Post # 1
Okay, I have read a few posts about the baby shower theme: Children’s books. Where friends and relatives bring a book instead of a card and sign the inside of the book. I am very interested in doing this, because I feel a book is better then a card and it will get us to start reading with the baby at an early age.
I have two questions about this:
1) How do you prevent people from bringing the same book. I don’t think I want 10 copies of Goodnight Moon….
2) For those you have done this, did you receive any complaints from guests about having to purchase a book instead of a card? If so, what were the complaints?
Thank you all!
Post # 3
I’ve usually seen a little poem on the invitation asking for a book instead of cards, and I have never heard any complaints. I’ve purchased baby books that were cheaper than some cards, so I don’t think it’s rude. The only sort of complaint I heard was someone who thought the idea was to only give books, not any other present, and she seemed a little confused that everyone else brough gifts besides books.
I don’t think there is a way to make sure you don’t get duplicates without being really bossy, but I’ve seen these done at three different baby showers and they never had more than 2 duplicates out of all of them. I was surprised, but there are so many books out there I guess!
One thing I did like was the host put little bookplates in the invitation, so you could stick that in the book when you gave it with the gift. That way, no need to write directly on the book with a sharpie, you know?
Post # 4
How about asking everyone to bring a book that starts with the first letter of their name? That way it will hopefully limit the number of each that you’ll get!
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions! I will consider both of those. My husband said to put the books on the baby registry and I said, “Erm, no” haha.
Post # 6
we did this at our baby shower and it worked great! we didnt get any duplicates of books and we got about 18 books to start his “library”. The girls who threw the shoer included in the invitation a little poem about bringig a book instead of a card. alot of ppl still brought cards along with their books and not everyone broguth a book but it was stated in teh invite that it was optional.
Post # 7
I think if you get two copies of the same book then you could give it to one set of grandparents to have at their house for one the baby stays with them. I have used a book as the guest sign in book and I usually try to find a book that matches the theme of the shower. Then we pass that one book around and let everyone sign it/write a message in it. I also write in the front cover the date of the shower and the host(s)
Post # 8
I threw my sister’s baby shower and instead of a guest book, I had people sign children’s books. I bought a few books and then had a quote that said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” and then “Please sign your favorite children’s book” Some guests brought books and I added them to the pile. I suggest buying a couple books to start the ball rolling. Here is a link to her blog with the shower details. It was a “You are my sunshine” theme 🙂
Post # 9
@vintage2010: Love the idea of taking duplicates to grandma & grandpa’s house! So smart!
Post # 10
I’ve never heard of that idea for a baby shower, I LOVE IT! No advice on the dupes, but books instead of cards is such a cute idea.
Post # 11
I love the duplicate idea and using books as a guest book! Thank you!