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April Showers: Heirloom Shower

Apr 19 2009 - 6:00am

The heirloom shower [1] is all about cherished childhood memories and passing down treasured items or advice instead of consumer goods. It is a sweet, coin-saving incentive to gather friends to celebrate baby instead of a party focused on presents. Guests are asked to bring an heirloom or lightly worn hand-me-down item in lieu of a fancy new gift to this recession-friendly bash, and should be encouraged to recycle and re-gift the many expensive baby items some of us only use for weeks — if ever. Check out our slideshow for all the details on this festive affair.

Don't forget to enter our fabulous April Showers Giveaway [2] for a chance to win a $2,500 gift card to put toward your babe's nursery and or necessities for your child at Pottery Barn Kids [3]!

Invitations

Limit the guest list to family and friends who won't be uncomfortable sharing an heirloom item, but feel free to open up the list to a healthy number your venue can house given the low-cost focus of this bash. We've designed two breathtaking vintage, but mod invites [4] fit for the occasion. Print them out for free!

Decor

Pin beautiful linen baby dresses, onesies and clothes to twine hanging in the living room. The result is a delicate and cost-free banner that pays homage to forgotten treasures. For additional suggestions for setting a vintage, unassuming ambiance, read more [5].

Food and Beverage

Evoke tasty memories with the mom-to-be's favorite childhood recipes (this requires a call to grandma or a close family member) or dish up a classic, no-frills menu that's light and easy to create. Check out our spread and recipes [6] for a menu that included heirloom tomato tarts, mango caprese salad and Italian fruit punch made with limoncello.

Games

Have each guest fill out our fill-in-the-blank Wishes for Baby card [7], then collect the cards, and then the mother-to-be or grandmother-to-be reads the sentiments out loud to group. There won't be a dry eye in the house. You can download the pdf here [8]

Mama-to-Be's Attire

It's time to dress that bump [9] up for the heirloom baby shower. Grab grandma's best and some baubles from mama for a spectacular outfit that will leave the guests gasping at your vintage style.

Gift Guide

Guests are asked to bring an heirloom or lightly worn hand-me-down item in lieu of a fancy new gift to this recession-friendly bash, and should be encouraged to recycle and re-gift the many expensive baby items some of us only use for weeks — if ever. These could range from larger items like a stroller or car seat (although this should be arranged in advance), to smaller items like a precious rattle, holiday photo outfit, handmade quilt or a stuffed animal. Those who don't have children or a closet full of goodies are encouraged to bring a memento from their own childhood like their favorite book or booties.

Mamas looking to bid on slightly used celebaby items (like those from Nicole Richie) should check out handmedowns.com [10]. Proceeds got to charity.


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