S.L. asks from Aptos, CA on February 04, 2009
Baby Shower Favors - Aptos,CA
Hi, all! My best friend is having a baby and several of us are throwing her a shower. I am in charge of the favors. At my shower, my aunt made the cutest little booties out of paper cups, complete with laces, and filled them with candy. That was my plan until the mom-to-be found out and seemed less than thrilled with the idea. But when I asked her why, she said it was fine, no problem. But I got the feeling she was trying to just not be rude. I am also on a very tight budget since I am in nursing school and not working right now, and my husband is in the car business. So, any ideas on cute baby shower favors without spending too much? Thanks!!!
K.G. answers from San Francisco on February 04, 2009
I threw a baby shower last year. I had the hardest time with the favors. I finally made the cutest little things. Everyone loved them. I went to Michaels and got a pack of the little white favor boxes, then over in the scrapbooking section I got a few packages of puffy pastel letter stickers, they were lower and upper case. I put the letter stickers on each of the boxes sides and the top (not the bottom), then filled them with candy. They were just adorable, they looked like little blocks when stacked on the table.
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J.M. answers from San Francisco on February 04, 2009
Oh how fun! Here are some ideas;
My sister in law filled up the gerber baby milk bags with the candies shaped like little pacifiers and others with sour patch kids. She folded a piece of cute paper over the top stapled them with blue staples. She made her own cute label with the date of the shower and the babies name on them and stuck them on. I am not doing a very good job describing them, but... they were soooooo cute and everyone loved them.
My first baby shower she made edible chocolate ducks out of colored white chocolate by using those little chocolate trays. They were pretty easy to make and super cute. She put them in little bags and also had ribbons made that had my daughters name on them and the baby shower date to tie at the top.
I went to a shower once and they handed out popcorn and they made a label that said something like, Julie is Ready to POP! with the shower date.
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J.L. answers from Fresno on February 04, 2009
First off, your best friend should be thrilled that you are participating in giving her a shower and she should be thankful for having friends who love her enough to give her a shower!
That said, you can always go with a favor that reflects the nursery decor for the soon to arrive baby. Book marks are an excellent idea. If you are at all crafty, you can even make them yourself with some cardstock, ribbon and stickers. If you have a printer at home, you can print the basic information on the cardstock, then do an overlay of vellum that has baby stuff on it and put it together with a blue/pink/yellow ribbon. You could even buy a pack of baby charms and attach one to each ribbon. Simple, inexpensive, and hand made.
I agree with those who said EDIBLE! Most people don't save favors, so getting a sweet treat is fun, and as it is only a little treat, most won't feel guilty eating it. Depending on how many people are coming, you can either buy in bulk - MnM's, jelly bellies, or even the pastel mints and put them in those sheer drawstring favor bags that come in all sorts of colors (pastels included) at Walmart, Michael's and JoAnne's. A pack of I believe 12 is around $3.00 or so. Then add a cute charm on one of the ties. You can color coordinate with whatever the shower theme is.
You can also go to See's Candy and buy a box of chocolates (this would be cheaper than buying a truffle for each person) and put them in your own white boxes and decorate with stickers or ribbon with a charm. (Can you tell I like charms?) I love the idea of using the block letters. That's really cute!
This is supposed to be fun for all involved, so try not to stress about it.
A.B. answers from San Francisco on February 04, 2009
I loved this one -- using a polaroid camera, or digital camera with one of those portable printers, as each guest arrives take a photo of the Mom-to-be and each guest in front of the shower sign or a special display (like the cake, the gift table, or we had a big stork out front with balloons that we used) If you print up little cards - half a piece of paper with room for the photo to be taped on, and the date and name of your special Mama these make really cute take-aways.
True that not everyone saves favors, but the mom could also use the photos for thankyous or it would make a really special addition to the scrapbook or photo album to remember each guest who was on hand to wish her well.
Otherwise - I would go with Edible favors :-) Its really easy to make candybar wrappers - personalised with your partys theme and date etc; and doing it yourself is pretty inexpensive.
S.C. answers from San Francisco on February 04, 2009
For my first baby shower, my friend did a little baby inside a crib with ribbons. It was really pretty but probably cost a lot. It was really nice to look at but had no practical purpose. For my second baby shower, my sister did the favors and she ordered book marks. Look on line at the various ones. I remember she was on a budget, and was able to by 25 of them in bulk, so she bought a packet of 2 (50 total). I am sure she did not spend that much. They were very practical, people were excited about getting them because they said it was very useful, and they had the name of my son, the date of the baby shower, and a little baby poem on them (some decoration too). It was really nice. You can search the web and find the different ones.
S.L. answers from San Francisco on February 04, 2009
you could go to a party store and buy those miniature baby bottles and fill them up with jelly beans. I did that for a baby shower I once threw at work for a co-worker. People loved them. They were colorful and fun. I used jelly bellies, but you neednt use a pricey item. even MMS or some other hard colorful candy. Just make sure it doesn't smear when it gets warm. I wouldnt go to far out of your way, outside of the parents, not everyone is too in to favors, therefore, IF I have to use them , I always make EDIBLE ones... this way, ppl can eat, may sound harsh, but I am willing to bet that not everyone saves their favors and if they do, they probably aren't on display. Therefore, why not make them edible, at least they get some pleasure out of them and yes, even for my own shower, we did edible chocolate favors for which MOST did get eaten :) I was happy that they were not wasted.
K.M. answers from Chico on February 04, 2009
Great suggestions from previous responders. I agree with the idea of something either edible or useful. The additional suggestion I have is neither edible or useful but it is inexpensive, easy to do and looks nice. For my sister's shower last weekend I bought one bunch of yellow carnations (18 in the bunch) at Costco for $8.99, we tied pink and blue curling ribbon around each stem with an attached note that we printed off the computer which read something to the effect of: "Thank you for celebrating with us the anticapted arrival of Baby Wilson". Then we placed the whole bunch in a vase as a table centerpiece and my sister handed them to her guests as they left. Have fun choosing a favor, whatever you do you're heart is in it and that in itself is a gift to your friend. - K.