Baby showers are getting more and more extravagant. As a guest, you can't just show up with a gift anymore. You are often asked to bring your favorite book, a childhood picture, or a CD for the baby. While trends continue to pop up, the one I like is simple.

The hostess provides cute stationery in tune with the shower's theme for the expectant mother. Each guest fills out an envelope with their name and address so all the mom-to-be has to do is write the thank you note, seal it with a kiss and a stamp. She'll be so grateful for the shortcut.