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Feb172011

Secondhand Baby Shower

baby-shower-1.JPGI had a bit of a rough week last week and the baby shower my friend Heidi hosted for me this past weekend was a wonderful antidote, making me feel enormously grateful for the happy energy and wonderful people I have in my life. And I wanted to share the theme -- a secondhand baby shower (because I'm an eco-geek and because I have many friends who are done having babies and were eager to pass things along) -- plus some great leads from Heidi's planning. Here's how it all came down the pike:
1. Because I thought my ovaries were dead, I parted with many of my wee things at the Room to Grow drive I coordinated as a co-host of the Hebrew National summer picnic. We still had a few items kicking around that I had not yet purged, but were otherwise lacking many things. And ever since announcing my surprise pregnancy, I have had lots of friends ask to pass on their baby things to us. So that -- plus my desire for less is more in the world -- inspired my idea for the secondhand baby shower. My first task was to look at one of those (ridiculous) "must have" baby gear/items lists and narrow in on the essentials. Once I did this, I provided the list to Heidi, who had offered to host the shower.

2. Heidi is amazingly organized and she was so kind to offer to host the shower and also go along with my secondhand baby shower theme. The effort involved a spreadsheet (admittedly, I use a spreadsheet for pretty much everything in life!), plus her coordinating with attendees who wanted to bring hand me downs, in order to prevent duplicates. Otherwise, I think she suggested that guests bring gift cards or diapers, or do whatever they wanted, or simply stop by and hang out.

3. The party was so lovely. Heidi had the food catered by Ken Walsh of K Michael's Catering (617-308-0167) and it was fantastic -- the shower was over brunch so there were croissants, scones, and fruit, as well as savory items such as vegetarian and chicken sandwiches and a yummy mixed beet salad. The caterer also coordinated the cupcakes, which turned out to be outsourced from The Danish Pastry House (fun, since I've professed my love for DPH in the past!) and Heidi ordered cute cookie favors from Fancypants Bakery (also fun, since I've covered them here at Boston Mamas!). I'm not sure these photos do justice to the yumminess...

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4. It was so wonderful to see so many friends from different walks of life in one place; literally, the shower involved friends I have made via middle/high school, college, post-college, Laurel's day care, Laurel's elementary school, and blogging. So fun. And I was overwhelmed by the generosity. Depending on where people were at with their childbearing plans (e.g., some had long purged their baby goods), there was a mix of recycled things (thought bubble for photo below is something like, "Yay, a secondhand stroller, car seat, and mattress!" + I was thrilled to receive a secondhand high chair, Bumbo seat, and much hoped-for jogging stroller among other things), new baby clothes and toys, and mama gifts (e.g., spa gift certificates). Goodness.

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Now I'm faced with the task of actually organizing all of this stuff. And as I do, I will be reminded continually of how lucky I am to have such an amazing group of mom friends.

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Reader Comments (10)

What a great idea!!! Wish I could have been there to help celebrate...nothing 2nd hand except diapers from this end tho ;) xxx
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimme
What a lovely 'shower' you had! I'm totally with you on the 'eco' front! I love it if someone finds a gift for me in a 'charity' shop! (UK)
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDianne Palmer
SUCH an awesome idea! I am planning a (1st) shower for my bff, but I will keep this in mind when friends start having #2s!
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjudean
I love the second hand baby shower idea. I could also see a variation on that theme for folks who are switching genders after their first -- or fourth -- child. You know, you might want to retire the navy blue everything after a few kids have used it, but if there's nothing wrong with it, it would be hard to justify a new purchase. Second-hand to the rescue!
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRookieMom Whitney
Love the idea of a second hand baby shower. I relied on many hand me downs when my twins were born and still like to find ways to cut down on excess stuff - especially since gifts come into our house two at a time.

For more ideas hosting a green baby shower, check out this: A Touch of Pink but Mostly Green: A Baby Shower of a Different Color

http://kidoinfo.com/ri/a-touch-of-pink-but-mostly-green-a-baby-shower-of-a-different-color/ shower here
February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnisa Raoof
Wonderful idea, and such a lovely party!
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermary
Hi Christine, I love the idea of a green baby shower! I just started a blog devoted to thrifting and second hand shopping and I featured this article on my most recent post. http://adventureswithsallyann.blogspot.com/2011/02/green-baby-shower.html
February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
Hi Christine,

I found your blog through a feature ohdeedoh posted yesterday on second handed your baby shower. I am in love with the whole idea of friends getting together and sharing their hand me downs with a new mom. Your baby shower pictures are just delightful to look at. I think there is a growing trend in the green and eco-friendly showers as people become more conscious of waste and the world around them.

Sheryl Crow had a green baby shower for her baby in 2007. It sounds just as warm and intimate as yours was. I posted about it here...http://www.creative-baby-shower-ideas.com/sheryl-crow-baby-shower.html

Congratulations on the new baby!P.S. You look great in the photos. :-)
March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNisha
I LOVE this idea. Baby-hood is such a throw away stage in this country and I really dislike wastefulness. And all this "must-have" marketing hype is just that - hype.
March 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterangie
Thanks for the info. Go green and save the planet!
May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle Staggs

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