A Baby Shower... without Opening the Presents?


display baby shower

Photo by bam61907; loot from her recent shower, post-gift opening!


Hi, everyone! We've got Alison Neumer Lara, from Ideal Bite's Mama Bite, here today for a visit....

I recently attended my first ever "display" baby shower - that is, a baby shower where no one wrapped their gifts and instead, displayed them on a table - and I've got to say...it's brilliant.

The mom-to-be, my sister-in-law Janet, got the idea from attending a huge shower with 100+ guests where time just didn’t allow for opening every gift.


At Janet’s own shower, she spent time socializing with friends and family, and enjoying the party, instead of unwrapping present after present. We all had a better time (forget gushing over blankets and booties!), plus no one needed to run around with a garbage bag picking up wrapping paper and bows. (Check out Ideal Bite’s tip on setting up a display shower.)

If you do need to wrap presents, try to pick up some recycled gift wrap. There are plenty of lovely options (Fish Lips designs are great), and it saves a few trees. Another alternative: Sidestep stuff altogether, and opt for an experience gift, like a ticket to a concert or a spa day certificate. An excuse for an eco pedicure? I’ve got to say…that’s brilliant, too.


What do you think? Do you like the idea of a display baby shower? Would you have one?


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