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Hi, My name is Amy. I am due june 15. My shower wont be until may 17th, but we are trying to get some ideas together. I have been online for over an hour and I still can't find an answer to my question.
I have been to two baby showers recently. For my cousins, they put on the invitation that however brought a package of diapers would be put in a drawling to win the door prize. At friends shower they put a different item on each invitation (example-mine said baby powder) and again, whoever brought that item was put in the drawling for the door prize.
I don't want to sem like a copy cat and do the same. This is my first baby so I don't know what else practical to ask for people to bring. I plan of breast feeding so no formula (plus it is quite pricey!).
How about something like "Bring an item to put in the baby bath tub." Kind of like a wishing well at a wedding shower. I wouldn't say to bring something to be entered for a door price. That's kind of like charging admission, and people are already bringing you a gift.
here are some poems that i found online that maybe u can adapt to fit your needs?
Please join us in welcoming the new little one
With friends and food it'll be lots of fun
If everyone brought a book it sure would be swell
We'll try to fill up the wishing well
Baby (last name) can sit down with mom and take a look
Or hop in Dad's lap and open a book
He will become very smart, if my advice you do heed
If we begin early, he'll soon love to read
One final reminder or call it a plea
The theme of the shower is "Under the Sea"
A tisket, a tasket,
something small for baby's basket!
From the top of his head,
to the tip of his toes,
baby products are needed,
every mom knows.
Shampoo and booties
and for inbetween,
wet-wipes and q-tips,
to keep baby clean.
If you could provide an item like these,
Our Mom-to-be and baby sure would be pleased.
A* Anbesol B* Bibs C* Clothes Pins
A shopping spree from A-Z
To add a little extra glee
And help the baby and mom-to-be
Please bring a little extra
from your heart
to help them fill the
alphabet shopping cart
**Thanks for helping fill the shopping cart!
You could suggest letters on the invitation.
Diapers, bottles, clothes galore,
we have some but still need more.
If you could pitch-in to help with these,
Mommy and baby sure would be pleased.
With your donation, your name please don't tell,
it's just a little contribution to our wishing well.
Baby wipes, teething rings, diapers galore,
onesies, bibs, books, blankets, binkies and more.
If each guest would bring just one of these
Our new mommy and baby would surely be pleased.
No need to wrap it, your name don't tell,
She'll find the essentials in her Wishing Well!!
Bring a Book
As (Mother-to-be's name) due date is coming near,
We're inviting friends and family dear.
To choose a favorite story or fairy tale
That you would like Baby ________ to hear.
Instead of a card, please let (mother-to-be's name)look,
At your special choice of a book,
and then to Baby _________ she will read
With all the love a newborn will need.
So with a personal touch, please choose a book
And in it then your name do put.
It need not cost more than a card
Just pick a favorite, it shouldn't be hard.
At my husband's cousin's bridal shower, each invitation was sent out with a "category" that was asked if you could buy from. Of course, people don't have to follow suit, but the majority did. For the bridal shower there were categories like: kitchen, bath, decor, cooking-out, snacks, baking, books, baskets, etc.
For the baby, you could do bath, feeding, layette, diapering, entertainment, discovery, etc.
I personally don't like being asked to bring an "extra" gift on top of the gift i'm already bringing. The only one I think is okay to do that with is replacing the card with a book to build baby's library. JMO though.
Big brother Gage welcomes Karli Elizabeth 7 lbs 14 oz 20 inches on 8/1/11