(Closed) Talk to me about BABY SHOWERS!!!

posted 5 years ago in Parties
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been to a variety of baby showers and I’ve usually had a meal, not just apps, unless they’re heavy apps. It’s usually a lunch-type affair. I’ve been to a BBQ (coed), light Mexican lunch (somewhat coed) and light lunch/tea party at a restaurant (ladies only). We’re not talking 3 courses, but there should be lunch-type food. The coed BBQ one I attended had at least 40+ people there as they both came from HUGE families, but I’ve been to small parties with about 10 people or so. It’s up to you and your budget. Plus, if her mother or her husband’s mother (or anyone else) are throwing parties, then your guest list can shrink down so people aren’t stuck attending all four showers.

As far as alcohol is concerned, it’s up to you. The coed ones I’ve attended have had alcohol because they were more like a party/BBQ, but it’s not necessary and you certainly don’t need to have a ton of alcohol since they’re usually daytime affairs. At the ladies only ones, they were mostly alcohol-free – juice, sodas, punch, sparkling cider, etc.

There usually are games (you can Google baby shower games) but they’re not totally necessary IMO. Some ladies love games, some hate them. I personally wouldn’t miss them but I know some people expect them.

The schedule usually looks like this:

Guests arrive. Everyone mingles. Food is served (if it’s not a cocktail party-type atmosphere). Everyone eats. Sometimes there’s cake. Gifts are opened. Guests can now go home. You can insert games either before the food or after (and pre-dessert/cake, if available).

Otherwise, you can make it more of a casual BBQ-type thing without a set schedule and the couple can still open gifts later on or you can have a gift table.

Post # 5
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316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been to small ones and larger ones! It all depends on how many family/friends she wants to invite. My FI’s family is HUGE so when they have a baby shower, they actually rent a hall to accommodate everyone! lol

I think you’re on the right track! Sometimes games are incorporated – one I went to, everyone was given 1 bead necklace and you couldn’t use the word “baby”. If you did, whoever heard you got the necklace. Whoever had the most at the end won a little gift 🙂

I’ve never been to one with alcoholic beverages. It’s always been punch, water, coffee. Also, they usually have a cake 🙂

Good luck!! 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@GreenEyedMoon:  Food doesn’t have to be lavish or 5-star Michelin. Most like to serve what the mom-to-be likes since it’s technically a celebration for her. Otherwise, it can fit a specific theme. For example, petit fours, scones and tea sandwiches for a tea party-themed shower. Another option is to do baby-themed food since it’s a baby shower. This would include tiny vegetables (e.g. cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, baby bell peppers), pigs-in-a-blanket, and mini cupcakes.

I think a full meal for everyone can be pretty easy and basic. For example, at one shower I attended with a full meal, it was Mexican food and the hostess served Mexican rice, beans, salsa, gaucamole, chips, and chicken enchiladas. If you are concerned, you can ask attendees for dietary restrictions. I’m guessing it’ll end up being meatfree as the only major dietary restriction and maybe gluten-free.

Generally speaking, most people are not obssessing about the food at a shower. It really is about the mom-to-be.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@GreenEyedMoon:  Not all tea has caffeine in it. The herbal teas and rooibos teas are caffeine-free. Just check on the variety of herbal tea because depending on what it is, it’s not recommended for PG women because of the herb’s other properties. You can also serve lemonade and sparkling juices, but then have tea party-related food. Coming from a PG woman, I wouldn’t mind that at all. I also don’t mind being around people consuming beverages I can’t consume (for example, Darling Husband has green tea every day around me and I’ve gone out with friends and they all had wine) as long as they are tasty options I can consume.

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