Informal baby shower planning and etiquette
Filed under: Your Pregnancy
According to babycenter, anyone can throw a baby shower—although etiquette sticklers would vehemently disagree. Formal etiquette dictates that a non-relative throw the shower in order to avoid the appearance that the family is begging for gifts. Babycenter's advice is to ignore formal rules and suggests that anyone close to the mom-to-be, even a —gasp!—relative can host the celebration. In another break with tradition, the site also suggests hosting a shower for the expectant mom and dad. Although many baby showers still follow the "for women only" tradition, co-ed parties are gaining in popularity. Also, to Miss Manners' shock and horror, it seems showers are also fine for second and/or subsequent babies, and you don't even have to call it a "baby party." The site even advises inviting anyone who was, for whatever reason, not included in the first shower. But rules of etiquette aren't completely thrown out the window. In keeping with tradition, babycenter advises that if parents are registered for baby gifts, it is better, easier, (and more tasteful) to mention it to guests when they call to RSVP.