Baby Shower Hosting Suggestions

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J.J. - February 7

Hi, i'm hosting a baby shower for a friend who hosted a nice one for me 2 yrs ago. Just wondering if any of you had an clever gifts or ideas from your own experiences...if anyone gave you something beyond the gift registry that was totally practical or helpful. I've been to bridal showers where the guests are assigned a room to buy for...was sort of thinking about assigning those interested in doing clothing an "age"... I got so much infant clothing for my baby and really needed more older baby wear. Anyway, any suggestions, brainstorming appreciated.

 

LisaB - February 7

SOme cool items o put on the table instead of flowers re the baby bunch check them out online it has tees that look like flowers they are great sub for flowers and pretty resonable. I like the idea of a__signing a age for clothes I guess it depends on how well you know the guest people can get bend out of shape pretty quickly when told what to bring!

 

kris313 - February 7

I gave out little packets of seeds as favors (super cheap from American Meadows online). I thought it would be special for people to plant something that would always remind them of dd. And vice versa, when she goes to visit she'll know those are her flowers.

 

bekysu - February 7

Instead of using balloon weights you can tie them to baby food jars. Take dixie cups and put cheap premie diapers over them and use them as nut or mint bowls. As for gifts, a lot of people don't put there bedding, furniture, or mattress on the registry. If you could get a bunch of people, say family and the girls that are hosting together and pitch in some money you could get those things. I still always say the best gift was diapers. No matter what size. I know this may sound cheesy but a gift cert. would be nice too. There will be things that she will not get at the shower and lets face it, theres a point after you have a baby when you want to get out buy buy buy for your baby and who has the money to do it? You've JUST had a baby and the bills will roll in from what your insurance didn't pay. good luck

 

Erynn21 - February 7

JJ- a couple of weeks ago I posted about games to play at a baby shower I am helping host in a month, there were some really good ideas. I liked one idea a lot, have everyone buy a pack of diapers to be entered into a drawing for a "big" prize, so the mom to be can have a bunch of diapers(all sizes of course). kris313 that's an awesome idea, I like that. I thought that for my friend I was going to make a sample menu and let her pick 2-3 dinners that I will make and freeze for her as part of a gift, I made myself about a weeks worth of dinners before I had my dd and ended up having an emergency c-section I was SO thankful my nesting skills were put into food, we hardly had to cook anything, and my dh and I could just pop stuff in the oven and take care of our dd. I'm making gift baskets for my friends w/ a Tide to go stain stick, a small tub of Oxiclean, travel wipes case, thermometer, infant tylenol, just a bunch of practical stuff no one ever thinks about. I just had a baby 5 months ago, so I also like the idea of a__signing clothes, I had TONS of 0-3 months, and only one set of 3-6 month jammies, I had to go buy a few sets(actually I returned a ton of dresses that were 0-3 mo. my dd was born in Sept. so no need for summer dresses ppl). I also had tons of 6-9 month, it was like ppl forgot she's be 3-6 months, anyway good idea.

 

kris313 - February 7

Erynn21- I had the exact same problem! My daughter was born August 28 and we received loads of summer dresses. I actually counted clothes one day, she could have worn a spankin' new outfit every day for a month and still had 0-3 clothes left over! The 3-6 stuff on the other hand, I'm doing lots of laundry! I can't wait for spring when the yard sales start!

 

J.J. - February 7

Thanks for the suggestions. i don't want to be bossy and tell people what to buy, but as did Kris I got so much newborn clothing. I also received several adorable outfits for 6 mos or 9 mos that were totally out of season by that time.

 

Erynn21 - February 7

I wouldn't say it's bossy, you could do it as a "suggestion", I had so many dresses and just impractical clothes for my dd. I think it would have been nice for ppl to have some suggested clothing, you should ask your friend what she really wants, I know for me I could never have enough footie jammies, my dd lives in them. Newborns just don't need a bunch of fancy clothes, at least I don't think so, it's nice to have a few outfits, but comfy clothes are the best.

 

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