(Closed) Baby Shower Fiasco

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

@eurekaanchovies: Ask your friend to reach out to those on the list to ask them what they will be bringing.  Tell her you do not want to end up with a party without food and drinks.

Unfortunately it is too late about them staying over, but you can ask that she not smoke within 10 feet of the house so it doesnt blow inside.

And make the grilling simple. Do hot dogs and premade burgers. Orrrr have your friend request from a few of the guests to bring a pre-marinaded meat, buns from another, soda from another.

Potlucks need to be organized and she left it way to wide open. Ask her to coordinated better.

Post # 4
46667 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lefeymw: ditto! Your friend has a thing or two to learn about party planning. She needs to quickly send another email asking the guests to confirm what dish they are bringing. She was way too loose in her first email. People will step up when they realize it is a pot-luck, not just a survey to see if they are interested in bringing a dish.

Post # 5
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Honestly, I think you just have to grin and bear it. If your friends are like me, I don’t purchase anything until the day before/day of the shower because I’m a last minute shopper, so I wouldn’t worry about the registry bit. As for the food, I would ask your friend to come a bit early the day before and you guys hit Costco together for a few trays of fruit/veggies, and some of their premade food. If yours has the butter chicken it is to DIE for (we just add in some veggies and chickpeas since it’s literally a tray of chicken and nothing else). Or you could always do buns and coldcuts for sandwiches. Grab a sheet cake and some little cookies and brownies for dessert. Cheap and cheerful. Plus it’s all the guilty pleasures no one will buy for themselves but looks forward to at events like showers!

Post # 6
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Just a heads up on the registry– I have never been to a shower (my 2 included) where the mom-to-be got more than an item or 2 off her registry. I have heard of other experiences where the guests actually did purchase gifts off the registry, but that has never happened at the 5 that I’ve been to. Baby shower guests only give clothes. Just look at the shower as an opportunity to celebrate your LO with people who are excited about baby’s arrival– not as a shower per se.

Post # 7
1549 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with Red Seattle- good advice. I think all showers should be looked at as a celebration for Baby and not a means to pay for all things needed for baby.

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