- At Home
Yes, it is in good taste to extend invitations to each out of town guest. Who knows? They may surprise you and show up! An alternative to physical travel would be the virtual baby shower which is held online. Each long-distance guest may participate in the event via the internet. There are hosting sites you can visit for more information. One I have referred hostesses to is Bonnie's webbabyshower. Her site is filled with the ability to play several games, upload photos, videos and have guests reply. Another I recommend is DivaDarlings.net, a social network where you can invite your guests, manage your RSVPs online, create a private group, upload photos, videos, and have guests chat along with the ability to socialize with other hostesses and receive great ideas for shower themes, games and gifts.
When the invitations go out, in no way should they appear as a troll for bling. They should be sent with the intention of love and the announcement of good news to be shared with family and friends near and far that a baby is on the way! Never ever invite anyone that you truly do not want to have at your shower. Ever. This is a Diva no-no. If this means to not invite Aunt Myrtle just because she's on your mother's second cousin's brother's side of the ex-in-law's family, then you have a right not to invite her if her presence would make you feel uncomfortable. This is your shower, your day, your place to be as relaxed as possible. You are carrying a baby inside and that baby has to come first.
Diva Tip: No matter what is decided, so long as you do it from your heart, you can not go wrong.
Susan "The Shower Diva"
Where Fun Reigns!