Wednesday, September 01, 2010


If you are toying with the idea of finding and sending out vintage baby shower invites that are truly from back in the 1950s and 1960s, you might be in for a bit of a surprise meaning that you may only be able to find gender neutral invitations. You see, long before the word "unisex" was on the radar of expectant moms, that was the route they had to take when planning a baby shower that was to take place before the birth of the baby.

Remember, that the only way of determining whether the blessed bundle was going to be a baby boy or girl in the old days was to take at the mommy-to-be's tummy to see whether the baby was being carried high or low. If that failed, retro moms might go at it by following instructions given in old wives’ tales that had at best a 50/50 rate of accuracy for the obvious reasons.

Since there was no way to know the sex of the baby, most vintage baby shower invites were in gender neutral colors and designs with a delicately balanced color scheme of pink, blue, yellow and green. The same went for the baby shower theme, hence the abundance of stork motifs and baby shower decorations that featured a stork (often with an uncanny resemblance to the family doctor) delivering the new baby cradled in a cloth diaper to the arms of excited parents.


If gender neutral baby shower decorations and invitations are not your cup of tea but you had your heart set on old fashioned or retro baby shower themes, take heart. There are companies that specialize in printing invites that have an old time-y look and feel to them. The benefit to using these cards rather than digging through piles of stuff at the flea market or at garage sales is that you get to use decorations and baby shower ideas that clearly are for a boy or a girl and you have complete control over the baby shower invitation wording.