If you know me at all, you know I don’t like being the center of attention. I’m much happier hiding in a corner somewhere. When I got married, I didn’t have a bridal shower and my bachelorette party was two of my friends and me at a couple bars. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure I wanted a baby shower. But my mom threw me a wonderful one and I’m so glad I was able to celebrate Baby Boy with my closest friends.
When my mom and I first started talking about a shower, I told her under no circumstances was anyone to put a piece of string around my belly and that there would be no candy bars in diapers. Her response, “Okay, no games. So what are we going to do?”
So here’s a recap of my baby shower and some ideas if you’re not fan of traditional baby games either. Sorry there’s not a ton of pictures. I’m (1) a bad blogger and (2) having some serious camera aversions right now.
It was a small shower with only about 10 people, so we were able to have it at the house. As guests came in, they started on two activities: How I Met Your Mother and Diaper Messages.
Then there was lots of food to snack on while we waited for everyone to arrive. Fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers, chips, pretzels, hummus, guac, dip, and cookies-we might have gone a little overboard; I’ve been eating leftover cheese and crackers for two weeks now.
Once everyone I arrived, I read the How I Met Your Mother cards aloud. Most of my guests didn’t know each other so it was a great way to introduce everyone and so sweet for me to read what people had written. When you’re picky about people, you end up with the best friends!
We played two games after that (I’m not opposed to all games, just the ridiculously silly ones). First we did a cell phone game, where you earn points by having certain things on your phone, and a name game, where you had to think of a boy’s name for every letter of the alphabet as fast as possible. There was an extra prize if anyone guessed Baby Boy’s first or middle name but no one did. Then the biggest surprise of the shower-I shared his name! My sister-in-law thought I was joking because I’ve been so adamant about keeping it a secret. Luckily everyone loved it as much as Ryan and I do (at least that’s what they said). Sorry, I’m not telling here; I still want it to be a surprise 😉
Then we moved on to our last and, in my opinion, most fun game: Baby Jeopardy!
Didn’t my mom do an amazing job with the board? The guests split into two teams and played with categories like Nursery Rhymes and “Kaci or Ryan”. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Finally, I opened presents. I requested books instead of cards and love that we’ll have special messages to read whenever we read a book. Plus, Baby Boy has a pretty impressive library going on already!
I feel like opening presents in front of everyone is one of the most awkward things but I was overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity. I’m definitely going to have the best-dressed baby.
After that, there was just chatting and hanging out. I showed off the nursery and Ryan finally came out of hiding in the basement (totally his choice) to join us.
As people left, we gave out these cute bags of “It’s a boy!” Hershey’s Kisses. We over ordered these too, so I’ve also been eating them nonstop for the past two weeks.
It was an incredible day and I’m so thankful for the amazing people I have in my life and my little one’s life. Mom, thank you so much for throwing a wonderful shower and loving us so much.
The day finished with this beautiful double rainbow, the most perfect celebration of our rainbow baby.