My suggestion (or what we are going to do) is have an open house/sprinkle. I will be arranging a diaper party for my H through his best friend offically hosting at Hooters apx 1 month before the baby. During the start of his diaper party my sister is going to host an Open House/Sprinkle at my house. We will have the baby room completed at this time. Gifts are not expected but if people feel the need I will be registering (plus the gifts for registering are nice). I am hoping that the ladies can mingle while the guys are at hooters. Then the guys can join us later and hang out. There will be snack food and a cake. I will prob have something for the guest to do besides seeing the new room, maybe a station for positive thoughts for the baby or playdoe for everyone to make a baby (just to make fun of each other's creations). Nothing formal, no games or anything like a traditional baby shower.
I am laughing out loud in my cubicle at work. Hahahahaha.
Wow I have never understood the rudeness on this site or in people in general. Sprinkles are a big thing in my area. My H bff brought the hooters party up again this time bc they didnt get to last time. He is a procrastinator so he asked if I can get the date, time and addresses to hooters. They do all the work from there, bff will greet and be there first. My H is a firefighter and everyone is excited about it. The guys are very used to these "parties". My sister asked about wanting to throw another shower. I said no but I was fine with a sprinkle esp for all the ladies not going to hooters. Honestly in our social network an open house is considered fun and Yes seeing the new baby is a highlight of hanging out together. Its an easy way to get all of the firefighters wives over to ooo and ahh at once, for the kids to play and a good excuse to hang out... not that we one since a bunch were over last week to watch a game on tv. But any excuse to have family and friends over is good and celebrating the upcoming arrival of a new baby is a good reason. I can also tell you that after the baby is here these amazing ladies and guys will stock our fridge with great food, clean, babysit, whatever we need because that is what "Family" does. Our guys have each others backs in horrible situations and us ladies support each other in the support department. I have sat in a hospital lobby for hours holding a wives hand after her husband was injured, we have supported each other when we lose one of our own and when we have something to celebrate. One of the ladies had new baby last week. My day is Friday to drop off dinner to her family. She has asked for a few hours of quiet time to do whatever so I will be watching her new one during that time. I love being apart of such an amazing social group.
And to the author: Dont let the ladies on The Bump influence you. Everyone has a right to degrade us or praise us. Constructive feedback is appriciated. Rudeness is not and I feel sorry for people like that. Think about your social network, those that love you and support you. If its right for your group then do it. A baby is something to celebrate no matter what number or gender they are.