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Baby Shower RSVP: Who’s Coming?

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When planning a baby shower, it’s helpful to know how many guests are planning to attend. That way you’ll know how much food to prepare, how many chairs you’ll need, etc. So it’s a good idea to include baby shower RSVP information on the invitation.

What It Means

RSVP stands for “repondezs’ilvous plait,” which is French for “please respond.” In a standard RSVP, invitees are expected to let the host know whether or not they plan to attend. A simpler version is called “regrets only.” If you put “regrets only” on the invitation, invitees are only expected to contact you if they won’t be able to attend; if you don’t hear from them, you can assume they’re coming. RSVPs are more reliable than “regrets only” because everyone is expected to respond with a definite “yes” or “no.” With “regrets only,” you run the chance that someone will forget to let you know they’re not coming.

Info to Include

Be sure to include your phone number and/or email address with the RSVP, so invitees will know how to get back to you. Including a deadline about two weeks before the baby shower is also helpful. If you go with the standard RSVP, don’t be surprised if some people forget to contact you. It’s perfectly acceptable to drop them a line to make sure they received the invitation and ask if they’ll be able to attend.

Keeping Track of Replies

You can make things easier for yourself by printing out a list of invitees and keeping it near your phone. That way you can check each guest off as they call in. And be sure to alert other members of your household that you’re expecting baby shower RSVP calls, and let them know what they should do if they answer the phone.

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