Diaper raffle opinion??

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Diaper raffle opinion??

Hey girls, I wanted to get your input on something. My mom and her best friend have officially decided to throw me a baby shower... kind of last minute lol. It will be Halloween themed, as they're doing it on the 30th. Really the only thing I have to decide is if I want to put a registry card inside of the invites to let everyone know that I'm registered at Babies R Us (I have quite a lot of stuff left on there that I wasn't able to buy myself, but most of it is fluff, such as blankets, stuff for his room, and just other things... not necessarily needs but sort of... if that makes sense lol!) or just doing a diaper shower? Then my mom thought why not do both, put in the registry cards and then another little slip of paper saying that they're going to do a diaper raffle, so for those that bring a bag of diapers their name is entered to win a $25 gift card to somewhere (Sephora, Target, Bath and Body Works)... something like that, as in she'll make the raffle one of the games. They always go all out with the prizes for the games, they're always gift cards to nice places, so it's not like anyone would be walking away with some cheap candle they'll never light! Obviously the diaper raffle would be an optional thing. Do you think that it's too much? Should I just stick with one or the other, and not both? I just don't want to offend anyone. I would really appreciate your input (and yours too, if you're lurking!)!!

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Good question. With DS we did something similar in that we did a "Fill Deacon's Library" and asked people to bring new or use children's books for the baby and be entered in to win a prize. One entry for each book they brought. Some people did it but not many and one of the ladies brought like 20 books and everyone else brought 1-2, lol. It was great to be able to start him a book collection so easily but in a way I felt uncomfortable asking people to bring a book along with a gift.

So I am of no help...I would say that even if you do a diaper shower you will still get clothes and blankets, so maybe just do that instead?

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My step sister did the diaper raffle thing but it was just part of it, people brought gifts anyway.

The thing is... around here if you win a gift card or door prize at a baby shower, you don't keep it. You give it back to the mommy to be, so it wouldn't *really* matter. lol

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

My step sister did the diaper raffle thing but it was just part of it, people brought gifts anyway.

The thing is... around here if you win a gift card or door prize at a baby shower, you don't keep it. You give it back to the mommy to be, so it wouldn't *really* matter. lol

Wow, I've never heard of people doing this. Every shower I've been to people kept their gifts...lol

At my shower with DD most people brought a package of diaper along with clothing or some other gift. For us I am going to make it clear that we want diapers/wipes. We don't need clothes for him and have all the "big" stuff except a car seat which is already taken care of. I am sure people will ignore this and bring whatever they want though.

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I would say that even if you do a diaper shower you will still get clothes and blankets, so maybe just do that instead?

Hopefully I don't get any clothes, as I put in comments on the registry that I don't need any lol! Like I said, I have all of baby Trystan's necessities, but there are some things that are left on my registry that would be wonderful to have!

"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

My step sister did the diaper raffle thing but it was just part of it, people brought gifts anyway.

The thing is... around here if you win a gift card or door prize at a baby shower, you don't keep it. You give it back to the mommy to be, so it wouldn't *really* matter. lol

Really?? I would never take back a gift card! That's part of the fun of going to a shower is your change to get something nice (well, at least at my showers lol... like I said before, we always give gift cards to Starbucks, Sephora, Target... so they don't have to worry about going home with some crappy lotion that they'll never use because they hate the smell!!)!!

"_Jessicah_" wrote:

I am sure people will ignore this and bring whatever they want though.

I hate this. It's like, you don't want to come off b*tchy and specific about what you want, but come on people! We put things like "no clothes please" on there for a reason!!! :rolleyes:

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yea, they do it here and when I lived in SC it was common. I have seen showers where the door prize was baby lotion and bath lol. So, you win and hand it over. lol lol.

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

yea, they do it here and when I lived in SC it was common. I have seen showers where the door prize was baby lotion and bath lol. So, you win and hand it over. lol lol.

That's exactly how it is here. I never understood that. You play a game, win a prize, which is a bottle of baby lotion, and go "oh, I know who could use this!" and then hand it back to the mommy to be. I kinda hope it's not like that at my shower. lol.

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I'd say do the diaper shower! It's what you'll need most. Plus some people might want to ask you if you have a registry anyway, some people might give you the gift receipt so you could return it if you have enough of that size, etc. And yeah, loads of people are going to give you stuff you didn't register for. We had an insane number of people at our baby shower (maybe 60? 70?) and exactly two families gave us something from the registry. But somehow magically it all worked out and everything is great and we have a couple of things we're going to leave wrapped (we have no receipt) that we can use later or give away still in the packaging.

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I know what you mean about the no clothes thing. We don't need clothes either, or BLANKETS! We have made it clear, but I'm sure people will still get us that kind of stuff, even though I'm not having a baby shower.

I like the diaper raffle idea. I don't think people would be put off if you mentioned that you have a small registry list at BRU if they would prefer to get you something other than diapers, as I would probably want to get you some diapers and a little something off your registry...

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I think the diaper raffle is a great & fun idea!! I think the folks who want to get you something else would ask you personally if you have a registry, so you could tell them then.

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

The thing is... around here if you win a gift card or door prize at a baby shower, you don't keep it. You give it back to the mommy to be, so it wouldn't *really* matter. lol

"katiek68" wrote:

That's exactly how it is here. I never understood that. You play a game, win a prize, which is a bottle of baby lotion, and go "oh, I know who could use this!" and then hand it back to the mommy to be. I kinda hope it's not like that at my shower. lol.

Yep - here too a lot of the times. But like Katie said - its usually when its a baby related item. If it was a GC or something like that then the person that wins it keeps it. It does suck to win a game and then have to hand the prize over - lol.

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I was never a fan of putting registry cards in with the invite. while, yes, these days an invite is basically asking for a gift, I find it..."odd" to tell people where to shop.

LOVE the diaper raffle idea. For my BFF, I filled a big, see thru Sterilite bin with diapers and each guest took a sticky note and guessed how many diapers were in there (You would be amazed at how many fit!). The winner got a prize, but mommy got to keep the diapers and the bin!

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"jeepbaby" wrote:

I was never a fan of putting registry cards in with the invite. while, yes, these days an invite is basically asking for a gift, I find it..."odd" to tell people where to shop.

LOVE the diaper raffle idea. For my BFF, I filled a big, see thru Sterilite bin with diapers and each guest took a sticky note and guessed how many diapers were in there (You would be amazed at how many fit!). The winner got a prize, but mommy got to keep the diapers and the bin!

I get what you're saying, as I feel the same way to an extent. I figured it was the smarter thing to do though, so that people at least know that you have a list somewhere of stuff that you need, and hopefully they'll either just go the diaper way or maybe check out the registry!

Thanks for all of your input girls! I decided to just do both, I put the registry card in the invitation, as well as a cute little rhyme letting people know that we're also doing a diaper raffle, and for those who want to participate, they have the chance of winning a gift card! This way no one feels obligated either way (at least, I hope not!)!! Either way I think the shower will be a lot of fun! I've already found some really cute Halloween themed baby shower games everyone can play for prizes (and my guests will be keeping whatever they win lol!)...

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I want to see the poem you wrote! And all the decorations and everything else you have picked out. I love showers!

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I want to see the poem you wrote! And all the decorations and everything else you have picked out. I love showers!

Me too!