Post # 1
I’m 5 weeks pregnant and have only told Darling Husband (he wants to keep it a secret til closer to 12 weeks) and my best friend who lives on the other side of the world. We thought about telling my parents but are going to wait. This weekend is my cousin’s 30th birthday, my 22nd birthday, and a huge family gathering (not specifically for our birthdays, we do this every year in the fall, sometimes its close to our birthdays, sometimes not). Needless to say, the alcohol is going to be flowing. Darling Husband said that he’d play along with me being Dirty Delete but my family is going to call me outon that immediately, since it’s my birthday.
Any suggestions for how to get away with this?
Post # 3
you can say your on antibiotics and cant drink with them- pretend you have an absess on your tooth or something
Post # 4
@apex: Urg thats going to be tough. I think you can try and play the antibiotic card but everyone has their eyes on newlyweds to see if you are pregnant. Its a tough one!
Post # 5
You can always just carry around a drink, and when nobody’s looking, dump some out. Will there be mixed drinks? Maybe you could carry around a cup of something and just pretend that it has something in it. Good luck!
Post # 6
A friend had this with her wedding (she was about 6 weeks) and she just carried a glass of Appletise (non-alcoholic sparkling apple juice) which looks like champagne around with her all night and no one even noticed.
Post # 7
What do you normally drink? If you can get a virgin version of your drink then do that. Lemonade with a lime wedge looks just like a vodka lime and soda 🙂
Maybe you could let a waitress in on the secret so she can bring you non alcoholic drinks discreetly.
Post # 8
Since Darling Husband is there, you can switch drinks with him. If someone buys you or brings you a drink, take a pretend sip, carry it around for a bit, then set it down somewhere or give to Darling Husband.
Get some sparking drinks or just coke (so it looks like rum and coke). Better yet, get a beer and carry it around. Since the bottle is dark, will be harder to tell.
Post # 9
My favorite move is to fill an empty beer bottle with water and sip that all night. Every time I go to the bathroom (if I’m at someones house) I just refill the water inside my beer. If I’m at a bar I’ll ask for a cup of water from the bar and dump that cup of water into my fake beer bottle when I’m in the bathroom. Works like a charm.
Post # 10
I second the sparkling cider idea
Post # 11
We have a bottle of vodka filled with water in the liquor cabinet in case my Darling Husband needs to make me a drink in front of someone. He uses the water and makes me a delicions “vodka soda”. I also mix apple juice with water to make it look like wine. You could also pour some O’Douls into other beer bottles.
Tell them you over-celebrated the night before so you’re just going to have 1 or 2. That’s been my excuse lately.
I’ve managed to hide the booze pretty well. The hardest part for me is that how I eat has changed. I have to eat really little meals or I get sick. Everyone is used to seeing me stuff my face so I’m not sure how to explain that one away!
Post # 12
Haha I don’t mean that I’m laughing at anyone here, but this is a really funny chain of posts! You ladies are so creative.
OP, I think that any of the above suggestions would work great. Having your husband and possibly a waitress in on this will probably make it way easier. A lot of it depends on what and how you usually drink – if it’s shots, that’s going to be much harder, but if it’s mixed drinks or even bottled beer, you should be able to use the suggestions above.
One of the posters is right by saying that people are always on the lookout for newlyweds and pregnancy signs, and it would be such a shame to spill the beans by something like someone noticing that you aren’t drinking :(. Good luck, and CONGRATULATIONS!
Post # 13
I’ve tried quite a few tricks so far:
My SIL is a bartender, so she “made me a drink” which was sprite in a solo cup.
I also took a bottle of beer with me to the bathroom (it was a dark bottle- won’t work with a clear one!) and poured it into the toilet (sounds like peeing) and refilled it with tap water from the sink (handwashing).
Surprisingly, nobody at my wedding noticed I wasn’t drinking. Someone had asked me the next day if I had anything to drink at the wedding, and I just said “Heck no! Do you know what a pain in the ass it was to pee with that dress on!?!?”
Post # 14
In regards to doing shots, if someone wants you to, you can do what the girl in Coyote Ugly did. take the shot, dont swallow, and chase it with beer or something but your actually spitting it into the bottle…
Post # 15
I second the “fake drink” ideas. Order cranberry and soda with lime, or do the water in the beer bottle trick. The antibiotic idea comes up here all the time, and while it may fool people who aren’t used to being around pregnant women, it is so commonly used that I (and lots of people I know) might not buy it if I had reason to believe you might be pregnant (and as has been mentioned, everybody loves to assume that all newlyweds are jumping right into babymaking).
Post # 16
- Wedding: April 2011 - Sweet ceremony by the sea and sunset celebration on the North Shore of Hawaii
i echo the fake drinks, too! i did soda water and limes and claimed it was my usual vodka soda. worked like a charm.