at some design and style options, a few pointers on shower invite etiquette, and tips on wording to make sending out baby shower invitations that much easier.
Baby Shower Invite Overview
It’s customary for a baby shower to be organized and hosted by someone close to the mom and/or dad-to-be, either a close friend or family member. This means the style of the shower (and the guests invited) should reflect that person’s style and preferences.
We would like to mention that invitations are still appropriate for virtual parties as well. Most expectant parents are leery of inviting guests over (understandably so) because of the COVID pandemic, so keep in mind, a virtual party is still a party!
Here’s a helpful guide full of tips on how to throw a virtual baby shower.
Types of Baby Shower Invitations
Different people have different situations, so not all baby shower invitations are created alike. Here are a few of the most common types of invitations:
Traditional invitations can be chosen in classic pink, blue, or in gender-neutral colors, depending upon the mom-to-be’s preference. Most often, a traditional invitation will be sent to announce and celebrate the birth of a first child, while a “sprinkle shower” may be more appropriate for a second, third, or beyond (more on this in a moment). It’s expected to list where the new parents are registered for baby gifts on the invitation, as well as clear RSVP instructions (more on this later, too).
Sip and See Invitations
A “sip and see” party is meant to be held after the birth of the baby. Most commonly thrown by the parents in their home, it’s usually a casual gathering where guests are invited to come by, have some small bites and drinks, and meet the new addition!
A sip and see invitation will usually include a newborn picture (if you’ve had any made yet), and usually does not include gift registry information.
Even though gifts are not expected, if guests have not yet given a gift they’ll bring one anyway. A small keepsake or beautiful book are good options.
Southern Kitchen provides more tips on impeccable etiquette and a guide on how to host a great sip and see party. (After all, the sip and see party was born in the south…)
Couple’s Shower Invitations
A couple’s shower is given in honor of both parents, with both parent’s names listed on the invitation, and the theme should represent their aesthetic preferences and taste accordingly. Often, a couple’s shower will be worded as a “celebration” on the invitation, and the invitations will be designed with graphics and color scheme traditional for a co-ed celebration.
Gender Reveal Invitations
In the case of a gender reveal shower, traditional colors of pink or blue give way to more gender-neutral colors or a mix of pink and blue. Gender- reveal showers are so exciting, and there are so many creative ways to throw one.
A gender-reveal party doesn’t necessarily have to double as a baby shower. It can be a separate event in itself. When throwing a gender-reveal party, gifts are usually not expected, as it’s a separate event. If the gender reveal and shower are the same events, it’s appropriate to include information about the baby shower registry. We’ll be discussing a little more about how to tactfully word your invitation if gifts are not encouraged in the next section of this article.
Adoption Shower Invitations
The timing of an adoption shower should depend on the preferences and comfort level of the family. Some prefer to wait a few weeks until after the child is home and settled, particularly if the child is older or a toddler and may feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable about being around so many new people in a new place.
Other than that, adoption shower invitations normally have the same information as a traditional shower. It’s perfectly acceptable (and usually appreciated by the guests) to include registry information or specific gift requests on an adoption shower invitation for the new addition to the family!
Baby Sprinkle Invitations
Baby sprinkle invitations are given to celebrate the upcoming birth of a second child (or third, or more). These celebrations usually don’t warrant a registry. Instead, guests bring practical gifts such as diapers, wipes, or clothing the baby will need upon arrival.
Practical gifts for the parents-to-be aren’t a bad idea either, especially with multiple children in the house. A few months’ subscription to a meal delivery service or gift cards to restaurants will help keep everyone fed and out of the kitchen while they focus on the new member of the family.
Gold Foil Invitation Designs
1. Baby Elephant Print Invite
by Lori Wemple
This sweet mama (or daddy) and baby elephant print invitation comes in six color themes with beautiful foil-pressed gold accents for added sparkle. Choose between slip-in or pre-lined corresponding colored envelopes, or plain in the matching color palette your parent of honor will prefer.
Regardless of which envelope you prefer, a customizable, skinny-wrap address label makes it unique.
The backer is open for options – choose to continue the card’s floral accent, plain with matching color palette, or even a photo of the expectant couple and a quick note for your guests. Also available in four silhouette shapes and three paper choices.
2. Peanuts and Popcorn Invite
by Carrie ONeal
A vintage-inspired smiling elephant glitters in bronze on this announcement, and six beautiful color choices customize for a boy, girl, or gender-neutral palette. With four paper options (including double-thick) and customizable backer options, you can get as fancy as you like.
3. Jungle Edge Invite
by Amy Kross
With it’s simple, yet stylish jungle-themed design, this card comes in three color choices: pink, blue, and green, making it an excellent choice for a couple’s shower invitation or if you’d just like to keep it sophisticated and gender-neutral.
The small gold-foil elephant at the bottom adds just the right amount of charm and extra glitz. Plus, the beautiful palm border is simple enough to pair with any decorations. Envelopes are available with slip-in envelope liners or plain envelope options that feature a complementary color palette.
4. Woodland Baby Shower Invite
by Lori Wemple
A sweet vignette of woodland animals and beautiful flora is a lovely option for a classic baby shower invitation. With six color palette options, this invitation is available in traditional 5” X 7” cardstock or a 4.25” X 6” post-card. Backer options include plain, dotted, or photo.
5. Woodland Buddies Invite
It’s impossible to look at this adorable woodland buddies invite without uttering at least an “awwwe”!
Fox, mouse, bunny, and raccoon friends sit atop beautiful lettering honoring the parent-to-be. Blue, pink, and yellow color themes keep it simple and precious. Classic sizes of 6″ X 4.25″ postcard or 7” X 5” are offered with plain, photo, or striped backer options.
6. Woodland Welcome Invite
This vintage-yet-modern design features an owl, raccoon, and fox complete with their babies to invite your guests to your baby shower. It’s neutral blush, mint, and kraft tones make this an excellent choice for a gender-neutral shower or celebration. Available in 4.25″ X 6″ postcards or classic 5″ X 7″ styles, with your choice of four silhouette shapes and three paper options.
7. Woodland Animals Invite
Another design that makes us melt a little is this squirrel, bear, bunny, and fox smiling and cooing over baby’s bassinet (the bunny is holding a rattle… it doesn’t get much cuter than that). Six delicate colors are available to match with gender or keep it neutral. Comes in 4.25″ X 6″ postcards or classic 5″ X 7″ styles, and matching accessory baby shower favor tags or stickers are available as well.
Now that we’ve shown off some of our favorites, (and you’ve probably had a chance to browse around on your own), you may be wondering a little about the ins and outs of how to send out your invitations…
Baby Shower Invitation Etiquette 101
You’ve picked your style and the type of baby shower invitation that’s right for your guest of honor, now it’s time to take a look at some suggested rules of etiquette when it comes to wording, timing, and sending out your cards.
Your baby shower invitations should include:
- The front of your invite should contain the name of the mom-to-be or both parents
- RSVP information including the host’s name and phone or email
- A preferred RSVP “respond by” date. If you’re planning something a little less formal, this may not be necessary.
- The invite should include the date, time, and address of when and where the shower will be held.
- The card’s “backer” is usually reserved for more details, including any special requests such as particular gift requests or a request for guests to bring something specific to the party.
- The backer will also contain information about where the new parents are registered for shower gifts.
Wording and Gift Requests
The wording of your baby shower can be casual, formal, or anything in-between according to your guest-of-honor’s preferences.
When announcing gender, for instance, you can get direct: It’s a girl! Please join us to honor Jane Smith as she welcomes her little bundle into the world.
Or use a play on words: “Boy oh boy! It’s time to shower Jane Smith with love as she welcomes her little bundle into the world.”
There are some great suggestions for wording for every type of invitation on Minted.com. From a classic shower to a baby sprinkle, they’ve got it down.
Another category that some shower hosts may find a little sticky is how to request no presents at the shower or celebration if they’re not expected, such as for a sip and see or baby gender reveal. As long as you keep it light, sincere, and gracious you can’t go wrong. Here are a few we like:
- No presents necessary, your presence is the best gift
- No need to bring gifts, just your appetite
- Your presence is the only present we need
- No gifts are expected- none could be as precious as celebrating with our beloved friends and family
Whether it’s the first, third, or a highly-anticipated adoption- if ever there was an event that merits a huge celebration, it’s welcoming a child into your home. We hope we’ve given you some ideas for cute shower invitations, and some helpful pointers on how to send them successfully!