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Modern Baby Showers – Be Careful

Trying to make sure all your guests are enjoying themselves and mingling at your parties is paramount, of course. But we want to make sure that when we change up some aspect of tradition, whether it is a wedding shower or a baby shower, that we do things that enhance the party – not hurt it. While some traditions definitely need to morph with the modern age, you may want to think twice about a few of these creeping trends when it comes to your own baby shower.

Not opening presents. A current trend is for the new parents-to-be to receive gifts, but to not actually open them on the spot, leaving more time, as the theory goes, to “mingle with our friends.” This trend probably originated from the desire to spend less time displaying who purchased what and more time making friends feel welcome. Unfortunately, some of your relatives, particularly the older ones, may feel really slighted by this gesture. Many guests aren’t competing with each other over presents – they want to see how you, personally, liked their gift. Not opening presents robs that moment.

Writing your own thank-you cards? Another trend is to have guests fill out their own return envelopes with their addresses in order to receive a thank-you card. This has several purposes. First, it reduces the likelihood that you will accidentally leave someone out who got you a gift. You’re able to collect addresses. But someone should be able to attend your shower without bringing you a gift (rare, but could happen). Sometimes filling out your own baby shower thank-you envelope can feel a bit…mercenary? Be mindful that you aren’t giving the impression that you are too busy to worry about looking up someone’s address!

As you work to create the perfect baby shower, be careful. Not all of today’s trends are actually a good idea in your life!

Going Beyond the Thank You Card

It is a fact that politeness in our culture has taken a steep nosedive. In an era when guests at baby showers are filling out their own return envelopes for thank you cards simply because it’s more convenient for the mother-to-be, we can rest assured that expressions of thanks and gratitude are going down in other areas as well. It used to be the case that interviewees sent a thank you note after an interview, and that practice is also on the decline. Even a simple thank you note for Christmas presents or thoughtful birthday gifts has gotten lost in the push to simply collect gifts.


Of course, simply sending a greeting cards like a Thank You is a good idea in the first place! But there are ways to go beyond a thank you note and really express how grateful you are for someone’s help.


Consider spending a little quality time with the person. If someone really lent you a hand, gave you a hot tip that led to your next great job or spent time working on an important project with you, why not thank them by taking them to brunch or out for a happy hour drink? Take a few minutes to relax together, express your gratitude and deepen that relationship.


Think about ways you may be able to repay the favor they have done for you. Would you frazzled best friend really like a night out with her husband and someone to watch the kids? Would your mother like a home-cooked meal and a night of reminiscing about family memories? Perhaps you could find other ways to lend your professional expertise to someone who has recently helped you as well. For example, could you offer to help your coworker’s teenager with his first real resume in exchange for all the work his mother put in to help you with a key project in the office? Find a good fit by observing the people in your life. What would they appreciate most?


Finally, don’t forget to send the initial greeting card in the first place. You can’t go beyond it until you’ve actually tackled that first step.

Wedding Thank You Cards

The Best Wording for Wedding Thank You Cards

The gifts are all unwrapped, the ceremony is over, and in front of you sits a pile of blank wedding thank you cards you know you have to complete some time. Sooner is always better, but what are you actually going to say on all of these cards? This equation may help you put it together.

Step 1: Start Personal

You’ll want to make sure you start with “Dear” then the person’s name. Something like “Dear Aunt Mildred,” is perfect. It should look, and feel, a bit like a formal letter, and you want the individual to know you’re actually addressing him or her personally from the start.

Step 2: Say Thank You

Starting with a mention of your gratitude is absolutely essential. Something like “Thank you for . . .” or “I wanted to thank you for. . .” is ideal in this situation. The entire point is to say “Thanks,” so do it immediately.

Step 3: Mention that Gift!

You’ll want to say something about the actual gift. Finishing that thank you sentence with a vague idea like ” . . .thank you for the gift you gave us.” makes you sound insincere. What’s more, though, is that the person may think you don’t actually know what he or she gave you, and that can create some real hard feelings. List the gift, and you can avoid that. “Thank you for the lovely blanket,” is sufficient. In the event it was a cash gift, it’s fine to say something like, “Thank you for your generous gift,” as long as you follow it up with a note that implies it was cash like, “It will go a long way toward helping us pay for a holiday together.”

Step 4: It Is Significant Because . . .

Don’t forget to mention why that gift is important to you. “We appreciate it because we didn’t have pots and pans yet, and this will help furnish the kitchen in our new flat,” is perfect.

Step 5: Wrap it Up

Thank you notes don’t have to be long. Once you’ve followed each of the above steps, you can thank the person again or say something like, “I can’t wait to see you next week.” From there, you can simply sign your names and move forward.

Party Invitations

Build Better Party Invitations With These Tips

Big party coming up? Whether it’s your child’s birthday party or a bigger event, the right invitations are actually more crucial than you think. After all, you spend quite a bit of time planning a party like this. Shouldn’t this be your crowning achievement?

It All Starts With the Party Invite

That perfect invite all starts with the invitation itself. At All-Ways Design, we have a great selection to choose from, so you’re certain to get exactly what you want, no matter what the actual occasion might be. From baby showers to birthday parties, we have exactly what you want right now. Select one that sets the mood for the event right away so people can know what to expect.

Timing Is Everything

Make certain you send your invitations at least three weeks in advance. That may mean you need to do a bit of advanced planning so you have plenty of space to order and address each invite.

Be Sure to Include . . .

As you prepare, you’ll want to give the date and time, as well as the location. Include any other information your guests might need like whether to bring a gift, what type of attire is expected, and the name of the celebrant (if your invitation doesn’t already make that obvious). The location may be hard to find, too, so it’s often helpful to include directions and a map.

Consider Matching Stationary

Once you order the invites, you may want to order something similar to handle any Thank You cards you have to address after the party. Often you can find an exact match, helping to complete the ensemble perfectly.

Start planning your next party now with our invitations.