August 18, 2005 "No! My Mother is not wearing a giant baby bib," Joy Murphy repeated over and over when she tried to buy her mother an adult dinner bib. Murphy's Mother had suffered a stroke that left her paralysed on her left side and Mom had trouble keeping food in her mouth. The only adult dinner bibs on the market were just giant baby bibs. So she created fashionable adult dinner bibs for seniors. "I refused to buy the giant sized baby bibs," says Murphy. "They are too big, too ugly and too heavy. My Mother is not wearing a giant baby bib because she deserves something better, she deserves something stylish, fashionable and more dignified." So Murphy, a seamstress, designer and online entrepreneur went to work in her attic workshop and created fashionable dinner bibs for men and women called Aunt Joy's Fancy Bibs.
"There are lots of parents and loved ones who suffer the same dilemma as my mother and they deserve to dine with dignity. The elderly and disabled still want fashion and style and with my bibs that is exactly what they get," says Murphy.
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For those who struggle with gift-giving for those really hard-to-buy-for loved ones the bibs are available in boxed gift sets.
"One size rarely fits all," states Murphy, "so we make all sizes from extra small to 2X and in styles for both men and women."
"I wanted a stylish and fashionable clothing protector that made dining out an enjoyable experience for my Mother, instead of an embarrassing event," says Murphy. "When you add a sweater or jacket over the bib, no one can tell it's a bib. Let's face it, a giant sized baby bib in a fine restaurant attracts unwanted attention. Just because my mother is elderly does not mean she forgot about style and dignity. Fancy Bibs gives her that dignity she deserves."
Aunt Joy's Fancy Bibs can be ordered online