Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017
One of the initial steps to planning a memorable baby shower is creating a guest list featuring mom-to-be’s closest friends and family. It wouldn’t be much of a celebration without the guest of honor’s inner circle, would it?
Before you pick out the baby shower invitations or set a date, it’s a good idea to have the shower theme and the guest list created. As the hostess and someone close to mom-to-be, creating a list shouldn’t be too difficult. Although, you may run into questions like can men attend the shower or should so-and-so be invited? Follow our guidelines for who should be invited to a baby shower to help guide your decision for who makes the list:
Who Do You Invite to a Baby Shower?
Close friends and family members should be invited to the baby shower. You should always consult with the mom-to-be on the guest list though, just in case she has any co-workers or friends she wants to add to the list. Mom-to-be also may have a few people she doesn’t want to attend so it’s a good idea to run the final guest list by her before sending out invitations. If you have a few distant but extremely important relatives who are unable to attend, you can consider Skyping or FaceTiming them during the mom-to-be thank you speech.
Can the Dad to Be and Men Attend the Baby Shower?
While traditional baby showers consist of women only, co-ed baby showers are becoming more and more common. However, if you’re looking to throw a traditional baby shower and still have the dad-to-be attend, this is completely acceptable and appropriate as most dad-to-be’s will want to thank guests for their gifts and well wishes.
This is mom-to-be’s last hurrah before her family grows by one. Be sure to avoid baby shower faux paus and reference our collection of baby shower planning do’s and don’ts:
- Be sure the venue you select will be able to accommodate your guest list. Take a peek at our location ideas and guide for where to have a baby shower.
- You’ll also need to book the venue for a specific date. You can follow our tips and tricks for when to have a baby shower. Marking a date on the calendar will be easier than you anticipated.
- Any other concerns for how to plan a baby shower? Reference our planning checklist from start to finish.
Regardless of the venue you select, the baby shower games you play, or the decorations you set up, what’s going to make this shower the most memorable are the attendees. These memories are the one’s that will last a lifetime and the one’s that may even make it onto the pages of a baby photo book.