Wow, interesting responses. In my area, guests are happy to contribute and then they don’t have to get the stress of trying to buy something they know the bride to be won’t need. Nothing worse than having gifts that will never be used. That is my opinion, doesn’t mean if it is right or wrong and not necessary for ridicule. Anyhow this is what I came up with. Information for those that may want to go that route. Inside the ivitation I have the following:
We all know showers are about gifts, save the trouble of
Of shopping and contribute to the group gift
Amanda would love to have a Kitchen Aid Mixer
Let’s help her become a baker much quicker
We are asking each guest to contribute twenty-five dollars
With your name mentioned in card for honors
Enclosed for you is a recipe card,
To fill it in shouldn’t be hard.
Amanda might like to try your favorite cake,
Or whatever it is you like to make.
So don’t forget this card on this special date.
Fill it in now, don’t hesitate.
At the shower will be a recipe box to fill
So bring this recipe card, if you will.
(Below is not included in invitation)
May I also add, once we have the RSVP, we will know how much money is collected. If there is anything left over, we will purchase attachments for the mixer. If there is not enough collected, I am prepared to pay the difference. If there is more money still after purchasing the mixer attachments, then I plan on getting her a gift certificate to HomeOutfitters.