Baby showers provide the ideal atmosphere to create memories for the mom-to-be and baby when he grows up. Add an activity or make a request to the guests that will last far longer than the tears, laughter, cake and usual gifts from the shower. Including something meaningful in the shower will provide memories years from now when the mom shares these memories with her child as he gets ready to leave for college, get married or have a child of his own.
Ask each guest to bring a book for the baby, rather than a greeting card. Make this request in the invitation wording, asking the guests to sign the book as they would a card. For example, Baby Showers Central recommends the following verse:
"Although cards are nice
They're read once or twice
Maybe three or four times at best
A book is a treasure
Forever and Forever
So instead of a card
To be put aside
Please give the little baby
A book with your name inside
It will be read to our little tyke
Before bed each night
And we will thank you
Forever and Forever!"
Another option is to create a book for the baby. Give each guest a page with a letter of the alphabet on it, either during the shower or with the invitation. Ask guests to decorate the page with items that begin with their letter, such as kittens and kites for the letter "K." Guests should sign their names, perhaps including a note for the baby. Laminate the pages and turn them into the baby's first ABC book.
Motherly advice can be sentimental and helpful, particularly for new parents. Ask each guest to write out the best advice they ever received on parenting, along with their own personal advice for the new mom. If they have no advice, their wishes for the baby would make a nice sentiment. Turn this advice into a scrapbook with space for pictures of the guest, mom and baby, or slip the words of wisdom into a decorative jar or box for the parents to read when they need them.
Assign each guest with an age or incident, such as "potty training," "terrible twos," "first day of school" or "first date." Ask guests to write a piece of advice, share a memory or both for that particular age or occasion. When the parents find themselves experiencing that particular occasion, they can reach for the corresponding advice card from the baby shower.
Provide a large picture frame or mat for each of the guests to draw a small picture, leave a small note or simply sign their names. This picture frame can hold the baby's first picture and always remind the new mother of the love surrounding her and her baby.
Ask guests to bring a picture of the mom- or dad-to-be. They can create a scrapbook page around that picture, sharing how they met the parents, a special memory and wishes for the new family. The baby will be able to reflect on this scrapbook later, seeing who was present and the role they played in her parents' lives.
Assign a number to your guests and ask them to create a special birthday card for the baby to celebrate that particular birthday. For example, the guest with the number "16" would create a birthday card to celebrate the baby's 16th birthday. She could mention how special 16 is, as more freedom and responsibility come with the age, such as a driver's license. This project will give the baby something special to look forward to each year.
Invite guests to create a time capsule for the baby to open on his 18th or 21st birthday. The time capsule can include current popular items, such as a fashion magazine, the latest blockbuster movie or the most popular album.
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