Post # 1
Just curious 🙂
Some friends from church are throwing me a baby shower from 10am-12pm, and then my sisters are throwing me a separate shower for family/other friends and it’s 3pm-5pm.
My sister’s shower that I hosted last July was about 3 hours.
This made me wonder, how long are typical baby showers?
Post # 3
I think they’re usually between 2 & 3 hours… not really a real strict cut off point but I don’t think I’ve been to one that went OVER 3 hours… just close to 3 hours.
Post # 4
Most showers I’ve been to have been like 2 hours or so? Enough time to eat (30 minutes?), play a couple games (30 minutes?), and open gifts (1-1.5 hours?).
Post # 5
I voted 4 hours…but the more I think about it, I realize that I generally stay to help clean up/pack the cars. So I may have counted that time in too.
Post # 6
The recent showers that I have been to have been around 3 hours. But for yours, I would say you might linger for a little while after guests leave – loading your car and helping clean up.
Post # 7
@winniewolf: yeah I usually do that.. I have noticed that if the shower is at someone’s house it tends to last longer. But my shower will actually be at a venue, so that could be why it’s a little shorter.
Post # 8
All the baby showers I’ve been to have been 2-3 hours long.
Post # 9
Mine will be at a restaurant and the time is only slotted for 3hours.
Post # 10
All the showers I go to usually have about 1.5 hours of planned activities–including food, cake, presents, and shower games. Howevr, they end up being about 2.5 hours because people like to chat and hang out both before and after the “planned activities.”
Post # 11
I hate it when showers last more than 2 hours. (I mean, how long does it take to chat, eat, open presents?) It annoys me so much b/c I feel like the person planning it didn’t consider that the people coming might actually have other things going on in their lives that they have to attend to. I’ve been to two showers in the past year, where nothing even happened for the first hour or more, except socializing. I mean, that’s nice to see people, but really, why would you put the start time at a certain time and expect people to be able to stay indefinitely, but then force them to socialize (with peole they may or may not know!) for more than a few minutes? (neither of these showers had listed end times.) If you want to leave a lot of time for socializing, then let people mingle at the end! Then the people who either need to leave or don’t know anyone, can leave!
Anyhow, if they’ve listed an end time, then I’m sure they will be quite capable of having it last only 2 hours.
I’ve found in the showers that I’ve attended, that the main “flex” time is related to at what time things “start” at the beginning. The rest of the shower just kind of flows.
We have (x) number of minutes for socializing. Then 30-40 minutes to eat. Then 10-15 minutes to play a game. Then 20-40 minutes to open gifts.
As you can see, if the socializing is kept to 15-20 minutes, then the shower will easily be 2 hous. But if nothing “happens” for well over an hour, (or else the whole shower just isn’t run very efficently,) then it will definitely be closer to 3 hours.
Post # 12
I feel like the ones I have attended are about 3-3.5 hours. However, mine was a brunch, and it was a brunch buffet at a restaurant. That cut down on some time, and I was super conscious of not taking too long so I started on presents fairly quickly. All in all it started at 11 and people were leaving by 1 or 1:15, which I thought was nice. I hate when showers take the entire day.