(Closed) Spinoff: How to make gift-opening better…

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
2870 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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
2681 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
1354 posts
Bumble bee

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
3443 posts
Sugar bee

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
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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
7503 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
47280 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 13
7450 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
4095 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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. 

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