When planning a baby shower, hosting a memorable day for the expecting mommy (or couple) is always the ultimate goal. Creating a keepsake gift that serves as a memento of the baby shower is a wonderful way to make the day even more special. Add a thoughtful and personal touch to the keepsake gift and it becomes something that the whole family will cherish for years.
Creating a special baby shower keepsake doesn’t require a large budget and you can make it a community effort too. But try to avoid giving guests a homework assignment by asking them to bring something to the shower (they are already buying a gift). For maximum fun and participation, have guests write or create something for the keepsake gift as part of an activity at the party.
Here are some ideas to help get you started...
Make a Wish
With a scrapbook, decorative paper and embellishments, you can create a beautiful book of wishes for baby. Guests can fill in the book by writing all the wonderful things that they wish for baby to have and experience in life. Pages can be themed around family, love, travel, health, success and other categories to give guests plenty of ideas on what to write. At the end of the party, wishes can be read to the mommy-to-be.
Give Keepsake Art
Guest books are a wonderful keepsake, but they can sometimes be kind of, well, blah. Go for something creative and handmade and you’ll be able to give a unique keepsake that any mommy would be proud to display. Several online marketplace sellers make adorable, three-dimensional guest books for baby showers that double as nursery art. Some of these creative works are even completed by using guest’s fingerprints and signatures.
Share Your Predictions
What will baby’s first word be? Will she look more like mom or resemble dad? You can create your own custom prediction cards on colored cardstock and have guests fill them in at the shower. After guests have predicted what baby’s future may hold, tie the filled out question cards with a ribbon and place them in a pretty wooden keepsake box (baby-themed, of course). Mom and dad will have fun checking the accuracy of guest’s predictions as their little one grows.
Dole out Advice
Whether it’s serious, funny or wise, new parents can always use a bit of advice on what to do (or not) as they adjust to life with baby. Most showers usually include some kind of game or activity surrounding advice, so why not create a keepsake around this tradition? Take a picture of each guest and have them write down their best piece of advice for the new parents. After the shower, upload the guest pics to a photo book site and add their words of advice to create a keepsake book of parenting advice. Feeling inspired? Make an advice video with your phone. Create, edit and then post or share with the mommy-to-be.