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27/08/2006, 06:36 PM
I'm planning a baby shower for my SIL. It's her first baby after 2 m/c so I want to make it special for her. But, she lives in america and has come home to have her baby. She'll be leaving when the baby is only 6 weeks old, and doesn't have much room for gifts and baby things. Should i say "no gifts", or have a wishing well? What would you do and how would you word an invitation where guests could contribute towards baby items when she return to the states?
28/08/2006, 10:32 AM
I would just say something along the lines of:
"As you can understand arriving in Australia as 2 and leaving as 3 is going to be quite a suitcase space challenge. We love that you love us enough to celebrate this special event with us but would like to request no gifts. If you would like to make a small gesture of money that will go towards buying items back home it would very much appreciated"
Sorry best I could come up with but I think people will understand if you say no gifts or small gifts and explain to them why?
29/08/2006, 03:20 PM
What about an online gift service based in the states where guests can order an item to be sent to her home when she returns.
29/08/2006, 03:38 PM
I like what Carla suggested, they can wither give her the money or give out her bank account so they can transfer the $$'s across as if most people are like me they find it easier to do net banking.
Or another idea is ask people to contribute to baby's library by bringing a book or two. & Then as your gift you can pay for the postage of the box home. Most kids books aren't too heavy.
29/08/2006, 03:39 PM
You can get a pack called 'celebrating motherhood' (often found in the 'greenie' style shops) which suggests that guests purchase or bring a special bead/pendant that all combine to make a bracelet for the mother-to-be. Another idea is that each guest research and bring a meaningful verse with them printed on paper that is included in the invitation. These verses can be placed into a small memory box for the child - which the mother can add other things too like birth story, ultrasound pics etc.
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