So today was my day, and it was lovely. My hostesses were very creative, guests were incredibly generous (very few things from registry and that was TOTALLY OK with me), and all had fun.
With all the debate that goes on about asking guests to brings books, my hostesses did something that I thought was so great!! They went and bought a pile of the small golden books, and had stickers made up with " for the library of Baby S. With Love, __________. Then they encouraged guests to pick their favorite book and fill in their name. Library built, nobody told how to spend their money. Perfect.
Another cute game - they bought a bunch of small items at Target (butt paste, cotton swabs, wipes, thermometer, stroller toys, etc.) and put it in a basket for a "Price is right" game. Guests had to guess retail value (closest without going over) and winner got a prize. So fun, and pretty fast. (ETA: prize was stationary/candles, and I got all the useful baby stuff. Winners all around!)