Who says the first baby has to get all the celebrations? Chances are for baby number one, you had a gender reveal, baby shower, and maybe even a sip-and-see. A sprinkle shower is a wonderful way to welcome your second (third, fourth, or fifth) baby and celebrate your growing family with your loved ones.
But unlike your first all-out shower, a baby sprinkle is a bit more laid back. You’ll want to communicate that through your baby sprinkle invitations so guests know they aren’t expected to spend big on a gift or show up dressed to the nines. We’ve outlined exactly how to do that and suggested some pretty dang cute invitations to celebrate your new baby.
Baby Sprinkle Invitation Etiquette
There are a few important ways baby sprinkle invitations should differ from traditional baby shower invitations. First, they should be more casual in tone and delivery. For your sprinkle, don’t send printed invitations on fancy cardstock stuffed with bottle-shaped confetti. An online invitation is a great way to communicate the more laid-back style of this celebration.
Secondly, couples shouldn’t expect anyone to throw the sprinkle for them, so it’s okay for these invitations to come directly from the expecting parents. Couples can manage the guest list and guests can RSVP directly to them. You’ll also want the guest list to include only your closest friends and family members. It probably won’t be as broad as your first baby shower, which may have included coworkers and other acquaintances.
Most importantly, baby sprinkle etiquette dictates not to include registry information on your baby sprinkle invitations. Yes, you can (and should) register, and provide the information to guests if they ask for it. But guests shouldn’t feel required to bring a gift for the sprinkle, through many will want to.
You probably already have all the big-ticket items you need, like strollers and baby bouncers. So instead, stock your registry with everyday needs like bibs and onesies, plus diapers, wipes, and baby wash. If guests ask if they can bring a gift, you can direct them there.
Keep your invitation wording light and casual to communicate the intimate tone of the event. Here’s a fun example:
Jennifer is about to pop!
Join us for a baby sprinkle to toast to the newest member of the family.
Where: The Smith Family Home
Baby Sprinkle Theme Ideas
Since your sprinkle should be more laid back than a traditional shower, feel free to have fun with the baby shower theme. Perhaps you’ll hosts friends and family for a coed baby BBQ. Or you could have a tea party or baby brunch. Another idea is to embrace the “sprinkle” with a donut or ice cream theme. You might decide to skip the traditional shower games in favor of unstructured fun. (Who actually wants to try baby food flavors, anyway?)
Many parents decide to have a sprinkle when their second child is a different gender than their first. You might have a ton of baby girl dresses but no baby boy trousers. Embrace the change with a gender-specific theme. For boys, try a nautical “Ahoy, It’s a Boy” theme. Or go with a simple “Hey Girl!” when you’re expecting a daughter.
Baby Sprinkle Shower Invitations
Whatever theme you decide on, there are a ton of adorable evites to choose from. Choose from gender-neutral or baby boy or girl designs that go way beyond the expected pink and blue. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.
Dainty Sprinkle Invitation
This darling invitation features whimsical falling flowers and leaves, perfect for an autumnal baby shower or sprinkle. Stylized text has a lighthearted feel for all your invitation details. Choose from an array of sweet green, blue, pink, and lavender colorways.
Confetti Burst Invitation
Communicate a lighthearted celebration with this bright confetti invitation. A rainbow burst of colorful confetti is perfect for a gender-neutral bash. In the center, minimalistic, modern type completes the bold design.
Baby Brewing Invitation
The new parents were likely showered with attention at the first baby shower, so this festive invitation is great for a more casual sprinkle. The beer illustration could signify an event at a brewery or a tasting at home. Just make sure to have something equally delicious for mom.
Get Wild Invitation
If you already did the whole pastel baby-bottle theme for your first shower, let loose with this wild sprinkle invitation. The leopard print frame and stylized text are perfect for a jungle-themed bash. Choose from three gender-neutral color palettes.
Grill and Chill Invitation
A laid back Baby-Q is the perfect way to celebrate your second baby. This punny invitation embraces the theme with classic gingham and a bold barbecue illustration. On the grill, stylized white text pops with all your party details. Customize it for your baby boy or girl in blue or pink, or keep it neutral in yellow, gray, or red.
S’more Fun! Invitation
How about a cute campout to celebrate the new baby? This s’mores invitation is great for a summer evening by the bonfire with a toasted marshmallow and s’mores illustration. Glowing text pops against a dark night-sky background, complemented by a flaming envelope liner.
Rainbow Sprinkles Invitation
Extra sprinkles, please. Embrace the sprinkle concept with this adorable sprinkle invite, available in pink, blue, yellow, or green. Be sure to have lots of ice cream, cupcakes, or doughnuts on hand with all the sugary sprinkles. It might just get the baby kicking for all your guests.
Sprinkle Confetti Invitation
This whimsical sprinkle baby shower invitation features a cute confetti frame and adorable stylized text. The invitation suite has matching thank you notes, so you can express your gratitude to your guests.
Twin Cuties Invitation
If you’re having twins, a celebration is definitely in order. Mark the occasion with this adorable baby shower invitation, complete with hand-illustrated “cutie” oranges. Deckled paper has raw edges for a luxe look, and there’s a matching watercolor envelope liner. Below the artwork, several stylized fonts combine for a contemporary look.
You’re Having Another Baby!
With the birth of another child, the parents’ lives are about to change once again. Celebrate your growing family with a baby sprinkle. Thankfully, you don’t need to follow all the formalities of a traditional shower. Ditch paper invitations and send thoughtful online evites that are equally beautiful and just as well thought out.
Loosen up on other conventions with a laid-back theme and maybe a coed guest list. You might decide to focus on your baby-to-be’s specific gender or keep the bash neutral. Whatever you do, choose a baby sprinkle invitation that communicates your casual tone with a lighthearted design.
In your invitation wording, let guests know this is pure fun. It’s okay to have a registry, as many guests will want to bring gifts, but remember not to list it on your invitation. Have the information ready for guests who inquire. Then get ready to be surrounded by love and fun as you prepare for this new chapter in your life.