From the moment I heard the exciting news that my sister-in-law was going to be a Grandma, I just knew that she was going to need a Grandma Sprinkle. You may ask, “What is that”? Well, it’s a baby shower given for the grandmother of the baby-to-be when the circumstances are either that the grandma is going to be the “baby-sitter” while the Mom and Dad work and therefore needs to be equipped with doubles of all things baby. Another reason for a sprinkle, as was the case with my sister-in-law, is when the grandma lives so far away from the baby that she will need lots of reminders of her new role like photo frames, photo albums, etc. and probably will not be able to attend any of the regular showers that the parents-to-be will be attending.
Since this is a fairly new concept for some folks, I included a list of items that guests might purchase along with the invitation to the Grandma Sprinkle Lunch. Things on the list in addition to the photo frames and albums were a piggybank (for the grandchild’s college fund), a proud grandma t-shirt, a new grandma mug, grandma memory books and even a website that contained lots more gift ideas.
photo by dthoskins
Since the Mom-to-be loves all things astrology and zodiac and since she was doing her son’s nursery in a jungle animal theme, I found these adorable Jonathan Adler zodiac mini-notebooks at The Dandelion Patch and purchased the astrological sign for each of the guests . I also visited a zodiac website and printed out the attributes of the new baby as well as the signs of our guests. It was a fun topic of conversation for the table as we decided if we each fit the characteristics that were listed.
photo by dthoskins
For the centerpiece at the table, I used a “grandma mug” that I had purchased and filled it with colorful flowers. I presented it to the grandma to take home at the end of the lunch. By the end of the “sprinkle”, my sister-in-law not only had a wide array of grandma items but felt the love and excitement that is reserved only for grandmothers.
As a proud grandma myself, I would encourage BGT readers not to forget those important Grandmothers when welcoming a new little one into your family!
Alice is a native Lexingtonian and quintessential southern lady, who enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining.