Sunday, March 9, 2014

Baby Shower: The Gift

Once upon a time I went to a baby shower 
where someone received a baby gift of baby clothes hung up on a little clothesline.  
And I always remembered it.

So, for my sister's shower this weekend I did my best to recreate it:
This is definitely a gift "experience" so it's perfect for a shower.
I got a plastic basket and some roping & clothespins at the dollar store:
 I tied the roping to the basket handle then strung all the clothes up on the line.
 I made a loop at the end of the line and neatly piled all the clothes back into the basket 
with the loop on top of the pile.
How cute are those little maryjane socks?!... 
they didn't have those when my girls were little!

Then I stuffed the basket with tissue paper to disguise the contents 
and tied it up in cellophane:
 Super cute.  
I would 100% do this again.
The hardest part was finding a "clothes" basket
that wasn't humongous!
(I might actually go buy a couple more of these because they are perfect!)
I also like that this is a somewhat interactive gift.
The girls had a lot of fun stretching it out for my sister at the shower.
But heads up that it gets pricey really fast.  
Baby clothes are small... so... it takes a lot to pull off a full clothesline.  
If you want to keep the price down I'd suggest interspersing
receiving blankets or burp cloths.  
The other potential negative,
is that I had to take the tags off a lot of the clothes 
(most are sold in sets or bundles) and so they can't be returned. 
I decided it was worth the risk
because I was so committed to pulling it off.

(P.S. My friend has since suggested buying baby things from a resale shop for this, since you need to cut off the tags anyway... good idea!  Plus, you can usually find tons of never worn baby items)

Here's a picture of Baby participating in the diaper changing contest:
Guess who won?

Mr F!


julie said...

What a great gift idea!

LOL that Mr. F won!!

Brenda said...

I love gifts like this. Have you ever made a diaper cake?

Go Mr. F! That is pretty impressive. I also have no regrets on being past the baby raising stage. So many of my friends have little ones now. I get my fix of holding them and miss those cuddles, but I don't miss the hard parts one bit. I think when your kids become such interesting people to share time with, you can happily move on to the next stages.

Not to say we don't still have challenges... :)

Mrs Furious said...

I demanded a do-over and beat his time. He had the advantage of watching other people go ahead of him!

Diaper cake?... no. I'll have to google it. But I'm kind of scared...

"when your kids become such interesting people to share time with, you can happily move on to the next stages. "
I totally agree!

Brenda said...

Haha! Don't be scared... I made one for one of my SILs. You can make lots of things from a pack of diapers!

Mrs Furious said...

lol! I was imagining a cake that looked like a diaper... and that edible poop was going to factor into it.

Brenda said...

Oh, we'll , that actually makes sense given some of the cakes I've made! I should have clarified!

Sara Welsh said...

What an adorable idea for a baby shower. My friend is having her baby shower next week, and I have been struggling with trying to figure out what I'm going to get her, and I think this would be perfect. It's so creative, and every part of the gift has use for it. I'm definitely going to have to go out, and pick these items.
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