(Closed) Aunts want a THEME for presents for my shower

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You mean you want a theme for the gifts and not for the party? When you said your aunt wanted a themed shower I assumed you meant that it would be a theme for the shower itself and not the gifts e.g. a vintage tea party, hollywood glamour, summer picknick or a christmas theme.

I’ve actually never been to a shower where there was a theme to the gifts (exception baby shower of course for understanble reasons).

For the honeymoon registry, you should check out some of the online options that will manage your “honey fund” registry for you.

Post # 4
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also thought you meant a theme for the party, but seems like your aunts actually mean a theme for the presents, correct?

If they want a theme, give them one! And following what you seem to need most, give them a travel theme ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find lots of honeymoon travel registries online. Since they can’t bring a present to the shower, you could find a way to make those gifts “tangible” (e.g. ask them to print out all the gifts and put them in envelopes which you can open at the shower).

I think it will be fun to open the “Spa treatment for two” or the “Romantic dinner” at the shower! But do you have enough time to set that up?

Post # 6
4824 posts
Honey bee

I would confirm the theme for presents.  I have seen wishing wells where people bring a small item such as a spice for a “kitchen theme” and then the real present. Do they mean something like this?

Also I dont think you would get money at a shower.  People like to see you open gifts (even if I hate to watch it myself) and the reason for going is to give you a gift. Otherwise they could just send you a check and forget the party. (I know this is not what you are asking them to do)


Post # 7
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

All my showers had themed gifts–I think it’s pretty common, especially in the South.  I went to one wedding where the bride was given a tupperware shower, a pots and pans shower, a linen shower….etc….etc…you get the idea.  There were, like, 6 different shower themes.  I had one shower that was a honeymoon shower–I got things for my honeymoon.  Some luggage, some swimsuits, a few sundresses, flip flops, cute hats, towels, beach bags.  My other shower was a pampering shower–I got this to pamper myself with.  A pedi spa, a git certificate for a massage, lotion sets, bubble bath, a bath pillow, and things like that.  A few people didn’t go with the theme and I got some stuff off our registry at both showers.  But mostly I got registry gifts for the wedding.  I thought both of them were pretty great!

Post # 8
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s fine to do a travel theme – people will expect you to get too many towels and come up with more creative ideas to get around that.  You might be surprised at what they come up with, it could be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

A common one where I’m from is a Honey Do shower, which is mostly where you get stuff for around the house like hedge clippers, edge trimmers, garage brooms, smallish tools, stuff like that. Most people don’t think to register for those things OR give them as gifts, so they really are pretty handy.

Post # 10
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I once went to a shower where the house was a general theme for presents. The hosts assigned everyone a room to purchase for.

Post # 11
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve been to a few around the clock showers.  Each guest is assigned a time and gets you a present that you would use at that time.  Ex – an 8am present might be a coffee pot, 10pm might be sheets or pillows, noon could be dishes. 

Post # 12
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve been to an “A to Z” shower where every guest received a letter of the alphabet and was requested to somehow connect their gift to that letter. You’d think you’d wind up with a lot of random junk that way, but most people ended up being pretty creative and finding something on the registry that went with their letter.

I’ve also been to a “holidays” shower where each person was given a different holiday and the gift was supposed to connect to that holiday. Again, most people managed to tie a registry item to the holiday (e.g., roasting pan for Thanksgiving, certain tablecloths for 4th of July, etc.)

I know some people are really annoyed by themes but I really enjoy them! 

Post # 13
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went to an “around the house” shower… They gave each guest a room (bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, etc) so that it spread the stuff out a little.

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