If you are in charge of planning a baby shower for a friend or loved one, you probably know by now that what should be included in the thank you note wording is very important. You want to thank the guest for attending the shower and for being a part of your family. But thank you note wording also needs to be personalized to make it extra special for the guest. So how do you go about doing that?
Personalize Your Thank You Note: It doesn't matter whether you send a thank you note after the event or before. To really make an impression, it's important to personalize it. You can't just say "thank you" and leave it at that. You have to add something special to make it sincere. Here are some ideas on how to personalize a thank you note for a baby:
o First, tell them how much you really appreciated their shower and their presence at your baby's birth. Thank them by name. Don't use just baby names; you could also use nicknames or just use a generic word to thank them. Use the baby's name with the appropriate thank you wording. For example, you could thank them by name for:
o Second, if it was a shower at the home, you could thank Mom and Dad. This is especially important if the baby shower was held at home. In general, it's okay to thank them for the gifts they brought, but it's not necessary to specifically state this. Just thank them for their help and love.
o Third, if the baby shower was at a friend/family member's house, thank them personally for the food, music, pictures, etc. It's also okay to mention their help by saying: "I couldn't do it without the help of [name], [insert name here], and [add your name here]." Be sure to thank your hosts for helping to make the party special. Don't mention the name of the person who made the party happen, though, as that would be embarrassing for the host and ungracious. Your thank you notes should be sincere!
o Fourth, for a family shower, thank those who gave gifts and let them know you are so grateful. Say something like, "I cannot thank [insert name here] enough for getting me a baby shower gift!" Be sure to thank your host for the baby shower and thank the other people who were a part of it by saying something like, "It was a blast, guys, I couldn't have done it without [add your name here], and [insert your name here.]"
o Fifth, for a wedding shower, thanks the bride and groom for making the occasion so special for you. At the end of your thank you note, say something like, "We love you both and hope you will love your new baby as much as we do." Do not use the word "we" in the thank you statement. Instead, use "we are so proud and happy for having you as a part of our family."
o Sixth, for a baby shower, thank everyone who took the time to come. Thank the parents, the maids, and anyone else who helped. If you can, it is always nice to give a thank you present, especially after the thank you letter has been sent out. Again, do not use the word "we" in the thank you letter. It is always nice to thank everyone, even if it is just because you can see their faces.
o Seventh, in a baby shower, thank the host or hosts for the invitation. This is another place where it is polite to thank the host or hosts. At the end of the thank you letter, be sure to write something like "If you happen to make your own baby shower invitations, or find them online, let me know. Thanks again!"
o Lastly, in a baby shower, thank the parents_to_be and the other guests for attending. In general, it is considered polite to thank the people who helped make the party happen. If you have the budget, you could also thank the host or organizers of the party for putting you on the guest list in the first place. In short, thank you notes are always nice, even if you did not have to pay to send one. After all, the people who helped make your baby shower happen did so with their own money. There is no sense in writing thank you notes if you did not have to.
As you can see, thank you note wording is very important. Baby showers are fun times. But there is also a delicate balance that needs to be maintained. Be polite, thank people, thank them for their time, and then thank them again. This will ensure that your thank you note wording is not viewed as a selfish or self_indulgent gift but as a sincere thank you for sharing your time, efforts and gifts with the expectant mother and her family.