I am doing this a little early, but I am one of those people that needs time to mentally prepare and have a good idea of what I am going to do.
I am due to have my second child and plan to have a meet the baby party. We are already telling people this will be happening, especially so they do not feel the need to throw an unwanted shower.
Some of the relevant details are:
1.)A lot of people will be invited (expect to be invited). There is a large extended family including many children.
2.)We have a big house and a large fenced in yard.
3.)This will happen in the summer.
4.)We prefer not
to have pot lucks.
5.)We are open to the idea of an open house over a four hour time frame or a shorter two hour sort of deal.
6.)Food ideas can be anything including but not limited to heavy appetizers, pizza, BBQ, cake (cupcakes) and punch, spaghetti feed, etc but not a formal sit down meal. Nothing that will involve lots of dishes that need to be cleaned. We will happily have paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware and paper cups.
7.)We plan on bringing the baby bassinet downstairs. We will let the baby decide how much attention it wants. If it is asleep people can see her sleeping in the bassinet or in mommy or daddy's arms. We recognize this could get a little difficult. Suggestions
8.) We would like to keep it very informal, possibly not even mailing/handing out invitations. Instead we would do phone calls/invite on facebook/in person "Hey we are having a meet the baby event. Please feel free to come by/drop in. . .
What have other people seen or done with meet the baby parties? Do you do these when the baby is two weeks old, a month. . ? We do not have a set plan and are pretty open minded. Any ideas or feedback no matter how big or small are appreciated