Baby Shower In A Box

Two of my children live far away from Colorado where I live. My daughter Patricia lives in California and my son Rex lives in Oklahoma. Major family events like births, which are so unpredictable, are hard for any family to attend. My daughter moved to California 3 years ago and is finding it hard to make friends and is missing her friends back home. My son Rex is in the military, as is his wife, but he still has good friends who live here. When I announced that both Patricia (Trish) and Rex's wife Joanne were expecting, three weeks apart no less, everyone wanted their addresses so they could send gifts. It got me to thinking, "How could I send them gifts but also a little bit of home while I was at it?" I decided on a baby shower in a box.

I asked everyone who wanted to send gifts to bring them to my house. I asked that they wrap there presents. Then I took a picture of them holding their gifts. I had these printed and put into a photo album. I have heard of video bridal showers so I decided this would be a great thing to do for Trish but with a twist. Since all of her friends worked and it would be hard for all of us to get together at the same time, I videoed all of her friends wishing her congratulations and telling her what this meant to them. Some reminisced about Trish's childhood and playing dolls and other's said how Trish swore she was never going to have kids.

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Now Joanne grew up in Nebraska and I did not know her childhood friends but she married into a large family and has four sister-in-laws plus my assorted Aunts and Uncles. So I video taped them and my son's friends when they brought their presents by.

Well, having that done, I wondered what else besides all of the gifts I could add. My first idea was to put some helium balloons in the box that would float up when opened but I was told by my son, who works on the AWAC planes in the Air Force, that the balloons would just deflate because of the pressure and temperatures in the cargo hold. Bummer! But then I remember the left over poppers that I had at my New Year's Eve Party and how you pulled a string and confetti popped out. So I got my husband to rig some to the box so they would shoot up confetti when the box was opened.
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I included a box of cookies and a centerpiece (diaper cake) so it would feel like a party. I made a banner that said "This is your party and you can cry if you want to!" I put all of this in on top with a letter that explained that although we could not be there we wanted to share in her joy and that she was to set out the cookies and put up the banner and turn on the TV and VCR so that she would be all ready.

The letter then told her to watch the video as she opened her gifts. I prearranged with them that they would not open the box until we were on the phone with them. Both Joanne and Trish opened there presents with us on the phone. With the family gathered around, we got to hear their oohs and ahhs as they opened all of their gifts.

Now, I will admit it was sad not to be there but the joy that it gave my two girls was well worth the effort. They now have memories of their friends and family at a baby shower even if we are many miles apart and Colorado was made closer by my gift. I am sure there are some things that I could have added but I think this was a great way to share a great event. Hope you enjoy your "Baby Shower in a Box" as much as we did.
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About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 7 grandsons. She is a published author and poetress. Born in California, she now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and many pets. Her hobbies include crocheting, reading, arts and crafts and bargain hunting.

June 6, 20070 found this helpful

I love this idea! When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I had recently moved from Seattle to Boston and we had no family around. My mother-in-law threw a baby shower back home for me. They all brought unwrapped presents, wrapped and decorated them together and videotaped the whole thing. I was able to watch that tape when I was opening the gifts and it made me feel more connected to who gave me which gift. I felt very loved!

Jess

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June 6, 20070 found this helpful

THIS GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS. WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA . I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOMEONE DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT FOR ME IF I LIVED FAR AWAY TOO. AND THE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE ....

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June 6, 20070 found this helpful

What a sweet thoughtful idea!! When one of my nieces was expecting my sisters and a niece took a trip to Gatlinburg,Tennessee and went to the Carters outlet and each of us purchased items that could be mixed or matched with the others.We boxed them up and shipped them.As it seems to go nowadays we never were told as to whether she had gotten them.You know Moms really need to teach their Daughters to graciously acknowledge gifts sent.

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June 6, 20070 found this helpful

You are one awesome Granny! Way to go!!

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June 6, 20070 found this helpful

This is such a wonderful, touching idea!! My sister lives in Virginia and I live in Ohio and she wants to have another baby, so when I find out she's expecting again, my mom and I will have to do this. Thanks for the AWESOME idea! Now I can't wait 'til she's pregnant again.

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June 6, 20070 found this helpful

Way to go! what a loving thing to do! you have a great big heart of gold, you knew just what would be the most comforting possible thing! If I had an award party in a box, you'd win it!

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June 6, 20070 found this helpful

WOW!! That one took me back, though you did yours up soooo much more thoughtfully!! My best friend's daughter was expecting and the daddy couldn't get out of the experience fast enough!! I thought that if they just were still in Ohio, instead of a fairly recent move to North Carolina, I would have had a shower with my two daughters and all of their friends and relatives. Well, this was not to be. My two daughters and I made a box up of baby clothes and a quilt and some cookies (little baby feet..."piggies"), plates and napkins. We told them that it was the shower!! I wish that I had at least taken a few photos because I am pretty sure that is the only child she will ever have. I'm sure it was the only "shower" she had. It was 15 years ago.

You are a wonderful Granny!! We now have a beautiful grandson, born out of wedlock from our oldest daughter, and open-adopeted to an extremely loving family, (a brave and wonderful decisoin on our daughter's part) and two of the most amazing grandsons from our youngest daughter and her husband. You will LOVE being a grandma. I hope that they ALL move back to hugging distance for you... very soon!!!

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June 6, 20070 found this helpful

Wow.. That was totally AWESOME!! And soooo thoughtful.. Made tears well up in my eyes.. Thanks for passing such a neat idea along..

On a side note, where abouts do you live in Colorado? My husband and I are thinking of moving to Cortez, or surrounding area this Fall.. Got any suggestions for us? ;)

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June 6, 20070 found this helpful

what a wonderful thing to do. congrats on your grandchildren. my brother and his wife are talking about having another baby and they have recently moved from kentucky to florida and i hated not being able to do something for them when they do get pregnant, now i know i can do something they willl really love, thanks.

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June 7, 20070 found this helpful

thks so much for the sharing....what a wonderful idea

Good job

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