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.

(For more about how all that works see my disclosure statement)

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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Plus Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51 so what are you waiting for?

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How To: Take Baby To “That Event,” and Actually Enjoy Yourselves

I’ve only been a parent for 9 short months and there have already been several of those events. You know the ones… the ones where when you think about taking your little ones you get so excited when you think about how much fun it’ll be (especially if it’s a first for your family) and then in record time you. freak. out.

It’s going to be so much work, what if they’re cranky, should we take them…. Does this sound familiar?  I know it does for my husband and I.  We are still so new at this and there have been several events where I want to take our son and I weigh the pros and cons and decide if I should, most of the time I do.

One thing you should know about my husband and I is when we got pregnant we decided we wanted our baby to be apart of our lives.  What I mean by that is, I did not want to be a couple that stayed in and turned down plans because we had a baby (within reason of course). We wanted adventures and memories with all the good and the bad.

So when the opportunity arose to get semi season tickets to our favorite hockey team when I was 7 months pregnant we took it, knowing that our son would only be 3 months old when the season started.  There was going to be so much to figure out but it was an adventure we wanted.

So this is how we take our son to hockey games and pretty much every where and enjoy ourselves.

The plan

Most of us moms are planners or at least when it comes to our children we are.  We know when it’s time for them to eat, when they will throw that evening fit, and when they are going to get overly sleepy. Knowing these things is part of being a mom and they play a huge roll in planning a successful trip out to a big or crowded event.

Things to figure out before:
  • When will your baby need to eat.

My son was still nursing every 2-3 hours when we first started going to games so I knew I would have to feed him before we left, once we were there, during the game, and before we left.

  • Where/how will you feed your baby

We decided to do a little of both.  Sometimes I would have a bottle pumped so we would take that and save it for during the game to cut down on needing to nurse in public and other times I didn’t so I would prepare for nursing under my cover in my seat or sitting on a bench.

  • Do you need to take any medications

My son needed acid reflux medicine so we knew that it needed to be packed and easily accessible while we were at the game.

  • What kind of event will you be attending, do you need anything special (swim diaper, head phones, etc)

Hockey games are loud so we knew that we had to invest in some good headphones to protect our little ones ears.  We bought these and they have worked so well even as he has got bigger. 

  • How late will you be out, should you take pj’s to make baby comfortable

Since our hockey team plays 1.5 hour away we knew that packing Pj’s was a good idea.  We could get him settled in and comfortable making transition to bed easier when we got home.

 

After you have answered all the big questions you can move to onto the check list of things to take with you.

The Bag

Going to the hockey games meant seats that were close together so we opted to take a small draw string bag instead of our diaper bag.  So we went down our plan and figured out what we would need to make sure baby was happy and content without packing everything but the kitchen sink.

Basic:

  • Diapers (how many)
  • Wipes
  • Food (breast milk or formula)
  • Medications
  • Headphones
  • Pj’s
  • Blanket
  • Nursing cover
  • Binky and clip

The Event

 

How To: Take Baby To "That Event," and Actually Enjoy Yourselves

It was here, our first hockey game as a family of 3.  To say we were nervous and stressed would be an understatement.  I stuck to the plan of nursing right before we left ( to keep baby somewhat content on the drive), we loaded the car with our condensed diaper bag and headed off to our first big outing.  When we arrived I nursed again in the car ( I know I can nurse in public but I always felt more comfortable in the car).  We parked and walk to the game.  When we got to the arena we changed his diaper and found our seats.

During the game we had our plan.  The baby would eat once during the game and then again when we left.  I located the nearest restroom just in case and we settled in.  We had a blast!!!  Once we were in our seat my son (who was SUPER difficult his first 6 months) did amazing.  He got his medicine on time, I nursed in my seat and he had his head phones so he could enjoy the game.  The bag we brought fit perfectly under my seat making it easy to grab but not in the way and when he got cranky he had his binky or I could walk him up the aisle.

After the game we changed him and learned about ‘Family Restrooms!’ (we were really excited about this haha),  took him back to the car changed him into his pj’s and headed home with an amazing night of memories.

He did so well.  As a family we had so much fun.  Was it different?  Of course.  Was it a little difficult?  YES.   Was it worth it?  ABSOLUTELY

As new parents we were probably a bit naive and we probably still are.  But who isn’t??  And if a small touch of ignorance gives us memories… well then it’s worth it.

Comment below and let me know what events you have been brave enough or naive enough to take your little ones to.

 

 

 

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