Planning a baby shower. Oh Help!

  1. I haven't planned a baby shower in so many years I've lost count.

    Any ideas? We can't have it at my house, so that's out. I was thinking of having it at work, but that's out now too.

    What to do, what to do?

    Should I rent a room somewhere? (But won't that be a little on the expensive side???)

    Any ideas?
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  3. by   DDRN4me
    I have called a favorite restaurant and just had everyone order thier own food (for a small work related event) usually they can accomodate small groups easily. we then gave the gifts after we ate. hope this helps! Mary
  4. by   GooeyRN
    Would someone else from work be willing to have it at their house? My co-workers had a suprise baby shower for me. It was held in the basement of a co-workers mother in laws house. (the mil lived right next to the hospital) There weren't any games, but everyone brought a dish and a present. It was decorated really nice, too.

    They baby shower that my parents and dh parents planned for us was at the American Legion. It was $50 to rent the room for the party and it was more formal that the one I had from co-workers. Our parents provided all of the food. I assume it got to be pretty expensive for them since they were the ones providing the food.

    Are you financing the whole thing, or are others chipping in? If others are chipping in, maybe you can try to find a pizza place that would let you have it there? That way no one would have to cook. If everyone gave $10 that should cover the pizza and soda.
  5. by   UM Review RN
    Great ideas, Gooey.

    I got in touch with our local Senior Center and I'm waiting for them to call me back with a price and some open dates and times.

    I think I'm just going to have a Publix party platter.
    I found some great decorations online--her theme is Winnie the Pooh for the nursery so I found some nice decorations in that theme.

    Did you have any games or interesting activities at the shower?

    Any thoughts on the Dirty Diaper game or any others?

    I'm waiting for her to give me a guest list, so it can't be a surprise shower. Besides, she isn't big into surprises anyhow.
  6. by   GooeyRN
    I did have the dirty diaper game at the shower my mom and mil planned. That one did go over very well. The "dirty" diaper had mustard smeared on it. They also had cotton balls inside of a baby bottle, and had people try to guess the correct number of cotton balls in there. Prizes were also given for the person whose birthday was closest to the baby's due date, and mothers birthday. At my best friends baby shower, each guest was given a lump of playdough and was told to form it into a baby and the soon to be mom got to choose which baby looked the best at each table. That went over real well. Some like games, and some don't, so I would keep it to 3-4 short games if you are going to have them. You don't want to bore anyone, but some really do enjoy them.
  7. by   dianah
    Good ideas! I've seen many baby shower-parties at our local El Torito restaurant.

    At one baby shower we were blindfolded and had to find the small gold safety pins sprinkled throughout a bowl of uncooked rice (it was HARD!).

    You could play "pin the diaper on the baby," that's an oldie but it might be cute.

    I always "say" I don't like the games, but I end up enjoying the ones we've played at the showers. I'm sure yours will turn out just fine!
  8. by   bethin
    The last shower I was at we had our purses weighed as we walked in. After everyone had arrived prizes went out for the lightest and heaviest purse. I won the heaviest! Also, we had to list items that a baby would need within a certain time period - I think maybe 2 minutes. That was fun. Also, if your group is fun we came up with three girl names and three boy names. I say fun because alot of times you get Jose Cuervo, Jim Beam, and other names you wouldn't name your baby. Serious people came up with some very pretty baby names. The mom-to-be picks the winner.
  9. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    I haven't planned a baby shower in so many years I've lost count.

    Any ideas? We can't have it at my house, so that's out. I was thinking of having it at work, but that's out now too.

    What to do, what to do?

    Should I rent a room somewhere? (But won't that be a little on the expensive side???)

    Any ideas?
    For my dd, we rented a room in a restaurant. Worked great.
    I made a diaper cake too! Lots of fun.

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