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How do I politely get out of opening gifts at the shower?

on January 11, 2012

Occasionally I am asked to write a poem for the bridal shower or baby shower honoree who doesn’t want to open gifts in front of everyone at the shower.  After all, it is a lot of attention, and a whole lot of oohs and ahhs.  Depending on the number of guests in attendance, opening the gifts can consume a good amount of time and detract from the time the honoree has to socialize.  On the other hand, the guest may have gone through trouble agonizing over the perfect gift and is looking forward to having it “revealed”.  One solution that’s not only a time and money saver, but also contributes to saving the plant, is to have a “ribbon shower”.  At a ribbon shower, the guests are advised in advance to wrap their gifts in a ribbon or flower.  There are several ways to convey to the guests that the shower will be a ribbon shower.  Here is a poem I wrote that can be included in the invitation:

Ribbon Shower Poem

You know our girl she’s a little bit shy

Never wants to be the center of everyone’s eye

One little request that we hope you would grant

Whether you’re a friend, mother or aunt

We can’t wait to see you at the shower

But please don’t wrap gifts in more than a ribbon or flower

However simple or silly it may seem

Let’s make this day for her a perfect dream

Thank you all for your consideration

(Name of mom-to-be) is going to love our celebration

Keep in mind that the shower is supposed to be enjoyable for the honoree.  In need of a special poem?  Ask jill the poem lady.  For customized  poems that can be framed for the guest of honor or the nursery, contact jill – the poem lady.


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