The best place for gender neutral baby shower invites: Basic Invite Review

Waiting to find out the gender of your little one and having a hard time finding cute invitations that are gender neutral?  Look no further!

If you have been following along with my journey for any amount of time then you know that I like to do unique things like not finding out the gender of my babies (find out why here) until they were born and that I am a type A personality. I like to have everything just so. I love when things match, when I can make things just how I picture them in my head and when things are easy (because life is hard enough right?!).

So, when Basic Invite asked me review some of their products in exchange for my honest opinion I was excited.

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They have themes ranging from classic baby shower invites to trendy events like Sprinkles.  But what I really wanted to find out was could this website make gender neutral shower/sprinkle planning… more fun?!

*Spoiler alert*

They absolutely could.


Photo by Basic Invite
Photos by Basic Invite

As unique as your little one

One of the biggest bummers of not finding out the gender of both of our babies was that when it came to planning the shower and the sprinkle (for our second) we were given maybe 5 options on any given website of “gender neutral,” invites.  By gender neutral I mean grey, blah yellow and white polka dots, with minimal options to customize. *wah wah wahhh* Just because we don’t want to find out the gender doesn’t mean we don’t want cute invites to celebrate!

This is not the case with Basic Invite.  If you’re like me and are planning to keep the sex of your baby a surprise but still want stylish invites, they have it. With so many theme options you can make any of them specific to your little ones big day even if you don’t know if they are a he or a she.

With countless adorable themes like,

You can bet you’ll find an invite that is ‘so you.‘ From there your options are almost endless to make your invitations exactly what you pictured.

I decided to go with a fun baby sprinkle invite with clouds and rain drops.


This invite was PERFECT for a gender neutral sprinkle.  We planned the sprinkle for after the baby would be born but we still didn’t know the gender so, this was an amazing option.  I really loved the style.  Had I not have liked the original so much I could have changed so much more about it. But I decided to make only a few small changes.

When I went to design my invite these were all of the areas I could chose color options for IF I wanted to.

WOW! I could customize everything to my style down to the raindrops.

Once I picked a few colors, I got to edit every line of the text.

I really liked the wording for this invitation. Since we were going to have the party after baby was here I did choose to changed some of the words to fit my needs. The website makes it so easy for you to edit.  You just click the text box and all your options appear- text style, color, size, alignment.(You can see all the changes I made to the wording in the picture above).

It was simple and so quick to do. I could even edit from my phone!

All the extras you could want

Basic Invite doesn’t just do invitations though, oh no. They make sure every aspect of your stationary is just how you would want it, while making the process easy peasy.

Here are some of the other options you have when designing your invitations:

  • Envelope color– with 40 different color options I got to choose a bright yellow that would match other items at the sprinkle.
  • Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you to order a printed sample of your  invitation so you can see exactly what it will look like before you ever have to place your final order.  Does it get any better than that?  Even if you don’t order a printed sample the instant updates to your invitation on the website are so cool.  As soon as you edit something you get to see a live version of that change.
  • Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request your friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in your account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers address printing at no cost on all card orders.  For moms to be this is a game changer.  One less thing  to do before baby.  That’s a win in my book.

Conclusion?

If you are waiting to find out the gender of your little one but still want to have beautiful stylish invitations exactly how you picture them in your head… Basic Invites is your go to.

I wish I would’ve known about them for my first baby. From being able to customize almost the whole invitation to so many cute options beyond the norm, this company is it!

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What I Wish I Would’ve Registered For and What I Regret…

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When you are expecting a tiny human you need stuff.  Now I am a big believer in living with just stuff I need but even with the bare minimum registering for your shower can be over whelming to say the least.  The amount of stuff you can register for is INSANE!  If I could do it all over again I would change a few things on my registry.  Let’s start with items I wish I would’ve register for and didn’t.

Wishes

Whether they were wants or needs these are the things I wish would’ve ended up on my registry because we ended up running out to get them while we were still in the crazy newborn stage.

#1 K’Tan Baby Carrier

I can’t say enough but how much I love this baby carrier.  I wish I would have had this the moment I came home from the hospital.  This carrier required NO tying you just cross it over your body and pull your arms through each hole.  It’s so easy!  It took me 2 tries to be able to do it on my own.  It’s made of super soft material and you can just fold it up and stick it in your diaper bag. If you are looking to register for a baby carrier I suggest this one.

 

 

#2 Humidifier

Before I was a mom I would’ve never thought about a humidifier or that I baby would need one.. which is probably why it didn’t make it on to my registry.  But if you are a newbie parent, a little secret you are going to need one of these.  I live in an older home and and we needed one of these once it got cold.  Our little one would wake up sounding like Darth Vader every morning.  Which lead to the decision to buy a humidifier.  Make sure you have one on your registry.  We like this cute one we have.  It’s simple to use and made a world of difference in our sons breathing.

 

#3 Sleeper Sacks

Another item that I had NEVER heard of until I was in the hospital the first night with our son.  They informed me he had to wear a ‘sleep sack.’ Little did I know was a new mama that babies and blankets are a BIG no-no (what I’ll admit it, I didn’t know).  So when we left the hospital we invested in some sleeper sacks that had wings so we could safely swaddle him.  But once he was done with swaddling we had to invest in more sleeper sacks so moral of the story this is another item I wish I would’ve asked for.

 

#4 Mesh crib bumper

When I made my registry I didn’t think very far beyond the newborn stage (again I’ll admit all my flaws to y’all).  I pictured a tiny newborn when I thought of things I needed.  But once these little ones can roll over and/or crawl they can get their limbs stuck all up in those crib slates.  So we had to go out and buy one of these mesh crib bumpers.  They are really cheap and I don’t worry about him falling asleep next to it because it is breathable.  I wish we would’ve had this from the beginning so he wouldn’t have got his limbs stuck.

 

#5 Baby Bullet Blender!

If you have read any of my post before this one then you know how much I love this set.  When I was registering I thought “How silly is that set, it’s just a blender.”  Just. a. blender.  yeah right!  This thing has been amazing!  It comes with everything you need to make your own baby food.  My favorite part is the freezing trays are in the same shape of the food containers so I just pop a frozen food in a jar and go.  Hindsight, this would’ve at the top of the registry list!

Now that you know some things I wish I would’ve had, I am going to share things I THOUGHT I needed or things I thought I needed a lot of and didn’t.

Regrets

Not all of these things are useless or weren’t helpful but some were.

#1 A Moby Wrap

Now, I am not saying this is a bad baby carrier it just wasn’t the one for me.  Out of all the items on my registry I was most excited about this one.  But it was really complicated to learn how to wear it.  I wanted to baby wear so things would be easier but I could never get the hang of this thing.  I know people who loves these but if I would’ve known about the K’Tan I would’ve picked that one to begin with.

#2 Baby Bath

I know a lot of people who really love these but my baby cried basically all the time so when he needed a bath he got a shower with one of us or a bath with us.  We never used our baby bath.  When he was really little it was too hard to keep him sitting up and by the time he could hold his head up he wanted to splash so we would put him in the sink.  I only put this on our registry because I thought I had to.  Where else would I bathe my child?  I learned, almost everywhere except in the baby bath.

#3 Towels

Don’t get me wrong baby towels are awesome and so soft but babies don’t bathe that often.  I ended up with at least 15 baby towels.  My son only uses one at a time and towels take up a lot of space.  If you are like me and are short on space register for only what you will actual use. I think 3 towels and a couple of wash cloths would’ve have sufficed.  This also would’ve save me a whole lot of space in his closet.

#4 Burp Cloths 

I don’t even know how I ended up with so many. I probably have a least 40!  My son had acid reflux and we still never used that many.  I think almost everyone got us some and we went home from the hospital with MORE.

40 of anything is just too much, again I would have so much room for more useful things if I had not gotten so many burp cloths.

#5 Baby Mittens

Although SUPER cute and in theory a really awesome idea, just nope.  I registered for 3 packs of these things and like socks they just get lost some how.  Also, almost all the newborn clothes I got had the sleeves that rolled down over his hands.  I’m not saying these were pointless but they were definitely something I did not use often enough to have 3 packs of.  So maybe this one wasn’t a regret but if I had the chance again I would nix them.

What were some items you just HAD to have and some that were not so useful after all??  I would love to see what you have to say. Comment below some of yours 🙂

Lots of Love,

Lena

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