Birthday Party Tip

enter site Meg’s birthday party was yesterday.  Having a baby on a holiday weekend worked out GREAT.  We spent all weekend cleaning and having the party and now we get a bonus day off to enjoy the leftover food and clean house.

get link The party went really well, but after all the presents were opened it looked like a wrapping paper/toy bomb had gone off in our living room.  I was already having trouble remembering what came from whom.  Also, my parents gave her a ton of little stuff and I knew I’d never remember everything in their gift.  As we started to clean up the living room, I remembered the method I used for my baby shower gifts and how well it worked.

I’m sure I read this tip in a magazine long ago and tucked it in some far corner of my brain, but when I started using it I thought it was just a stroke of genius thought up by sleep-deprived me (the shower was when Meg was two weeks old).  At the shower, someone wrote a list of the presents and who they were from, but I lost it.  So I kept the presents in a big pile to make sure I didn’t forget about anything when I went to write thank-yous.  They stayed there for a month.

There were several things I wanted to return, so I decided to take them out of the pile and – genius! – take a picture.  That way I could return the items and still have something to look at when I wrote thank-yous, because, even if I wrote another list of presents, I knew I’d lose it again.  Plus, “0-3 month outfit” could describe a lot of what I got and I wanted more description.  Once I was on a roll, I decided to take a picture of all of the presents and put them away.  When I downloaded the pics, I put them in an folder called “Baby Shower Presents” and labeled each one with who it was from.  I still like looking through the folder sometimes.  At this point, I don’t remember what of our baby stuff was hand-me-downs, what was baby shower gifts, or what I bought.  Its fun to look and realize something we’ve used a lot came from so-and-so.  Also, I used some of the pictures as filler on the baby shower page in Meg’s first year scrapbook.

get link So yesterday as I was cleaning up, I took a picture of each present.  Everything has been put away and I don’t have to rack my brain trying to remember if I’m forgetting something when I write thank-yous.  I also made a list (mainly because some people just gave money and I didn’t take a picture of the checks), but even if I use the list for thank-yous, I think it will be really fun to have pictures of all the stuff Meg got each year.  When she’s older, she can look through them and realize _____ got her the toy she’s loved for years.  (Although I suppose it could come back to bite me if I return something and she wants to know what happened to it.  Not a problem this year, since we’re not returning anything.)

P.S. By the way, I’m a terrible person and never actually wrote thank-yous for my baby shower.  But I still could, since I have the pictures! I suppose this means instead of taking pictures I should have just written the stupid thank-yous, but I maintain the pictures are still a good thing to have.  I have been really on top of thank-yous for every occasion since, because I don’t want to be known as the-one-who-doesn’t-write-thank-you-notes, but still…

see url P.P.S.  This was one of Meg’s presents.  Did you have these when you were little?  You pull them out to make them longer as your feet grow.  I remember I’d have to keep stopping to push them back in, since they’d gradually come apart as you were skating.  My sister-in-law bought them, since my husband’s family also had a pair.  I can’t believe how little some toys have changed in 20 years!


  1. follow link My friends and I all still do the lists, but the picture idea is great. Everyone all wants me to write the lists because I give detailed descriptions of everything and I have readable handwriting.