Post # 1
As like everyone knows by now I’m co-hosting my FSIL’s baby shower in a few weeks. We’ve (meaning my FMIL and I) totally gone above and beyond for this shower and it’s shaping up to be incredible. As always, my brain doesn’t shut off so I’m still looking for cool things that we can incorporate to make it even better.
My digital camera is on the fritz so I had planned to bring our camcorder to take the still shots with. I got to thinking about possibly taking short, 30 second or so videos of each guest as they leave a message for the baby. Not everyone has to participate, only those who want to (I’m sure her hair stylist won’t have much to say, lol) but I thought it could be a cool keepsake. After the shower, FI (who’s a Mac aficionado) and I would edit the video together and try to make it funky (this will be good practice for when we edit our own wedding video). FMIL and I are planning on making FSIL a nice photo album of the pictures from the shower so I thought the DVD would be something cool to include.
As a guest attending a baby shower, would you think this was annoying?
As a mom or expecting mom, is this something that you would like or would you think it was lame?
Post # 3
I think this is a cool idea!! A really nice keepsake to watch when they are older.
You may have trouble with a few of the guests being camera shy and trying to avoid the camera but other than that I dont think it would be a big deal. After all, they are at the shower for the baby 🙂
Post # 4
Eh, even if the kid doesn’t care, I think it’d be awesome for your FSIL to have! I’d love it if someone did this for me.
Maybe have some questions/prompts for those who are a bit shyer and don’t have anything to say? You could ask guests to predict the name, which parent the baby will most resemble, whether s/he’ll be a good sleeper, who will be the first visitors, etc. Or ask them to tell the story of how they first heard about FSIL’s pregnancy. Or to tell a funny FSIL-pregnancy story.
Post # 5
@peacockbride24: I’m sure some guests won’t want anything to do with it and I don’t blame them but I figured if we could get atleast a handful to participate it would be worth it.
@Lozza: That’s a cool idea. I was just trying to think about what I’d say and all I got was “I love you already and I can’t wait for you to get here”. That lasts all of 5 seconds so I’d need to bulk it up a bit. We could have the guests predict the sex of the baby too, since she’s “team green”.
Post # 6
I guess I would find this a bit weird, the talking to the baby bit. I would do this as a video for the mom/dad, talking to them. With the baby, you’re talking to a person you don’t know who won’t understand what you’re saying or watch the video for years – I would have no clue where to start. If it’s to the mom/dad, the kid could always watch it some day.
Post # 7
I think it’s a great idea!
As someone who’s tongue-tied around cameras, though, I’d appreciate having prompts.
Maybe have people give the baby advice? Tell a funny story about Mom and Dad? Predict something about the world in 2029, when the baby will be 18?
Post # 8
I just got done with my baby shower,and I wouldnt have wanted it at mine, but some people might be into it. DH and I are also not mushy, so we didnt have a wedding video (we knew wed never watch it) so its just not us. I can say, as a guest, I would be super hesitant to do it without prompts, which is why I like @teaadntoast’s idea. Have some prompts, guess the gender, give a piece of advice, and/or make a prediction. Alternately, you could make a “wishes for baby” card for each guest at the shower. I had those at mine. They were little cards on cardstock in our color theme that said “Wishes for Baby” on the top, and then “Dear Baby” and had the following
I hope you learn __________
I hope you aren’t afraid__________
I hope you love_________
I hope you get __________
I hope you laugh __________
I hope you never forget __________ (best answer – “that we all love you”)
I hope you ignore __________
I hope you become __________
I hope you respect __________
I hope you grow __________
Some of the responses were incredible
Post # 9
I find it odd. By the time the child is old enough to comprehend what they are watching are they honestly even going to want to watch it? It’s one thing to write cards of encoragement and make a scrapbook but a video is weird.
Post # 10
I think I would prefer @KellyV:‘s “wishes for baby” cards. You could even incorporate @Lozza:‘s predictions idea. You could make a scrapbook of sorts. I just don’t think I would actually watch a video, but I would flip through a book often (especially if it included pics of the attendees).
Post # 11
I personally think it’s an awesome idea – but I’m the kind of person that loves watching home videos and all that. It’d be really neat if say, there are older relatives there who may not be around when the baby is older. I know there are pictures of my great-grandma holding me when I was brought home, and while she didn’t pass away until I was 8, getting to see a message from her would be so neat.
Post # 12
@KellyV: Yes! I like this better than the video idea.
Post # 13
I think it’s a great idea! I know I’m awful at documenting my own life (pictures, scrapbooks, etc) so I’m trying to do a better job for my baby so she can eventually see how everyone fussed over her.
Post # 14
I’m an expectant mom and I wouldn’t want it. My sister makes videos of things for my baby, but I clam up. If it was just me and my SO, I’d feel more comfortable talking to the camera. I’m okay with being mushy, but not in front of everyone.
I like the wishes for baby on note cards. That’d be cute. I have a scrapbook for my baby and note cards of wishes would be soemthing else nice for the baby to read.
Post # 15
Thanks for the feedback everyone.
@MsMamaBear: I wasn’t planning on having my FSIL even be in the video. The shower is a surprise so we would shoot the videos before she got there and if all goes as planned, she would know nothing about it until we give her the DVD.
Now that I think about it, 30 seconds seems like a really long time so it would most likely be shorter than that and the prompts are a fantastic idea which we’d definitely go with.
Post # 16
I love the idea! I think it would be perfect to think of some sort of format beforehand.
I think it would be good to have a few questions or prompts (love the “predictions,” especially since they are team green). You might want to write them on a posterboard so people can read them while on camera. I also like the idea of a prediction for the future or piece of advice or something. And people could either say it to the parents or to the baby… or a little bit of both.
I love home videos, and my mom is still friends with people that were at her baby shower when she was pregnant with me. They have become very dear to me, so it would be pretty cool to have a video of them talking to me or about me before I was born.
And (especially if it’s a boy), it might not mean as much to the child, but I’m sure the parents would love it, if they are the type to like these things.