When my mom had my baby shower for me before I was born, her guests all wrote little well wishes for me, which she then placed in my baby book. To this day, I still love reading all of those little notes from my mom’s close friends and family. Now, 30-something years later, leaving well wishes for the mom-to-be to pass down to her child is still a tradition that you see at baby showers.
There are several different ways to have your guests leave their wishes for the new baby and the parents-to-be:
- Insert notes into a scrapbook – I know, I know…not everyone is ‘creative’ or likes to scrapbook; however, the perfect solution for this is to use pocket pages within a 3-ring scrapbook. The newest craze in the scrapbooking world is Project Life by Becky Higgins. With this system, you choose a 3-ring album, pocket pages (there are many different types of configurations that hold 4″x6″ photos, 3″x4″ and 4″x4″, just to name a few) and a Core Kit. They even have an adorable baby kit:
When you send out the baby shower invitations, you could include one of the Core Kit cards for each guest to fill out ahead of time and bring to the baby shower. Or, if you’re afraid that some guests will forget to bring the card with them, you could set up an area at the baby shower for the guests to write their well wishes instead. Once the guests write their notes, they can then slide the little card into one of the slots in the pocket page. The new parents-to-be then have an album that they can then slide in additional pictures of their little bundle of joy into the remaining slots in the unused page protectors.
- Well Wishes Tree – my sister did something similar for her wedding, and I love the idea for a baby shower, as well. You could go to a florist shop or hobby store and pick out several tree branches that appeal to you. You could then place them in a decorative vase or pot that will match the parent-to-be’s decor. Make little note cards with ribbon tied through them ahead of time and have them sitting on a table (along with pens!) at the baby shower for the guests to fill out. I fell in love with these two trees – one by Savvy Planner (featured on Hostess with the Mostess) and one featured on Beaucoup:
- Pre-Printed Well Wishes Cards – you could also have cute pre-printed cards available for the guests to fill out and then let the mom-to-be store them in a cute keepsake box. These adorable and colorful Wishes For Baby pre-printed cards by Sweet Milk Prints are terrific: