A baby shower is a special milestone in a new parent's life. Planning a baby shower is a labor of love for those close to the mom (or dad!) to be. 

A dear friend recently planned and hosted a truly elegant baby shower, complete with a sit down tea and champagne, including all of the yummy accoutrements.  Her attention to detail is unparalleled and it was obvious each guest was wowed. 

Attending a baby shower? The same etiquette rules apply, especially so for such a "timed" event.  Here are some basic guidelines to ensure a happy host, happy guests, and most importantly, a happy mom + dad to be:

1) RSVP! 

This should go without saying, but make sure to give a timely response to the host so she can plan accordingly.

2) Arrive On Time

Again, this should be obvious, but it speaks of good manners and thoughtfulness.  A baby shower normally lasts a couple of hours or so, so showing up an hour into the festivities is not good form.  If you have a previous commitment and anticipate a late arrival, let the hostess know ahead of time. Often, a hostess will wait for all guests to arrive before officially started, so be considerate and let the hostess know. 

3) Don't Bring Unannounced Guests

This isn't a BBQ or even a cocktail party.  A hostess must plan for every guest and a last minute visitor can introduce unexpected stress trying to accommodate.  Again, be thoughtful and alert the hostess ahead of time.

4) Buy a Gift From the Heart

We started rattle me that as a way to provide that extra special touch to such an important event. A beautifully packaged gift with a wonderful story behind it makes for a lovely, and thoughtful, presentation. Already a mom? Compile some of your favorite lifesavers for the new baby and bundle together as your own "go-to" kit. 

5) Plan to Stay for the Entire Event

Again, it is just good manners.  Should you need to leave early, alert the hostess ahead of time and make your exit during a break between activities.

6) Always Thank the Hostess!

She will appreciate the acknowledgment and again, it is proper manners.

Looking for the perfect baby shower gift for your next event? Take a peek at our presentation-ready baby shower gifts for a gift that truly "wows".