(Closed) Question about baby shower theme

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

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 # 6
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@vintage2010:  Love the idea of taking duplicates to grandma & grandpa’s house! So smart!

Post # 10
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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.

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