I am going to nominate my cousin for this SS section. She hosted a baby shower on Saturday for her son's gf. We all received beautiful imprinted invitations a month ago and RSVP'd to an email account. There was no registry information listed and the invite stated parents-to-be were not going to find out gender ahead of time. The shower was billed as a luncheon at a really nice, newly renovated Grange hall not too far from my home. Great. Sounds like a pleasant afternoon.
This is cousin's 1st grandchild and to she really outdid herself, to say the least.
Lunch was served immediately upon arrival and it was an impressive spread of sandwiches, meatballs, all manner of veggies, fruit, dips, crackers, chips..you name it, it was there. There was enough food on the buffet to easily feed an army.
Then the mother to be arrived and was given a tiara and Mom-To-Be sash to wear and cousin plated her lunch and served her. We then discovered that Mom-to-Be is only about 5 months along. You really could not tell she was pregnant to be honest, she was wearing a slightly loose fitting top and a long skirt. Seemed awfully early to have a baby shower to me, most showers I've been to the Mom is much further along - 7-9 months usually but, I figured, maybe they just want to start getting prepared and being this is their first they were just eager and excited or wanted to plan accordingly for what they would need to purchase?
Next came games - 7 in all. 1.) How well do you know Mom 2.) How well do you know Dad 3.) Guess circumference of pregnant belly. 4.) A word scramble 5.) A Find-A-Word game 6.) A diaper the stuffed bear "race" 7.) Bingo
Then came the "money grab" portion of the afternoon - $1 to buy a raffle ticket. money to parents and a small door prize to winnner. $1 to guess gender of baby. You put your $ in a blue bank or a pink bank. Winner to be determined later. $1 to guess baby's date of birth. Again, winner to be determined later. The parents would keep the money and the winners were promised a small prize - after the actual birth. It did not appear too many people were up for these raffles.
Then a basket of blank envelopes were passed around and everyone was asked to - you guessed it - address your own! An envelope was selected and the winner got a small prize.
Gifts were then opened. This wasn't too painful, there was only about 20 people in attendance so it moved along pretty smoothly.
3 hours later the cake was cut and those left standing went home - exhausted.