Baby Shower Etiquette

by Rebecca
(Louisville, Ky. USA)

I have received an e-line baby shower invitation for my son's girlfriend's, daughter's expected new baby. The girlfriend has been living with my son for the past year. I have casually met her unwed, pregnant daughter. The girlfriend's youunger 17 year-old son's live-in girlfriend's, is also expecting, so there will be another baby shower soon. I do not want to attend her adult children's baby showers, weddings, etc. What is the gracious response to these invitations? I feel this is an invitation to get a gift. What should I do? This woman has been pushing my son to get married, ever since she met him. I do not want any part of this chaos. Please help!

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Complex Situation
by: Ms P Etiquette


Your situation is complex. However there is a way to resolve this easily. Clearly you do not want to attend. Clearly you have some judgement about this situation. Bringing that to a baby shower is a bad idea. The loose end is how your behavior will effect your son. I cannot answer that for you. If you weigh your relief at not attending against the toll it may take on your relationship with your son, I think you will find your answer.

Good Luck!

Ms Practical Etiquette

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