to have or have not – baby showers

nesting dolls theme by decor8

A friend recently asked me if I was having a baby shower, and I wasn’t sure how to answer.  I’d always thought you shouldn’t organise your own and was about to say so, when I remembered that she had organised her own not all that long ago.

While the idea is nice, I’d feel like I was grabbing for presents if I invited people to my own shower.  Then again, I wasn’t sure what the difference would be if someone else ‘organised’ it – I’d still be sanctioning the event, providing a guest list (and even perhaps a registry of sorts).

Having thought about the issue a bit more I’m still not sure – a lot of my friends have other expenses on their plate at the moment between kids, mortgages, renovations, weddings etc, and even letting people know you request their ‘presence not presents’ doesn’t mean that people won’t feel obliged to bring a gift.
On the other hand, a few people have mentioned that they like the opportunity to buy something, however big or small, for their family, friends, neighbours or co-workers who are about to welcome a bundle of joy – plus its nice for an excuse to have a girly catch up (or more commonly these days, with boys included).
For now, I still haven’t decided, but if I was to have a shower, I’d be looking lustily at sites like these:
Kido Store – having lived close by for ages I’ve often driven or walked past, wishing I had an excuse to shop there – and now I do! The Atsuyo Et Akiko t’s are especially lovely.

baby panda onesie from tiny people

Tiny People – if only they made the panda onesie in grown up sizes, I think my BF would look very manly in one.

Little Bird bodysuits and stripey bloomers from Seed.  I’m going to have to be careful monitoring my baby’s stripe wear, considering my own obsession with all things stripey borders on ridiculous.

seed - little bird onesie

 Rockabye Baby CDs for a great shower gift that strays from the ubiquitous ‘baby cakes’.  For me, I’d be gunning for G’n’R although you can also buy lullaby renditions from the likes of Bon Jovi and Queens of the Stone Age .

anthropologie (for what, I don’t know!) – not even slight baby related, but the site is such a joy to shop through, with so many everyday items made into objects of art, beauty, whimsy, happiness and joy

pinkfrosting for decorations – this online store can provide hours of fun for someone like me who loves party planning, even when there’s no party to be planned (many a party has been started just as an excuse to use some cute decorations)

baby shower styling by Donna Hay

Food and style ideas provided by Donna Hay – another site that’s given me the inspiration to get friends together just to try out a new recipe or style idea.

nesting dolls theme by decor8

The decor8 style blog has a nesting dolls theme that is so adorable and is tipping me more towards the idea of having a shower, purely because I love the theme so much!

I suppose some practical (some would say necessary) items could come in handy as well, but at this stage I can’t get past the cute clothes and party themes.


2 Comments to “to have or have not – baby showers”

  1. I’ve always felt the same as you about not organizing your own shower. Actually, it’s always been a close female relative that throws one for you, like your mother or sister or best friend etc. and the best part is that it’s usually a complete and total surprise. My sister was so smooth in her planning and execution that I was just blindsided by it. The whole surprise shower has been more of a cultural thing, I guess, because I’ve never heard of others doing it in that manner.

  2. Hi there! This is my first comment here so I
    just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums
    that cover the same subjects? Thanks a lot!

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