Write thank-you notes as you open your shower gifts #Parties & Showers#gifts#steal-this-idea#thank you cards#wedding shower May 7 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Donut Pun Card from Tiny Bee Cards Offbeat Bride Tribe member Writeroffiction threw a killer coed wedding shower with her groom filled with trivia games and blind beer-tasting competition. They also didn't open any of their gifts at the party. The secret sauce of their "waiting to open gifts" plan was that they were able to write their thank-you notes as they opened the gifts. We're talking time-saver and one big to-do checked off the list. So steal this idea: think about focusing your shower on the good times, and saving your gift-opening and simultaneous thank-you card writing for after. More shower ideas await you in our wedding shower archive! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Mary & Craig's Dr. Seuss-themed colorful rhyming wedding NEXT A laid-back cliff-side wedding in British Columbia Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] This is genius. Alternate game for improvisers: write the cards BEFORE you open the gifts, in front of your guests, based on what you think is inside the things. Make up uses for the items before you even see what they are. Alternate to the alternate: open the gifts, and time-trial the thank-you-cards: a minute per item, timer and everything? 1 agrees Reply One problem though: What if some of your guesses are wrong and you wind up hurting your guests' feelings as a result? I am all for trying the get the thank you notes writing out of the way and everything, but I also want to be considerate of my guests' efforts in buying my gifts. 4 agree Reply When I give a gift, I like to know that my recipient actually enjoys the gift they got. I don't particularly want to get a thank you note that's thanking me for something I didn't give, that was *so* clearly written as an obligation. If you write the note before you get the stuff, I'm wondering if there's any point to sending a note at all? 4 agree Reply Oh, this is a nice one! If you write the thank-you the second you open the gift, you also get to express exactly how happy you feel to have this lovely thing, without the lost momentum of waiting days or weeks and possibly forgetting exactly how you felt. And I think a lot of shower attendees would not at all miss the public gift opening, though I guess it would depend on the group–I know some of the older generation in my circles would be sad not to see all the pretty giftees. 2 agree Reply My fiancee's mom and my mom threw us a shower at home, and instead of us opening gifts, they asked everyone to leave their gifts unwrapped. When each guest arrived, they received a small card on which they wrote their name. Our moms placed the gifts with the cards around the rooms where everyone was congregating. That way, everyone could see what the gifts were, and there was no awkward (and boring) gift opening extravaganza. 5 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.