The heirloom shower  is all about cherished childhood memories and passing down treasured items or advice instead of consumer goods. It is a sweet, coin-saving incentive to gather friends to celebrate baby instead of a party focused on presents. Guests are asked to bring an heirloom or lightly worn hand-me-down item in lieu of a fancy new gift to this recession-friendly bash, and should be encouraged to recycle and re-gift the many expensive baby items some of us only use for weeks — if ever. Check out our slideshow for all the details on this festive affair.
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Limit the guest list to family and friends who won't be uncomfortable sharing an heirloom item, but feel free to open up the list to a healthy number your venue can house given the low-cost focus of this bash. We've designed two breathtaking vintage, but mod invites  fit for the occasion. Print them out for free!
Pin beautiful linen baby dresses, onesies and clothes to twine hanging in the living room. The result is a delicate and cost-free banner that pays homage to forgotten treasures. For additional suggestions for setting a vintage, unassuming ambiance, read more .
Food and Beverage
Evoke tasty memories with the mom-to-be's favorite childhood recipes (this requires a call to grandma or a close family member) or dish up a classic, no-frills menu that's light and easy to create. Check out our spread and recipes  for a menu that included heirloom tomato tarts, mango caprese salad and Italian fruit punch made with limoncello.
Have each guest fill out our fill-in-the-blank Wishes for Baby card , then collect the cards, and then the mother-to-be or grandmother-to-be reads the sentiments out loud to group. There won't be a dry eye in the house. You can download the pdf here 
It's time to dress that bump  up for the heirloom baby shower. Grab grandma's best and some baubles from mama for a spectacular outfit that will leave the guests gasping at your vintage style.
Guests are asked to bring an heirloom or lightly worn hand-me-down item in lieu of a fancy new gift to this recession-friendly bash, and should be encouraged to recycle and re-gift the many expensive baby items some of us only use for weeks — if ever. These could range from larger items like a stroller or car seat (although this should be arranged in advance), to smaller items like a precious rattle, holiday photo outfit, handmade quilt or a stuffed animal. Those who don't have children or a closet full of goodies are encouraged to bring a memento from their own childhood like their favorite book or booties.
Mamas looking to bid on slightly used celebaby items (like those from Nicole Richie) should check out handmedowns.com . Proceeds got to charity.