The clubhouse where we had the shower was decorated very sweetly and simply. Pink table clothes, a banner reading "It's a girl!" and some balloons and streamers hanging from the ceiling.
There was SO MUCH FOOD! There were tables set up across the length of room and they were FILLED with food! I couldn't believe we made that much.
We had invited about 25 people, men and women, and I think about 15-20 actually showed up. I was bracing myself incase NO ONE showed up, lol, but my husbands family is usually really good about attending family events. None of my family attended, but that was okay. I really only wanted my sister to come, but I totally understood that she couldn't make it (living far away in TX), so it was no biggie for me.
Right off the bat everyone ate, and ate, and ate. Everything tasted so great, it was hard not to pig out! After we finished up gorging ourselves, it was present opening time. We got a few things off of our registry, a few gift cards, and a few random gifts that were pretty awesome. My husbands cousin who had a baby just a few weeks ago packed a giant gift basket full of things that weren't on my registry that she thought were absolute necessities, which I appreciated very much.
My husbands family is very friendly and chatty, so we all hung out and talked in small groups for a few hours, then around 5pm everyone headed home.
You may notice that I never mentioned any baby shower games -- Well, I hate them! That was the one thing that I made clear right off the bat, NO GAMES! We had a great time just hanging out, eating, drinking beers on a hot hot day (for those that could drink, lol) and enjoying each others company.
The day after the shower we headed to Target in Kansas City (There is no target where I live now!) and bought a TON of stuff. All necessities, but still, a ton! It was a lot of fun to just throw things in the cart. We've been on such a tight budget the last few months and it was a blast to be able to put what we needed in the cart and just buy it.
Here are a few of the fun things we have either bought on our own, or received at the baby shower. I have bought most of my baby things half price off of ebay or amazon.com to cut down on insane baby costs.
- Baby Einstein Activity Center, Playmat, and DVDs (Check out how cheap the set of 23 DVDs are!!)
- Two swaddlers
- A Diaper Genie II plus refills
- Bouncer Seat
- Baby monitors, clothing, grooming and first aid kits, a boppy pillow, bottles and baby books
I am officially 8 1/2 months along now with 6 more weeks to go. The nursery still has a lot of work to be done in it. Eek! I'm not ready! :)