Post # 1
DH’s boss and 6 year old daughter are apparently hosting a baby shower for us this weekend (we got the invite today). I am so excited, because I assumed no one was throwing us one (I’ll be 34 weeks) and because I didn’t have a bridal shower. At the same time, I’m nervous/don’t know what to expect since I’ve never been to a baby shower (or even bridal shower) before!
I know a gift is customary for the hostess– do I present it to her in front of everyone or just as soon as I get there? Any ideas for gifting a hostess that is also a boss? I figured we’d pick out something cute for the 6 year old, and thought maybe wine and a plant for the boss? She’s a veterinarian.
The only info I have on the shower is that it’s at 5PM on Sunday at her house. There is no “theme” that I’m aware of (DH saw the invitations his coworkers got as well). DH and I didn’t register anywhere for the baby, since we assumed no one would be interested.
Any idea on what I should expect? I’m very nervous! 🙂
Post # 3
That sounds like a wonderful thing for his boss to do!
I think a plant as a thank you gift would be very nice (and maybe unexpected) for her.
I’ve only been to one baby shower, and we played maybe 2 baby games, watched the soon to be mom open gifts, and pretty much just hung out and ate food.
Post # 4
What a nice surprise! We had 3 baby showers, and after no wedding showers, I was totally nervous and didn’t know what to expect either 🙂 It was really just hanging out with folks – eating drinking chatting – people will want to tell you about their kids, give you advice, etc. And then a few games and opening presents.
As far as a hostess gift, we gave the hosts of our church shower a bouquet of flowers and some strawberries from the farmers market. It was a potluck though, so if the hosts were providing dinner for everyone, I would have brought something more – I think the wine is on the right track. And I think bringing a gift for the child is really thoughtful – I’d probably bring a couple of nice children’s books.
Post # 5
Very cool! A surprise shower sounds fun. What to expect. Mingle around with everyone for a bit, then eat/drink for a bit and then you open gifts. Make sure to bring a notebook to record who gave you what items. i usually thank everyone after I finish opening gifts and then I thank the host(s) and give them their gift. I’ve also been a host before and I’ve had them wait until everyone leaves and they give all of us a gift. So really it is what you feel comfortable doing. Also, be sure to bring your camera and ask someone to take pictures of you opening gifts, of the cake and of the guests. I also like to try and get a group photo of the honoree and host(s).
As for a gift for your boss, I like the idea of getting something for the 6 year old and then a bottle of wine for the boss.
Post # 6
oh and be sure to clean out your car so you have room for the gifts! And if you don’t have one already bring a guest sign-in book. Some baby books have a page or two for this. Or you can get a sign-in book
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestions/information ladies! Today is the big day– I’m nervous! 🙂