Post # 1
Saw the thread on the host requesting unwrapped baby shower gifts and it got me thinking…
For people like me, who don’t even like opening gifts in front of family on Christmas Day, the thought of opening gifts for an hour in front of 50+ people makes me nauseous! Honestly, as a guest, I only care to watch when they are opening my gift lol I really wouldn’t mind going to a display shower and I feel like it gives the guest of honor the opportunity to actually socialize with guests.
How can you make the gift-opening portion of bridal showers and baby showers less boring for guests and less anxiety-causing?
Post # 2
My bridal shower, we did the gift opening during food. People could watch, go get a bite to eat and come back. Made it much more relaxed then a bunch of eyes staring at me in silence. Carbs make everything better.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
Drinking Game ..obviously. My friend and I did this (by ourselves) recently at a mutual friend’s bridal shower. Basically, every time she said, “Oh I love it” or whatever phrase, we had to take a drink of our mimosa. Definitely made it more interesting to us. 😉
Post # 4
onceuponadream: At mine we turned it into a game. My Maid/Matron of Honor set an egg timer for random amounts of time while I was opening gifts. Every time it went off, the person who’s gift I was opening got a prize.
Post # 5
Serve booze. Seriously. I went to a baby shower with no drinks and had to watch the mom-to-be open a stack of 20 (20!) individually wrapped baby books. I was so happy when she got to the end, but then she had another stack to open.
Post # 6
Take some breaks in between. Open a stack, then play a little game, eat Something and open some more gifts, repeat if its necessary.
Post # 7
I have been to a couple of showers where we played BINGO during the gift opening. We recieved blank sheets and wrote in gifts that are typically given at a shower and crossed them off as the bride/mom to be opened presents.
I also like the idea of serving the food during the gift opening and/or taking breaks.
Post # 8
Have a reasonably sized shower. Just because you have 60 women amongst both sides of the family and another 20 friends, doesn’t mean they all have to be at the same shower.
IF someone offers to host a shower for you accept with gratitude, then tell them you’d like to keep it small. If they are a girlfirend, invite your firneds. If someone from FI’s family offers, tell them to limit the guests to their side of the family, etc etc
Post # 9
mrsfiddlesticks: I think this is the suggestion that makes the most sense. That way not all eyes are on the opener. Thanks!
Post # 10
stephanie091512: I like this idea too lol I’m gonna try it the next shower invite i get
Post # 11
HoneysHoney: good idea!
SLOBee: um this sounds like my worst nightmare on both ends, as the guest AND the opener lol
Mrs.Massontobee: smart idea!
MrsBeck: I’ve done the bingo I got too but I alway get annoyed at guests who take it too seriously haha
Post # 12
julies1949: For years actually I always said I didn’t want a shower but my MOHs have been dying to return the favor of the showers I threw for them. In my group of family and friends it’s very typical to have both sides of the family at the shower. If I had a shower for only one side it would actually cause some hurt feelings!
i def want to be able to have the time to spend with ALL those lovely ladies, just don’t want to be put on stage. IDK if that makes sense…
Post # 13
Then make it a recipe shower and ask guests to skip the gift and instead bring their favorite recipe on a recipe card. You can buy a nice book to save them in.
Post # 14
I’ve been following the thread all day. Ugh once again I dread the gift opening on both parts. Watching but more being the opener. All those eyes on me. No thank you. I love the open displayed gifts so much if I have to have a baby shower when I actually am pregnant, I want that! If I do have to go through the opening gift in front people. I’ll be faking contractions and leave early!
Post # 15
I’m sorry, but if all these people are coming to celebrate you and buying you gifts, I really think you can manage to suck it up for an hour so they can see you open it and thank them personally.