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Baby Shower Invitations

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Picking out or designing your baby shower invitations is one of the most important parts of planning your event. Think about the tone and style you wish to set: cute or elegant, sassy or formal,classic or contemporary. And don’t forget to consider the preferences of the mom-to-be as well.

For a truly informal shower among close friends, a phone call might be just fine. You may also want to go with email or electronic baby shower invites if you’ve got a tech-savvy crowd. But a paper invitation gives guests something they can stick on their refrigerator — plus, it makes a nice keepsake for the baby’s scrapbook. Some options to consider:

  • Pre-printed: You’ll find a variety of pre-printed invitations in stationery stores and card shops, as well as the stationery section of many drug stores, party stores, and supermarkets. Just fill in the blanks and your invitations are ready to mail. To make it more personal, use a colorful pen with ink that matches the hue of your baby shower decorations.
  • Handmade: Making your own invitations doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be quite fun. Stationery, art, and craft stores offer a wide variety of papers in different colors, textures, and patterns, ranging from colored card stock to fine parchment and vellum, handmade sheets ingrained with flowers to fancy origami papers printed with rabbits. Be sure to check out the scrapbooking section as well for rubber stamps, stickers, charms, and other add-ons that will make your invites extra special.
  • Custom-printed: You pick the design and decide on the wording, and a professional printer puts your invitations together for you. Look for printing services in card shops, stationery stores, and photocopying shops, as well as online.
  • Electronic: A simple Internet search will bring up a bunch of Web sites that offer electronic invitation options, often with animation and music. Just select your design, type in the details, and off it goes to your guests’ boxes. Some sites also feature tools for managing RSVPs and sending reminders. And if a few of your guests don’t have email, you can often print paper copies. That way you can still send a few invites via snail mail.

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