Post # 1
My FMIL’s best friend is throwing me a bridal shower with the theme of "around the clock." I haven’t gotten my invitation yet, but according to my mom and friends, each invite has a different "time" listed, which the guest is supposed to use as their guide to the gift.
I’m wondering if I should go back into the registries and add more items related to the times (my mom has heard several of the times from various people – bedtime, barbecue time, party time, bathtime, spa time, entertainment time, etc.). Our registries have a decent amount of items, so I don’t want to add a bunch more and look greedy. But, we don’t have many items that would relate to some of the "times" suggested. (My fiance and I are registered at Target and Macys.)
Thoughts? Should I just let guests be creative and come up with their own interpretation of the "times" or should I help them out by adding registry items? I don’t mean for this post to sound like I’m only interested in the gifts at the shower, I just don’t want any of the guests to feel like it’s a burder to figure out a theme gift. Has anyone had this type of shower? If so, I’d love to hear how it went.
Post # 3
We did this for a few of my cousins and you’d be surprised how creative people can get! It was a ton of fun – I think this theme is my favorite. I don’t think you have to register for more – unless it is for things you want – because then you’d get stuff you don’t want and probably not have anywhere to put it. I’d let people get their creative juices flowing!
Post # 4
I had an around the clock shower and it was really fun! About half of the gifts were from the registry, whereas the more entertaining gifts were not. I found it amusing how creative some people got!
I wouldn’t add anything more to allow people to be creative. But if you really want to, I’d just add a few things in a reasonable price range.
Post # 5
I would add a few things for the "times" you think are lacking. You don’t need to add a ton, but I think something for people who don’t what to get is good. What if somebody is assigned a time they have no ideas for? I think creativity is great. But I would be a little frustrated if I was invited to a shower and was specifically asked to bring a certain type of gift, had no ideas of my own, and had no leads provided to me. Isn’t that the point of a registry?
Post # 6
I haven’t had one, but I’ve been to several, and it’s a great way to narrow down what to buy the bride. I think I had noon one time (lunchtime–I got her a George Forman mini-grill that she was registered for), and once was bedtime, and i got her the sheets that she was registered for.
I know some people are staunchly against buying off-registry, but I’ve also been to showers where the couple hadn’t registered for something that was the particular time and got some great gifts (like the girl who had bathtime and got someone a really awesome new showerhead–something that she didn’t register for but looooves.)
Post # 7
What a cute idea! I would say that if there is something that you would like on your registry that fits the bill of an around the clock theme, then add it! If you don’t think you would use it, then I wouldn’t feel compelled to add items just for the sake of adding them.
Hmm I wonder what my shower theme will be!
Post # 8
I say your family should have the "day" times and your friends the "evening" times! Your friends will be more creative about special items or things that you wouldnt’ necessarily think to register for. Matching bath robes? check, thanks little sis! What a fun idea! If you already registered, don’t register for items "just to register for them". People will either get you something off your list or wing it!
Post # 9
Thanks for the help ladies! I really appreciate the responses. I’ll probably add a couple items to the registry, but I’m kind of getting excited to see what creative things people come up with!
Post # 10
I think if you are gonna add more to the list, keep it minimal. But you would be surprised how creative people can really be under pressure. And I like to be surprise so I wouldn’t add anything more to the list.
I’m actually going to an around the clock bridal lingerie shower. I got midnight for the hr, and instead of doing your true lingerie I decided to have fun with it. I’m doing a "midnight cravings". Got my friend a cute apron that says "Domestic Diva" on it. She loves to cook and has a sweet tooth so I was gonna write something like, "I know you love desserts, and I hope GB loves them just as much. If not he sure will want a piece of the dessert after seeing you in this….." And I’m gonna get her potholders for when "Things get too hot to handle." Something along that line. Hopefully people see it as being cute/creative and not cheesy.
Post # 11
If there’s something you really need or would love to receive that you haven’t added and it also happens to fit in with the times, then by all means add it. But if you add more I suggest keeping it minimal – you don’t want to double your registry! People are creative too, they’ll come up with stuff for you! Hope your bridal shower is fabulous and you have a great time!