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Old 05-28-2011, 11:05 AM   #1411
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So I have ordered a FE and I understand the concept.

Here's what I don't know how to do, our Cruise isn't until Nov and everyone talks about making homemade things and picking up items when they find them. How do you know how many to make or buy when numbers aren't finalized until a month before? Do you just guess and hope?

Any advise will be so appreciated!!
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:43 AM   #1412
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So I have ordered a FE and I understand the concept.

Here's what I don't know how to do, our Cruise isn't until Nov and everyone talks about making homemade things and picking up items when they find them. How do you know how many to make or buy when numbers aren't finalized until a month before? Do you just guess and hope?

Any advise will be so appreciated!!
On your cruise thread someone has probably volunteered to organize the FE list. At some point, agreed upon by the members of the cruise thread, it will be decided when to stop accepting new people to the FE list. A lot of time this is a month or 2 before the cruise date. This gives everyone on the FE list time to finalize their FE gifts so they have the correct numbers. Those who start buying early try to guestimate the total numbers needed and possibly get a few extras for any late arrivals. For our upcoming cruise my DW didn't actually start buying or making anything until we had the final list, she spent a lot of time before that deciding what she wanted to do for different age groups and genders.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:09 PM   #1413
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So I have ordered a FE and I understand the concept.

Here's what I don't know how to do, our Cruise isn't until Nov and everyone talks about making homemade things and picking up items when they find them. How do you know how many to make or buy when numbers aren't finalized until a month before? Do you just guess and hope?

Any advise will be so appreciated!!
Which cruise are you on in Nov?? We sail on the Double Dip sailing Nov 12 and we have a thread here for our cruise, and setting up a meet and greet as well as FE's!!
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:23 PM   #1414
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Just ordered my FE off Ebay..yay..cannot wait for my cruise NEXT SUMMER ..so far away.....
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:29 PM   #1415
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For those of you who are sewing (or have sewed) your own FE's, have any of you tried making the pockets pleated with elastic at the top of the pocket? I was thinking I'd do this for my FE, but not sure how it would look with an applique on the front of the pocket.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:40 PM   #1416
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We are not cruising until June 2012 on the Fantasy. Our cruise meet group already had about 23 rooms interested in participating in the FE. We voted to close "group 1" to keep it from getting out of hand. Now the next 23 or so rooms will be in "group 2" and so on. If we already have this many and we are more than a year out, it could get ridiculous!! It depends on how many you have interested and if they want to break into smaller groups.
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Old 05-28-2011, 06:57 PM   #1417
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For those of you who are sewing (or have sewed) your own FE's, have any of you tried making the pockets pleated with elastic at the top of the pocket? I was thinking I'd do this for my FE, but not sure how it would look with an applique on the front of the pocket.
I'm not sure how you would work the elastic, but it could be worth a shot. I'd probably try it on a test piece before it is appliqued. I just cut my fabric to 11" and pleated it in two places to make it expandable.
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:01 PM   #1418
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So I have ordered a FE and I understand the concept.

Here's what I don't know how to do, our Cruise isn't until Nov and everyone talks about making homemade things and picking up items when they find them. How do you know how many to make or buy when numbers aren't finalized until a month before? Do you just guess and hope?

Any advise will be so appreciated!!
Not all FE gifts have to be the same. If I find some cute things at a good price, I'll buy 10 or 20 of them and put them away for later. I bought WAY more before our March cruise, so I have some cute things left for future cruises. I also plan on making some items. On our last one, I had a grown-up bag, and different themed bags for boys and girls with age appropriate toys for over 7 and 7 and under.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:13 PM   #1419
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We are not cruising until June 2012 on the Fantasy. Our cruise meet group already had about 23 rooms interested in participating in the FE. We voted to close "group 1" to keep it from getting out of hand. Now the next 23 or so rooms will be in "group 2" and so on. If we already have this many and we are more than a year out, it could get ridiculous!! It depends on how many you have interested and if they want to break into smaller groups.
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I like this idea. Our FE was about 15 families, which I felt was just the right size. I have heard of larger FE groups of 30 or 40 families and that almost seems too big.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:48 PM   #1420
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Thanks for the great tips! I'm such the planner and I guess I was just trying to get ahead start.

We are sailing Nov 13 on our DD's 5th birthday!. Too bad we are going to miss you.

I will keep reading and searching for tips and hoping to get everything just right. Thank goodness for these boards!
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:27 AM   #1421
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Thanks for the great tips! I'm such the planner and I guess I was just trying to get ahead start.

We are sailing Nov 13 on our DD's 5th birthday!. Too bad we are going to miss you.

I will keep reading and searching for tips and hoping to get everything just right. Thank goodness for these boards!
Our DD will be 4 on the 15th, but we are doing Halloween on board!

As for the boards, they definitely made our (read MY) trip planning so much better and easier. Just remember not to try to do everything. We missed a couple of things we had wanted to do and I had to work really hard to not be upset about it. That is one of the reasons we booked a b2b for next year. Sometimes there were activities we wanted to do that were simultaneous on the schedule. Now we can work in both on that trip!
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:14 AM   #1422
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Not all FE gifts have to be the same. If I find some cute things at a good price, I'll buy 10 or 20 of them and put them away for later. I bought WAY more before our March cruise, so I have some cute things left for future cruises. I also plan on making some items. On our last one, I had a grown-up bag, and different themed bags for boys and girls with age appropriate toys for over 7 and 7 and under.
That's kind of what I've done! Our cruise is in Oct on the Magic. I started working on our main 'cabin' gifts about a month ago (figured I'd give one per family), but I've also picked up and made along the way, gifts appropriate for the kids ages. Our meets coordinator (give a shout out to Maureen) has done a great job of listing everyone so that we'll know ages/cabins/families..etc.
What's nice is that there are no limits...something little, homemade, or just whatever suits your fancy! It has been fun so far!
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:52 PM   #1423
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Thanks! I do understand wanting to do it all. I would love to do a B2B, but my DH isn't as big of a nut as me!

Having one for each family is good as well. So many ideas. How much does everyone generally spend on 20 rooms? Has anyone ever mailed a package to the ship prior to arrival and if so do you think the expense was worth it?
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Having one for each family is good as well. So many ideas. How much does everyone generally spend on 20 rooms? Has anyone ever mailed a package to the ship prior to arrival and if so do you think the expense was worth it?
I probably spent more than I meant to, but my project just grew and grew.. started out one thing, and the ideas kept coming...

I would like to know the answer to the mailing of packages though also. I will have to mail 2 down (but we have 3 cabins), so I need to know how far out you can mail them. Anyone know? And also just how do you explain everything on the outside? I read where you have to list what's inside...do you do this on a card taped to the outside? Would love some insight on this one...
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:22 PM   #1425
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and...we just finished our Fe..or rather my 22 dd did! Here's her handmade, handsewn, hot-glued FE:

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